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Isabella Ann McDonald Bryson
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1852
Frontenac County
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jun. 11, 1917
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA

Isabelle McDonald was married to James Geddes on November 28, 1867 in Knox Presbyterian Church, McDonald's Corners, Lanark County, Ontario. He was born September 23, 1849 and died in a lumbering accident on January 12, 1870, leaving Isabelle with one son, David James Geddes, who was born January 15, 1868 and died August 19, 1914.

Isabelle married John A. Bryson on February 27, 1877 in Knox Presbyterian Church, McDonald's Corners, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. They moved to Rushford, Winona County, Minnesota, where their first two sons were born, then on to Fisher's Landing, Polk County, Minnesota, by boat, in 1879, to live with James McDonald (Isabelle's brother) until moving to their homestead in the spring of 1880.

James McDonald was instrumental in organizing the Nesbit Township in Polk County where my grandparents settled. The Timber Culture Certificate No. 226, dated September 30, 1895, granted John A. Bryson 160 acres. This is an interesting document signed by "Grover Cleveland, President of the United States of America... on the ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twentieth." This Timber Culture Certificate states: " Whereas, There have been deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Crookston, Minnesota whereby it appears that pursuant to the Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1873, March 13, 1874, & June 14, 1878, to encourage the Growth of Timber on the Western Prairies, the claim of John A. Bryson has been established... for the South West quarter of Section fourteen in Township one hundred and fifty-one North of Range forty-eight West of the Fifth Principal Meridian in Minnesota, containing one hundred and sixty acres."

They lived on another 160-acre farm in this area, six miles from Fisher, until they moved to the home at 1324 University Avenue, Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1910, and it was on this farm that the children grew up. The other farm lands were sold to their sons, Lee L. Bryson and William H. Bryson on April 21, 1910.

Cousin Annabel Geddes Sheppard, showed us this area when we visited Minnesota in June 1990, pointing out to us the location of some of the old landmarks. We saw the Nesbit Cemetery where my great grandparents John A. and Hannah (Sim) Bryson, and Donald and Ellen (Hannah) McDonald, grandparents John Alexander and Isabelle Ann (McDonald) Bryson, and two of my mother's sisters (Rose and Kathryn), as well as two of their brothers (Lee and Will) are buried. Great Grandmother McDonald's headstone reads: " She was a kind and affectionate wife, A fond mother and friend to all".

The Historical Marker at Fisher, Minnesota reads: " Original Site of Fisher's Landing. In 1875, located just north of this point on the east bank of the Red Lake River was the settlement known as Fisher's Landing. It began as terminus of exchange of freight and passengers from steamboats plying the Red Lake and Red Rivers to and from Winnipeg and trains of the St. Paul and Pacific Railway. Among the buildings at the site in 1876 were four hotels, the Hudson Bay Company store, a general store, four saloons, and a number of Saloon and gambling tents. After the extension of the Railroad to Grand Forks, Fisher's Landing was moved to higher ground because of annual flooding. The present town site was platted in 1879 and the name was later changed to Fisher." --- Erected in 1983---

Burial: Nisbet Cemetery, Huntsville Township, Polk County, Minnesota

Cemetery Plot #: 34-4 with her husband, John Bryson
Family links: 
  Donald McDonald (1829 - 1915)
  Ellen Euphemia Hannah McDonald (1828 - 1901)
  John Alexander Bryson (1852 - 1932)
  James Geddes (1849 - 1870)*
  William Howard Bryson (1878 - 1941)*
  Delbert R Bryson (1879 - 1934)*
  Ella May Bryson White (1881 - 1968)*
  Lee Lorne Bryson (1882 - 1924)*
  Letitia Bryson Stone (1884 - 1967)*
  Edith Rose Bryson Martin (1886 - 1967)*
  Kathryn Gertrude Bryson (1889 - 1940)*
  Lillian Belle Bryson (1892 - 1988)*
  Isabella Ann McDonald Bryson (1852 - 1917)
  James McDonald (1854 - 1933)*
  Margaret Matilda Mcdonald Dertell (1856 - ____)*
  Daniel Herbert McDonald (1861 - 1940)*
  William H. McDonald (1865 - 1878)*
  Mary Elizabeth McDonald Lee (1867 - 1897)*
  Emma McDonald Lee (1871 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Nisbet Cemetery
Polk County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 34-4
Created by: Maureen
Record added: Sep 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58436383
Isabella Ann <i>McDonald</i> Bryson
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Isabella Ann <i>McDonald</i> Bryson
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