as published in
THE LEXINGTON HERALD
Sunday, May 1, 1927
THE BRYAN FAMILIES OF FAYETTE AND ADJOINING COUNTIES
(Same Note: Seventh in a series)
Sarah Bryan (43), born September 1, 1770, married in 1786 or 7, James Grimes. He was the son of Phillip Grimes (Will Book B page 52, Fayette County), who died about 1809 leaving seven sons and one daughter. James Grimes died about 1828 (see Will Book H - page 441). Sarah survived him until 1855.
Their children were:
(131) John Grimes
In the "Boone Family Book," Sarah Bryan, daughter of William Bryan and Mary Boone is listed as having married Colonel William Chinn and having died in 1829. All evidence collected seems to be opposed to that statement. Draper M. S. S. 22C-19, dated June 4, 1846, recites, "As to the date of birth of my grandfather, Daniel Bryan, I do not know, but conclude that his sister, Sally Grimes, living near Athens, Fayette County, or direct to Lewis Grimes, her son, that information can be obtained. She is a plain lady of good sense and recollection." Draper M. S. S. 22C-23. Letter dated December 4, 1860.
Joseph Bryan, living near Lexington, to Draper replies in a letter to Draper, "Has your father any brothers or sisters living?" [Answer:] "I never knew but one of his brothers, that was Samuel, there were several others who died at Bryan's Station, before my recollection. Samuel, my uncle, moved, when old, to Indiana. My father had several sisters, Betty, who married Joseph Dehart, Sally, who married James Grimes," etc. There were other statements made by the descendants of James Grimes and Sally Bryan, which will appear later.
James Grimes began at an early date to buy lands in the vicinity of Athens, Fayette County. His home was located on his farm between Boonesborough Road and Boggs Fork meeting house. Here, he lived until his death, 1829. In his will, he mentions all of his children, also children of his deceased son, John, who were Mary B. Grimes and Sarah Bryan Grimes, Leonidas Grimes and George G. Grimes. (45 [sic]) Elizabeth Grimes married Joseph Dehart. Their home was in northern part of the state, probably Pendelton County. Jacob Goone's wife was a Dehart and his sister, Caroline, married first a Dehart, and second, James Ingles. The Deharts were from Pennsylvania. We have no further information as to Elizabeth Bryan Dehart. Mary Bryan (46), daughter of William Bryan and Mary Boone, was married December 1796 to Joseph Ingles, son of James Ingles and Caroline Boone Dehart-Ingles of Harrison County, Kentucky. Joseph Ingle's will is shown in Will Book B, page 378, Harrison County, Kentucky. Proved July term, 1828, mentions wife, Mary, and their ten children.
(153) [sic] Mary Ingles
Executors, his wife, Mary, and son, John.
James Bryan, Sr., the eighth child of Morgan Bryan and Martha Strode, settled in that part of Fayette County, which is now Jessamine County. A family tree of the Bryan family was complied by Dr. John Daniel.
Bryan, a great grandson of James Bryan, Sr., a copy of which has lately been forwarded to me, through the courtesy of Mr. Jesse P[roctor] Crump, of Kansas City, Missouri. In order to be fair to all of the Bryans, we copy the list as shown by him.
He heads the list with "believed to be William Bryan, who married a girl believed to be Sarah Bunger. These were the parents of Morgan Bryan, born 1671 married Martha Strode, born 1700, married 1719. Morgan died 1763. Martha died 1747. Other children of William and Sarah were: John, William, Daniel, and others not known who they married, but it is known all these came to America."
The list of Morgan's children follow: Joseph Bryan, born about 1720, married Hester Simpson; Samuel, born about 1721, Tory Colonel in Revolution; James Bryan, born 1723, married 1756, Rebecca Enochs, she died 1768; John Bryan, born about 1725, married 1780, Francis Bittle, he died 1780; Morgan Bryan, born about 1727, married Maximilia Simpson; Elinor Bryan, born about 1729, married William Linville; Mary, born about 1729, married ________ Forbis; William, born March 7, 1733, married March 1756, Mary Boone; Thomas, born 1725, died 1790; Rebecca, born 1737, died March 18, 1813, married Daniel Boone; Sarah, born 1739, nothing know of her.
[Note - the wife's name for both Joseph and Morgan are probably erroneous. Rebecca and Sarah were not children of Morgan and Martha Strode.]
This is followed with James Bryan, Sr.'s children:
(50) Susannah, born 1763, married Israel Grant
Of David (47) nothing further is said.
(48) Jonathan Bryan and Mary Huges - Coshaw had children:
(172) [sic] Parthenia Bryan, born November 9, 1793, married Anos [sic] Bigelow
(49) Children of Henry Bryan and Elizabeth Sparks:
(184) [sic] Joanna, born 1790, married Chester Wheeler
Dr. Bryan does not give the families of the three daughters of James, Sr. As they married in Kentucky, probably remained here. We know that Susana did and her history will be given later.
(175) The family of Elijah Bryan, the fourth child of Jonathan is given, as it is his own line:
(192) Pamelia Bryan, born 1825, died 1899 married June 30, 1850, James Bryan Davis
(201) Children of John Daniel Bryan and Sarah Antionette Everett Bryan:
(204) Robert Henry Bryan, born April 30, 1875, married September 16, 1898, Jane Harper, 1 child: Everett Harper, born January 13, 1901
Resuming his history, he says, "In Virginia, here they settled, Martha Strode Bryan died 1747 and was buried. In 1748, Morgan Bryan removed to North Carolina and settled in the Yadkin, in what was then Rowan County, now Davies County. His children all followed finally and settled here and those not married, finally married.
Morgan died in July 1763 and he was buried near Mockville. His son, James Bryan, married Rebecca Enochs. Here she died and was buried in 1768. James' children were given a home and the daughters raised by Rebecca Boone Bryan. James, William, Morgan, Jr., with their families went with Daniel Boone to Kentucky in 1775, where they built Bryan's Station, near Lexington, on the North Elkhorn River. Jonathan Bryan, son of James, married the widow Goshow, who was killed by Indians at General Harman's defeat, October 21, 1790. In 1800, Jonathan, with his family and his father, James, moved to Missouri in keel boats [then upper Louisiana]. They landed in the mouth of the Femme Osage Creek, Christmas Day, 1800. He soon settled within three-fourths of a mile of Daniel boone. In the Femme Osage District, over which Boone was commandant, under the Spanish authorities. All Jonathan's children, after Elijah was born, and raised here. Here he and his wife and father died and were buried on their place. Elijah married, lived and raised his family in St. Charles County, Missouri, died and was buried in Wentzville. John Daniel, son of Elijah, was born in St. Charles County, Missouri. Went into the Confederate Army during the War of the States. From the ranks to be lieutenant. After the war, studied medicine, graduated in Michigan in 1870 and migrated to Louisburg, Miami County, Kansas. He married  and there his children were born."
Above is by Dr. J. D. Bryan.
While Dr. Bryan says nothing further of David, the eldest son of James, Sr., in the "Boone Family Book" is the following:
"David Bryan, born 29th of October, 1757, married Mary Powell [Power]. She was the daughter of John Power and wife, Elizabeth. He died prior to 1813, and she about 1817. They moved to Missouri in 1800, where he settled near the present town of Marthasville in Warren County. He reserved half of an acre of ground near his house for a graveyard and it was there Daniel Boone and his wife were buried. Bryan and his wife were buried directly at the feet of Boone and his wife.
(a) James Bryan
John B Bryan, born 25th, married 1825, died January 1834
(f) John Bryan, married Hilda Lamme, sister of Zarina
In Fayette County Deed Book "X" page 638, is a deed from David Bryan and Mary Power, daughter of John Power, Sr. of Montgomery County, MO to John Power of Fayette County, Kentucky, dated 8th of October, 1823.
(49) Susannah Bryan, the fourth child of James Bryan and Rebecca Enochs, was born in North Carolina, April 11, 1763. She married Israel Grant, who was the third child of William Grant and Elizabeth Boone. Israel was born in North Carolina, December 14, 1756, and was married at Bryan's Station in the summer of 1780. They made their home in what is now Scott County, where he died in October, 1796. Susannah, his wife, died in the latter part of March 1806. Their children were:
(220) James Grant
In the will of Susannah Grant, Scott County Will Book A, page 292, she mentions, "my daughter Sally Jackson," showing that Sarah had married prior to March 29, 1806. She also mentions the other four children, appoints William Grant (a brother-in-law), John Mosby (brother-in-law) and James Grant, her son , as executors. The will was witnessed by Joseph Green, Kitturah Grant and Elizabeth Grant. Kitturah was the daughter of Israel's brother, William, and Elizabeth, was the daughter of his brother, Samuel.
(51) Mary Bryan, fifth child of James Bryan, Sr., was born December 13,1765. Married Elisha Oglesby.
We have recently received the following relative to Thomas Bryan, which was taken from the "Woman's Review under 'The Ancestors of America,'" by Mrs. H. D. Pittman and copied in the Baltimore Sun some years ago. It ws forwarded to us through the courtesy of Mrs. Juila A. Ardery of Paris, Kentucky.
"Thomas Bryan, youngest son of Morgan and Martha Strode Bryan, a surgeon in Washington's arm, married Sarah Hunt, daughter of Jonathan Hunt, and wife, Isabelle Hunt. Their children were:
(57) Morgan H. Bryan, fifth child of Dr. Thomas Bryan and Sarah Hunt, married January 17, 1805 Sallie Hunt, daughter of John Hunt and Margaret Wilson Hunt. Sallie Hunt was born in 1786. Their children were:
Milton E. Bryan, second child of Morgan H. Bryan and Sallie Hunt Bryan, born 1806 married Zeralda E. Moss, daughter of James daughter of James Moss Koss [Moss] and Sarah Talbott. We can verify the marriage records 1 page 4 and the ceremony was performed by H. Dudley, pastor of the Bryan's Station Baptist church.
It appears that Morgan Hunt Bryan died in 1823 and Sallie married second, James McClelland in 1827, and died on December 22, 1856.
We have also a letter from Mrs. Carrie Featheringall of 1455 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky, which states:
"Both of my great grandmothers were Bryans. Mother's grandmothers was Sarah Bryan, who married Morgan Linville [note, this is entered in Bourbon County, August 16, 1796]. Father's grandmother, Mary Bryan, married William Logan.
Regarding Samuel Bryan, I will copy an article written out for me by a relative who knew a good bit about the family. My grandfather, Morgan Linville, came to Kentucky and built his home in 1795 in Clark County, just over the Fayette line on a tract which ran to the Clintoville pike. I sold a portion of the same farm 1911. Old home still standing.
My father always told me that Samuel Bryan was a colonel in the British army. Samuel Bryan came to America before the Revolution, I think from England. Settled in North Carolina, married Elizabeth McMahon. Her mother, a Hiltebran, German. They had nine children:
(300) Susan Bryan, married Joseph Bryan, a distant relative
I have a knee buckle that belonged to Samuel Bryan.
Same article recites: Morgan Linville, his mother and two bothers, came to Kentucky in a very early day. He had three sisters, all known of, Lucretia Brinegar, Nelly Snell, Betsy Dawson. His brothers never married.
William died of heart disease. Samuel, the younger, was killed by the Indians. He went out at bed time to move the horses out of the stable and was killed and scalped. This history does not agree with the one you have."
This would be quite a valuable document of the parties named so as to verify and identify it with other statements. Family traditions for this reason are often unreliable as they frequently skip a generation or two. However, I have another statement that partly verifies the statement as to Nelly Bryan. It is as follows:
Elinor Bryan married a Chaffin. Elizabeth Bryan Chaffin married Preston Price Boulwar.
Mr. J. D. Bryan, in giving his list of children of Morgan and Martha Strode Bryan, lists as the youngest child, Sarah, born 1739 and remarks, "nothing known of her."
He was right as to his final statement, as there was no such child born at Bryan's Station in 1780, who received a certificate for settlement and preemption of 1400 acres which was looked after and entered at same time with the other Bryans. She was the widow with one son, David Bryan, born 1779. She married second, Colonel Abraham Bowman, of Lincoln County. The family tradition is that her first husband's name possibly was David Bryan of Virginia, so he was possibly the son of David Bryan, who died in Virginia, in 1766 and whose widow, Elizabeth, married about 1770 Colonel John Bowman of Mercer County, Kentucky. Her maiden name was Sarah Henry, born in 1757, died in 1846. If he was the son of the aforesaid David and Elizabeth, then they were near relatives of the Bryan brothers of Bryan's Station, as they were first cousins of David, Sr. Her son, David, married Margaret Parker in 1805. Their children were:
William Bryan, September 8, 1896
"Susan Gano Bryan, daughter of Colonel James and Nancy Innes and wife of William Bryan, born on October 15, 1811, died June 17, 1834."
"David Bryan, son of William and Nancy G. Bryan, born July 15, 1831, died October 20, 1832."
There was another son of John Innes Bryan born 1833, died 1886.
William Bryan married second, Eliza Crutchfiled, January 30, 1838, died October 14, 1864. Their children were:
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