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Birthplace: Isle of Wight, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Edgecombe, North Carolina, Colonial America
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About John Bryan

In 1776, during the American Revolution, he fought as a patriot under the command of Richard Caswell in the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. Richard Caswell (August 3, 1729 – November 10, 1789) was the first and fifth governor of the U.S. State of North Carolina, serving from 1776 to 1780 and from 1784 to 1787. As a Patriot officer in the American Revolutionary War, Caswell led North Carolina militiamen in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

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Edgecombe County NcArchives Wills.....Bryant, John 1735

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Source: Nc Wills & Inventories - Grimes

Written: 1735

                JOHN BRYANT'S WILL.

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. The fourteenth day of Sept.,

one thousand, Seven hund., Thirty and four, I, Jno. Bryant,

of Edgecombe precinct, in North Carolina, being very weak

in body but perfect of mind and memory, thanks Be to Al-

mighty God for it, And knowing that it is appointed for all Men

once to die, Do Make, Constitute and appoint this to be my

Last will And Testament, Revoking and Disanulling all other

Wills and Testaments Ever before me made: And as for the

worldly Inheritance the Almighty God hath Endowed withal,

I Leave and Bequeath in manner and form following:

Imps. I leave and Lend to my well Beloved wife, Elisabeth,  

Bryant, During her natural life, A Molatto wench Called Bess,

and her Own bed and furniture, as also another bed and fur-

niture wch. hath Oznabrigs Tick to it, One black walnut Safe,

and half Adozn. turnd frame Rush chairs, And one trunk,

And A Large Iron pot wt. A Still made upon it, and A Small Iron

pot, One Brass Skellett, five tongs and Shovel, and Box Iron

& Chaffing dish, as also A grey gelding, Bridle and Saddle, & A

Mare & Colt called Diamond, & twenty five head of cattle,

Young & old, and four Sheep, as also two Basons of putre &

two dishes, four plates & half a Dozen Spoons And an Iron


Item. I Leave and Bequeath to my Son, Bryant, his

heirs & Asss. for Ever, A tract of Land Beginning in the Marsh

where ye. Line Crosses it, So running thro ye. pasture along ye.

water course to another tract of Land, and then Continuing

ye. water course to the Lower Line. I further give & Bequeath

to him another tract of Land in Cupress Swamp known by the

name of Ballards; I also Leave as afforsd. My other tract

of Land Lying & Being in ye. East side of Deep Creek, Upon

the Indian path; as also another tract of Land Lying in a

Bever Dam Swamp, that Leads out of fishing Creek, known

by the name of Polluck's Bever Dam; as also two Negroes,

the One Named Robbin, the other Mingo, One New feather

Bed wt. furniture, Called his bed, One Large Iron pot & a smal

one, One Black walnut Round table, and four Leathern chairs,

One new Case of Bottles, two putre Basons, two putre dishes,

Four putre plates, & half A Dozen Spoons, One Buckaneer

Gun, and whatsoever Cattle, hogs, horses and Mares that now

Are Called his, and fifteen head of my own Stock here at Home,

and four Steers that are at Canahoe, and all the rest of My

Cattle at Canahoe, to be Divided betwixt he and Jno. Fort.

I Further Leave & Bequeath to him A Bay horse called Spot,

wt. A new Saddle and Bridle, and four other horses & mares

And four Sheep; I also Leave him Seven pounds, Currant.

Item. I Leave and Bequeath to my Son, Arthur Bryant,  

his Heirs and asses. for Ever, the plantation whereon I now

live, joyning To the Land wch. I gave to my Son William, and

another plantation On Deep Creek, where Richd. Camp now

Liveth, And One hundred Acres of Land Lying in Cahukee

Swamp. I also Leave & Bequeath to him a Negro Boy, Called

Torn and A Negro girl Named Jenny, I also give him a Large

feather Bed wt. new furniture, I also Give him A Black walnut

Square table, and four Leather Chairs, two Iron pots, two putre

Basons, two Do. Dishes, and four plates, and One Iron Spit,

and Six head of horses & Mares, And all the Stock of Cattle

and Hogs in ye. plantation where Richd. Camp now Liveth,

to be Divided Betwixt Camp and he, And twenty five head of

Cattle, Young and old, of my home Stock, And four head of

Sheep. I also Leave and Bequeath to him Seven pounds

Currant Money of Virginia, and One Silver Sack Cup, and One

Small trunk, and an Iron Bound Case of Bottles.

Item. I Leave and Bequeath to My Son, Davie Hopper,  

A hundred and Sixty Acres of Land Lying in the fork of the

Bever Darn Swamp, joyning the Land I gave to My Son, Wil-

liam, I also Leave & Bequeath to him twenty pounds Currt.

Money of Virginia, due to me pr. James Barns, By a note under

his own hand, appeareth to be paid at Mr. Theophilus Pughs.

As also to my Son Hopper Two thousand weight Of pork to be

paid at his own house.

I also Leave and Bequeath to my well Beloved friend, John  

Pope One hundred Acres of Land in A place On Cahukee Line,

below ye. place where Robt. Wright Now Liveth.

I also Leave and Bequeath to James Turner, Living in Vir- 

ginia, the Remainder of the tract of Land I Left to my Son


I Leave and Bequeath all the rest of My Moveable Estate,  

to be divided Betwixt my wife, and my Son Wm. and Arthur,

at the discretion of my Executors, Whom I Constitute and

appoint who are My Sons, Davie Hopper and Wm. Bryant.

Publishing, Declaring and pronouncing this and no other to be

my last will and Testament.

Sealed wt. my Seal and dated the 14th day of 7 E., 1734.

                               JOHN BRYAN (Seal)

No CAROLINA. EDGECOMB SS. At a Court held for the Said Precint. on

the third Tuesday of May, anno Dom. 1735. Present His Majesties


These may Certifie, that Anne Frazier, one of the Subscribing Evidences  

to the within Will, Appeared in Open Court and made Oath on the Holy

Evangelists that he was present and Saw, John Bryant, Sign, Seal & declare

the within to be and Contain hie Last Will & Testament, & that the Said

John Bryant was then and at that time of Sound and disposeing Memory;

& that he Saw Robt. Radford, and Archd. Thompson, the other Subscrib-

ing Evidence Sign their names thereto at the Same time. Then also Appd.

Davis Hopper, and William Bryant, Executors, in Open Court, and took

the Execu. Oath in due form of Law.

Ordered that the Secrey have notice thereof, that Letters Testamentory  

Issue there on

                            Test. J. W. MER.---(?) Cler. Cur

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Maj. John Bryan's Timeline

January 2, 1692
Isle of Wight, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 23
Isle of Wight, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 25
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, USA
Age 27
North Carolina, USA
April 6, 1723
Age 31
Richmond, VA, USA
October 31, 1741
Age 49
Edgecombe, North Carolina, Colonial America