I am a descendant of Edward Bryan, who in 1870, with his six sons:
"arrived from Pendleton to work at the [Bradford] pit and it is at this time we have the first evidence of a strike, since the local miners ‘---- were so suspicious of these strangers that they did not go down the pit until they had had a good look at them'. The Bryans remained and became ‘gradely Bradford folk' themselves in good time."
Edward was my great-great-grandfather and his son, Thomas, (one of the six) was my great-grandfather.
Another member of the Bryan family, John, is mentioned in a history of the pit:-
"Typical of many families, who served Bradford Colliery during its relatively slow growth until the end of the war, was John Bryan, a Checkweighman and Secretary of the Bradford Branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). A grandson of the Edward Bryan of the 1870 intruders, John Bryan was a loyal supporter of the NUM who was liked and respected by both management and men."
If anybody has any information of any kind on the Bryans of Bradford Pit, I would be very grateful to learn it.