BYRON S. BRYANT, one of the leading business men of De Ruyter, a financier of tested skill and probity, and President of the Individual Banking Company of that place, was born in the town of Truxton, Cortland County, June 6, 1846.
His father, Isaac S. Bryant, a native of Massachusetts, doubtless kin to the distinguished poet, came from that State, when but two or three years old, with his parents, Ebenezer and Joanna Bryant, who were pioneers of Cortland County, and early became inured to his lifelong occupation of cultivating the soil.
Arrived at manhood, he bought land, and made for himself a home in the town of Truxton, where he resided until his death, in the year 1877. His widow survived him a few years, and died in De Ruyter in 1883. His union in marriage with Catherine Bennett, native of Vermont, daughter of Charles and Sally Bennett, was blessed with two children, Rodorpha and Byron S.
Being an only son, there was plenty of work for young Byron on his father's farm. In the intervals of attending school he had abundant opportunity, which he did not fail to improve, of gaining a practical acquaintance with various branches of agriculture. He lived with his parents, doing his share of the allotted toil, till the attainment of his majority,
when, having a turn for trade, the marketing of farm produce being more to his taste than ploughing and harvesting, he started in business for himself as a wholesale and retail dealer in butter and cheese. Ably managed, the business has proved profitable, and is continued by him at the present time. In 1869 Mr. Bryant took up his abode in De Ruyter, where in 1873 he built the residence which he now occupies.
December 24, 1868, was the date of the marriage of Mr. Bryant with Mary Ardale Pomeroy, a native of Truxton. Mrs. Bryant’s father, Austin Pomeroy, was born in Cuyler, the son of James and Eliza Pomeroy. He was a cabinet-maker, and conducted business as a furniture dealer and undertaker in Truxton for many years. He is still a resident of that
town. The maiden name of Mrs. Bryant’s mother was Emily E. Hulburt. She was born in Truxton, daughter of Timothy and Mehitable Hulburt, and died in 1872, having reared two children, Howard H. and Mary Ardale.
In politics Mr. Bryant is a faithful Democrat. A public-spirited citizen, he has served seven years as President of the Village Board of Trustees, and four years as a member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. A man of enterprise and ability, he was one of the organizers, in 1889, of the Individual Banking Company of De Ruyter,--an enterprise which has proved a success, and which stands on a sound and reliable basis. Of this company, Mr. Bryant has been President since its organization.
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