- Sources : (1) 1860 Choctaw County, Alabama Census
Fortunatus William Bryan, son of Josiah Dupont Bryan and Margaret Ann Singleton Bryan, was born May 10 1833 in Barnwell District, South Carolina enlisted in Company D,56th Alabama Partisan Rangers,C,S,A. on September 1,1862. He served until the South surrenderd in April of 1865.He and his brother- in- law, his sisters husband, James L. Rogers, served together throughout the war,They were paroled at Mobile,Alabama on May 19,1865 to return home to Choctaw County, Alabama. Shortly after their return home,Fortunatus, his wife( Sarah Elmira Rogers Bryan ) and children ( Fortunatus Cornelius, Josiah Dupont, William Henry, James Monroe, & John Davis ) ; his mother( Margaret Ann Singleton Bryan),his wifes parents (Cornelius and Elizabeth Rogers) his sister( Elizabeth Bryan Rogers) and her husband,( James L, Rogers) and children left Alabama for Texas, arriving in northeast Texas during the Fall of 1865 . Shortly after their arrival in Lamar County , Cornelius Rogers died( December 15 , 1865). After their arrival in Texas, five more children were born to Fortunatus Wiiliam & Sarah; Sarah Elizabeth, Mary Margaret, Martha Isabel, Jarrett Finney & Benjamin Franklin. The latter five children were born near Glory in Lamar County, Texas. The Bryan family moved to Hamilton County ,Texas during the 1880s.They operated a general store and hotel in Pottsville ,Texas for several years , until the early 1900s.
Many of the Bryans & other kin are buried in the Pottsville Cemetery. Fortunatus' mother, Margaret Ann Singleton Bryan ( b. Dec 7 1809 in South Carolina & d. jan 11 1892) is buried at Pottsville as is his mother - in - law, Elizabeth Anderson Rogers ( b. April 18 1810 in Mississippi and d. May 17 1885 ).
56th Alabama Cavalry, Partisan Rangers
The 56th Alabama Cavalry Regiment, Partisan Rangers, was made up of two battalions (13th and 15th), commanded by Majors William Boyles (15th Battalion)
and William A. Hewlett (13th Battalion)and which had been in service several months. The men were recruited from the counties of Autauga, Butler, Mobile,
Montgomery, and Walker. Thus organized in the summer of 1863, the 56th operated in north Mississippi for some time under Gen'l Daniel Ruggles. It was there
brigaded under Gen'l Samuel W. Ferguson and sent to north Georgia. It served on the flank of the army during the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, and it saw arduous
duty. The regiment moved with Gen'l John Bell Hood to the Tennessee, then it turned and harassed Union Gen'l William T. Sherman. It was in the trenches of
Savannah and operated near Augusta. It moved into the Carolinas and was surrendered at Greensboro, 26 April 1865, about 150 strong.
Field and staff officers: Col. William Boyles (Mobile); Lt. Cols. William A. Hewlett (Walker; resigned, 16 Feb 1864); Arthur Warren Debardelaben (Autauga;
resigned, 13 June 1864); and William F. Martin (Mobile); Majors Arthur Warren Debardelaben (promoted); William F. Martin (promoted); Thomas D. Hall
(Augauga); and Adjutant Augustine I. Sykes; and David H. Boyles.
(2) Special to the Herald, 1916}
Pottsville, ay ll.-Monday May l0, 1916 being the occasion of his eighty-second birthday, Mr. F. W. Bryan, senior member of the firm of Bryan & Son, of Pottsville, honored his friends and neighbors by giving a dinner to them in appreciation of their heroic work in saving his store from destruction by fire on April 19. A sumptuous repost had been prepared by his daughters, Misses Mary and Bettie, and Mrs. J. F. Bryan. Mr. Bryan who is eighty-two with his wife who is seventy-seven, came to Texas in 1865. Not only have they "watched our country grow from -" but they have been most important factors in developing it from a howling, redman-infested wilderness to the thriving, prosperous land in which we live. Side by side for sixty-two years have they battled the stormy tide of life together, and are yet pleasant and lively, dispensing old-fashioned hospitality to their sixty neighbors and friends Monday in a pleasant and jolly manner. "I want you to know," Mr. Bryan told them, "how much I appreciate your heroic work, when you saved my store. I love my friends and neighbors and I have lived among you long enough to know you are the right kind. I hope to meet you when I am eighty-three. Every one departed in high good humor, wishing Mr. Bryan many more pleasant birthdays. Those thanking Mr. and Mrs. Bryan for their hospitality were: Messrs. and Mesdames Luther Ferguson, McMurray, Frances Kemp, J.F. Bryan, Johnnie Bryan, Windsor McPherson, M. U. Whittenton, Robert Koen, Cathey, W. E. Dansbee. Messrs. Earl Smith, Rex Rogers, J.N. Daniels, U. F. Bryan, N. E. Lyle, L. N. Goetz, B.N. Turner, Dr. Fowler, C. H. Bryan, Suter. Misses Roberta McPherson, Ola Kinsey, Fannie Dansbee, Leda Kinsey and Mrs. Shipman.
(3) This Certifies that the marriage contract between F. William Bryan, of Barnwell District, South Carolina and Sarah Elmira Rogers of Meigs County, East Tennessee, was duly solemnized, in Barbour County, Alabama by Elder James, at bride's father's on the first day of October, One thousand eight hundred and fifty three.