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Martha Hatchett Bryan (Strode)

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: England
Death: August 24, 1762 (64)
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
Place of Burial: Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward William Gunning Strode, IV and Susannah Strode
Wife of Captain Morgan Bryan, I
Mother of Joseph H. Bryan, I; Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Bryan; James Bryan; Mary Curtis; Eleanor Linville, "Nelly" and 7 others
Sister of Samuel Strode; James Edward Stroud; Jeremiah Strode; George Strode and William Strode

Occupation: Parents died during passage - raised by Bryan family, House Keeper
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About Martha Hatchett Bryan

  1. Martha STRODE
  2. Sex: F
  3. Birth: 1697 in Holland/Denmark [sic. more likely France?]
  4. Death: 24 AUG 1762 in Winchester, Grederick, Virginia
  5. Note: Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville, Rowan, North Carolina.

Father: Edward STRODE

Mother: Joan GUNNING

Marriage 1 Morgan BRYAN I b: 1671 in Denmark

   * Married: 1719 in Opequoa, Shenandoah, Virginia


  1. . Has No Children Martha Sarah BRYAN
  2. . Has Children Joseph BRYAN , Sr. b: 1720 in Shenandoah Valley, Pennsylvania
  3. . Has Children Samuel BRYAN b: 1721 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
  4. . Has Children Ellinor BRYAN b: 1722 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
  5. . Has Children Mary BRYAN b: 1724 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
  6. . Has Children Morgan BRYAN II b: 20 MAY 1729 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
  7. . Has Children John BRYAN , Sr. b: 9 APR 1730 in Opequon Creek, Shenandoah, Virginia
  8. . Has No Children Mary BRYAN b: 1731
  9. . Has Children James BRYAN b: 3 APR 1732 in Virginia
  10. . Has Children William Christopher BRYAN , Sr., Capt. b: 10 MAR 1733/34 in Winchester, Frederick, Virginia
  11. . Has Children Thomas BRYAN b: 1736 in Opequon Creek, Shenandoah, Virginia

Death Location Nr. Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States or Rowan Co NC

'The Bryans and a family named Strode who were Hollanders but who were living in France, were Protestants and had to flee from their home on account of religious persecution; came to America on the same boat. The Strode parents died on the voyage, leaving three children: Martha, Jeremiah and Samuel. They were in Chester County when Morgan Bryan married Martha Strode in 1719.' Note this quote fails to list all the orphan Strodes that fled Europe.

Morgan Bryan's wife was Martha Strode, presumably Edward's sister. It is entirely plausible that the Edward Strode's made their way to Virginia with Morgan Bryan in the mid 1730's. Pennsylvania Archives III, Chester County Warranties of Land list Edward as selling 150 acres 29 January 1733. He presumably would do this to move to Virginia.

"The Bryan-Boone traditions says that Morgan and Martha Strode Bryan had 5 children when they moved to Frederick County, Virginia, probably 1734. They had a total of nine children. The oldest was Joseph, who sold Edward Strode 360 acres of land in 1752.

Morgan Bryan and Martha Strode met during the voyage across the Atlantic. Together they raised at least seven children in backcountry Pennsylvania before moving their brood to the valley of Virginia in 1734. When Martha died in 1747 she was in her late sixties. Morgan was nearly eighty when, two years later, he led his married sons and daughters south into the Yadkin Valley, where he purchased several large tracts of land on which to settle his descendants. The Bryan Settlement, as it came to be known lay on the waters of Dutchman's Creek, near a well-used crossing of the North Yadkin River known as Shallow Ford... Bryan owned more land than anyone else in the backcountry, a total of more than fine thousand acres. (p. 42 from Daniel Boone, by John Mack Faragher, professor of history at Mt. Holyoke College: Henry Holt & Co., 1992.)

For a short time after their marriage Daniel Boone and Rebecca occupied a log cabin on his father's farm, but they soon acquired land of their own lying upon Sugar Tree, a tributary of Dutchman's creek, in the Bryan settlement, a few miles North of Squire Boone's. Here they lived for several years."

"During the 1750?s there was a major migration to the southern colonies. The Morgans, Bryans, Boones, Osbornes, and Plumleys, all associated with Penningtons in NJ and southeast PA, all moved southwest. They crossed the Potomac near Harper's Ferry, went up the Shenandoah, out into the foothills east of the Blue Ridge and down to the Yadkin River near the Trading Ford and the Shallow Ford. This was the main area of eastern battles in the Civil War and many old records were destroyed at that time."

William Bryan who married Mary Boone was a son of Morgan Bryan and Martha Strode. Rebecca Bryan (who married Daniel Boone) and Martha Bryan (who married Edward Boone) were daughters of Joseph and Alee Bryan and nieces of William Bryan. Ann (Nancy) Linville who married George Boone was a daughter of William Linville and Eleanor Bryan, a daughter of Morgan Bryan. About 1728-1730 Morgan Bryan, who lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania, until four or five of his eldest children were born, obtained a grant of 100,000 acres of land on the Potomac and Opequan rivers in Virginia, with Alexander Ross and other Quakers. Morgan Bryan moved to this land about 1730 and settled near the present site of Winchester, where the rest of his children were born. Martha Strode Bryan died here about 1747 and was buried at the homestead. Afterward Morgan sold his interest in the Virginia land and moved to the Forks of the Yadkin River in North Carolina. An early pioneer traveler over the road the Bryans followed gave this description:

People had told us that this hill was most dangerous, and that we would scarcely be able to cross it, for Morgan Bryan, the first to travel this way, had to take the wheels off his wagon and carry it piece-meal to the top, and had been three months on the journey from the Shanidore (Shenandoah) to the Etkin (Yadkin).

Martha STRODE, a Huguenot, whose father was probably a descendant

Sir William STRODE, one of the five members who condemned

Charles 1 and signed his death warrant. The STRODES had previously

left Holland and gone to France to escape religious persecution because

of their Protestant faith. From France they had migrated to England and

from England to Pennsylvania. After the death of her parents on board ship

to America, Martha Strode and her brothers were cared for by the other


The "Boone Scout", January 1957, page 8, has this to say about Martha


    "A dramatiac figure of early America was Martha Strode, probably

a descendant of Sir William Strode, one of the five members of the Star

Chamber who in 1649 condemned and signed the death warrant of King

Charles 1 of England."

In 1846, Jeremiah STRODE wrote a sketch later published in the Courier-

Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, stating that his great-great-grandfather

chartered a vessel, the "PAYSAY" and set sail for America 160 years

before the writing of this articel; that he died at sea leaving William, George,

Samauel, Edward, and a daughter Martha; that this information was

received by my uncle, Captain James STRODE of Berkeley County, Virginia,

and John STRODE of Culpepper who procured the records A.D. 1791:

that the Mansion House still stands eleven miles south of Strasbourg in

France; that they were of noble and ancient family, belonging to the Huguenots,

the Protestants of France.

Martha STRODE BRYAN died about 1747 and

was buried at the home near the present site of Winchester, Virginia.

After her death Morgan BRYAN sold his interest in Virginia and in the fall

of 1748, moved his family to Northa Carolina and settled in the forks of the

Yadkins river, which was then Anson County, but in 1753 Rowan Co was set off

from Anson; thus they were in Rowan Co.

The Tombstone of Martha STRODE is on display in the Rowan Co, Museum at Salisbury, NC.

Martha Strode Bryan's parent died on the ship to America, Martha was from Holland and was a refugee Huguenot.

The Huguenots (French pronunciation: [yɡno]; English: /ˈhjuːɡənɒt/, /huːɡəˈnoʊ/) were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France (or French Calvinists) from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Since the seventeenth century, Huguenots have been commonly designated "French Protestants", the title being suggested by their German co-religionists or "Calvinists". Protestants in France were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s and the name Huguenots was already in use by the 1560s. By the end of the 17th century, roughly 200,000 Huguenots had been driven from France during a series of religious persecutions. They relocated primarily in England, Switzerland, Holland, the German Palatinate, and elsewhere in Northern Europe, as well as to what is now South Africa and to North America.

Birth: 1697 Death: Aug. 24, 1762 North Carolina, USA

Wife of Morgan Bryan. It has been reported that her headstone has been, or is on display in the Rowan County Museum at Salisbury, NC.

 Morgan Bryan (1671 - 1763)

Some of the Children:
 Joseph Bryan (1715 - 1805)*
 James Bryan (1723 - 1807)*
 William Bryan (1734 - 1780)*

U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Martha Strode Name: Martha Strode SAR Membership: 52386 Death Date: 1747 Spouse: Morgan Bryan Children: John Bryan

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Martha Hatchett Bryan's Timeline

September 1697
June 1, 1720
Age 22
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 23
Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
April 3, 1723
Age 25
Chester, Pennsylvania
Age 27
May 20, 1729
Age 31
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 31
Chester, Pennsylvania
April 9, 1730
Age 32
Shenandoah, Page, Virginia, Colonial America
November 25, 1731
Age 34
Shenandoah, Page County, Virginia, United States