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Henry Bryson
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Birth: 1799
Death: Nov. 8, 1874

A pioneer preacher of distinction for whom Bryson College is named.

First Pastor of Bethel and Prosperity Churches 5/1-/1928.
In 1826 Rev. Henry Bryson (←Click for his travel journal), who was reared in Laurens County, South Carolina, traveled alone on horseback to middle Tennessee to preach to the Associate Reformed Presbyterians who had moved to Lincoln, Marshall and Maury Counties. He rode back to South Carolina in the fall of 1827 and in the spring of 1828 he returned to Lincoln County, Tennessee. On Sabbath, May 17, 1828, he and Rev. John Renwick organized Prosperity Church. The land where Prosperity has been 175 years was donated by Hugh Parkinson. Rev. Bryson, later Dr. Bryson, was installed as pastor of this church on the day of its organization. There is no record of either the names or the number of charter members of the church. However, the name of James Jennant is recorded as having united with the church "by examination" on the day of the organization, and the name of an infant, Lewis Bryson, son of Alexander Wiley, is recorded as having been baptized on the same day.

Prosperity was apparently the first Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church organized in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Shortly thereafter, Bethel, about three miles west of Harms, and Head Springs in Marshall County were organized and Dr. Bryson served as pastor of these three churches. He demitted Head Springs in 1838, but continued as pastor of Bethel and Prosperity until 1847 when ill health.

He died at age 75. 
Family links: 
  Hannah McMullen Bryson (1809 - 1886)*
  William Bryson (1829 - 1830)*
  John Hannah Bryson (1831 - 1887)*
  Mary Bryson Patton (1834 - 1923)*
  Robert Bryson (1836 - 1837)*
  Sarah Bryson Cowan (1841 - 1924)*
  Henry Bryson (1844 - 1846)*
  Anna Bryson (1848 - 1857)*
  Henry Knox Bryson (1851 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Prosperity Cemetery
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: Michael Blanchard
Originally Created by: Leah Brannon
Record added: Feb 04, 2009
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Henry Bryson
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Rip Reverend Bryson. You left a long legacy, not only through your children but also through the many followers you ministered to. The name Bryson will live on forever.
- Frances Gragg Warren
 Added: Dec. 31, 2013
Thank You for all you did to make sure the Bryson's of today remembered the Bryson's of yesterday. Your teachings and principals of Christian living are alive and well in our family..The Bryson's and Cecil s Thank You. Your Great Great GrandsonMichael
- Michael Blanchard
 Added: Aug. 7, 2013

- Gloria
 Added: Aug. 2, 2013
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