& Susan Hale
Morgan Bryan, son of Francis BRYAN & Phoebe WOODRUFF, was born Aug. 9, 1795, in Wilkes Co., NC, and died 1882 in Alleghany Co., NC. He married Susan Hale, daughter of William HALE & Lucy STONE, abt. 1815. She was born Feb. 1, 1800, in Grayson Co., VA, and died Dec. 20, 1881, in Alleghany Co., NC. Morgan and Susan Bryan are buried at the Morgan Bryan Cemetery, Road 1444 near Glade Valley, Alleghany Co., NC.
Children of Morgan Bryan & Susan Hale:
- Rev. Shadrach F. Bryan, b. Nov. 5, 1816, in NC; d. June 5, 1882, Alleghany Co., NC; m. his 1st cousin, Sarah BRYAN, daughter of Thomas BRYAN & Nancy BAUGUS; bur. Shaderack Bryan Cemetery, Hooker, Alleghany Co., NC. Children: John W. Bryan (c.1844), Thomas Bryan (c.1846), Nancy Bryan (c.1852), Susan E. Bryan (1854), Mary W. Bryan (c.1856), Sarah A. Bryan (1866).
- +Lucy Bryan, b. May 24, 1818, Ashe Co., NC; d. Feb. 17, 1905, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Henderson CHEEK, son of Richard CHEEK & Jennie ANDREWS, Jan. 18, 1835 (b. Jan. 7, 1804; d. Feb. 2, 1897); bur. Liberty Baptist Church, Whitehead, Alleghany Co., NC.
- Sarah Bryan, b. abt. 1822, Ashe Co., NC; d. 1870-1880, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Archibald EDWARDS, son of William EDWARDS & Hannah DAVIS, Nov. 16, 1836 (b. Dec. 23, 1813; d. Dec. 30, 1901). Children: William Henry Harrison Edwards (1837), Morgan Edwards (1841), Abraham Edwards (c.1846), Rosamond D. Edwards (1848), Cynthia Edwards (c.1852), Joseph N. Edwards (1856).
- Gideon H. Bryan, b. Nov. 11, 1830, Ashe Co., NC; d. Feb. 1860, Alleghany Co., NC; bur. Morgan Bryan Cemetery, Rd. 1444 near Glade Valley, Alleghany Co., NC.
- Rosa Bryan, b. Sept. 4, 1848, Ashe Co., NC; d. July 29, 1936, Grayson Co., VA; m. Elbert Columbus FULTON, son of Hastin FULTON (b. Feb. 9, 1848; d. Apr. 4, 1936); bur. Elbert Fulton Cemetery in Independence, Grayson Co., VA.
- Bettie Bryan.
- Phoebe Bryan, m. __ MURPHY or __ GENTRY.
Morgan Bryan was the oldest son of Francis Bryan & Phoebe Woodruff of Ashe (Alleghany) County, NC. He married Susan HALE, a daughter of William Hale and Lucy Stone of Grayson County, VA. According to B.F. Nuckolls, Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County Virginia (1914), "Their first son, Shadrack, was also a Methodist Minister; he married Sallie BRYANT, his cousin; they have sons and daughters. Second son, Gideon, died single. First daughter, Lucy, married Henderson CHEEK; they have sons and daughters. Second daughter, Sarah, married Archibald EDWARDS."
Morgan Bryan appears to have been a successful farmer and businessman. In the 1860 census, he had 13 slaves and land valued at $10,000. Some land records refer to him owning a saw mill or mills. He lived to be 86 years old and his estate was probated in Alleghany Co., NC, in 1882. (NC Archives Box No. C.R.004.508.3; Alleghany Co., NC, Will Book A, p.152.)
Dr. A.B. Cox wrote in Footprints in the Sands of Time (1900), "Morgan Bryan was a practical farmer and earnest local Methodist preacher. He married Miss Susan HALE, an amiable, good christian lady."
1815 Tax List, Ashe Co., NC, Capt. Williams' Dist. Morgan BRYAN, 150 acres, $100, 1 white poll, Little River.
1820 Census, Ashe Co., NC, p.4: MORGAN BRYANT
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1830 Census, Ashe Co., NC, p.29: MORGAN BRYAN
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1840 Census, Ashe Co., NC, p.8: MORGAN BRYANT
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- 1850 Census, Ashe Co., NC, p.242 (HH#59):
MORGAN BRYAN, age 55, farmer, $1,000, NC
- -- Susan, 50, VA
- -- Gideon, 20, laborer, NC
1860 Census, Agricultural Schedule, Alleghany Co., NC: MORGAN BRYAN, 400 acres improved land, 300 acres unimproved land, cash value of farm $3200, value of farm implements $100, 11 horses, no asses or mules, 8 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 6 other cattle, 44 sheep, 58 swine, value of livestock $985. (Source: New River Notes).
- 1860 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp.,
MORGAN BRYANT, 64, farmer, $3,200, $10,000, NC
- -- Susan, 60, VA
1860 Census, Slave Schedule, Alleghany Co., NC, p.3: MORGAN BRYANT, 13 slaves
Jan. 29, 1862. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 46 acres on Brush Creek adj. Willis ANDERS. Entered Nov. 2, 1859. (Alleghany Land Grant No. 18.) (Alleghany DB 1:108.)
- 1870 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp.
MORGAN BRYAN, 74, farmer, NC
- -- Susan, 70, VA
- EDWARDS, Sally, 48, NC
- -- Joseph, 12, NC
- COCKRAM, Huldar, 22 B, domestic servant, NC
- 1880 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Cherry Lane Twp.
MORGAN BRYAN, 84, farmer, NC NC NC
- -- Susan, 80, wife, VA VA VA
D.C. [?] SHINAULT, 60 [?], school teacher, VA NC VA
Sarah SHINAULT, wife, 58, wife, NC NC VA
Melvina BRYAN, 18, B, servant, NC NC VA
William BRYAN, 10 mos. b. Jan. 1880, B, son, NC NC NC
Nov. 30, 1820. State of NC to Morgan BRYANT, 100 acres in Ashe County on Pine Branch adj. Thos. BRYANT. Entered Oct. 17, 1819. (NC Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 1167, Folder No. 188.8.131.525, Grant No. 1053, Book 135:94.)
Nov. 28, 1822. State of NC to Morgan BRIAN [BRYAN], 100 acres in Ashe County adj. Thomas BRIAN, a ridge, Jacob CROUSE, Young EDWARDS. Entered May 8, 1820. Reg. Aug. 20, 1892. (Alleghany DB 9:88; NC Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 1214, Folder No. 184.108.40.2062, Grant No. 1103, Book 135:317.)
Sept. 16, 1837. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Ashe County on Glade Creek. Entered May 18, 1835. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 2372, Folder No. 220.127.116.111, Grant No. 2249, Book 144:387.)
Dec. 4, 1840. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Ashe County between Glade & Brush Creeks adj. his own corner, Allen EDWARDS, & his dwelling tract. Entered Sept. 15, 1837. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 2733, Folder No. 18.104.22.16845, Grant No. 2634, Book 146:363.)
Dec. 4, 1840. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN & Andrew CARSON, 100 acres beg. on BRYAN's corner between said CARSON's 200-acre tract & BRYAN's tract. Entered June 30, 1838. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 2735, Folder No. 22.214.171.12447, Grant No. 2636, Book 146:364.)
Apr. 10, 1842. John BRYAN of Surry Co., NC, to Morgan BRYAN of Ashe Co., NC, Richard GWYN of Surry Co., NC, William K. BRYAN of Surry Co., Enoch HUNT of Surry Co., James PARKS of Surry Co., & Peter DAUB, 100 acres in Ashe Co. on Brush Creek of Little River called the Soapstone Ball [Bald?] Knob Tract, beg. on east side of the Soapstone Ball Knob, down the creek, crossing the river to RICHARDSON's old line, for $176. Signed: John BRYAN. Wits: Gideon H. BRYAN, Shadrick F. BRYAN. Proved Dec. 21, 1873 by Shadrach BRYAN. (Alleghany DB 2:86.)
Apr. 13, 1843. Hastin FULTON of Grayson Co., VA, to Morgan BRYAN of Ashe Co., NC, 4 tracts of land in Ashe Co., for $600. 1st tract: 320 acres near Little River. 2nd tract: 200 acres joining on the north side, adj. OVERTON & the River. 3rd tract: 150 acres adj. LENORS [LENOIR's] line, a branch, & the other tract. 4th tract: 50 acres lying on the east, adj. VICKERS. Signed: Hastin FULTON. Wits: John BRYAN, Eli CORNETT. Proved Sept. 28, 1869, by A.J. WOODRUFF from the handwriting of John BRYAN, dec'd. (Alleghany DB 1:361.)
Dec. 11, 1843. Morgan BRYAN to Shadrach F. BRYAN, several tracts of land, for $500. One tract: 200 acres on Glade Creek of Little River adj. east end of Henry HAND's line. Another tract: 150 acres on Glade Creek adj. Young EDWARDS & the creek bank. Another tract: 100 acres beg. at a corner above named. Parts of 2 tracts, 100 acres each, lying nearest the saw mill, beg. at the upper end of old Young EDWARDS old glade where the line crosses the old road, running with said road to the Grayson Road, to include all the land in said two tracts west of said roads. Also one other tract, 100 acres on Pine Branch adj. the sawmill tract & CROWSE [CROUSE] or EDWARDS' land. Morgan BRYAN reserves to himself one half of the saw mill & grist mill & one half of the pine timber or any suitable timber for the sawmill. Signed: Morgan BRYAN (ack'd). Wits: H. CHEEK, Henry HIX. (Alleghany DB 1:164, 28:52.)
Dec. 29, 1846. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Ashe County on Brush Creek near to top of Pine Hill. Entered May 28, 1844. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 3515, Folder No. 126.96.36.19928, Grant No. 4330, Book 151:470.)
June 4, 1851. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Ashe County on Brush Creek & Big Pine Creek. Entered Feb. 27, 1847. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 4111, Folder No. 188.8.131.5277, Grant No. 4860, Book 155:195.)
Dec. 21, 1852. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 8 acres in Ashe County on Glade Creek. Entered May 28, 1849. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 4320, Folder No. 184.108.40.20687, Grant No. 5069, Book 156:340.)
Dec. 21, 1852. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Ashe County on Brush Creek. Entered Oct. 26, 1850. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 4321, Folder No. 220.127.116.1188, Grant No. 5070, Book 156:340.)
May 4, 1855. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 160 acres in Ashe County beg. on a white oak glade. Entered May 22, 1854. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 4660, Folder No. 18.104.22.16827, Grant No. 3327, Book 160:352.)
Dec. 13, 1859. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 100 acres in Alleghany County on Little Pine Creek adj. G.H. BRYAN, Jno. POOL, & ISOM. Entered Mar. 15, 1855. (Alleghany DB 1:63; NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats File No. 3, Folder No. 22.214.171.124, Grant No. 3, Book 163:148.)
Jan. 29, 1862. State of NC to Morgan BRYAN, 46 acres in Alleghany County on Brush Creek. Entered Nov. 2, 1859. (NC Archives Land Warrants & Plats, File No. 18, Folder No. 126.96.36.199, Grant No. 18, Book 164:340.)
Apr. 1, 1875. Morgan BRYAN & wife Susan to Shadrack BRYAN, in special trust, 1/2 interest in the mills, land &timber owned by Morgan BRYAN & Shadrack BRYAN, & also a tract of land lying between the said Morgan BRYAN & Shadrick BRYAN adj. COCKERHAM & A.M. BRYAN. The purpose is that Shadrack BRYAN is security for Morgan BRYAN to H.S. EDWARDS, guardian of the minor heirs of Haywood THOMPSON, dec'd, in the sum of $400 or $500. If Shadrack BRYAN is compelled to pay the above debt as security then he may sell the foregoing mentioned lands; otherwise obligation to be void. Signed: Morgan BRYAN, Susan BRYAN. Proved Apr. 1, 1875 (ack'd). (Alleghany DB 2:239.)