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  • ID: I617699005
  • Name: Jesse BRYAN
  • Given Name: Jesse
  • Surname: BRYAN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 Jul 1784 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion County
  • Death: Abt 1865 in ALABAMA - Covington County, Rose Hill
  • Burial: ALABAMA - Covington County, Rose Hill
  • Change Date: 24 Mar 2004
  • Note:
    Name Suffix: Jr.
    This is a brief biography of my third great-grandfather, Jesse Bryan, Jr. He was born in the Marion District of SC in 1784, the son of Jesse Bryan, Sr. and Mourning Smith. He married Elizabeth Johnson about 1807 in SC and the marriage produced nine children who lived to adulthood. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Johnson of SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion District. The Bryan surname has many variant spellings including Bryant, Briant, and Brian but for uniformity, the
    "Bryan" variation will be used for all names in this article.
    W. W. Sellers wrote a book called The History of Marion County, SOUTH CAROLINA and in it, he describes the Jesse Bryan family. All the childre
    n of Jesse, Sr. and their spouses are listed and the author says that Jesse, Jr. "went west." That seems strange until we realize thatALABAMA and Florida were "the west" in the early 1800s. The Creek Indians who had occupied the land of South ALABAMA for hundreds of years had been defeated by General Andrew Jackson. A treaty was signed in 1814 in which the Creeks surrendered all their land in what is now South ALABAMA to
    the United States. This opened up the land to white settlers how
    ever, many
    Indians continued to live in the area. The ALABAMA Territory, wi
    th the present
    day boundaries of the state, was created on March 3, 1817 and be
    came the 22nd
    State in the Union on December 14, 1819.
    A few years later-probably around 1821-1822-Jesse left SC and tr
    aveled to West
    Florida and possibly Louisiana before settling near Rose Hill i
    n Covington
    County, ALABAMA sometime in the 1820s. Family tradition holds th
    at he knew Andrew
    Jackson and possibly served with him during the West Florida Ind
    ian Wars and
    thus became familiar with the area.
    During the 1824-1826 time period, Jesse was in West Florida. I
    n a land
    transaction dated January, 1824, he identified his residence a
    s West Florida. In
    1826, he was living in the area near Oak Grove (about 7 miles so
    uthwest of
    Laurel Hill) because he was named as a judge to oversee the elec
    tions held in
    October, 1826 to elect members of the Legislative Council for th
    e Territory of
    Florida. This was designated as Barrows Ferry precinct because t
    here was a ferry
    across Yellow River at that point near where Highway 2 crosses t
    he river today.
    The family lived for a time near the lake that came to be calle
    d McDade's Pond
    and is now called Lake Jackson located at Florala, ALABAMA. Whe
    n they first
    arrived, they were the only white settlers in the area. frame
    . According to a
    family story passed down by Jesse's daughter Elizabeth, they liv
    ed among some
    friendly Indians who would take the children hunting with them a
    nd show them how
    to hunt. They would indicate what time of the day they would re
    turn by pointing
    to the place in the sky where the sun would be when they got bac
    k. They told
    them stories of how an extinct race of giant Indians who hunte
    d with spears once
    lived in the area. This might be dismissed as legend except fo
    r the fact that
    Brewer's "ALABAMA" makes note of a discovery of an Indian buria
    l site on the
    Conecuh river that had giant skulls. They estimated that the si
    ze of the
    individual must have been 8 or 9 feet tall. Another similar sto
    ry is told in
    The History of Walton County by John L. McKinnon. In 1861, the W
    alton Guards
    were stationed at The Narrows at Camp Walton near present day Fo
    rt Walton Beach.
    They discovered some huge mounds in the area and excavated som
    e of them to find
    great skeletons of men in perfect preservation...they were mostl
    y all giants and
    warriors, killed in battle. So maybe there is a grain of truth i
    n the family
    legend!
    Elizabeth also told stories of panthers chasing some of the fami
    ly as they were
    riding on horseback while they were in Florida.
    Jesse's sister, Mourning Bryan, marri




    Father: Jesse BRYAN b: Abt 1746 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Georgetown District
    Mother: Mourning SMITH b: Abt 1758 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Georgetown District

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth JOHNSON b: Abt 1790 in SOUTH CAROLINA
    • Married: Abt 1807 in SOUTH CAROLINA
    Children
    1. Has No Children Celia BRYAN b: 6 Feb 1808 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion District
    2. Has Children Sarah BRYAN b: 18 Apr 1810 in SOUTH CAROLINA
    3. Has No Children Tempie BRYAN b: 20 Apr 1812 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion County
    4. Has Children Mary BRYAN b: Abt 1813 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion County
    5. Has Children Elizabeth 'Betsy' BRYAN b: 20 Sep 1814 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion County
    6. Has Children Jesse Oliver BRYAN b: 5 Jan 1818 in SOUTH CAROLINA - Marion District
    7. Has Children Avy BRYAN b: 9 Jan 1820 in SOUTH CAROLINA
    8. Has Children Susan BRYAN b: 25 Jul 1826 in FLORIDA - Okaloosa County
    9. Has Children Telatha Elizabeth BRYAN b: 30 Sep 1831 in ALABAMA - Covington County
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