Person:William Bryan (54)

William Bryan
b.31 Oct 1724
m. 11 Nov 1711
  1. Rachel Bryan1723 - 1780
  2. William Bryan1724 - 1785
  3. Colonel Needham Bryan1726 - Abt 1784
m. 17 Aug 1744
  1. Mary Bryan1745 - 1821
  2. Lewis Bryan1745 - 1780
  3. Simon Bryan1751 - 1792
Facts and Events
Name William Bryan
Gender Male
Birth? 31 Oct 1724
Marriage 17 Aug 1744 Bertie, North Carolina, United StatesSnowfields Plantation
to Elizabeth Smith
Death? 1785 Martin County, North Carolina

Information on William Bryan

From "The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register", Volume 1, by Hathaway, pg. 577:

William Bryan (son of Needham and Annie Rombeau Bryan) md 1744 Elizabeth (daughter of Elizabeth Whitfield and John Smith) issue, (1) Lewis Bryan md Nancy daughter of Major John Hinton of Raleigh. (2) William Bryan born 1747, died 1800 in Bertie Co., N. C. (3) Arthur Bryan. (4) Elizabeth Bryan. (5) Hardy Bryan. (6) Blake Bryan. (7) Esther Bryan. (8) Susanna Bryan. (9) John Bryan.

William Bryan and William's oldest son Lewis Bryan were poisoned and killed by A slave, in January 1780. The Johnston County court minutes in the November term 1780 gives an account of the trial, conviction and execution of the party accused of poisoning and killing Needham Bryan and other members of his family. The slave Jenny was burned at the stake in Smithfield, North Carolina for the poisoning and murder of the three members of the Bryan family.