Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895

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Moses Austin Bryan, 1817-1895, became Stephen F. Austin's secretary in 1832. Bryan enlisted in the Texas army in 1836 and served at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was a member of the Somervell Expedition in 1842, and enlisted in the Third Texas Regiment during the Civil War. In 1873, Bryan helped organize the Texas Veterans Association and served as its secretary until 1886.

From the description of Moses Austin Bryan papers, 1814-1930, (bulk 1836-1889). (San Jacinto Museum of History). WorldCat record id: 49802680

Moses Austin Bryan was the third son born to James and Emily Austin Bryan, the daughter of Moses Austin and sister of Stephen F. Austin, in Herculaneum, Missouri, on September 25, 1817. After the 1822 death of James Bryan, Emily Austin Bryan married James F. Perry. Emily Perry and her children moved to Potosi, Missouri, where Moses Austin Bryan attended school until the age of eleven. Employed in Perry and W. W. Hunter's store until December 1830, Bryan accompanied Hunter to Texas and worked in the San Felipe store of W. W. Hunter and Stephen F. Austin.

In 1832, at the age of fourteen, Bryan began service as Stephen F. Austin's secretary when he accompanied Austin to Saltillo, Mexico. Bryan and Austin boarded with one of the legislators, Don Jesus de la Grande, and it was there that Moses Austin Bryan learned to speak Spanish. In 1835 Bryan clerked in the Austin colony land office and in the fall again served as Austin's secretary during Austin's brief tenure as commander of the Texas army.

Bryan enlisted in the Texas army as a private shortly after the fall of the Alamo and participated in Houston's retreat. He served at the Battle of San Jacinto as third sergeant in Captain Moseley Baker's company, as an aide-de-camp on the staff of Thomas J. Rusk, and as an interpreter for the meeting between Sam Houston and Antonio López de Santa Anna. In 1839, President Mirabeau B. Lamar appointed Bryan as secretary of legation under Anson Jones, minister from the Republic of Texas to the United States. Bryan served as a member of the 1842 Somervell Expedition. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Third Texas Regiment, rising to the rank of major. In 1873, Bryan helped organize the Texas Veterans Association and served as its secretary until 1886.

In 1840, Bryan married Adaline La Mothe of Rapides Parish, Louisiana; she died May 30, 1855. They had four sons and two daughters. Bryan married Cora Lewis, daughter of Ira Randolph Lewis, in 1856; they had four sons and one daughter. Moses Austin Bryan died in Brenham at the home of his son, Beauregard, on March 16, 1895, and was buried at Independence, Texas.

From the guide to the Moses Austin Bryan papers MC060. 49802680., 1814-1930, (Bulk: 1836-1889), (Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, )

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn James F. and Stephen S. Perry papers, 1785-1942 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Guy Morrison Bryan Papers 21349182., 1795-1901 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Hill, James Monroe, Papers 1930., 1833-1930 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Whitaker, Madison G., b. 1811. Madison G. Whitaker family papers, 1839-1893, (bulk 1884-1893). San Jacinto Museum of History
creatorOf Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895. Dictation from Moses Austin Bryan : Brenham : ms., 1888. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Streeter, Thomas W(Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965,. Thomas W. Streeter collection of Texas manuscripts, 1787-1864. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Madison G. Whitaker family papers MC108. 55148173., 1839-1893, (Bulk: 1884-1893) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888. Ballinger, William Pitt, papers, 1815-1909. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Moses Austin Bryan letter to Col. W. W. Fonataine MS 316., January 10, 1890 Woodson Research Center,
referencedIn Hill, Caryl Clyde. Hill, Caryl Clyde Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ballinger (William Pitt) Papers BALLINGER, WILLIAM PITT., 1815-1909 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Hill, James Monroe, 1818-1904. Hill, James Monroe, Papers, 1833-1930 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Fontaine, W. W. Fontaine, W. W. Papers, 1658-1916 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Sharp, W. G. W. G. Sharp Collection, 1817-1923 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Bell, Paul G. Paul G. Bell papers, 1912, 1937-2002. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Hill, Caryl Clyde Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Jones, George Wallace, 1804-1896. Jones, George Wallace, papers, circa 1787-1840 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Bryan, Lewis Randolph, Jr., 1892-1959. Bryan, Lewis Randolph, Jr., Reminiscences, 1957 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Hally Bryan Perry collection MC038. 49964818., 1835-1946 Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
creatorOf Moses Austin Bryan papers MC060. 49802680., 1814-1930, (Bulk: 1836-1889) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Fontaine, W. W. Papers, 1658-1916 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Bryan, Lewis Randolph, 1858-1938. Bryan, Lewis Randolph, Sr., papers, 1803-1985. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901. Bryan, Guy Morrison, papers, 1838-1901. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853. Perry, James Franklin and Stephen Samuel, papers, 1785-1942. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895. Bryan, Moses Austin, papers 1824-1926. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn George Wallace Jones Papers 2008-310., circa 1787-1840 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Bryan, Guy Morrison. Guy Morrison Bryan Papers, 1795-1901 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn W. G. Sharp Collection 67-6., 1817-1923 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Perry, Hally Ballinger Bryan, 1868-1955. Hally Bryan Perry collection, 1835-1946. San Jacinto Museum of History
creatorOf Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895. Moses Austin Bryan papers, 1814-1930, (bulk 1836-1889). San Jacinto Museum of History
referencedIn Bryan, Lewis Randolph, Jr. Reminiscences, 1957 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Bryan, Beauregard, 1862-1918. Beauregard Bryan papers, 1839-1909 (bulk 1893-1899). Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
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Texas
Texas
Texas
United States
Washington County (Tex.)
Texas
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San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836--Veterans
Surveying
Frontier and pioneer life
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836
Somervell Expedition (1842)
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Birth 1817-09-25

Death 1895-03-16

Spanish; Castilian,

English

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