Facts and Events
Thomas Bryan (O'Bryan) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 293.--10th February, 1762. James McKay (McAkay) and Mary, of Frederick, to Thomas Bryan, £80, 300 acres on Linvell's Creek, part of 1200 acres patented to McKay, Green and Hite, 26th March, 1739, and by them conveyed to Robert McKay, 19th June, 1746, and by Robert devised to James by will in Augusta; John Bryan's line. Teste: Samuel Money, Robert Semples, Francis ( ) McBroid. Delivered: Thomas Bryan, July, 1766.
- Vol. 2 - Page 418.-(abt. 1766)-Daniel (mark) Cummins petitions that for 3 years he has been a charge to William Picken, who now asks to be reimbursed. Witnesses present, viz: Jno. Thomas, Ruide Mauk, James Cahoon, James Thomas, Jno. Dunbarr, Jno. Gratton, Michael Hauber, Jno. Miller, Thos. Bryan, George Weese, Martin Humble, Jno. Jackson, Skidmore Monsey, Francis Monsey.
- Page 61.--__ _____, 1768. Same (Robert, James, Zachoriah and Moses McKay, of Frederick County) to Thomas Bryan, £80, 300 acres on Linvel's Creek, part of 1,200 above; John Bryan's line. Delivered: Thomas Bryant, December, 1768.
- 19 Sep 1771 - Thomas Braint, 54 acres on Linvils Creek adj Jacob Gum, Cornelius. (Source: Abstract of Land Grant surveys, 1761-1791, by Peter C. Kaylor, 1976.)
- 17 Jul 1772 - Thomas Bryan, 350 acres, Head br of Long Meadow, a branch of No. Fork Shenandoah; adj Mathias Leacher. (Source: Abstract of Land Grant surveys, 1761-1791, by Peter C. Kaylor, 1976.)
- Page 357.--17th August, 1773. Cornelius ( ) O'Bryan and Anne ( ) to Thomas O'Bryan, part of 500 acres conveyed to Cornelius O'Bryan, deceased, and John O'Bryan and said Cornelius O'Bryan, by Hite, McCoy & Co., 24th June, 1744. Cornelius, Sr., died before any partition. John and Cornelius, Jr., made partition by deed, 1762. Teste: Michael Waren.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 463.--10th August, 1762. Thomas O'Bryan (signed Bran and Bryan) and Elizabeth ( ) to John O'Bryan, £5. 200 acres on Linvel's Creek, Hite & Co.'s patent line. Delivered: Thomas O'Bryan, July, 1766.
Will of Thomas Bryan
- 23 Jan 1793 in Rockingham County, Virginia.Will of Thomas Bryan
- In the name of God Amen ~~ I Thomas Bryan of the County of Rockingham & State of Virginia yeoman being of the age of Seventy two years and sencible feeling the decay of Nature although of perfect mind and memory calling to mind the mortal lity of the Body and that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner & form as follows Viz.
- First of all & imprimis I give & recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in decent & Christian like manner at the dischresion of my of my under named Execrs not doubting but that I shall receive the same agin at the General resurrection of the just. And Secondly all Just and lawful debts and funeral charges to be paid and as tuching my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath in the following Manner viz:
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved grand Daughter Hannah McDonnald thirty Acres of pine Land adjoining John Reevses place
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Thos Bryan one hundred and fifty Acres of Land whereon he now Dwells reserving two Acres whereon the Meeting house and grave yard Stands_
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Peter Bryan the one half of a bond upon Gasper Moyers now in my possession_
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Sons viz_ Thos Wm and Allen Bryan three hundred and twenty acres of Pine land to be divided equally among them_
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Wm Bryan a little place upon the North west end of Gasper Moyers place Said Gasper Moyers having made to him one hundred and fifty acres of the place he now lives on in the first place and the remainder to be disposed of as above and likewise a little place_ known by the name of bald hill containing fifty acres_
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Wm Bryan a Set of Black Smith tools now on the plantation I now live on_
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Allen Bryan the plantationI now live on lying between the place I bequeathed to my Son Thos Bryan and my Soninlaw Wm Bryans plantation._
- Item I likewise give and bequeath unto my Son Allen Bryan a Negro Man named Harry untill the age of forty years and then Said Negro to have his freedom _
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Deaughter Debborah Riddle give pounds current money _
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Deaughter Ayles Waron the Sum of five pounds current money likewise __
- Item I likewise give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Mary Bryan also the Sum of five pounds current money :Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Deaughter Rebeckah & Sarah Bryan the Sum of ten pounds each to be paid out of the bond above mentioned upon Gasper Moyers_
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Wm Bryan a cow & calf_
- Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son William & Allen Bryan a Still and vessals each one half_
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my Sons Wm & Allen Bryan the grain that is in the ground and the Hogges each one half
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Allen Bryan & to my Daughters Rebeckah and Sarah the Sheep and the Cows now in my possession each an equal share
- Item I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Sons Wm & Allen Bryan and Daughter Rebeckah & Sarah my household furniter and Horses each an equal Share
- Item I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Sons Wm & Allen Bryan the grain that is in Stacks on the place each one half_ :And lastly I constitute & ordain my well beloved Sons Thos & Wm Bryan _ my whole & Sole Excrs of this my last will and Testament and I utterly revoke Disanull & Disallow all former wills and testaments by me made Constituted or ordained and I constitute this & no other to be my last will and testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand affixed my Seal this twenty third Day of Janr in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & Ninety three 1793 ~
- (Signed) Thomas Bryan (Sl.)
- Signed sealed pronounced and delivered in presents of us & we in his presents and in the presents of each other have hereunto Subscribed our Nam
- Joseph Lair
- Jacob Custer
- Wm Heron
- At a court held for Rockingham county Monday the 25th day of February 1793. This last will and Testament of Thomas Bryan Decd was presented in court by Thomas & Wm Bryant Executors therein named and proved by the oaths of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the Said Executors who with Security entered into Bond conditioned as the Law Directs and made oath thereto a Certificate is Granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form ~
- Teste S. McWilliams, C.R.C.
- A Copy Teste
- L.W. Gambill C.R.C.
Processioning Lists of 1748 & 1767/8
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 19.--Daniel Harrison and Morgan Bryant report, viz: 1747-8, Processioned for Samuel Harrison, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Robert Cravens, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present John Rutledge, Richard Wainscot; Daniel Harrison not processioned, there being a dispute; processioned for James Anderson, lines unknown; processioned for Col. James Wood; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Archibald Hopkins; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Jacob Dye, Richard Wincot; processioned for Cornelius Bryan, present Thos. and Benj. Bryan; processioned for Charles Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Townsend Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for John Miller, present Thos. Hughes, Thos. Moore; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for Joseph Hite, present Samuel and David Stuart; processioned for Jacob Chrisman, present David Stuart, Sam'l Harrison; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Wm. Duff's estate, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for James Robeson, present John Miller; processioned for George Bowman, present Richard Winscot; processioned for Joseph Bryan, present Wm. Bryan; processioned for Morgan Bryan, present James Bryan; processioned for Samuel Wilkins, present Wm. and James Bryan and Samuel Wilkins.
- Vol. 2 - Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by Joseph Skidmore, Geo. Dice, Henry Banener, viz: For Samuel Morrels, present Wm. Eaverman; for John Skidmore, present Valentine Cassel and Jacob Conrad; for Geo. Caplinger, present Jacob Harper and Jno. Caplinger; for Valentine Giles, deceased, present Geo. Giles; for Peter Flesher, for Henry Banener, for Woolrey Conrad, for George Dice. Processioned by Cornelius Ruddle, David Robeson: For Thomas Bryan, for John Linkhorn, for Robert Belshee, for Wm. Dunlap, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickens; for Mathias Leer, Jos. Leer present; for Tunish Vanpeter, for Abraham Miller, for George Speare, for Skid Muncy's land, for Cornelius Ruddle, for Thomas Moore, for David Robinson. Processioned by John Coutts and John Miller, viz: For John Miller, for John Fudge, for John Munge (Conrad Fudge present), for Geo. Hufman, for Geo. Gunrod, for Henry Dick, for Peter Brunemer, for Henry Lung, for Francis Kirtley, for Christopher Cisling, for Boston Nester, for Jerod Peterfish, for Stephen Hanceberry, for John Sellers, for Jacob Runkle, for Nicholas Null, for Charles Fie, for Daniel Link, for Daniel Price, for David McComis, for John Burk, for Mathias Cersh, for Jacob Hammer
Records of Thomas Bryan in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 330.--30th March, 1751. Cornelius O'Bryan's will, yeoman ( )-- Wife, Rebecca; son, John; son, Cornelius; son Thomas' eldest son Benjamin; remainder of children. Executors, wife Rebecca and son John. Teste: James Williams, Joseph Bryan, Jacob Gum. 28th May, 1751, proved by Joseph Bryan, and lie for further proof. 27th August, 1751, proved by Jacob Gum.
- Page 82.--21st November, 1754. Archibald Boreland's accounts as administrator, vs. estate of Wm. Jackson--Paid Andrew Dunlap, John Harden, Robt. Duffels, Archd. Elliot, Wm. Davis, Alex. Wright, Alex. McAllroy, Michl. Harper, Jno. Carolile, Samuel McAlvery, Jno. Graham, Joseph Mays, Samuel Ferguson, Wm. Elliott, Stephen Wilson, Alex. Gillespy, Naphtalin Gregory, Jno. Warwick, John Crockett, Charles Dunlap, Geo. Lewis, Thos. Bryan, Nathan Patterson, James Boreland, Wm. Hamilton, James Brown, James Lockridge, John Williamson, David Stanley; cash paid James Armstrong; 7 gallons whiskey for 2d vendue; to Jinney Boreland's account proved.
- Page 291.--21st March, 1759. Bridget Custard's bond (with Thos. Bryan, Michael Warren) as administratrix of Arnold Custard.
- Page 324.--28th June, 1759. Rees Thomas' appraisement, by Francis Green, Thos. Bryan, Jno. Miller--One quarto folio Bible, £1, 4, 0; 1 quotation Bible, £0, 2, 6; 1 Young Man's Companion; 1 Psalm Book; 2 small books; a few old volumes of books; a parcel of Welsh books; 1 spoke sheaver.
- Page 208.--5th January, 1763. John Wright's estate; appraised by John Cravens, Thomas Harrison, John Shalpman: Daniel Young's note; David Smith's ditto; Soloman Turpin's ditto; Peter Watkins' note; John Stewart's ditto; Thomas Bryant's ditto; Skidmore Muncy's note; William Shull's ditto; Charles Differ's ditto; Robert William's ditto.
- Page 57.--23d June, 1768. Robert, James, Zachoriah and Moses McKay, of Frederick County, to Tunis Vanpeet, £__, 300 acres on Linvel's Creek, part of 1,200 acres above; corner Thomas Bryant's; corner John Lincon. Delivered: Tunis Vanpeet, December, 1768.
- Vol. 2 - Alexander Campbell and Jane his wife, of Rockingham County, vs. Herring--O. S. 176; N. S. 62--Bill 29th May, 1804. Jane is one of sisters of the full blood of William Herring, late of Rockingham,b who died intestate. At time of his death complainants lived in Ireland, where the other sisters now reside, but shortly afterwards removed to Rockingham. Thomas Herring of Rockingham, claiming as half-brother of William, administered. Answer questions Jane's relationship to William. Thomas Heron left Ireland about forty years ago. There was a coroner's inquest on William's body. He was drowned. Agreement dated 16th August, 1792, between the subscribers and William Herron, schoolmaster. William is to teach an English school at following rates, viz: for £30 he is to teach for one year and to have his boarding, washing, and lodging. He is to teach the scholars well and truly in Reading, Writing and also Arethmetick, with care and attention. 3d October the school is to commence. Jacob Lincoln, Solm. (?) Mathews, John Bordine (?), Jacob Custard, David Brumfield, Jos. Lair, Cornelius Bryan, Michael Warren, Jesse Ray, Hannah Haus, Thomas Bryan, Thomas May, David Caufman, George Crisman, William Gray, Thomas Bryan, Sr., Isaac Wisman, Wm. Ralston, Dives Bryan, John Bryan, Samuel Dehart, Mr. Traverse, Evin Thomas (Subscribers). Endorsed Linvills Creek School Article. Articles of Agreement, 27th November, 1790, between subscribers and William Herron, schoolmaster. William is to teach an English school three months for £7-10. Reading, Writing and Arathmetic. Benj. Tallman (4 scholars); James Henton (4 scholars); Hannah Harrison (2 scholars); Christian Miller (3 scholars); Engle Boyer (2 scholars); Samuel Allen (1 scholar); Reuben Harrison (4 scholars); Cap. Josiah Harrison (1 scholar); Jno. Armintrout (1 scholar), subscribers. Agreement as above dated 23d October, 1788, to teach Spelling, Reading, Writing and common Arithmetic. John Kirk, Jane Kirk, James Elliott, Wm. Sterrett, John Craford, James Trimble, Samuel Runkle, Frances Acord, James Reding, Jno. Hogshead, Thos. Eskil, Hannah Sawyers, Thos Tumblin, Jno. Ellott, Wm. Crafford, David Boyler, James Bell, Jno. Lamb. To be paid in grain, wheat at /3 and Rye at /26. William Blain deposes that William Herron was drowned in attempting to cross North River, Thomas Herring deposes, 1808, that from 1784 William until his death lived with him. Hugh Paul deposes that he was well acquainted with William Herron and Alexander Campbell's wife, and knows that they were full brother and sister. John Glendye deposes, 21st January, 1805, that he was acquainted with a certain William Herron in Ireland for some time before his death, being very aged when deponent first knew him. Deponent was the stated Minister of the Gospel in the Congregation of which said William was a member for about 20 years before deponent came to America. Said William was twice married and had children by the first marriage, particularly a son Thomas. Deponent never saw Thomas in Ireland, he having left there before deponent came to that congregation and had come to America, but since he came to America deponent has seen a Thomas Herron of Rockingham who he understands is the same Thomas. Deponent says he knew William Herron, Charity Herron, who married Thomas Kyle, since deceased, Jane Herron, who married Alexander Campbell (plaintiff), and Mary
Herron, who married Thomas Mitchell, all children of William Herron by the second marriage. That William, Jr., frequently officiated as singing clerk to this deponent in his congregation in Ireland for several years. William, Jr., came to America some years before this deponent, but when deponent settled in Staunton, some time before William, Jr., died, the latter was an inhabitant and he officiated again as clerk for him in Staunton. Deponent knew Alexr. Campbell and his wife, Jane, in Ireland and since they came to America, and he celebrated their marriage. Taken at house of Nathan Griffith in Baltimore, 21st January, 1805.
Information on Thomas Bryan
Thomas Bryan was born in 1725 in Ireland and died in 1795 probably in Augusta Co., Va. He married Elizabeth. She was born in 1729 in Augusta Co., Va.
Child of Thomas Bryan and Elizabeth is:
Peter Bryan, b. 1755, Augusta Co., Va.; d. 18ll, Sevier Co. Tn.
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