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Sr. William Bryan (b. Bet. June 1684 - 1685, d. Bet. 1789 - 1790)William Bryan (son of Francis Bryan) was born Bet. June 1684 - 1685 in Ballyrong, Belfast, Or Ballymoney, County Down, Ire.391, 391, 392, and died Bet. 1789 - 1790 in Salem, Botetourt Co., VA393, 393, 394.He married (2) Margaret Watson on Abt. 1710 in County Down, Ire.395, 396.
Notes for William Bryan:
Left Ireland in 1718.Could have settled in Winchester, V A in about 1710.
Also, with his sons settled site of Roanoke, VA in 1745.
Submitter for anderson: Walter Anderson , 2605 Sigmona
Street , Falls Church, Virginia 22046-2928 , Phone 703-573- 0082
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THEORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA
CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
Bryan vs. Lewis and Johnston--O. S. 303; N. S. 108--Bill, April, 1820,by James Bryan, Jr., of Botetourt. Prior to 1771 Wm. Bryan owned 400acres on Roanoke River, near Salem , and divided it between his sons,William and James, who entered 190 acres adjoining and patent issued inname of James, 16th February, 1771. James sold out all to Andrew Lewis,28th March, 1788, who sold to his brother William . James moved to MasonCounty. Wm. Bryan, Jr., died July , 1806, testate, devising his interestto his son, orator . James, Sr., had a son Andrew. Wm. Lewis sold to Dr.John Johnston and moved to Alabama. Will of William Bryan of Roanoke inBotetourt County. Wife, Elizabeth; sons, William , James,
John; daughter, Catherine Cole, wife of John Cole; grandson , Wm. Cole.Dated 27th June, 1805. Recorded in Botetourt,
William and wife Margaret lived at Ballyroney Co. Down, IR . They were Presbyterians and when they left for America they carried with them a document from their church dated 17 April 1718. STORY - William and Margaret Bryan sent their son, John Andrew into the woods to cut a stick to make a handle for a hook used in weaving, and he was arrested for poaching. After much trouble and espense, his fathe r got him clear, and immediately sailed for America, where , as he said, "timber was free and there were no constables ". (from" Notable Southern Families", p. 40)
It is not known for certain how many children were born in IR and made the sailing with their parents. For sure John Andrew Bryan was born in IR sometime before 1717.
William and Margaret first settled in Pennsylvania, then West New Jersey and later moved to VA. William Bryan is listed many times in deed , Records, etc. in Agusta Co. VA. Reco rds, including disposition of land to his sons.
More About William Bryan:
Burial: Unknown, Salem, Botetourt Co., West Hill Cem., VA.396
Religion: Presbyterian.397, 398
More About William Bryan and Margaret Watson:
Marriage: Abt. 1710, County Down, Ire..399, 400
Children of William Bryan are:
- +John Andrew Bryan, b. Abt. 1712, d. December 09, 1799401, 401, 402.
Children of William Bryan and Margaret Watson are:
- Benjamin Bryan, d. date unknown.
- Mary Bryan, b. 1710, County Down, Ire.403, 404, d. date unknown, Y404.
- James Bryan, b. Abt. 1714, Bainbridge, County Down, Ire.405, 406, d. date unknown, Y406.
- William Bryan, b. Bet. 1720 - 1725, Chester Co., PA407, 407, 408, d. July 1806409, 410.
- +John Andrew Bryan, b. Abt. 1712, d. December 09, 1799411, 411, 412.