|Posted By:||Guy De Bryan|
|Subject:||Re: Bryan, Horton and Allied Family History|
|Post Date:||May 18, 1999 at 19:52:31|
|Forum:||Bryan Family Genealogy Forum|
By Elizabeth Cate Manly - Cleveland, Tennessee (a Bryan descendant)
In the summer of 1977 my husband and I went on a short trip to Rockingham County, VA - a dream come true for me. The Shenandoah Valley was parched from a drought, but still very beautiful. We found Harrisonburg a busy, growing city. In the courthouse there were many records, and I longed for time to peruse them page by page. Marriage records began with 1778, the year after Peter Bryan married Betty Hubbard. We spent a short time in the library of Eastern Mennonite College, where Miss Grace Showalter gave gracious assistance. The high point of our trip was the drive out to the Linville Creek community, through the little village of Edom. The creek rises a little to the west of Harrisonburg, flows northward, and empties into the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Broadway. Various mills have been built on the creek, one by the Hites before 1742.
George Washington's route in 1784 went by the "old Bryan place". Morgan Bryan and his family went south to the Yadkin around 1746. Apparently not all the Bryans went south to the Yadkin in Rowan County, NC at the time of Morgan Bryan's removal, since records of a Peter Bryan still living in the Linville Creek area continue on after that time.