The father of Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904) of Nashville was John Ryman, born 1819 in Tennessee and died 1864 in Tennessee. He has a probate file at Nashville, Davidson Co. TN. John had three brothers (Frank, William, Charles) and one sister. I am a descendant of Frank. All three brothers spent their entire lives in Davidson County, TN. Their father was Frederick (Ferdinand) Ryman (1765-1863).
I have researched Frederick's descendants very throughly and have source information. Benjamin Franklin doesn't fit into this line.
My best advice to give you is to follow Benjamin Ryman in the censuses, and that you won't find him in Tennessee. Work your way backward and you will see that his path does not lead to Thomas G. Ryman of Nashville or Thomas's ancestors. Here is some info below on Tom Ryman's family. Good luck with your research --- J. Johnson
1820 U.S. Census, Sumner County, TN (adjacent to Davidson County)
Rhyneman, Ferdinand 200020/21100/foreign born; 2 m u/10, 2 m 26/45, f.
2/u10, 1 f 10/16, 1 f 16/26.
1860 U.S. Census, Davidson County, Nashville (6th Ward), TN, Pg. 102, Pg. 430A
John Ryman, 40, Fisherman, TN
Sarah, 36, TN
Thomas, 18, TN ***Thomas G. Ryman of Ryman Auditorium
Mary, 13, TN
Susan, 11, TN
John, 9, TN
Campbell, 3, M, TN
Laura, 1, TN
1880 U.S. Census, Davidson County, (9th District), TN:
Page 31, College Street Dwelling 246, Family 366,
Vol. 6, Sheet 31, 227 College Street:
Ryman, Thos, G. White, Male, Age 35, Steamboat Capt., Birthplace: Tenn ***
Ryman, Bettie, White, Female, Age 33, Wife
Ryman, Daisie, White, Female, Age 10, Daughter
Ryman, Thommie, White, Female, Age 7, Daughter (Incorrect, was male and
Ryman, Pearl, White, Female, Age 4, Daughter
Ryman, Leslie, White, Male, Age 3, Son (incorrect, was female and
Ryman, Georgie, White, Male, Age 1, Daughter (incorrect, was female)
Baugh, Frank, White, Male, Age 12, Bro-in-law, At School
Baugh, Sallie E., White, Female, Age 52, Mother-in-law
Roundtree, John A., White, Male, Age 38, Steamboatman
Roundtree, Alabama, White, Female, Age 30
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