Genealogie Wylie » William Bryant [B-iKi 2zDNA] (± 1724-1773)

Persoonlijke gegevens William Bryant [B-iKi 2zDNA] 

Voorouders (en nakomelingen) van William Bryant

James Bryant
1674-< ????
Elizabeth LeFevre
± 1660-1698
Mary or Patience Kaye
± 1700-> 1727

William Bryant
± 1724-1773

James Bryant
> 1754-????
Tabitha Bryant
± 1756-> 1804
William Bryant
± 1757-????
Martha Bryant
± 1759-????

Gezin van William Bryant [B-iKi 2zDNA]

Hij is getrouwd met Mary Elizabeth Rowland.

in het jaar 1761 te Brunswick County, Virginia.


  1. James Bryant  > 1754-????
  2. Tabitha Bryant  ± 1756-> 1804 
  3. William Bryant  ± 1757-????
  4. Martha Bryant  ± 1759-???? 
  5. Rowland Bryant  1760-1843 
  6. Delilah ### Bryant  1762-1840 

Notities over William Bryant [B-iKi 2zDNA]
William Bryant, "of Brunswick County", was an immigrant from Northern Ireland and England, perhaps coming to America with his father of the same name and his mother, Mary. In the early 1760s, he purchased a tract of land in Granville County, North Carolina. He brought with him his wife, Elizabeth Rowland Fearrington (the widow of John Fearrington, Sr.), and his wife's two children, John and Elizabeth Fearrington (or Farrington). William and Elizabeth's children were William, Rowland, Delilah, Martha, James, and Tabitha. Granville County records include an undated paper which lists this William Bryant, along with Pomfrett Herndon and Samuel Kittrell, as petitioners for a public road "to convey the produce of their land and labor to market" from Capt. John Dickenson to Callier's (Collier's) Road. He was murdered: the trial of the slave convicted of the crime is on the 1773 record in Granville County. [Our cousin, Bebe Johns Fox of Winston Salem, NC, a descendent of Delilah Bryant, has shared her family research with us and has been a invaluable resource.]

Rowland Bryant (c. 1754-60 to 1843), was not "of age" when his father's estate was settled in 1774. Although there are records of a Rowland Bryant in Botetourt County, Virginia of about the same age, he is not thought to be our Rowland who was recorded in Granville County, NC in 1780, 1783, 1786 and in the first NC census in 1790. The wife referred to in his 1839 will was Mary Rosa Hunt , daughter of William Hunt of Tabbs Creek, Granville County, NC. Children named in his will were John, Edward, Robertson, Rowland, James, Elizabeth (Summerhill), and Martha (Woodlief). He refers to "other children" not mentioned which, according to other research, probably include "Rosey" (Kittrell), Tabitha (Murphy) and Patsy (Norman) who had died before her father.

The son, Edward Bryant (1778-1845), married Nancy Parham in Granville County in 1801 and they had two children, Ann (or Nancy) Fuller and John F. Bryant. It is believed that Edward fought in the War of 1812. He was a farmer, a miller and a Whig. Sometime before 1818, Nancy died. Edward then married Elizabeth Amis (1797-1865), who was almost twenty years younger. One of his younger brothers, Robertson, married a Nancy Amis the same week. In 1807, the year Maury County was established, another if Edward's brothers, Rowland, left his home in Granville County and settled in the newly available land in Tennessee. After his marriage to Elizabeth in 1818, Edward also moved to Maury County. Their children probably included William R., Abner (or Albert) H., Harriett, Lewis A., Lucy H., Ellen G., Martha, Elizabeth, James D., Lucius, and Thomas. [Ours thanks to Carole Applegate of South Jordan, Utah, a descendent of Lucius, for her Bryant family research and especially in establishing this list of possible children.] In 1836, when Edward was 58 years old, he wrote a will which reveals much about his character and faith in his second wife. He died nine years later in 1845, the victim, with four of his children (Abner, Lewis, Lucy and Ellen), of a cholera epidemic.
William R. Bryant (1819-1869), the oldest son, was 22 years old when he married Sarah Anthony . [The identification of this William as the son of Edward was confirmed with the generous help of Monte Hugh Knight, a genealogist of Maury County, TN.] According to the 1850 census, William and Sarah had a family of three children by the ninth year of their marriage. By 1860, he was a widower in Madison County and the father of four more children. The youngest child, a daughter named Frances Elizabeth, was eight months old when the census was taken. Sarah probably died in childbirth in 1859. A year later, William married Frances Snodgrass and they had four more children. There is no record of his having any service with the Confederacy. Sometime during that period, he moved his family again. He died in Weakley County in 1869, eight years after his second marriage, and his wife Frances died the next year.
When Frances Elizabeth Bryant(1859-1951) was seventeen, she married Leroy Moore in Obion County. Three years later they were living in Weakley County, their farm adjoining the Scott Green property. Frances had three daughters: Agnes, Ora, and Lee. After ten years of marriage her husband died. When she married the widower WinfieldScott Green , she was perhaps 29 years old. In addition to her own three girls, she was now responsible for his four: all seven under 11 years of age. Then she became mother to four more: Daisy, Homer Brieford, Clarence Noble, and Horace Willard. Fannie raised all these children as one family. Scott was a tenant farmer and unable to read or write until after he married Frances. However, even with their limited resources, they were able to provide an education in St. Louis for the two deaf boys, Walter and Allen. Scott died in 1920 and Fanny moved into Sharon, the small town nearby, to live with her widower step-son Oscar Green and his son Marvin . She died in 1951 and is buried next to her husband.
History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, NC


By ThomasMcAdory Owen

Southern Historical Press, Inc.

Greenville, S.C. (1993)

Granville Records:

Samuel (mark) Hicks to Samual Kittrell. Sale Feby 4, 1767. Cons: 100 pounds proc. Conveys: negro wench Rose. Wit: Thomas Mutter, Danl Hunter.

Nathaniel Hall, of Brunswick Co. Va. To Jonathan Kitttrell of Granville Co. Sale, Dec. 5, 1760. Cons. 45 pounds Va. Money. Conveys: negro boy Jacob. Wit: Jno. Bowie, Samuel Kittrell, Solomon Fuller.

May 5, 1768 - Jonathan Kittrell Esqr is appointed to receive the List of Taxables inFishing Creek Dist. The ensuring year.


Aug 22, 1771 John Williams Jr. Major; Captains: David Mitchell, Jonath. Kittrell, John Walker, Christopher Harris& others.

Aug 20, 1772 Officers in Granville Regt. quald: Captains: David Mitchell, Jonath. Kittrell, John Walker, Christopher Harris& others.


Vol 5, of Minutes: Unknown person. Inquistion. taken at or near Hatches Run in Granville County, Dec 16, 1770, uponview of the body of a strange man late of the said county Jurors: Jonathan Kittrell & others. Coroner Verdict: that the said stranger appeard to be murderedby some person or persons, but not find who and that he did not lay violent hands on himself and dont find that he hath any estate. Id. p.17 Ret. To Jany Court 1771.

Feby 2, 1767 A bridge over Fishing Creek below Mr Geo. AltonsMill to be built. Robt. Harris, Stephen Jett & Jonathan Kittrell Coms.

Bond, dat. Aug. 3, 1768. Pen. 30 pounds. Proc. Jonathan Parker to Robt. Harris,Stephen Jett & Jonathan Kittrell Esqrs. Of Granville County. Sur: ChristopherHunt. Condition: If the above bound Jonathan Parker shall build a good strong sufficient bridge for all wagons & carts and other cariges to pass & repass overFishing Creek Betwixt where road now crosses the same & Youngs Mill.

Justices of the County Court: Jonathan Kittrell, 1774, 77, 78

Ordinaries and Houses of Entertainment (vol. 6 minutes): Aug. 1, 1785. Leave forord. to Jonathan Kittrell at his house on his own plantation.

The Murder of William Bryant by Sanders:

1773, At a Court Calld and Held in Granville County at the Court House of the said county for the trial of Certain Negro Slaves &c on Thursday the 21st day of Oct. Anno Dom. 1773. Present: RobertHarris, Jonathan Kittrell, Sherwood Harris Esquires Justices &c. and others.

And Robert Harris Esqr. Chairman Orderd that the Slaves having committedany felony or Misdemeanor shoud be brought to the Bar. And accordingly one Sanders a Negro man Slave the property of Joseph McDaniel was brought to the Bar and being Askd whether he was guilty of Murdering one William Bryant or not guilty, Answerd and said not guilty, on Which the Witnesss was introduced, and being examined, to wit, one Ned the property of the said William Bryant deceasd being first Examined provd that the said Negro Sanders had a gun in the night andhad utterd some threatening language, tho did not mention any person in particular. Then Jacob a man slave the property of Jonathan Kittrell Esquire, was nextExamined, provd the said Sanders having a gun in the night &c.

Ben theproperty of Samuel Walker being Examd provd a Coat which the said Sanders hadon to be his the said Bens property.

Also, Ben the property of the saiddecd being Examined said Sanders said he would kill somebody.

John Hogan Joseph McDonald & John Brennon were Sworn. Jos.McDonald was Examined provd his Confessing the killing William Bryant with many other Concurring Sircumstances [sic].

John Hogan proves the same

John Brennon, proves his Confessing the Shooting, Wm.Bryant.

Then the Court proceeded to pass Sentence agreeable to the Evidence & Sircumstances [sic] which was, to the following Substance, that the said Negro man Slave Sanders

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  1. Web page at:, 28 oktober 2012
    The connection of William Bryant, who died c. 1769, to Caswell County, is through his son Rowland Bryant.Roland Bryant, son of William Bryant and Elizabeth Rowland Bryant, married Mary Rosa Hunt. One of their children, Tabitha Bryant, married John Greene Murphey of Caswell County.John Greene Murphey was a son of Archibald Murphey and Jane Debow, thus being a brother of the famous Archibald Debow Murphey.[see photo at attachments]

    Above one can see the doorway where William Bryant was shot by a neighbor's slave. The slave, Sanders, apparently was angry because William Bryant kept telling him to use the road and to stop crossing the Bryant property. The slave stole Pomfrett Herndon's gun and shot William Bryant as he sat in his doorway. Pomfrett Herndon was William Bryant's son-in-law, having married Martha Bryant. Family members reported that the blood was still on the doorway floor in the early 1900's even though it had been rubbed with sand numerous times. The William Bryant house was located in Granville County, North Carolina.Bebe Johns Fox kindly provided this photograph and related information._______________Granville County records, Folder 1760-1769, Broken Series, located at the North Carolina Archives, included an undated paper three years hence. On the 21st day of October, 1773, "at a Court Call'd and Held in Granville County for the Trial of Certain Negro Slaves..."; justices present were Robert Harris, Jonathan Kittrell, Sherwood Harris, Esquires. Also Thomas Chrichter, Christopher Harris, Samuel Waller and William Hunt, freeholders. Sanders, a slave belonging to Joseph McDaniel, pleaded not guilty. Ned, the property of William Bryant, deceased, testified that Sanders had a gun "in the night and had uttered some threatening language, though did not mention any person in particular". Then Jacob, the property of Jonathan Kittrell, Esq., repeated that at the place of execution the guilty man would be burned alive until consumed. Finally, Bryant's own slave, who apparently had aided and abetted, was sentenced to 39 lashes at the public whipping post. At that time there was a punishment in place for a slave who killed his master but not for a slave who killed another white person so the Colonial Records show that they made up the new punishment because of this case. What this punishment was is unknown.Miss Lucy Kittrell of Texas, a descendant of William Bryant through his daughter, Tabitha (Bryant) Kittrell, has in her collection of papers, a letter written to her in about 1914 by a relative, Edwin Sue Goree. It adds personal detail to the Granville court case. The story goes that Sanders, an unfriendly slave belonging to a Mr. McDaniel who lived on one side of William Bryant, was married to a woman who lived on the plantation of Bryant's son-in-law, Pomfrett Herndon. William Bryant told the man to use the road several times and to stop crossing the Bryant property. This angered Sanders who, in turn, stole a gun from Pomfrett Herndon and shot William Bryant one evening as he sat in the doorway of his home. The slave, who could not be found for a while, was eventually discovered under the Bryant home.Edwin Sue Goree wrote in an old letter that the house was still standing (in 1914 or so) and that after all these years no amount of scrubbing with water and sand could remove William Bryant's blood from the floor. She also noted that there were two Bryant sisters still living in the old homeplace, which had been moved up the hill a bit. It must have been remodeled at some point as the description she gave was "Queen Ann", but then wrote that the original large colonial fireplace and surrounding paneling remained.The widow Elizabeth Bryant and her children removed to Chatham and Orange Counties, North Carolina, with the exception of her sons William, Jr. and Roland/Rowland, who remained in Granville. Her son by her first marriage, John Fearrington, is first noted in the 1771 militia list of Chatham County. He became a large land owner and built a handsome house, still standing near Mann's Chapel Church.
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