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Re: Bryan Familes by J. R. Cooper, 1927 IV
Posted by: Diana McGinness Date: May 18, 1999 at 00:47:12
In Reply to: Re: Bryan Familes by J. R. Cooper, 1927 III by Diana McGinness of 8664

You will note there are some numbering problems here. I will try to resolve these when I have the orginal documents. But, you'll get the idea as you check back in the previous references.


as published in
Sunday, April 17, 1927

(Same Note: Sixth in a series)

(22) In January [1780] of the winter, I went over to Stubblefields Station, two miles from Harrodsburg, where John May lived and kept the surveyor's office and recorded the location and sent them on to Virginia to get patents. Bartlett Search went with me. ---- When we left Bryan's Station, they thought we would never get to Stubblefields, snow about knee deep. While I was gone to Laurel Ridge, Rowan County, March, 1780, William Bryan, Jr. and Peter Hargate were out on David's Fork, six miles from Bryan's Station above where the old Maysville road used to cross hunting [sic]. The next morning, they were on their way to the Station, walking and leading their horses loaded with meat. Indians had been following on their trail, fired and killed William Bryan [Jr.]. He was young and slender. Hargate was a great big fellow and, one would have thought, the most likely to be hit. They pursued him all day --- It was night when he got in.

(23) Fall of 1780, I left Kentucky and did not return for 20 years. I had a suit with John Bradford about a piece of land, the improvements on Cane Run.

(23) [sic] Tim Peyton was killed just this side of Markley's Tavern on the old Lexington Road one half mile from Grants. Starke had been in company with him. Peyton had been drinking and galloped on ahead of Starke coming home. They heard two guns at the station. Thought it was Peyton - Starke, don't know his first name, was well acquainted with his brother, John Starke.

John Sanders married a daughter of William Grant. Saunders lived half-miles from Grant's Station on Houston-Stone house where _________born opposite where he lives.

Thomas Petty, my son-in-law, that lived in Millersburg, is now in Illinois (1844).

John and Jesse Forbush, my cousins, were in Estill's defeat (1782). David Cook fired the first gun. He was my cousin, married a Forbush [sic].

A Brave Escort

(24) [1780] Between the 18th of April and the 1st of March, I went out with some girls into the flag patch from Bryan's Station, to gather some of the yellow flowers that grew there. While we were out, we saw some Indians chasing some little Grant boys. We ran and three Indians got over the fence and took after us. When they got up, I treed and raised my gun and so kept the Indians back 'til the girls could get ahead, so we were bought off.

This ends Drapers MSS 22 C -14 which will be followed by Daniel Bryan's statement which is preceded by the following preface:

"The following notes of conversation with Daniel Bryan and George Bryan were taken about 1844, by Rev. John D. Shane, of Middleton, Kentucky and afterwards of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he died in about 1865. At the sale of his books and papers, I purchased all of his MSS notes - and detached these Bryan memoranda, so as to place them with the Daniel Bryan narrative furnished me by Mr. Bryan in 1843. Mr. Daniel Bryan died in 1845. I visited him in 1844 and can attest to the candid, reliable and good memory of the man, September 10, 1844, Lyman C. Draper."

The first part of the statement regarding the Boone family will be omitted, with the exception of items that refer to the Bryans, or more clearly state incidents in the life of Daniel Boone.

(3) "William Tomlin was with Dr. Thomas Walker in 1753 ----

(4) Tomlin settled at Bryan Station afterwards and told me of this I recollect to have seen Walker, Powell and Tomlin's names cut on a beech tree on Yellow Creek. ---- I saw it in 1777, then in 1799. I recollect talking with Tomlin about it,. He said they cut the same letters T.W-W.T Thomas Walker, Ambrose Powell, William Tomlin ---

(5) 1st of May 1770, Squire Boone and Jesse, a nephew of both Daniel and Squire, and it may be some others, came out during Boone's hunting trip ----

(6) James Boone, eldest son of Daniel Boone, went out once (1770) --- In 1771, they return [to NC], Daniel Boone having accomplished the object of his hunt; the payment of his debts ----

(7) William Bryan and John Bryan, a brother, Colonel John Grant and others about 40 in number started to come to Kentucky in fall -- 1773. John and William only on a visit. The rest mostly intended to stay and settle ---- Had come to Powell's Valley ---- eight miles in the rear with the cattle. The Indians fell upon them and killed six of them ---- among the killed were James Boone and the oldest son of Colonel Russell ---

(8) William Hays go married to Judy Boone at Blackmore's Station --- When Boone had set to mark out the road for Henderson County - when the two wagons came to Moccasin, it was so rocky they had to take the wagons to pieces and carry them a few yards. They cut the road as far as Martin's Station in Powell's Valley, where they left the wagons and proceeded on horseback ---- in order to get out to plant their corn.

(8) [sic] Daniel Boone left his family at Blackmore's Station on Clinch, except Susan, his oldest daughter was Married to William Hays.

(9) A company of explorers about 25 or 30, including these and many not named (1-4 ) Morgan, Samuel, W. and John Bryan, (5) Abraham Wilson, (6-7) Moses and Michel Baker, (8) Jos., in the fall of 1775, (oo or 12 [sic]) two of the Hogans, who stopped at Harrodsburg on their return and made corn. Most of them returned to Carolina. Others spent the winter in the Green River County, Casper Mansko was one of Knox's long hunters --- William Bryan and James Forbush crossed the river at Boonesborough and went down the [N] side of Kentucky and recrossed afterwards to Harrodsburg. A company of men came out of Carolina, about 30, in 1776 and cleared 60 acres of land [Bryan's Station ---- ] The corn stood there 'til 1777, when Captain Smith's party came ----. At this time [1776], some cabiners had been to what was afterwards McConnell's South about one or one and one-half miles right down Town Fork Branch from Lexington ---. A part of the party that was out in 1776, including my father and myself and some others came out again, in the spring of 1779, put up some cabins and hoses and stockaded a little fort.

My brother, Samuel Bryan, Mr. William Grant and Mr. Stephen Jones brought their families out in the spring and in the spring many other families. The families, both of those, who had made corn and those who had not. We got there 26th of April 1779 ---- On the morning of the 27th there was a snow that you could have tracked anything through ----

(10) The winter of 1779-80: the weather was so cold, they couldn't all get cabins and some remained in tents all winter. In the spring of 1799, there were three married women and three girls. The company, in the fall, increased to 60 men and many of whom had families. That winter, in the hard weather, I kept count and brought in 3 [half buffaloes] horse loads of meat, besides the meat I brought in bags.

(11) Tomlinson, when he settle between Bryan Station and Lexington.

(12) February 1778 - The salt makers surrendered Boone. Bartlett Searcy, Nathaniel Bullock and Jesse Copher were taken on to Detroit - of the others, some escaped before and some were exchanged after Wayne' Treaty. Boone escaped and returned to Boonesborough. ---- Soon afterward, Boone, led an expedition against the Indians north of the Ohio, but learning that a large body of them were going toward the Ohio, they fired on a party of about 30 Indians, killing several, then made good their retreat across the Ohio. Boone arrived at Boonesborough at night - but Colonel Holder, being a fat man and over fatigued, with the rapidity of the journey, was left in the care of William Bradley to bring on next day. In the morning, the Indians were before Boonesborough, but the two got in safely. After the siege of Boonesborough [1778], was over, Boone went in for his wife and family, whom he found at my father's. He stayed in North Carolina a little more than a year.

In the fall of 1779, Boone returned with his family and settled Boone's Station - formerly Cross Plains, now Athens, about 6 miles from Boonesborough in the direction of Lexington. The Station was on the other side of the hollow from the Spring, north side of hollow.

(15) About 1782, Boone removed from there to Marble Creek, down towards the river, where he lived a year. He was there, I know, in the fall of 1783. I was at his house then. He built another house in 1786 and lived about a mile form there --- He never settled his family in Kentucky, after he left Marble Creek.

Boone Silver Buttons

I made Boone a set of sliver buttons for him to wear to the assembly in Virginia and engraved his name on them, while at his house in the fall of 1783 ---

(18) My father and three of my brothers are buried at Bryan's Station. My father had raised on those four acres [1779] about 200 bushels of corn, yet there were so many who were poor who had removed from North Carolina and who had nothing that very early next season before roasting ears could come, we found ourselves out of corn. My brother, Samuel, was married and we had to go to Louisville for corn and pay a silver dollar a bushel and pack up the corn all the way through the untrodden wilderness.

(20) In the fall of 1780, after the attack on Martin's and Russell's Stations, my mother returned from the trouble in Kentucky to the troubles in North Carolina. The man who had bought our place in North Carolina was from Virginia. He hadn't paid for the place and was anxious to give it up, that he might get rid of the difficulties with the British Tories, and to return to Virginia. We traded to him the pack horses that we had returned to Carolina on, for the truck and corn and then remained there in the old house 'til the fall of 1785.

Return to Kentucky

We then came back to Kentucky and lived in Daniel Boone's house on Marble Creek. The one he left to go a mile to the other house. {This ends the items from Draper M.S.S. 22C-11. The next is from Daniel Bryan's letter to Draper M. S.S. 22C-22)

He begins with the family history, which is same in regard to family of Morgan and Martha, except he omits the daughter, Mary.

My father, William Bryan, married Mary Boone, sister of Daniel Boone, but a short time before Daniel Boone married Rebecca Bryan, daughter of Joseph Bryan, say in the year 1755 ---

(3) In the fall of 1755, my father and four of his brothers, and about 25 of his neighbors started from Carolina to explore Kentucky. They came to Boonesborough the same fall after it was settled. They were guided by Gasper Maucoe, one of the long hunters with Enox Drake.

(4) In March, 1776, my father several of his brothers and neighbors started for Kentucky. My father was taken sick on Holston and returned home. He sent his Negro men under the care of one of his brothers. They came over the river at Boonesborough and settled Bryan's Station 16 miles north.

(5) Spring 1777. Captain William Bailey Smith succeeded in enlisting for six months a company in Carolina and marched them to Boonesborough, July 25, 1777. I was one of his men. This was the first time I came to Kentucky then in my nineteenth year.

(6) My father and brother and some cousins were also in the company. When our time expired, returned to Carolina, thinking to return to Kentucky in the spring to raise another crop of corn, to move the families in, too, in the fall. Accordingly, started in March [1778] fixed for farming. Came on to Moccasin Gap, there we met men from Kentucky, who told us that Boone and 27 men had been taken prisoners at Blue Lick while making salt and killed or carried off.

This caused us to give out Kentucky this season [1778], but after Boone returned and the long siege was fought, the Indians were not so troublesome. In March 1779, my father, myself, and brother, Samuel Bryan, with wife and children and sister, a single woman, William Grant and wife and one daughter with the, one other family and not less than 40 men met at Moccasin Gap and proceeded on to Boonesborough [1779 April 27] next day crossed over to Bryan's old camp, erected a small fort put in a crop of corn, then returned to Carolina to move the family to Bryan's Station. There, we left Samuel Bryan, William Grant, Stephen Jones, with their families, 15 men to help keep the fort.

(7) My father and self went to Carolina fixed to move the family, that is my father's family. Started all in good health and spirits. I had none [family] at that time.

(8) We had to move on pack horses, his family saddled 23 horses every morning (of that number, the Indians left us but four, the summer of 1800). They killed most of our cattle, including the pact his brother, Joseph Bryan Morgan and James Bryan came on with their families and a number of neighbors, all or nearly all, settled at Bryan's Station ---- the Indians had done no mischief or but little that summer, but to our sorrow they paid off in the spring of 1780. Fall of 1779, a number of new stations were built and settled on north side of Kentucky River, say Lexington's Grant's, Todd's Ruddle's, Martin's, Strode's, Wager's, Boone's Station near Athens, Craig's, on head of Elkhorn. In the spring, the Indians were so troublesome that Grant's, Todd's and Craig's broke up and moved to other stations. The stations that did not move were Lextington's, Bryan's, Strode's and Boone's Station. The station was settled by Colonel Boone in 1779, after he had returned with his family from North Carolina.

(9) On the ninth day of March, the Indians killed Colonel Richard Calloway, Pemberton Rallins and a Negro man of Calloway's near Boonesborough ---On the tenth day, they killed my brother, William Bryan, about six miles east of Bryan's Station. They killed two men and a number of cattle, shot one man, George Ruddle, through the ear, his horse flung him and his foot hung in the stirrup. The Indians had hold of him, while he was extricating himself from the stirrup. Ruddle, being very active, ran for the fort about 400 yards --- (Draper M.S.S. 22 C page 5.)

1. (Letter to Draper in reply to one from him.) Lexington, KY - Feb 27, 1845

Dear Sir: I received your letter yesterday of date January 23, 1843, and am more willing than able to give you all the information I can. Theft first mistake I shall endeavor to correct is the relation I have to Colonel Daniel Boone. I did not marry his daughter, as you have been told. I am the second son of his sister, Mary Boone, now Bryan. Now just turned into my eighty sixth year of age, but of good memory of facts of long gone by and will state facts as they transferred [sic] from the accounts handed me from my parents, Daniel Boone, Squire Boone ---

2. Squire Boone moved to North Carolina and settled on Dutchman's Creek at the Buffalo Licks, where he died in 1763. There, my father, William Bryan, first became acquainted with the Boone family and married Mary Boone when she was 17 years old --- Stewart's wife was a sister of my mother, who were both sisters of Daniel Boone. She lived one mile from my father, William Bryan ----

(9) When Squire Boone returned to Kentucky, Jesse Boone and Alexander Neeley came with him. Jesse Boone was a son of Daniel Boone's brother, Israel Boone and Jesse was the grandfather of the late Colonel Ratliffe Boone ---.

(1) There follows the story of the hunt on Elkhorn and Cane men [Run?], the parties with his father, William Bryan, were Israel and Mark Harper ----

(5) The death of William Bryan was greatly lamented. His wound in the knee mortified. It was not at first thought to be dangerous. One of the wounded was probably David Jones, badly wounded in the breast ---- One of the Indians was killed by me, one by George Bryan, my cousin. We though Griffin Hogan killed the other. After the death of my father and brothers, my mother was so distressed that she said she had rather go back to Carolina, if she had to live on bread and water, than to live in these troubles and dangers. We left Kentucky and went back to Carolina and stayed there until better times in Kentucky.

(6) While I was in Carolina, I had to battle with the British and Tories until the close of the Revolution, I then married and moved to Kentucky in 1786. My father was a good woodsman and hunter ---- Of my father's family, I was the only while male in the family, my brother, then living, had a family of his own to support [1780].

George Bryan, son of Morgan, was born on the fifteenth day of February, 1758 - died twenty-second of November, 1845. My father, Morgan, was born May 20, 1780, at Bryan' Station. They were parents of eight children.

(102) [sic] William S. Bryan, born March 17, 1785
(103) [This number is missing]
(104) Daughter, married Thomas Petty
(105) Mary Bryan, born August 3, 1790, married Thomas Jones
(106) [This number is missing]
(107) Nicholas Bryan, born March 24, 1794, died 1855
(108) Melinda Bryan, born April 11, 1799, married 1815, Abraham Todd

George Bryan married 2nd to Mrs. Cassandra Miller of Georgetown, about 1830. He died twenty-second of November, 1845, near Springfield, IL. It is probable that all of his children were born in Fayette County. In Deed Book, Fayette County Court B -117, the deed recites that on the 8th day of July, 1780, George Bryan executed bond to Nathaniel Moss for the conveyance of 500 acres of his settlement and town on the head of Cane Run. Bond assigned to Nathaniel Hart - now deceased and deed made to Nathaniel Hart, executor for 500 acres. Deed signed: George Bryan, Elizabeth Bryan. This was the conveyance to pay for the 50 horses he mentioned in his story. In August 1789, and October 1779, he made other deeds conveying the balance of his settlement and preemption, and afterwards, removed to Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Book C-177 gives the surveys of this settlement of 400 acres and his preemption of 96 acres survey made September 26, 1783, by Robert Johnson as: William Tomlinson, Nicholas Tomlin, C. C. David, Mitchell Marker, Daniel Wilcox, pilot. These parties were all part of the garrison of Bryan's Station in 1780.

No. 37 - Family of Samuel Bryan, eldest son of William Bryan and Mary Bryan.

In his history of the Bryan family, he says of himself:

Samuel the oldest of these children married Mary Hunt on the 5th day of October, 1775. She was the daughter of Colonel Jonathan Hunt and Isabella, his wife, of Rowan County, North Carolina, who was of English extraction, but born in and raised in New Jersey.

Samuel Bryan and Mary lived in Carolina four years after marriage and had two chldren when the moved to Kentucky in the year 1779, in which state they reside at present. They had eleven children:

Fourth Generation

(110) Ann
(111) Phebe
(112) William
(113) Abner
(114) Linke
(115) Thomas
(116) Sarah
(117) Mary
(118) Daniel
(119) Hampton
(120) Samuel

with whom they reside at present [Samuel] in Campbell County, Kentucky, January 1, 1787.

At present [1834], we reside with our children Luke and Thomas in Marion County, Indiana.

Samuel and Mary Bryan

Accompanying these papers was the depositions of Jamison Hawkins, which recites: "I formed a personal acquaintance with the late Samuel Bryan, the husband of Mary Bryan, who claimed a pension as his widow in the fall of 1780, in Rowan County, North Carolina, previous to that time, my father purchased a farm from the said Samuel Bryan's father in 1779. When he moved on the said farm, we understood that Samuel Bryan, his father, and his family, had moved to Kentucky. This I learned from his father-in-law, Jonathan Hunt and others. The fall of 1780, they returned to Carolina, where they stayed about 5 years. I knew Samuel Bryan in Kentucky in 1787, and have know him ever since until his death.

Given December 24, 1839 James Hawkins

This document gives us the name of the man to whom William Bryan sold his farm in 1799 and from whom the widow of William recovered it in fall of 1780, viz, the father of Jamison Hawkins. The second son of William Bryan and Mary Bryan was No. 38, Daniel Boone Bryan. Much of his history leading up to his marriage in 1786 has been given in former articles.

Daniel Bryan was born February 10, 1758 in North Carolina. He died February 28, 1845. His wife, Elizabeth Turner, born November 3, 1761, died January 28, 1833. She was the daughter of __________ Turner and Catherine, his wife. Her sister married Robert Alexander and her sister, Jane, married Enoch Bryan and a daughter of theirs, married John Alexander, a son of Robert. One of the sons, John Turner, bought the Fayette County land from the other heirs. Deed County Court C-155, the 23 July, 1796. The other sons were:


In 1817, Joseph was living in Bourbon County and Robert in Bath County.

Fourth Generation

(121) Lewis
(122) William T
(123) Samuel
(124) Phebe
(125) Daniel
(126) Elizabeth
(127) Thomas
(128) Sally
(129) Joseph
(130) Mary

He built a stone house on his survey, located on the Lexington and Nicholasville pike, near the Jessamine County line, which he occupied until his death. During his earlier years, he was a successful business man and had a farm of 2000 acres. He was not only a gunsmith, having a ship which employed 25 men at one time, but also manufactured a salt petre and gunpowder, also a grist mill and a Baptist church and a female seminary, a distillery and a paper mill, all of which were successfully managed. In later years, a paper mill was by some Lexington men on the Town Folk [Fork?], but not making a success of it, they induced Daniel Bryan to take the management and later to indorse a lot of their paper, which involved him to such an extent, that he had to sacrifice the greater part of his property, both real and personal in order to clear his name.

William Bryan (No. 39), the 3rd son of William Bryan and Mary Boone, was born about 1760, and was killed by the Indians near Bryan Station, 10 March 1780, and was buried across Elkhorn, where his father was later buried.

John Bryan (No. 42) and Abner Bryan (No. 44) were also buried there. Phoebe Bryan (No. 40), the eldest daughter, from tradition, is said to have married a Bryan, we have no further history of her.

Hannah Bryan (No. 41) married John Westrope. He died and at some time later, she married John Wicoff. The only record that we have found as to her is in File 77 in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Fayette County, Kentucky, containing the papers in case of John Westrope's administration vs. James Simpson and Morgan Bryan. Jacob Johnston as administrator, complained that the defendants were owing to the estate five pounds, 17 shillings. In the summons of the defendants, James Simpson and Morgan Bryan, it recites that they are to answer to John Wicoff and Hannah Wicoff, his widow, late Hannah Westrope. Deed dated June 15, 1803. No further record of her.


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