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Morgan BRYAN, Sr.

Male Abt 1671 - 1763  (~ 92 years)


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  • Name Morgan BRYAN 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1671  Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 9FDC-29 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 28 Mar 1763  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Apr 1763  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Joppa Cemetery, Rowan [now Davie] County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Kerns, Wilmer L., Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley - 1730-1830, Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, Inc., 1995, pp. 561-564:

      Morgan Bryan: Opequon Settlement Leader

      The Bryan family pioneered some of the major settlements in colonial America. In 1730, Morgan Bryan and his partner in Pennsylvania, Alexander Ross, paved the way for the Opequon Settlement in the northern Valley of Virginia. In 1748, the Bryan clan established a settlement in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, after losing a dispute with Lord Fairfax in Virginia. During the 1770s, members of the Bryan family opened Kentucky for settlement, and later Missouri. Several of Morgan Bryan's children were Tories. By 1805, the Bryan surname had disappeared from Rowan County, N.C.

      By most accounts, Morgan Bryan was born in Denmark, about 1671, of English-Irish parentage, and came to America from northern Ireland in 1695 at the age of 24 years. The earliest known record on Bryan is the listing of his name on the 1719 tax roll for Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. His name appears at the end of the tax roll, after the manner of an unmarried taxable, and genealogists have assumed that he married no earlier than that year. However, recorded activities of some of his children suggest that Bryan was married earlier than 1717. In that year, Morgan Bryan was 46 years old and his wife, Martha Strode (1697-1762), was 20 years old.

      Martha Strode had probably just completed a term of indentured service. According to a brief genealogy written by a grandson, she and her two brothers were "bound out" upon arriving in America, their parents having died at sea. The Strode family was probably English, although they seem to have sailed from Holland or elsewhere on the Continent in the company of Hugenot [sic] refugees.

      Morgan Bryan's name appeared on the tax list for Marlborough Township, Chester County, in 1720, 1721, 1722, and 1726. He is believed to have lived in the Pequea Creek District. Some historians have speculated that Morgan was engaged in trading activities with the Indians, possibly in association with his younger brother William and members of the Linville family. At that time, the so-called "Conestoga trade" was carried on at various points along the Susquehana [sic] River - particularly between the mouth of Conestoga River and Pequea Creek which enter the Susquehana [sic] from the northeast. Indians from the Appalachian Mountains and beyond came east to the trading camps along the banks of the river to exchange furs for manufactured goods.

      From 1726 through 1728, Morgan Bryan owned a 137-acre farm in Marlborough Township. His sale of this property seems to have signaled the family's departure for newly-opening frontier lands in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Contact with Indians and white traders from the western hinterlands may have stimulated Bryan's interest in acquiring land on the frontier. In any event, he apparently concluded that trading land might be profitable. For most colonists, farming was the only feasible route to economic betterment, because it required only minimal skill and modest capital investment. But throughout the Atlantic seaboard, growing numbers of European arrivals kept pushing land prices and quit-rents upward. Thus, many of the impoverished, land hungry immigrants who debarked in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland had little choice but to accept the risks of the frontier.

      Bryan undoubtably [sic] explored the Shenandoah Valley during the late 1720s. In 1730, he and a prominent Quaker named Alexander Ross of Chester County, Pennsylvania, presented a colonization plan to Lieut. Governor William Gooch and his Council in Virginia. Bryan was viewed as the businessman while Ross was to recruit Quakers for the new settlement. The partners succeeded in obtaining a 100,000[-acre] grant south of the Potomac River and west of Opequon Creek extending to North Mountain. Ross established his area on the west side of Opequon Creek in present-day Frederick County, while Bryan oversaw the area that now lies in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in both Opequon Valley and part of Back Creek Valley. Ross did not extend his settlement into Back Creek Valley.

      The government would issue grants and patents over the following two years to the 100 families which Bryan and Ross believed they could attract. Some families arrived before 1732, but the project failed to meet the 2-year deadline, and grants were not issued until November 1735. Some settlers who claimed land in the geographic area of the Bryan-Ross land order, within the 1730-1732 period, were Abraham Hollingsworth, Enoch Pearson, Thomas Babb, Isaac Parkins, George Pearis, John Calvert, William Hoge, Robert Heaton, William Rannells, John Frost, George Bruce, et al. By 1735, Bryan and Ross had settled only 70 families. During the first two decades after settlement, land granting authority was confusing, as some grants were made by the Virginia Governor, while others received their authority from Orange County, Virginia. By 1748, Lord Fairfax was in control of all land in the Northern Neck of Virginia, and ordered new surveys of lands already claimed by settlers. A new granting system started from scratch. Some settlers paid for their lands two or three times.

      Morgan Bryan lived among the Quakers for many years and could have come to America under the auspices of the Society [of Friends], but he does not appear to have become a Friend. His younger brother is believed to have been William Bryan who, in 1721-1722, helped organize the Presbyterian Church in Donegal Township of Chester County (later Lancaster County). If so, it is understandable that Morgan was among those who, in 1735, petitioned the Colony for permission to build two Presbyterian Churches and to have invited a Presbyterian minister to hold services in his home on Mill Creek in Orange County, Virginia. Morgan Bryan's home was in southern (present-day) Berkeley County [West Virginia].

      When Fairfax surveyed the Northern Neck of Virginia in 1738, Bryan saw "the handwriting on the wall." He recognized that his land empire eventually would be revoked and controlled by Lord Fairfax. In the years following - the 1740s - Bryan would become active in Old Augusta County, which adjoined Frederick County to the south. Augusta County records contain many references to Morgan Bryan as surveyor, litigant, juror, road overseer, and real estate owner. It is not clear which year he moved to Augusta County, where he spent about 4-5 years as an interim resident, leaving behind his land empire in Frederick County.

      William Bryan, Morgan's younger brother, settled in the upper Valley of Virginia, including land on the site of the present city of Roanoke, Virginia. William, believed to have been an ancestor of William Jennings Bryan, died in 1789 at the age of 104 years. Since, like their cousins, some of William's grandchildren migrated to North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the midwest, they have often been confused with descendants of Morgan and Martha (Strode) Bryan.

      In 1748, Morgan Bryan decided to take up new land in Lord Granville's extensive Crown Grant south of the Virginia border in western North Carolina, which was then the outermost fringe of white civilization. With children, grandchildren and other families, the migration party probably left after harvest to arrive in time to erect winter shelter. Following the Great Wagon Road, the trip took almost three months.

      Joseph Bryan, the eldest son, and perhaps Morgan Bryan Jr., remained in Frederick County for several years before joining the clan in North Carolina. Left behind permanently near Winchester were the graves of Morgan and Martha Bryan's daughter Mary and her husband Thomas Curtis. The young couple, married only a year or two, died in the early 1740s, leaving their infant daughter to be raised by grandmother Martha. Seven-year-old Mary Curtis was among several children who endured the trek to North Carolina.

      Morgan Bryan was in his 78th year when his party reached the region of the Forks of the Yadkin River in Anson County, North Carolina. He and his son-in-law, William Linville, made immediate claim on choice properties within the Granville Proprietary totaling thousands of acres. Not all of the land records are extant, but there is ample evidence that Bryan bought extensive acreage to accomodate [sic] his new settlement. He provided not only for his immediate family (seven sons), but purchased large tracts for speculative reasons. The Bryans arrived with financial reserves from real estate profits from the Opequon Settlement and Augusta County ventures. If Bryan had remained in Frederick County after 1748, he would have lost everything to Lord Fairfax.

      The Bryan Settlement lay originally within Anson County, and was within Rowan County when it was formed from Anson in 1753. By the time te Moravians had arrived in North Carolina from Pennsylvania (1752) and selected the 155-square-mile tract that was to become their "Wachovia" colony, the area bounding them on the west had already become known as the Bryan Settlement. The heart of the settlement described an arc across the northern half of the present Davie County and the southeastern part of what is now Yadkin County, North Carolina. On the east, the arc anchored on the North Fork of the Yadkin River with the lands of Samuel and William Bryan. These lay just south of the "Shallow Ford" of the river across which passed the road between Wachovia and the new Rowan County seat of Salisbury. Morgan Bryan's "mansion house" was located on Deep Creek in present Yadkin County several miles northwest of Shallow Ford. The Bryan-Linville Settlement extended into the present counties of Surry, Wilkes, Iredell, Forsythe and Davidson.

      The population exodus from Frederick County during 1748-1749 may be attributed to the appeal of Morgan Bryan for settlers to join his new settlement. Some families that arrived in the Forks region with the Bryans included those of James Carter, Nicholas Harford, George Forbush, Edward Hughes, plus families that were surnamed Ellis, Jones, Davis. These were followed by the Boones, Hunts, Howards and Hamptons. These families were active in early government and military affairs of Rowan County. Morgan Bryan Sr. was a member of Rowan County's first Grand Jury. More former residents of Frederick County sought refuge in Yadkin Valley during the French and Indian War. Ironically, the Cherokees were involved in a regional war against Rowan County settlers, and the latter sought refuge on several occasions in the east.

      The elder Bryans did not live to see the Revolutionary War. Morgan died at age 92 on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1763. Martha died eight months earlier on Aug. 24, 1762, aged 65 years. Martha's tombstone was uncovered during the construction of a highway in northeastern Davie County, about 1900. In 1962, it was rediscovered in a nearby farmyard and was placed on display in a museum in Salisbury, North Carolina. The dates are still legible. One source erroneously states that Martha died in Frederick County.

      In his will, Morgan Bryan lists his eight living children, and these are in the same order as in the will of Mary (Bryan) Curtis. The following sequence and birth dates are consistent with the recorded activities of Morgan and Martha Bryan's nine known children.

      Children of Morgan and Martha (Strode) Bryan were:

      1. Joseph Bryan (1718-1804) was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He first married Hester by whom he had 5-6 children. After her death, Joseph married second to Alice Linville. Joseph stayed in Frederick County to oversee his lands, and lived briefly in Augusta County until 1756, when he relocated to the Bryan Settlement in the Forks of the Yadkin River. Joseph died in Kentucky, and named 11 children in his will.

      2. Mary Bryan was born in Chester County about 1720 and died in Frederick County in 1742. She married Thomas Curtis, and they had one child, Mary Curtis, who married Robert Forbush of Rowan County, about 1758. Thomas Curtis preceded Mary in death, as she served as his administratrix in Orange County Court. Mary died soon after, and Morgan Bryan Sr. and Joseph Bryan served as her executors.

      3. Eleanor Bryan (1722-1792) married William Linville. The two families lived near each other in Pennsylvania and may have been business associates. Both came to seek land in the Great Valley of Virginia. Linville Creek in Rockingham County, Virginia was named for this family. In 1746, William and Eleanor sold their land in Virginia to his brother, Thomas Linville; to her brother Joseph Bryan; and to George Bowman. Two years later William and Eleanor were part of the Bryan Settlement in North Carolina. In the Fall of 1766, William Linville and his son John Linville were killed by Indians while on a hunting trip. Eleanor did not remarry, and she moved to Kentucky with her children, and died in Madison County in 1792. They had at least six children.

      4. Samuel Bryan (1724-1798) was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Virginia. About 1754, he married Elizabeth Enochs, daughter of John and Margaret (VanNimmen) Enochs. Samuel served as a captain in the Rowan County Militia during the French and Indian War. He removed his family from the area until 1761, when the Cherokee War was ended. During the Revolutionary War, Samuel Bryan was appointed a Lt. Colonel by Governor Martin, and served as a Tory. Many of the families in the Bryan Settlement were sympathetic with the British cause. In 1781, Colonel Bryan was captured and tried for treason. He was sentenced to death by hanging, but the Governor was persuaded to exchange Bryan for a Continental officer. This experience was costly in terms of his financial empire in Yadkin Valley. Samuel died in Rowan County in 1798. After his wife Elizabeth died ten years later, executor Samuel Bryan Jr. moved to upstate New York. Thirteen children of Samuel Bryan Sr. have been identified.

      5. Morgan Bryan Jr. (1726-1804) stayed behind with his brother Joseph in Virginia until sometime in the 1750s. It is believed that he married Mary Forbush, daughter of George and Olive Forbush. By 1759, Morgan Jr. was a captain in a local militia unit in North Carolina. In 1785, he went to Kentucky where he died in 1804. Morgan Jr. and Mary had ten children.

      6. John Bryan (1729-1800) was one of three contemporary persons with the same name. Two Johns lived at the Forks of the Yadkin in 1759. One was probably a son of William Bryan of Roanoke, and the other was our subject. John Bryan of Morgan Sr. married a woman named Sarah and they had nine children. John died in the Bryan Settlement about 1800.

      7. William Bryan was born March 10, 1733 in Virginia and died May 7, 1780 in Kentucky. He married Mary Boone, daughter of Squire and Sarah (Morgan) Boone, and a sister of Daniel Boone. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, Nov. 3,1736, and died July 6,1819, in Fayette County, Kentucky. In the 1760s the couple established a farm along the west side of Yadkin's North Fork between the Shallow Ford and old Morgan Bryan's mansion house. William established Bryan's Station in Kentucky, developing a settlement in 1779. A number of settlers were lost during a severe, first, winter, followed by fatalities from an Indian raid. In May of the following year, William was ambushed and killed while on a hunting trip. The Bryan party retreated to Rowan County to regroup. In 1785, William's wife Elizabeth returned to Kentucky, where she died in 1819. William and Mary had 10 or 11 children.

      8. James Bryan was born circa 1734 in Orange County, Va. and died Aug. 18, 1807 in Charles County, Missouri. About 1756, he married Rebecca Enochs, daughter of John and Margaret (VanNimmen) Enochs. Rebecca was born circa 1738 in Prince George County, Maryland and died in 1768, of childbirth, in Yadkin Valley, Rowan County. James continued to live in the Bryan Settlement for nine years, after which he moved to Boonesboro, Kentucky. Rebecca Boone (his neice), wife of Daniel Boone, cared for the children while James worked on Bryan's Station. James, like his brothers, failed to secure a title to the land along Elkhorn Creek. In 1799, when Daniel Boone decided to move on to new lands in Spanish-held Missouri, James Bryan and his three sons followed him.

      9. Thomas Bryan (1735-1776) grew up in Frederick County, Va. About 1756, he married Sarah Hunt, eldest daughter of Col. Jonathan Hunt, then head of the Rowan County Militia. Thomas served in a Rowan County militia commanded by his brother Capt. Morgan Bryan Jr. Thomas is believed to have been a Loyalist as the Revolutionary War approached. He was also involved in building Bryan's Station, and helped the family relocate in Kentucky. One of the first entries in the Rowan County Court of Common Pleas was approval of Sarah (Hunt) Bryan to serve as administratrix of the estate of Thomas Bryan. Since he filed no will, it is probable that he met a sudden and unexpected death. One theory is that he was killed by local Whigs because he was an active Tory officer. Sarah (Hunt) Bryan assigned the Kentucky property to William Bryan, and continued to live in Rowan County. In 1792, she married second to the Rev. John Gano. She died three years later in Kentucky. Thomas and Sarah Bryan had seven children.

      (2) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 73-77:

      MORGAN BRYAN

      Morgan Bryan (b. 1695 c.) owned a tract of land near the North Mountain about two miles south of the 1,020 acres . . . and 2?? miles northwest of present-day Martinsburg, West Virginia. This 400-acre tract was situated adjacent south to Jonathan Curtis . . . and adjacent north to Peteate and Robinson . . . . Morgan sold the 400 acres to Richard Thatcher of Pennsylvania.

      On 26 December 1734, Morgan had Brooke survey a 264-acre tract of land located two miles south of the above 400 acres, between present-day Nollville and Arden, West Virginia on Berkeley County Highway 30 "at the Flatt Spring." Bryan received a patent from the Colony on the 264 acres on 12 November 1735. He then sold the land to Daniel Chancey for 15 pounds on 26 July 1738. . . .

      Bryan had 400 acres of land "on a branch (Hoke Run) of Opechon Creek where the said Morgan Mill standith" surveyed by Robert Brooke on 23 December 1734 and received a patent from the Colony on 12 November 1735. . . . Morgan and his wife Martha sold 125 acres of this tract on 7 January 1743/44 to Roger Turner for 25 pounds; the sale was witnessed by Edward Hughes, John Grayson and David Crockatt. Morgan, then of Augusta County, Virginia, sold 200 acres of the 400-acre tract to Andrew Bowman Jr. for 30 pounds on 4 May 1747. Andrew was deceased by 13 February 1749/50 when Morgan, then of Anson (Rowan) County, North Carolina, sold 75 acres to Peter Tostee for 13 pounds, 10 shillings. This tract of land is located at present-day Hainesville, West Virginia on U.S. Highway 11, which Morgan Bryan assisted in "viewing a way for the road to go from Watkin's Ferry on the Potomack (River) to Ashby's Bent on the Sherundo (River)" by order of the Orange Court on 27 August 1741.

      Adjacent southeast of the above tract, Morgan had Brooke survey "810 acres of Land Sictuate on Opeckon Creek" on 1 June 1734 for which he received a patent from the Colony on 3 October 1734 the acreage being increased from the 810 acres to 1,250 acres. His home was built on this land on Opequon Creek about ½ mile east of present-day Bedington on Berkeley County, West Virginia Highway 12. . . . On 16 August 1744, Morgan and his wife Martha of Orange County (Augusta), Virginia sold 360 acres of this patent land to their son Joseph Bryan for 50 pounds; the sale was witnessed by Samuel Bryan, Joseph's brother. The 360-acre tract was the section on the east side of Opequon Creek where Morgan and Martha lived. Joseph Bryan of Augusta County, Virginia sold the 360 acres to Edward Strode for 200 pounds on 13 May 1752. Morgan then sold the remainder of the 1,250 acres (890 acres) to Hugh Parker, a "merchant" of Prince George County, Maryland, for 300 pounds on 18 November 1747.

      On 24 December 1734, Robert Brooke surveyed a tract of land containing 450 acres for Bryan; the tract was located on the west side of Opequon Creek at the mouth of Tuscarora Creek on the south, to Julep Bend on the north. . . . He received a patent from the Colony for this tract on 12 November 1735. He then sold 250 acres . . . to his son Samuel Bryan on 11 November 1747 for 100 pounds; John Ellis, Evan Ellis and Samuel Strode served as witnesses. Samuel Bryan of Augusta County sold the 250 acres to Henry and Abraham Vanmeter for 120 pounds 29 March 1753. On 6 September 1748, Morgan sold 100 acres to Samuel Strode for 20 pounds. . . . He then sold the remaining 100 acres to Simon Linder for 28 pounds on 16 February 1749/50. Morgan Bryan was taxed in Birmingham Township in 1719 and in Marlborough Township from 1720 to 1726 on the drains of Brandywine Creek, south of present-day West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He probably moved to the Potomac River area of the Blue Ridge in 1726 or 1727 where he assigned (sold) 1,303 acres to John Mills by 5 March, 1729/30 when Mills had a "Warrant" issued for the 1,303 acres by the "Proprietor's Office." This tract of land is located in present-day Loudoun County, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Milltown Creek; a branch of Catoctin Creek and the head of Dutchman's Creek at the Short Hills, half-way from the Potomac River and Virginia Highway 9 and west of Virginia Highway 287. John Mills assigned (sold) the tract to Catesby Cocke after it was surveyed on 19 November 1730. Mills and Bryan were both listed as being of Prince George County, Maryland. Morgan also had 1,015 acres on the Blue Ridge surveyed on 30 March 1732; this tract on North Catoctin Creek was located near present-day Virginia Highway 9 and Vestal's Gap. (Grant, if issued, not recorded) Morgan, his wife Martha and his daughter "Elinor" Bryan attended the marriage of Thomas Mills and Elizabeth Harrold at Josiah Ballenger's at "Manaquicy" in present-day Frederick County, Maryland on 18 June 1730.

      Morgan probably was living on his 1,250-acre patent land on the Opequon Creek by or before 1730, based on the fact that he had a mill in operation in 1734. Since a mill would require a millwright to build the facility, grinding stones, gears, a dam across the stream and mill races with labor-intensive manual labor, it is a safe assumption that Morgan would have started construction on the mill at least two years before and after he was settled in with house and crops. Moreover, there had to be many other farmers in the area by that time in order to make the venture a good investment before he even started construction, since establishing a mill required a sizable monetary investment and many customers within a three-mile radius. And since there was also a mill at Josiah Jones on Rockymarsh Run about six miles east and Thomas Anderson's mill about four miles southwest, it is likely that there were sufficient farmers in the vicinity for Morgan to anticipate a profit on his enterprise.

      Morgan was in Orange (Augusta) County after 9 March 1744 and before 16 August 1744 where he received a Virginia Land Patent for 400 acres on Linwell?s (Linville) Creek on 20 September 1745. This land is located south of Broadway, Virginia in Rockingham County. Son-in-law William Linwell (Linvell) and wife Elenor (daughter of Morgan and Martha) sold to "George Bowman 500 acres on Unwell's Creek in the 5 line of Joseph Bryan (in his possession)" on 15 August 1746. Joseph was still living in Frederick County. The Linvells were on Linvelle Creek before 20 December 1739 when James Wood made a survey for William Spillaim. On 3 June 1755, Joseph Bryan and Alice sold 500 acres to Jacob Chrissman adjacent to the above tract which he had purchased from his brother-in-law William Linvell on Linville Creek. Thomas Linvell, brother of William, was an adjacent landowner. Samuel Bryan, Morgan Bryan Jr. and John Ellis (a neighbor in Frederick County) were witnesses to a land sale "on a branch of North River of Shanando called Wallings Creek" on 11 December 1746. On 26 February 1746/47, Morgan Sr. purchased three cows and a set of smith tools from Thomas Linvill.

      Morgan and his wife Martha were in Anson (Rowan) County, North Carolina after 29 November 1749 and by 13 February 1749/50. On 7 March 1749/50, he gave power of attorney to John Madison to collect debts in Augusta and Frederick counties, Virginia. The Augusta County Court issued a "Commission 27 September 1753 to Edward Hughes, Squire Boone and James Carter of Roan (Rowan) County, North Carolina to take acknowledgement" of Martha Bryan as to the deed of land sale to David Johnston, dated 29 November 1749. This action was executed and returned to the Augusta County Court on 20 May 1754.

      Samuel Bryant (Bryan), John McDowell, Morgan Bryan, William Sherrill and William Linvil were among the Grand and Petit Juries of the first Court of Rowan County, North Carolina. John Ellis, the neighbor in Frederick and Augusta Counties, also moved to Rowan County with them, as did Morgan and Martha Bryan's granddaughter Mary Curtis Forbes (wife of Robert Forbes and daughter of Mary and Thomas Curtis). Morgan's son William Bryan was still in Augusta County, Virginia on 11 October 1765 when he sold 133 acres on Roanoke River to William Bryan Jr., the son of William Sr.

      Hopewell Friends History states that Morgan's "granddaughter Rebecca, daughter of son Joseph, married Daniel Boone. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan, father and mother of Daniel Boone, were married at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (of Quakers) in 1725." (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania) Morgan was possibly a former Quaker of Scotch ancestry, as many were who left the Society and later reverted to their original religion. He was probably attending Presbyterian meetings in 1737 when he signed a petition to the Orange Court along with 29 others that "meeting places might be erected, and recorded in your Court, one at the land of Reverend Mr. William Williams (a Presbyterian minister) and another at Mr. Morgan Bryan near his house."

      Morgan Bryan's will was written 28 March 1763 in Rowan County, North Carolina listing his daughter Elinor Linvile, granddaughter Mary (Curtis) Forbes, sons Joseph, Samuel, Morgan, John, William, James and Thomas. Sons John Bryan and William Bryan are named executors with Morgan Bryan listed as a witness.

      William Bryan's (of the County of Kentucky) will was written on 23 May 1780 and entered in Rowan County, North Carolina leaving to his wife Mary 1,000 acres purchased of Sarah Bryan lying between Cain Run and the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in "Caintuky County due unto the said Sarah for rasing a crop of corn in the year 1776." (Located near Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky) His children listed in the will were sons; Daniel, Samuel and daughters; Phebe, Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary. Sons Samuel and Daniel were appointed executors and Joseph Bryan, William Grant, and Samuel Boone were witnesses.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      Morgan Bryan, 2134 acres in four separate tracts. The tract on which he made his home lies in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia, northwest of the village of Bunker Hill, along Mills' Creek.

      (4) See the notes on Alexander ROSS for (a) the identity of some of the members of the "70 families" who settled in Frederick County, VA by 1735, in the geographic area of the Bryan-Ross land order, and (b) a listing, in page number order in VA Patent Book 16, of the 40 patents which were executed and delivered on November 12, 1935 to members of those "70 families."
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    Father Francis BRYAN,   b. 1630, Claire, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1693, Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
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    Mother Sarah BRINKER,   b. 1634, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married 1667  Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family Martha STRODE,   b. 1697, France or Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1762, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1719  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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     1. Joseph BRYAN,   b. 1718, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary BRYAN,   b. Abt 1720, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Feb 1742, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)  [natural]
     3. Eleanor BRYAN,   b. 1722,   d. 1792, Madison County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     4. Samuel BRYAN,   b. 1724,   d. 1798, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     5. Morgan BRYAN, Jr.,   b. 1726,   d. 1804, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     6. John BRYAN,   b. 1729,   d. 1800  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     7. William BRYAN,   b. 10 Mar 1733, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1780, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
     8. James BRYAN,   b. Abt 1734, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1807, Charles County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [natural]
     9. Thomas BRYAN,   b. 1735,   d. 1776  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
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    Family ID F4586  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart