Person:William Bryan (16)

William Bryan
b.1685 Ireland
m. 1667
  1. Morgan Bryan, Sr.Abt 1671 - 1763
  2. Cornelius BryanEst 1672 to 1684 -
  3. William Bryan1685 - 1789
m. 1 Jun 1708
  1. Mary Bryan1710 - 1772
  2. John Andrew Bryan1712 - 1799
  3. James Bryan1714 - 1816
  4. William Bryan, of Roanoke, VAAbt 1716 - 1806
  5. Margaret Bryan1718 - 1758
  6. Benjamin Bryan1720 - 1752
  7. David Bryan1721 - Bef 1767
Facts and Events
Name William Bryan
Gender Male
Birth? 1685 Ireland
Marriage 1 Jun 1708 County Down, Irelandto Margaret Strode
Death? 1789 Botetourt County, Virginia

William Bryan was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA

Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 280-283. Indenture 6 March 1746 between William Bryan of St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, Planter and Philip Bush of same.. witnesseth.. whereas William Bryan for ₤20.. deeds of lease and release.. sold 100 acres in St. Thomas Parish.. beginning.. Philip Bush.. John Lucas.. John Taylor.. Capt. John Taylor.. (signed) William (X) Bryan. Witnesses: Zach. Taylor, Robt. (X) Sharman, James Brown. Recorded Orange County 26 March 1746. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 57].

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 153.--14th February, 1748. Wm. Bewes (Bews) to Wm. Bryan. Delivered: Ro. Breckinridge, May, 1765. On Goose Creek. Corner Joseph Love.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 313.--11th October, 1765. William Bryan, Sr., to William Bryan, Jr., son of William, Sr., £5.5, 133 acres on Roanoke River adjoining Joseph Love. Delivered: Thos. Madison, January, 1771.
  • Page 271.--14th March, 1768. William Bryan to James Bryan, £100, 267 acres on Roanoke, alias Goose Creek; corner William Bryans, Jr., James Burk's line. Teste: William Ingles, William Tutt, Samuel Woods, William Preston. Delivered: Mr. Samuel Lewis, 16th January, 1772.

Records in Orange County, VA

  • Love vs. Bryant - Edward Love vs. William Bryant. For debt of 285 pounds of tobacco. 27 Oct. 1733. Account of Edwd. Love to Mr. Wm. Bryant, 27 Oct. 1733. [Orange County, VA Judgements, 1735, pg. 64]
  • Petition of Thomas Calloway that the road which goeth to the county line of Hanover is become altogether useless in the upper part by reason of another road which leads to George Holmes' quarter close upon the county line. He asks that the upper part of said road, known by the name of Franklyn's Road may be cleared by a continual course up to James River Mountains. Asks that Edward Franklyn, William Bryan, Phillip Bush, Laurence Franklyn and his son Benjamin, William Land, John and Alexander Cleveland, John Bryson and the make tithables on Col. Todd's quarter on the Blew Run, together with all that shall hereafter settle within the precincts, by appointed to clear the road. Also signed by William Callaway and Francies Callaway. [Orange County Judgements, 1735, pg. 73]
  • Petition of Denis Bryne that in November last the Court gave an order for clearing a road from the piny mountain run up to the ridge above Lynch's Quarter and nominated William Bryan surveyor of same and the petitioner to assist in clearing. Petitioner being a schoolmaster begs judgement whether the surveyor can lawfully compel him to assist in clearing the road. [Orange County Judgements, 1735, pg. 74]
  • Grand Jury sworn, 18 Nov. 1735: Robert Cave, foreman, Abra. Bledsoe, Francis Browning, Wm. Bryant, Wm. Pannil, Edward Franklin, Phillip Bush, Anthony Head, Wm. Kelley, Henry Downs, Jno. Bransford, David Phillips, John Howard, Geo. Anderson, Mark Finks, Wm. Carpenter, George Woods. [Orange County Judgements, 1736, pg. 71]

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. - 1750 - Petition, 1752, of inhabitants from Forks of Roanoke to James Neiley's Majority have to travel 25 to 30 miles to work on ye road from Reed Creek to Warwick. Petition to have road laid off into precincts. William Bryan, John Bryan, James Bryan, William Walcker, James Campbell, Alexander Ingram, Robert Bryan, Henry Brown, James Bane, William Bryan, Jr., Joseph Love.
  • Page 445.--10th August, 1753. Margaret Love (alias Bryan) to James Mitchell, mortgage or personalty to indemnify Mitchell against a judgment vs. him in County Court, Augusta, as surety (special bail) for Joseph Lane, absuit of James Dean, merchant. Teste: James Campbell and Wm. Bryan, Wm. Beard.
  • Page 526.--21st November, 1753. Patrick Lynch's appraisement by Henry Brown, James Neeley, Wm. Bryan.
  • Page 367.--29th November, 1760 (?). Malcom Campbell's estate appraised by Wm. Bryan, Neal McNeal, James Neelley.
  • Page 467.--25th September, 1766. Alexander Boyd's estate appraised, by Francis Smith, Wm. Bryan, James Roberts.
  • Page 236.--21st February, 1786. Jacob Cale and Grissilla to Wm. Bryan, of Fauquier, 87 bbls. good common flour delivered at Fredericksburg. Mortgage. (Note: this record may belong to either William Bryan, Sr. or his son, William Bryan, Jr.).

Information on William Bryan

William Bryan Birth: 1685 55 51 -- Down, Ireland Death: 1789 (Age 104) -- Botetourt, Virginia, USA 1 June 1708 (Age 23) Margaret Strode - [View Family (F00251)] Down, Ireland

WILLIAM BRYAN William Bryan, son of Francis Bryan III and grandson of William Smith Bryan, was born in 1684 and died at Roanoke City in 1789 at the age of 104. He is said to have left County Down, Ireland in 1717 or 1718. The town of Bryansford near Ballyconey, County Down was named for his family. It has been said that he sent his little son, John, into the woods to cut a stick to make a handle used in weaving. The boy was arrested for poaching. Thereupon the family sailed for America where "timber was free, and there were no constables." Bryan helped organize Donegal Township and a Presbyterian church in what is now Lancaster Co., Pa. It is said that his home at one time was a place called Old Salem in New Jersey. This may account for the settlement in Virginia being named Salem. He and his son, William, settled on a fine body of land in Roanoke Valley, in 1729, building their cabin beside Lake Spring.

On the narrow, level top of Reservoir Hill, overlooking the town of Salem, is an old graveyard. At the east end is a monument in memory of William Bryan I, William Bryan II, and Margaret Watson, wife of William II, "erected by a grateful descendant, Thornton Whaling, D.D." Margaret Watson Bryan was born in 1724 and died in 1804.

Third Generation

William Bryan 3. and wife. Margaret, lived at Bally- coney, County Down. Ireland. They were Presbyterians. The town of Bryausford near by is said to have be'en named for some of this family. William and Margaret Bryan sent their little son John, inlo the woods to cut a stick to mak •' a handle for a hook used in weaving, and he was arrested for poaching. After much trouble and expense, his father got him clear, and immediately sailed for America, where, as he said, "timber was free and there were no constables. This was in the year 1718. They first settled in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Morgan Bryan (his brother), was in Chester County, Pennsylvania, as early as 1719. where he married Martha Strode. About 1745, William Bryan and his sons. James and David, either a son or a brother but thought to be a brother, died 1767, wife Elizabeth, removed to the Stannlon River in (present) Roanoke County. They with others, were the first white settlers in that locality. William Bryan settled at the place called Lake Springs, where he died at the age of 104 years (1685-1789), and Uavid at Big Lick, both near Roanoke City. Prior to the Staunton River settlement, William Bryan lived in the part of Spotsylvania County that in 1730 was called Orange County. Here in 1733, March 5, he. gives to Philip Bush eight hundred pounds of tobacco and 102 acres in St. Mark's Parish. David Bryan also witnesses a will, March 11, 1733, and David's wife, Elizabeth, witnesses deed, 1733, Aug. 2. William Bryan's daughter, Mary, married Philip Bush (he died 1772, son of John and Margaret Bush), and their son William, born 1746, went to Kentucky with the Bryans and Bmnes. David Bryan moved to North Carolina on account iif being troubled with the Indians. The children of William and Margaret Bryan were:

1 John Andrew, born prior to 1717, died 1799; married Mary Morrison.
2 James.
3 William, married Margaret Watson.
4 Mary, married Philip Bush; died 1772. Philip Bush kept tavern near Winchester.

Information from post (difficult to read/decipher)

Posted by Christine Metznera on February 04, 1999 at 17:20:38: In Reply to: Re: Lady Margaret Bryana> posted by Joe Bryana on February 03,1999 at 19:48:33: This should answer Joe Bryans posting Some of this is from "Colonial Families of U.S., Vol VI, By MacKinzie, pages 104 thru 106. "Records of Agusta Co., VA 1745-1800 by Chalkley, pases 61, 151, 371, 428, 436" "Notable Southern Families'-by Armstrong and "The Bryans of Ballyroney" by Winfred Bryan Cole, reprinted from the bulletin of the "MO Historical Soc." , Apr. 1960.
4. Sir Francis Bryan II - son and heir of sir Francis Bryan I and his wife Lady Joan, married Ann, daughter of Sir William Smith.Sir Francis was born in IR, probably in Dublin, the son of an Englishman and an Irish mother. Now begins our Anglo-Irish ancestry
From his mother Lady Joan he inherited estates in County Claire.
Sir Francis II and his wife Ann had a son WILLIAM SMITH BRYAN who attemped to gain the throne of Ireland and was deported to the "new world".
5. WILLIAM SMITH BRYAN - was deported from IR in Circa 1630 by Lord Oliver Cromwell as a "troublesome subject". He lost not only his title but his lands. Together with 11 sons and a shipload of chattels, including horses and other live-stock, he landed at Gloucester Beach Virginia.(Throughbred records credits him with being among the first to bring horses to America.) his sons and Grandsons (supposedly a total of 21) settled Gloucester Co. the wife of William Smith Bryan is unknown. His eldest son was Francis Bryan III
6. Francis Bryan III - Was b. in IR Circa 1630. He returned to IR from VA and tried to regain the Co. Clare estates left by his Great Grandmother Lady Joan (Fitz-Gerald) Bryan. He was perscuted by the goverment and was obliged to seek refuge in Denmark. He was premitted to return to IR about 1638, and it is said to have been standard bearer to William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne.
He married Sarah Brinker(Bunker?), a cousin to the Princess of Orange. Francis Bryan died in Belfast, IR in 1694. He had two sons Morgan b. 1671 Denmark d. 1763 m. Martha Strode And WILLIAM BRYAN b.1685 Co. Down, IR. d. 1789 m. Margaret_______?
7. William Bryan - b. 1685 was 104 when he died near Salem, VA or Roanoke City. William and wife Margaret lived at Ballyroney Co. Down, IR. They were Presbyterians and when they left for America they carried with them a document from their church dated 17 April 1718. STORY - William and Margaret Bryan sent their son, John Andrew into the woods to cut a stick to make a handle for a hook used in weaving, and he was arrested for poaching. After much trouble and espense, his father got him clear, and immediately sailed for America, where, as he said, "timber was free and there were no constables". (from" Notable Southern Families", p. 40)
It is not known for certain how many children were born in IR and made the sailing with their parents. For sure John Andrew Bryan was born in IR sometime before 1717.
William and Margaret first settled in Pennsylvania, then West New Jersey and later moved to VA. William Bryan is listed many times in deed , Records, etc. in Agusta Co. VA. Records, including disposition of land to his sons.
Known Children of William and Margaret
John Andrew Bryan b. 1717 Down Co. IR. d. Dec. 9 1779 m. Mary Morrison b.(NOTE: they had a son William Bryan (who is No. 9 on my list)b. 1744 Bur Co. VA m. Mary ______?> They also had a son they named William M. Bryan b Apr. 23 1784)
James Bryan b. 1719 Down Co. IR
David Bryan b. 1721
Mary Bryan b. 1723 m. Phillip Bush
WILLIAM BRYAN JR. b.Apr. 02 1750 d. Jul 1805 m. 1st Margaret Watson 2nd Elizabeth_______?
John Andrew, James, david and William Bryan Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. They also fought in the French and Indian War and received land bounty certificates.
8. John Andrew Bryan - b. 1717 M . Mary Morrison and moved to Burden Co., near Fairfield, Rockbridge Co., VA After living a few years in Borden Colony, they and their families proceeded to the Staunton River, where he became owner of land upon a part of which Salem is now situated. He left the Staunton River trading his land for "a pair of Cart-wheels" and moved with his family to Campbell County, VA. Here he bought 329 acres of Richard and 439 acres of Benjamin Arnold. On the last named tract he at once erected a bark hut, he later built a house farther down on Molly's Creek. A lot of this place was used as a muster ground for many years after the Revolution.
He inlisted in Capt. Thos. Merriweather's Co., Va. State Troops - private, March 1777 to serve 3 years. Rev . War. War Dept. Records. Col. Familiesof U.S., Vol VI. Mac Kinzie Pg. 105.
( Any ladies decended from John Andrew's Grandson Andrew Bryan of Chillicothe MO, (who m. Isabelle Ross,) are entitled to become members of the D.A.R.)
Children of - John Andrew & Mary Morrison
William Bryan b. Apr. 20 1744 m. Mary______
Andrew Morrison Bryan b. Apr 25 1748 m.Mary Akers
Mary Bryan b.May 27 1750
Margaret Bryan b. Mr. 4 1752 m. Daniel Mitchell
John Bryan b. Dec. 19 1756 m. Catherine Evans
Jane "Jean" Bryan b. May 16 1761 m. John Davidson (Davis?)
Agnes Bryan b. Aug. 9 1763 m. John Akers
Catherine Bryan b. Oct. 21 1765 m. Samual Cole
9.WILLIAM BRYAN - (eldest son of John Andrew Bryan and his wife Mary Morrison) b. 1744 m.Mary_______? (I will not go into his history now as it is quite extensive.)
10. Andrew Bryan - b.Second son of John Andrew Bryan and Mary Morrison ( have four pages of history on

Hope this helps Joe, As you can see there are a lot of William's.
Christine metzner

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