Edward Bryan

Birth
Death 1737 (aged 73–74)
Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 33335818 · View Source
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"17th Century Colonial Ancestors, page 38," states, "Bryan, Edward (1663-1737) VA, m. Christine Council. Landowner." The following Edward Bryan named his wife Mary in his will.

The following will was written by Edward Bryan of Virginia, who lists a son Jeremiah. The will was witnessed by a John Jackson. (Jeremiah's daughter married Drury Jackson. Jeremiah also named his only son Edward.) The Edward who wrote this will may be the father of our Jeremiah Bryan. (Another Edward Bryan is named in the will, too old to be Jeremiah's son. But, an Edward Bryan testified to Drury Jackson's Revolutionary War service, and Jeremiah Bryan's daughter Mary married an Edward Bryan.)

Richmond County, Virginia, Will Book 5, page 295:

"In the name of God Amen; I Edward Bryan of the County of Richmond and Parish of Lunenburg, being very weak and sick of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to dy do make this my Last Will and Testament;

"Principally and first of all I give and bequeath my Soul to God that gave it to me and my body to be buried in a Descent like manner at the Discretion of my executrix hereinafter mentioned.

"Item, I give to my son Jeremiah Bryan Two Cows,

"Item, I give to my son Thomas Bryan my Pistol Holsters,

"Item, I give to my son John Bryan one negro man named Jack and one white boy named Edward Dryas to him and his heirs forever,

"Item, I give to my loving wife Mary Bryan three feather beds the one the bodies ly in.

"Item, I give to my said wife one negro woman with the half of my land and one white boy named John Bailey during her natural life. I give to my wife one half of my stock and household goods in what nature or kind whatsoever that is not yet given and one servant woman named Sarah Hutson.

"Item, I give to my said son John Bryan, after my said wife's decease, the negro woman named Nan, the boy named John Bailey, the servant woman named Sarah Hutson to him and his heirs forever and it is my will that my son John Bryan shall give Edward Bryan two years of schooling.

"Item, I give my son John Bryan two feather beds and the other half of my land. I likewise give my said son John Bryan the other half of my goods and household goods not yet given and further my will is that my son John Bryan after my wife's decease shall have the other half of my land, the negro woman named Nancy and her increase, the boy named John Bailey, the servant woman named Sarah Hutson to him and his heirs forever and my will is that my son John shall not take or be possessed with any part or parcel of his Estate until he be twenty one years of age and if he die before he comes to that age his estate shall be equally divided between my two sons aforesaid Jeremiah Bryan and Thomas Bryan after the decease of my loving wife Mary Bryan and my will is that my negroes shall not be parted until my said son John comes of age and my will is that my wife Mary Bryan and my son John Bryan shall live together and keep their estates together until he comes to the age aforesaid my wife giving my son John sufficient schooling to read and write.

"If my wife should die before my son John comes to the age aforesaid that Christopher Prisham shall take my son John and his estate into possession till he come to the age aforesaid to take it himself bringing up in the best way he thinks fitt.

"My will is that my wife Mary Bryan shall be my whole and sole Executrix of this my will and Testament. In witness whereof I hereunto sett my hand and seal this twelfth day of October 1735."

The will was signed by Edward Bryan with an x. It was witnessed by Joseph Russell Junr., John Jackson, and Susan Jackson. Susan Jackson signed with an x.

"At Court held for Richmond County the 3rd day of January MDCCxxxvi (1736). This will was proved in open court by oaths of Joseph Russell Junr., John Jackson and Susanna B. Jackson, witnesses thereto and admitted to record. M. Beckwith C C Clk"

Written in ink on the bottom of a typewritten text taken from the original is the citation, "Source: S L Gen Film # 1697343 part 9 Bryan Wills and deeds with Gen notes 1636-1947"

From the will, Edward Bryan and Mary -- had the following children:

i John, b. aft. 1714 (not yet 21 in 1735), likely ca. 1729 (not yet age 6 and needing two years of schooling to read and write)
ii Jeremiah
iii Thomas


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  • Created by: Larry Cornwell
  • Added: 28 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33335818
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