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Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Floyd's Fork, Shelby County, Kentucky
Occupation: Founder and defender of Bryan Station near Lexington, Kentucky
Managed by: Jeffery Dorr
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About Joseph H. Bryan, Sr.

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  • Joseph BRYAN , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1720 in Shenandoah Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 1805 in Floyd's Fork, Shelby, Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Buried: Floyd's Fork, Shelby, Jefferson, Kentucky.
  • Note:

Joseph Bryan was the first of our direct Bryan ancestors to be born in America. Some reccords indicate the year as 1719 and others show 1720.

Born in Chester County, PA, Joseph lived there until 1734 when he moved with his family to Virginia. His father, a leader in the formation of a new Quaker settlelment at Frederick Town (now winchester), was one of the builders of "The Hopewell Monthly Meeting of Frederick". It was here in about 1737 that Joseph first married and the name of his wife remains unknown. They probably had only two children, both daughters, and the best guess is that the first was Martha, born about 1737 and named for Joseph's mother. Rebecca, the second daughter, was born 9 January 1739.

Most biographers of the Bryan family appear to have been unaware of Joseph's first family and have attributed all of his children to his second wife known as "Aylee." Her real name was Alice (as proven by legal documents) and her surname was probably Linville. "Aylee" was no doubt a family nickname. This oversight will no doubt be perpetuated forever, because some researchers use material distributed or published in the past as factual. The clue to the fact that Joseph was married twice can be found on page 508 of Hazel Atterbury Spraker's "The Boone Family," published in 1922. Then on page 509 of this book, Joseph Bryan, Jr. states that he was the half brother of Daniel Boone's wife (Rebecca). None of the numerous volumes in our collection of Boone family history contain this vital information. Bobbie Callaway, historian for the Callaway Family Assocaition, has long suspected that Martha and Rebecca Bryan were the offsprings of a first wife, and that Joseph Jr. was not the oldest son of Joseph, as has been published over and over. As one of the most competent reseasrchers it has been our privilege of knowing, Bobbie has gathered sufficient data to show Joseph Jr., who lived to age 92, was born about 1752 when Rebecca was approximately 13 years old.

Before the Reolutionary War most eligible men served in the Colonial Militia when called upon to do so, and Joseph was no exception. In Augusta County Virginia Court records dated 15 September 1742, we find the following entry: "Joseph Bryan delinquent at muster of Capt. Hugh Thompson at Court Martial. Later excused when returned bearing Arms". The first deed recorded in Frederick Co., VA, dated 13 April 1744, shows that Joseph Bryan purchased land from Alexander Ross. We presume that Joseph and his young family lived in the Winchester area of Frederick County until his first wife died. Indications are that Joseph then moved up the Shenandoah Valley to Augusta County with his father and the rest of the family in about 1746, where he married his second wife Alice. He remained here after Morgan Bryan and family moved to North Carolina on 1748, probably because of his new family ties. It is believed, however, that his two daughters, Martha and Rebecca went to North Carolina with their grandparents and lived with them until both were married. This part in the life of Rebecca no doubt gave rise to the erroneous assumption that Morgan and Martha (Strode) Bryan were her parents. We believe that Joseph and Alice lived in Virginia until about 1755 where their first two children, Samuel and Joseph Jr., were born, and then decided to join the rest of the Bryan Family in North Carolina. An Augusta County Court record dated 20 March 1755 stated that Daniel Harrison initiated a suit against Joseph Bryan regarding an attachment levied on Joseph before his removal from the County. This attachment assured Harrison of collecting any debts when Joseph's property was sold. Once in North Carolina, Joseph settled in what is now Davie County and seems to have prospered. He was described by George Soelle, a Moravian minister who preached in many parts of the County, as a "well-to-do polite and affable man who cannot read, but well-to-do." He lived here for about 43 years where the rest of his family was born and grew up. By this time much of his family had moved to Kentucky, and even at the age of about 78 undertook his last big venture. He and Alice moved to Kentucky in 1798 where two of his sons and a son-in-law had established large plantations. He acquired an estate of about 14,000 acres at Floy's Fork, Shelby County. He died early in 1805 at age 85 in Jefferson County and left a will dated 20 Nov. 1804 in which he names his second wife and all of his surviving children, including his daughter Rebecca Boone.

The will follows:

Jefferson County, KY Will Book 1, p. 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 names 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 daughts, Mary Howard, Susanna Hinkle, Aylee Howard, Phoebe Forbis and Charity Davis the sum of fity dollars each. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elinor 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 give and 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 revoking all former wills sand testaments made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of November 1804.

Joseph Bryan (Seal)

Signed, sealed and published as his last will and testament in the presence of us: Edward Cox Sr., David Enochs, Ephraim Hampton ----Joe Dall as Bryant

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Birth: ABT 1720 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Residence: 1797 Kentucky
Note:  He came to Kentucky with his brother Samuel
Residence: Winchester, Virginia
Note: He remained here when his father removed to the Yadkin RIver.
Residence: Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina
Note: He was living here four years after Winchester, Virginia, next to his father.
Residence: 1798 Shelby County, Kentucky
Note: He rented Well's Station from Enoch M. Boone.
Residence: 1800 Floyd's Fork, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Note: He and his family, two sons and son-in-law bought land here.
Death: BEF 4 MAR 1805 in Floyd's Fork, Jefferson County, Kentucky
HEIGT: Col. Samuel Boone gave this description of jim: "Joseph Bryan, the father-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone, was a tall, raw-bonded man, - an old man".

Joseph Bryan Sr. was born in 1720 in , Chester, PA. (304)(2) He died in 1805 in Floyd's Ford, Shelby, KY.(305) (2) --Betty Lou Boysen

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Following is the document filed by Joseph Bryan Jr.'s son-in-law Martin Grove in April 1844, and later legal action forcing the sale of Joseph's slaves:

State of Missouri, County of Monroe--I, Martin Grove, who makes application for Letters of Administration on the estate of Joseph Bryan, dec'd., do on Oath state that there is as heirs of said deceased the following heirs and Legatees to wit:

Samuel Bryan, Susan Bowler, Polly Grove, Alsey Love, Manervy Brown, children of said deceased who reside in the county and state aforesaid and Susan Mills, Joseph Callaway, Etiline Mathews, Casandry Haley children of Sary Callaway dec'd. who was a daughter of the said Joseph Bryan deceased the two first names reside in Monroe County & the two last names in Randolph County and State of Missouri.

And that the said Joseph Bryan died without a will so far as I know or believe and that I will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all of the estate of the deceased and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the law ??? and account for and pay all assets which shall come to his knowledge or possession.

Dated 12th of April, 1844
Petition to the Court (not dated):
To the Honorable--The Monroe County Court--
Your petitioners Samuel Bryan, James Love and Alice Love his wife late Alice Bryan, Martin Grove and Mary Grove his wife late Mary Bryan, Alfred Boulware and Susan Boulware his wife late Susan Bryan, Joseph Callaway, John N. Mills and Susan his wife late Susan Callaway, Peter Matthews and Etalina his wife late Etttalina Callaway, Ambrose Haley and Cassandra his wife late Cassandra Callaway, represent that there are of the Estate of the late Joseph Bryan deceased three Negro Slaves to wit, one boy named Bill, one ditto named Tom and one old Negro woman named Daphney in the hands of the administrator of said estate for distribution among those entitled, and that an equal division thereof cannot be made in kind; and they further represent that your petitioners and James Brown and Manerva his wife late Manerva Brown (sic) are the only persons interested in said slaves in anywise whether in distribution, heirs, or in any other respect. They therefore pray that an order be made for the sale of said slaves and for the distribution of the money arising therefrom according to the rights of those entitled to distribution & as in duty they will ever pray the -- ? J. Howell, Atty for Petitioners ----Joe Dallas Bryant
  • Father: Morgan BRYAN I b: 1671 in Denmark
  • Mother: Martha STRODE b: 1697 in Pennsylvania
  • Marriage 1 Alice "Aylee" LINVILLE b: 1722 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • Married: 1737
  • Children
  1. Has No Children Alice BRYAN
  2. Has Children Martha BRYAN b: 19 MAR 1736/37 in Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
  3. Has Children Rebeccah " Rebecca" BRYAN b: 7 FEB 1738/39 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
  4. Has No Children Samuel BRYAN b: 1742 in Rowan County, North Carolina
  5. Has No Children Mary BRYAN b: 1744
  6. Has No Children Susanah BRYAN b: 1751 in Virginia
  7. Has Children Joseph BRYAN , Jr. b: 1752
  8. Has No Children Charity BRYAN b: 1756
  9. Has No Children John BRYAN b: 1756 in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
 10. Has No Children Aylee BRYAN b: 1757 in Virginia
 11. Has Children Eleanor BRYAN b: 1759 in Virginia

Joseph Bryan, was one of the founders and defenders of Bryan Station near Lexington, Kentucky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bryan_Station

Joseph was the father of Rebecca Boone (Bryan), the wife of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone. He was also the father of Martha Boone (Bryan), the wife of Daniel Boone's brother, Edward "Ned" Boone.

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Joseph BRYAN first of our direct line of ancestors to be born in America, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1734 he moved his family to Frederick Town, Frederick County, Virginia where his father was a leader in the formation of a new Quaker settlement In Frederick Town, now Winchester, "the Hopewell Meeting of Frederick."

In 1737 Joseph BRYAN married Hester HAMPTON and had two daughters: Martha born in 1737 who married Edward Neddie BOONE and Rebecca born 9 Jan 1739 who would become the wife of Daniel BOONE. Sisters married brothers. These two daughters would be reared by their grandparents Morgan BRYAN and Martha STRODE.

15 Sept 1742 in Augusta County court records "Joseph BRYAN delinquent at Muster of Captain Hugh THOMPSON.  Court Martialed, later excused when he returned bearing arms.
13 April 1744 First deed recorded in Frederick County, Virginia shows that Joseph purchased land from Alexander ROSS. It is assumed that Joseph and his young family lived in Winchester area until his first wife died.
1746 Joseph moved to the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta County, Virginia with his father and the rest of the family.  Here he married Alice LINVILLE.
1748 Morgan BRYAN and family moved to North Carolina at which time the two young daughters Martha and Rebecca went to live with their grandparents until they married.  This is no doubt why the erroneous assumption that Morgan BRYAN and Martha STRODE were the parents of Rebecca.
1775 Joseph and his family went to North Carolina to join the rest of the BRYAN family.
20 Mar 1755 Augusta County, Virginia court record stated Danile HARRISON initiated a suit against Joseph regarding an attachment levied on Joseph before his removal from the County of Augusta.  This attachment assured  HARRISON of collecting any debts when Joseph's property sold.
Once in North Carolina, Joseph settled in Davie County and seems to have prospered, where he lived 43 years.  According to George SOELLE, a Moravian Minister, Joseph was well-to-do, polite and affable man, but could not read.
1798 Joseph and Alice moved to Kentucky to join the rest of his family. He was 78 when he undertook his last big adventure.  Two sons and a son-in-law had established large plantations in Kentucky.  He acquired an estate of about 14,000 acres at Floys's Fork, Shelby County, Kentucky.
Dying early in 1805 at age 85, in Jefferson County, Kentucky he left a will dated 20 Nov 1804 naming Alice LINVILLE and surving children, including daughter Rebecca BOONE.

9. Joseph Bryan (Morgan2, Francis1), 13101, M. Born in 1720.

1. According to THE BOONE FAMILY by Spraker, pg 505-512, & chart 507 -- Rebecca BRYAN who m. Daniel BOONE was the dau. of Joseph BRYAN (Joseph being the brother of William BRYAN both being sons of Morgan BRYAN & Martha STRODE.)

2. BettyLou Boysen <blboysen@starstream.net>

3. When his father removed to the Yadkin region in North Carolina, Joseph remain in Winchester, VA. He removed to NC later and lived next to his father.

4. 1775 - 1776 Bryan's Station, Kentucky - A marker at Bryan's Station states "Camping place of the brother s Morgan, James, William, and Joseph Bryan". Another inscription at the Station reads, "This station was founded by four brothers WIlliam, Morgan, James, and Joseph Bryan and William Grant all of whom brought their families with them". http://www.bryanstationalumni.org/monument.php

5. 1798 - Shelby County, Kentucky

6. He rented Well's Station from Enoch M. Boone.

7. 1800 - Floyd's Fork, Jefferson County, Kentucky. He and his family, two sons and son-in-law bought land here.

8. Burial: Floyd's Fork, Jefferson County, Kentucky

9. Col. Samuel Boone gave this description of jim: "Joseph Bryan, the father-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone, was a tall, raw-boned man, - an old man".

Joseph first married Hester Hampton, 13857, F. AKA Esther

They had the following children:

       57            i.          Rebecca, 10505, F (1739-)
       58           ii.          Martha, 10508, F (1740-)
       59          iii.          Joseph, 16205, M
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Birth:  1715 Chester County,  Pennsylvania, USA 
Death:  1805 Shelby County, Kentucky, USA 

Also reported born 1718

LDS reports he is buried at "Floyds Fork" Shelby Co Kentucky


Parents:

 Morgan Bryan (1671 - 1763)
 Martha Strode Bryan (1697 - 1762)

Spouse:

 Aylee Linville Bryan (1722 - 1807)*

Children:

 Rebecca Bryan Boone (1739 - 1813)*
 Rebecca Bryan Boone (1739 - 1813)*
 Martha Bryan Boone (1740 - 1780)*
 Elenor Ellender Bryan Boone (1760 - 1825)*

Burial: Unknown

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Joseph H. Bryan, Sr.'s Timeline

1720
June 1, 1720
Chester, Pennsylvania
1721
1721
Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
1737
1737
Age 16
Berkeley, James, Virginia
1739
June 9, 1739
Age 19
Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
1740
September 11, 1740
Age 20
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States
1750
1750
Age 29
1751
1751
Age 30
1752
1752
Age 31
1753
1753
Age 32
Rowan, North Carolina, USA
1805
March 4, 1805
Age 84
Floyd's Fork, Shelby County, Kentucky