Bryan Family Genealogy Forum
It involves interpreting the evidence. My main interest is John Bryan, b. c.1720-25?, d. 1800 Rowan Co., NC, who was there by 1770.
I've never found any reason to believe that he was the son of Morgan. Various Bryan articles have repeatedly said that Morgan's son John, a Tory, was shot in 1782 by Col. Fanning. The Rowan Co. Court Book shows that the administration of John Bryan was granted in 1781 to Elizabeth, his widow, with Joseph Bryan and Mr. Hampton sureties. It is established that Joseph and Hampton were part of Morgan Bryan's family. Thus John was undoubtedly too. Since this date was close to 1782, it seems probable to me that this record refers to Morgan's son John. Oral tradition gave his wife's name as Frances Elizabeth Battle, but it was unusual to give a middle name at that time, so her name was probably Elizabeth Battle.