Will of Morgan Bryan

March 28th 1763

Rowan County, N.C., Will Book A.

In the name of God, Amen; I, Morgan Bryan, of Rowan County, North Carolina, Living in a perfect mind and memory, Blessed be to God for his mercies, do dispose off my worldly estate as followeth; viz;

First, I give and bequeth to my beloved son, Thomas Bryan, my mansion house and plantation, also my part of a negro by named Jack, also my wagon and wagon, horse called Black and the neccessaries belonging to the wagon and my plow and utensils thereto.Two brood mares viz: a mare called Brown Dent and her yeard and young and her colt; two cows, one called Josey and her calf and the other called Brown and her calf; also my bed and furniture after my decease researving a sufficient living for me of the land while I live.

Second; I give and bequeth to my beloved daughter Eleanor Linville, all wife's wearing apparel.

I give and bequeth unto my grandaughter, Mary Forbes, my great pot and five shillings, Sterl.

Eight pounds proclamation to my beloved son, James Bryan. I reserve for my funeral charges and sickness.

I give and bequeth Joseph, Samuel, Morgan, John, William, James and Thomas and my daughter Elinor Linville all the rest of my real and personal property to be equally divided amongst them together with that part of my estate they have already received.

I do nominate and appoint my beloved sons, John and William Bryan to be executors,ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testement whereof I have set my hand and seal this March 28th 1763.

Signed, sealed, published and pronounced
in the presence of; Signed
Morgan Bryan, Jr. Morgan Bryan (L.S.]


Will of Joseph Bryan

November 20, 1804

Jefferson County, KY - Will Book 1, pg. 158

In the name of God Amen: I Joseph Bryan of the County of Jefferson, State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) after my lawful debts are settled I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife ALEE a gray mare, a bed and furniture and thirty dollars, either cash or property. I also bequeath to my sons, SAMUEL, JOSEPH and JOHN BRYAN the sum of fifty dollars each, either cash or property.

I also give and bequeath unto my youngest son JOHN BRYAN one negro man named James and all the farming tools. I also bequeath unto my daughters MARTHA BOON and REBECCA BOON the sum of twenty dollars each, either cash or property.

I also give unto my other daughters, MARY HOWARD, SUSANNE HINKLE, AYLEE HOWARD, PHOEBE FORBIS and CHARITY DAVIS, the sum of fifty dollars each.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter ELEANOR ADAMS a negro woman named Jean (?). I also give to my grand daughter AYLEE ADAMS one negro girl named Sarah.

I also give and bequeath unto my grandson NOAH ADAMS one negro boy named Sapio. I also give unto my grandson JACOB ADAMS one negro boy named Bob. I also bequeath unto my grandson WILAH ADAMS a negro girl named Lottie.

And I do hereby appoint my two sons, JOSEPH and JOHN BRYAN executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoling all former wills and testaments made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of November, 1804.


Signed, sealed and published as his last will and testament in the presence of us -
Edward Cox Sr
David Enochs
Ephriam Hampton


Children of Joseph Bryan and Alice (Alee) Linville*

Rebecca Bryan (1738-1813,MO) m. Daniel Boone (1734-1820)
Martha Bryan (ca. 1740 - aft. 1793) m. Edward Boone
Samuel Bryan (1742-?)
Joseph Bryan Jr. (ca. 1752-1844, MO) possibly married Susan Callaway (not proven)
Susannah Bryan (1751-1810, NC) m. Benjamin Hinkle
Aylee Bryan m. unknown Howard
Charity Bryan m. John Davis (m. Dec. 8, 1797, KY)
Elenor Bryan m. unknown Adams
Mary Bryan m. Cornelius Howard
Phebe Bryan m. James Forbis (m. May 10, 1779, NC)
John Bryan (the youngest child)


"Records of the Moravians in N.C."

Editorial compilation from Soelle Diary

The first series of visits, as grouped, leads west from Salem to plantations along and near Deep Creek, (that is across the middle of the present County of Yadkin) from there to Dutchman's Creek (in the present County of Davie), with several side excursions. It is based on a trip taken in April, 1771, though with free use of the records of other trips.

On the April, 1771, trip Soelle went from Abraham Wilson's to visit his brother, James Wilson; and went from there to call on Johathan Buhn; (Boone) and returned to Robert Elrod's for the night. A Deed recorded in Rowan County shows that Jonathan Boone married Mary Carter. Not far from James Wilson lived Andrew Hunt, son of Col. Hunt.

On the Sep. 1771 trip, Soelle went from William Grant's, fourteen miles to John Buhn (Boone). According to the Grant from Granville to John Boone, 1753, recorded in Rowan County, Boone owned 630 acres on the north side of Hunting Creek.

Next day he preached in a meeting house five miles from the Boone home, then came eastward to Dutchman's Creek, where he spent the night with Heinrich Bube. Having preached at Bube's, Soelle set out for Morgan Bryant's (Jr.) reaching there before evening. The next night Soelle spent with William (Billy) Bryant, whose land lay along the Yadkin, on the south side, at the western curve of what is locally called The Bend. His wife had been baptised by Murphee. Their eldest son was a boy of fifteen or sixteen years.

It was possible to go from William Bryant's up the right bank (west bank) of the Yadkin to the Shallow Ford, and thence on the Shallow Ford road to Salem, passing Robert Lanier's store on the road near the east bank of the River, but more often Soelle followed the route taken in Sept. 1771, and went from William Bryant's to "dear David Johns."

Stopped at the home of Valentine Frey. Remarks that he knew the Freys 14 years earlier in Pennsylvania. From there he went by Samuel Bryant's to Gabriel Enox', where he found the wife ill, with her mother in attendance.

Spent the night at the home of Joseph Bryant, "a polite and affable man," who cannot read, but is well-to-do. "I had not been in this neighborhood before; death reigns, (spiritually) and the people seem to have much of this world's goods." Bryant himself was as yet without eyes or ears," (spiritually) but his wife made Soelle welcome, and the service, which was largely attended, was held by his spring in the shade of the trees.

.....from the home of Daniel Lewis, Soelle went to John Boone, already mentioned, who "will probably join the Baptists for the sake of Communion." .....from John Boone towards Dutchman's Creek, ........It was ten miles from Boone's, across Dutchman's Creek, to Morgan Bryant's (Jr.) where he met "old Col. Hunt."

In Sep. 1771, Soelle went fifteen miles from John Boone to William Grant; and then from Grant's to the home of Nathanael Buhn (Boone), "a good day's ride to the mountains," over a very bad path. He notes that the country is thinly settled, most of the men having come in from Virginia two or three years earlier.

At William Bryant's he saw "old mother Boone," who was a Quaker; also visited in the home of Thomas Bryant. Thomas Bryant's wife was the eldest daughter of old Col. Hunt. "The people here speak of building a meeting house, and ask if I will not come to them regularly."

......"The Baptists are active here and in Virginia, but in Pennsylvania they sleep."

Jul 24, 1773 Preached at Adam Ellrod's; crossed the Atkin (Yadkin); visited Col. Hunt; spent the night with Morgan Bryant (Jr.).

July 25, 1773 Preached in Timber Ridge meeting house, being accompanied thither by James Bryant. Spent the night with John Bryant.

July 29, 1773 Visited Roger Turner; also old Mr. Turner, the father, Thomas Bryant, William Bryant, James Forbush, reading the Soelle Memoir at each home. Spent the night with Morgan Bryant. (Jr.)

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