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 Wakeman Bryarly, Jr

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Wakeman Bryarly, Jr

  • Birth 13 Oct 1820 Harford County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 13 Mar 1869 Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Plot Area: Outline #4, Lot: 40
  • Memorial ID 93086024

WAKEMAN BRYARLY was born on 13 October 1820 in Harford County, Maryland to Wakeman Bryarly, Sr. and Priscilla Elizabeth Lee-Bryarly.

Wakeman Bryarly Jr. earned his medical degree at the Washington Medical University, Baltimore, Maryland in 1840.

Wakeman married Mary Sterett Gittings on 5 September 1855. The book written about Bryarly's Gold Rush adventures and newspaper announcements state they were married at Grace Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

The book "Trail to California: The Overland Journal of Vincent Geiger and Wakeman Bryarly," is a diary begun by Vincent Geiger at St. Joseph, Missouri, and continued by Wakeman Bryarly from the North Platte until the arrival in California, and offers a detailed biography on Wakeman. The Geiger-Bryarly record is noted as "remarkably straightforward and articulate, detailed and explicit, and its occasional amateurish qualities compensate for themselves by revealing the personalities of the writers."

Wakeman passed away on 13 Mar 1869 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, and he was buried there at (The book states Greenmont Cemetery, but it is possibly Green Mount).


1. Potter, David Morris (Editor), 1945, "Trail to California: The Overland Journal of Vincent Geiger and Wakeman Bryarly," New Haven Yale University Press: USA, pp. 1-245.

2. Baltimore County Circuit Court, Towson, Maryland; the 14 Septemper 1855 issues of the "Baltimore American" & the "Commercial Daily Advertiser."

Wakeman Bryarly & Mary Sterett Gittings were married at Grace Church in Baltimore, Maryland on 5 September 1855.

3. Maryland, Marriages, 1666-1970:

Marriage Date: 1855.
Marriage Place: St. Johns Parish Protestant Episcopal Church in Joppa, Harford County, Maryland.
Groom's Name: Wakeman Bryarty.
Bride's Name: Mary Sterett Gittings.

Bride's Father's Name: David S. Gittings.

4. Daily Democrat State Journal, Sacramento California, Vol. VIIL, Issue 8, Page 3, Column 1:

" DR. WAKE BRYARLY -- We find the following paragraph in a Baltimore paper:

Fashionable wedding - Dr. Wake Bryarly, of California, and Miss Mary S. Gittings, oldest daughter of Dr. David S. Gittings, of Long Green, Baltimore County, were united in wedlock by the Rev. Dr. Uox, of Grace Church on wednesday afternoon - the happy couple having in waiting upon them two groomsmen and two bridesmaids. There were upwards of three hundred ladies and gentlemen, relatives and friends of the parties, in attendance, and after the ceremonies consequent they repaired to Barnum's Hotel, where a magnificent wedding party, gotten up regardless of cost, had been prepared. The company filled two spacious parlors, and the merriment around the festive board continued until a late hour in the evening. We know that it is the intention of Dr. Bryarly to visit Russia where he will remain for ten or twelve months, and upon his return conduct his wife to California."

5. The photo of Dr. Wakeman Bryarly Jr. is from the frontispiece of his book, "Trail to California: The Overland Journal of Vincent Geiger and Wakeman Bryarly," - he was a Major in the Crimean War & he is wearing his Russian Army Uniform. The photo was only published in the 1945 Hardback edition.

6. Obituary: Tuesday, March 16, 1869, San Francisco Bulletin, (San Francisco, CA), Vol. XXVII, Issue 134, Page 3:

"DEATH OF DR BRYARLY -- A private dispatch announces the death of Dr Wake Bryarly, at Baltimore. He was long a resident of this place, and in 1860 had charge at the County Hospital. His skill as a surgeon was proverbial, and he was widely known throughout this and the neighboring state of Nevada. The immediate cause of death is said to be softening of the brain, brought about by his -?- attention to his profession, and neglect of proper rest and recreation. His numerous friends will deeply regret his decease -- Sacramento Union of Today."

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  • Created by: Mark Morrow
  • Added: 5 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93086024
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Wakeman Bryarly, Jr (13 Oct 1820–13 Mar 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93086024, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Mark Morrow (contributor 46970103) .