The Dryer name appeared in American reocords in late 1704.
It was possible and probable that the family was once Dutch and that the name was
origianally Van Drier, although it appears only as Dryer as far back as 1500.
Other places to search would be: English branch of the continental family whose name is spelled
Van Drier in Holland, Von Dryer and Dreher in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Norway and Sweden.
William Dryer Senior, father of the first American ancestor was a locksmith and gunsmith.
I have a book on the dryers. My grandfather is Donald R. Dryer. My mom is Carol A. Dryer/Hartman.
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