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William Smith Bryan

Also Known As: "Prince William", "Byron", "Bryant"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Claire, Ireland
Death: Died in Gloucester, Gloucester County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Francis Bryan, II, Justicar of Ireland; Francis Bryan; Ann E. Bryant (Smith) and Ann Bryan
Husband of Catherine Bryan and Catherine Bryan
Father of Sir Francis Bryan; Thomas Bryan, Sr.; Morgan Bryant, I; David Bryant, Sr.; John Smith Bryan and 8 others

Occupation: Price William of Ireland, Prince William of Ireland, Deported to America by Cromwell for attempting to take Irish Throne! Credited wit introducing thoroughbred horses to America.
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About William Smith Bryan

William Smith Bryan was born about 1590. He married Catherine Morgan (born 1604). William Smith Bryan and Catherine Morgan were both born in County Claire, Ireland. During the Puritan Rebellion, William Smith Bryan attempted to gain the throne of Ireland and was dubbed, “Prince William of Ireland” by his followers. Sometime about 1650 or 1660, William Smith Bryan and Catherine Morgan were exiled to Virginia by Oliver Cromwell for anti-English insurgent activities. He is said to have been "dropped" at Gloucester Beach, Virginia. He arrived in Virginia with a shipload of personal belongings and his wife, eleven sons, and three daughters. They were among the first English to bring horses to the British colony of Virginia. William Smith Bryan and Catherine Morgan both died in Gloucester, Virginia.

The eleven children of William Smith Bryan and Catherine Morgan included:

Francis Bryan III

John Bryan

William Bryan

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-------------------- William Smith Bryan Birth 1600 in Claire, Ireland Death 1 Jun 1667 in Gloucester, Gloucester, Virginia, United States

Family Members Parents Francis Bryan 1549 – 1640 Ann Smith 1560 – 1635 Spouse & Children Catherine Morgan 1604 – 1680 Francis Bryan 1630 – 1693

Timeline 1600 Birth Claire, Ireland 5 source citations 1631 Age: 31 Marriage to Catherine Morgan Claire, Ireland 1667 1 Jun Age: 67 Death Gloucester, Gloucester, Virginia, United States

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U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Wm Smith Bryan Name: Wm Smith Bryan SAR Membership: 52386 Children: Frances Bryan -------------------- Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 7 Lineage page 105 WILLIAM SMITH BRYAN was a landholder in Ireland, County Clare, at the time of the British invasion under CROMWELL, and for taking the side of Ireland was transported as a ?rebellious subject,? in 1650, to the American Colonies, with his family, goods and chattels, consisting of a ship load. He settled in Gloucester County, Virginia; he had eleven sons. Morgan BRYAN, who was in Norfolk County in 1693, was probably one of these sons. Francis BRYAN, the oldest son, returned to Ireland, in 1677, and endcavored to recover his hereditary titles and estates, but was so greatly persecuted by the English Government that he sought refuge in Denmark. After a few years he returned to Ireland. His oldest son Morgan was born in Denmark. It is believed that William BRYAN, b. in 1685, was also his son. William BRYAN and his wife, Margaret, lived at Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland. They were Presbyterians. The town of Bryansford near by is said to have been named for some of his family. William and Margaret BRYAN one day sent their little son John into the woods to cut a stick to make a handle for a book used in weaving, and he was arrested for poaching. After much trouble and [p.105] expense the father got him clear and immediately sailed for America, where, he said, timber was free and there were no constables. This was in the year 1718. William BRYAN and family settled in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. (From Bryan-Akers Family by Jesse BRYAN.

Includes NotesNotes for William Smith Bryan:

Boone Family Author: Hazel Atterbury Spraker Call Number: R929.2 qB722.1 Bibliographic Information: Spraker, Hazel Atterbury. The Boone Family. Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1922.

William Smith Bryan was deported from Ireland by the British Government as a rebellious subject, and at that time was thought to be the only lineal descendant of 'Bryan Borou,' King of Ireland. The English Government shipped him with his family, goods and chattels (consisting of a ship-load) and dropped them off on Gloucester Beach, Virginia. William Smith Bryan had eleven sons and three daughters, the record of whom is lost, excepting that of;

Francis Bryan, who returned to Ireland in 1650 and made an endeavor to regain his hereditary title and estates. Being greatly persecuted by the English government, he was forced to flee to Denmark, where he married, and where his sons Morgan and William, were born. * * * Morgan Bryan removed to Ireland with his father, who was standard bearer to William and Mary of Orange, and was present at the battle of Boyne, 1690. Francis Bryan died at Belfast, Ireland, in 1694.

(ABRIDGED COMPENDIUM, Frederick Virkus A compendium of family genealogies that includes practically every name distinguished in the early history of the country, Vol. I )

William Smith Bryan, transported to Va, as a rebellious subject, settled in Gloucester Co.;

Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 7 Lineage page 105 WILLIAM SMITH BRYAN was a landholder in Ireland, County Clare, at the time of the British invasion under CROMWELL, and for taking the side of Ireland was transported as a ?rebellious subject,? in 1650, to the American Colonies, with his family, goods and chattels, consisting of a ship load. He settled in Gloucester County, Virginia; he had eleven sons. Morgan BRYAN, who was in Norfolk County in 1693, was probably one of these sons. Francis BRYAN, the oldest son, returned to Ireland, in 1677, and endcavored to recover his hereditary titles and estates, but was so greatly persecuted by the English Government that he sought refuge in Denmark. After a few years he returned to Ireland. His oldest son Morgan was born in Denmark. It is believed that William BRYAN, b. in 1685, was also his son. William BRYAN and his wife, Margaret, lived at Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland. They were Presbyterians. The town of Bryansford near by is said to have been named for some of his family. William and Margaret BRYAN one day sent their little son John into the woods to cut a stick to make a handle for a book used in weaving, and he was arrested for poaching. After much trouble and [p.105] expense the father got him clear and immediately sailed for America, where, he said, timber was free and there were no constables. This was in the year 1718. William BRYAN and family settled in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. (From Bryan-Akers Family by Jesse BRYAN.

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William Smith Bryan's Timeline

1599
June 1599
Claire, Ireland
1619
1619
Age 19
Richmond, Virginia, USA
1620
1620
Age 20
Clare, County Clare, Munster, Ireland
1621
1621
Age 21
1622
1622
Age 22
1623
1623
Age 23
1626
June 1, 1626
Age 27
Down,Clare,Ireland
1627
1627
Age 27
1628
1628
Age 28
1629
1629
Age 29
Gloucester, Virginia