The following BRYAN family genealogy represents my family descendancy beginning with the first known BRYAN ancestor in North America. I believe this information to be correct, however the data prior to Needham I is mostly conjecture. If you spot an error or have additional BRYAN family information to share, I would be pleased to receive and E-mail. EEtheredge@suddenlink.net
John Bryan, Sr. family Husband: John Bryan Born: Before 1632 Died: Before Sep 21, 1711 in Lower Norfolk, VA Wife: unknown Children 1. Edward Bryan 2. John Bryan 3. William Bryan
William Bryan family Husband: William Bryan Born: Abt 1655 Married: Abt 1684 Died: Abt 1742 Father: John Bryan Mother: unknown Wife: Alice Macland Father: John Macland Mother: CHILDREN 1. Needham Bryan I Born: February 23, 1690 in Isle of Wight or Nansemond Co., VA Married: November 16, 1711 Died: Will was probated, 1777 in Bertie Co., NC 2. William Bryan, Jr. Born: 3. John Bryan Born: Abt 1692 Married: 1716 Died: 1735 in Edgecombe Co., NC Spouse: Elizabeth Joiner 4. Mary Bryan 5. Alice Bryan
Needham Bryan (I) family Husband: Needham Bryan I Born: February 11, 1690 in Isle of Wight or Nansemond Co., VA Died: Will probated March Court, 1777; Bertie Co., NC Father: William Bryan Mother: Alice Macland Wife #1: Anne Rambeau Born: 1695 Married: November 16, 1711 Died: March 16, 1730 in Snowfield, NC Wife 2: Susannah Harrell Married: August 14, 1732 at Snowfield, NC Died: June 14, 1752 Wife 3: Sarah Woodward Married: June 20, 1753 Died: June 19, 1776Note: In 1721, Needham patented 640 acres of land in Bertie County on the Moratuck River. (NC Colonial Records, II, p. 426) In 1726 he purchased 210 acres called Snoefield plantation. He and his three wives are buried at Snowfield. Needham was very active in county and state affairs. He served many years as chairman of the court of Pleas and Quarter Session and was justice of the peace in 1732, 1739, and 1745. Also was sheriff and commissioner for Bertie Co., in 1745. From 1750-59 he represented Bertie in the colonial assembly at New Bern and in 1729-30 was a church warden for Society Parish.CHILDREN 1: Needham Bryan II Born: October 31, 1726 Married: 1749 Died: Between September 23, 1767 and May 1777 Spouse 1: Nancy Smith Spouse 2: Charlotte Moore 2: Rachel Bryan Born: June 10, 1723 Married: November 6, 1741 Died: Nov. 1780 Spouse: William Whitfield 3: William Bryan Born: October 31, 1724 Married: 1744 Died: Nov 28, 1780 in Johnston Co., NC Spouse: Elizabeth Smith (d/o John Smith Sr. and Elizabeth Whitfield)NOTE: William was very active in public affairs. Served as Justice of the peace in 1756; sheriff in 1762; appointed to commission of Peace and Dedimus in 1764. Appointed a colonel on April 4, 1776 in Johnston Co. militia.
Needham Bryan family (II) Husband: Needham Bryan II Born: October 31, 1726 Married: 1749 Died: Before May 1777 in Johnston Co, NC Father: Needham Bryan I Mother: Anna Rambeau Spouse 1: Nancy Smith Born: 1728 Married: Feb 5, 1748 near Springfield Died: 1760 Father: John Smith Mother: Elizabeth Whitfield Spouse 2: Charlotte MooreNOTE: Needham II was a member of the colonial assembly in 1762 and 1771. He represented Johnston Co., in the Provincial Congress which met at New Bern on Aug 25, 1774. In 1776 he was in Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, the fourth Provincial Congress, and the constituent congress which met in Halifax, NC. On April 4, 1776 the fourth Provincial Congress resolved that "the delegates of this Colony in the Continental Congress be empowered to concur with the delegates of the other colonies in declaring independency" of England. The constituent congress in November 1776 drew up the first constitution for North Carolina. On April 23, 1777 Needham introduced a bill in the Colonial Assembly to establish the town of Smithfield, NC. He died before August 1777.CHILDREN 1. Needham Bryan, III Born: 1752 in Johnston Co, North Carolina Married: 1768 in Wake Co, North Carolina Died: c. 1787 in Johnston Co, North Carolina Spouse: Sarah Hinton (d/o Maj. John and Grizelle Hinton) 2: Kedar Bryan Born: ca 1752 Married: ca 1775 Died: c. 1808 in Sampson Co, NC Spouse 1: Elizabeth Smith (d/o Jonathan and Elizabeth Smith) Spouse 2: Mary Whitfield Spouse 3: Betsy James Spouse 4: Nancy Dickson (d/o Robert and Catherine Dickson) 3: Winifred Bryan Born: May 5, 1754 Married: 1773 Died: April 5, 1793 Spouse: Hon. Nathan Bryan (s/o Col. Hardy Bryan of Craven Co, NC) 4: Nancy Bryan Born: 1756 Married: 1780 Spouse: Gen. Bryan Whitfield (s/o William and Rachel (Bryan) Whitfield) 5: Charlotte Moore Bryan Born: April 2, 1765 Married: Abt October 15, 1782 Died: March 9, 1798 Spouse: Lewis Whitfield 6: Rigdon Bryan Died: 1793 in Sampson County, NC 7: Esther Bryan Died: Spouse: Christopher Curtis
Needham Bryan, III family Husband: Needham Bryan, III Born: 1748 or 1750 in Johnston Co, NC Married: 1768 in Wake Co, NC Died: (?) Aft January 25, 1787 in Johnston Co., NC Father: Needham Bryan II Mother: Nancy Smith NOTE: In 1774, Needham served as Captain of Johnston Co. Militia and a member of the Committee of Correspondence. In 1776 he was a member of the Provincial Congress meeting at Halifax, NC; and was a member of the 1786 state legisiature. Wife: Sarah Hinton Born: 1750 Died: Father: Col. John Hinton Mother: Grizella Kimbrough CHILDREN 1: Loverd Bryan Born: 1769 Died: Jan 4, 1798 Spouse: Elizabeth Green 2: Benjamin Bryan Spouse: Polly Stevens 3: Sarah (Sally) Bryan Born: ca. 1775 Died: 1815 (Buried in Raleigh, NC) Spouse: John Hinton 4: Clement Bryan Born: October 13, 1770 in Johnston Co, NC Married: August 19, 1792 in Cumberland Co., NC Died: January 31, 1839 in Georgia Spouse: Edith Smith
Clement Bryan family Husband: Clement Bryan Born: Oct 13, 1770 in Johnston Co, NC Married: Aug 19, 1792 in Cumberland Co., NC Died: January 31, 1839 in Georgia Father: Needham Bryan, Jr. (III) Mother: Sarah Hinton NOTE: Clement moved from Johnston Co, NC to Montgomery Co, GA, in c. 1805, later moving to Randolph Co. He took part in the Indian War of 1836 and was wounded in the battle of Ichawaynochaway. Wife: Edith Smith Born: December 26, 1772 Died: March 15, 1841 Father: Col. David Smith of Cumberland Co. NC Mother: CHILDREN 01: Sarah Hinton Bryan Born: August 8, 1793 in Johnston Co., North Carolina Married: Ocy 20, 1824 in Jones Co. Died: 1846 in Lumpkin, GA Spouse: Anselm Lynch Evans (1792-1866)NOTE: Gen. Clement Anselm Evans (1833-1911)(s/o Sarah & Anselm Evans) was reared by Loverd Bryan in Lumpkin, GA. He was admitted to the bar at age of 19, elected judge of county court at 22, was chosen state senator at 26, and was presidential elector at age 27. In Nov, 1861 he was a major in the 31st Georgia Infantry, CSA. The following spring he became a colonel and in May 1864 was a brigadier general serving under John B. Gordon in the Army of Northern Virginia. He was paroled at Appomattox, VA on May 10, 1865. He had been wounded five times,02: Margaret W. Bryan Spouse: George Wyche (s/o James Wyche) 03: Charity Loverd Bryan Born: April 20, 1798 in Johnston Co., NC Married: Sept 25, 1816 Died: Oct 25, 1841 Spouse: Obediah P. Cheatham 04: Mary Smith Bryan Born: March 18, 1800 in Johnston Co., NC Married: January 2, 1817 Died: September 30, 1873, Crawford Co., GA Spouse 1: John Goodwin Rains (1791-1846) Spouse 2: Robert Howe (1782-1859) 05: Edith Bryan Born: Sept 1, 1802 in Johnston Co., NC Married: Dec 5, 1821 Died: Jan 7, 1842 Spouse: Martin C. Brown 06: Loverd Bryan Born: October 13, 1804 Married: Jan 21, 1826 Died: Aug 15, 1887 in Stewart Co, Georgia Spouse 1: Elizabeth Wyche (d/o Littleton Wyche) Spouse 2: Mrs. Lucy Williams 07: Needham Rupert Bryan Born: August 26, 1806 in GA Married: March 14, 1833 Died: August 1841 Spouse: Martha Elizabeth Battle (d/o Thomas & Mary Baker Battle)Note: Following Needhan's death, Martha married Mr. Banks and had six more children fron that marriage.Children of Needham Bryan and Martha Battle: (1) Margaret Antoinette Bryan (b. 1838) Spouse: Thomas J. Gibson (2) Mary Josephine Bryan (b. 1834) (3) Thomas Battle Bryan (b. 1836) (4) Needham Rupert Bryan, Jr. (b. April 1841) Note: Needham Jr. server in Company B, 45th GA Infantry,CSA 08: Ann Bryan Born: Dec 18, 1808 Married: June 28, 1838 in Randolph Co., GA Died: 1864 Spouse: William Ingram of Randolph Co. 09: Grizella Kimbrough Bryan Born: Nov 18, 1811 Spouse 1: John Fletcher Watts Spouse 2: Thomas Jefferson Hines of Stewart Co. 10: Emeline Bryan Born: April 19, 1814 Married: Jan 1832 Died: 1847 Spouse: Benj. F. Watts of Clay Co. 11: David Clement Bryan Born: March 14, 1816 Died: Abt 1840 Spouse: Nancy Carolyn Battle of Monroe Co.
Loverd Bryan family Husband: Loverd Bryan Born: October 13, 1804 Married: January 21, 1826 Died: Aug 15, 1887 in Lumpkin, Stewart Co, GA Buried: Methodist cemetery, Lumpkin, GA Father: Clement Bryan Mother: Edith SmithNOTE: Served as Judge on the Superior Court and was a State Senator in 1839-40. He was one of the original settlers of Stewart County, GA. Much of this Bryan family material was contained in a letter Loverd wrote to Clement Anselm Evans.Wife 1: Elizabeth Wyche Born: December 9, 1809 Died: November 29, 1877 in Lumpkin, Georgia Buried: Methodist cemetery, Lumpkin, GA Father: Littleton Wyche Mother: Susannah Mitchell Wife 2: Mrs. Lucy Williams CHILDREN 1: Martha Ann Bryan Born: Mar 28, 1828 Married: Dec 19, 1843 Spouse: Col. Edmond J. Harris of Terrell Co. 2: Lyttleton Bryan Spouse: Sarah Lawhorn 3: Prentis Stanley Bryan Born: 1838 Buried: Methodist Cemetery, Lumpkin, GANOTE: Prentis was killed during Battle of Griswaldville. He was a member of Company D, 12th BN Georgia Cav, CSA4: Susan E. Bryan Born: 1830 Married: Oct 17, 1846 Spouse: A.T. Newsome of Florence, GA 5: Elizabeth J. Bryan Born: 1842 or 1848 Spouse: Mark L. Everett 6: Edith Grizelle Bryan Born: 1832 Married: 1850 Spouse: John Mirabo Lamar Randle 7: William Benjamin Bryan Born: March 27, 1827 in Georgia Married: July 3, 1852 in Stewart Co, Georgia Died: December 30, 1877 in Cotton Valley, Louisiana Spouse: Minerva Root 8. Whitfield Clement Bryan Born: August 7, 1836 Died: March 19, 1915 Buried: Methodist cemetery, Lumpkin, GA Spouse: Margaret Love Guyton of Laurens Co., GA NOTE: Whitfield was wounded at the Battle of Griswoldville. 9. Needham L. Bryan Born: 1840 Spouse: Sallie Lawhon of Terrell Co., GA
William Benjamin Bryan family Husband: William Benjamin Bryan Born: March 27, 1827 in Georgia Married: July 3, 1852 in Stewart Co, Georgia Died: December 30, 1877 in Louisiana Buried: Applewhite cemetery, Cotton Valley, LA Father: Loverd Bryan Mother: Elizabeth Wyche Wife: Minerva Root (d/o Ezra & Eliza Root of Craftsbury, VT) Born: April 12, 1831 Died: October 16, 1917 in Hobbs, Fisher Co, TX CHILDREN 1: Sidney Rufas Bryan Born: August 26, 1853 in Georgia Married: November 30, 1875 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana Died: January 4, 1928 in Hobbs, Texas Spouse: Katura Basheba Martin
Sidney Rufas Bryan family Husband: Sidney Rufas Bryan Born: August 26, 1853 in Georgia Married: November 30, 1875 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana Died: January 4, 1928 in Snyder, Texas Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Father: William Benjamin Bryan Mother: Minerva Root Wife: Katurah (Tura) Basheba Martin Born: March 20, 1853 in Louisiana Died: October 19, 1934 in Fisher Co., Texas Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Father: Rev. Robert Martin Mother: Indiana Dillard NOTE: Family tradition tells us that Tura was a direct descendent of Judith Jefferson, an aunt of Pres. Thomas Jefferson. Her father was also named Thomas Jefferson and was the grandfather of President Jefferson. CHILDREN 1: Ruth Bryan Born: March 28, 1882 in Webster Parish, Cotton Valley, Louisiana Married: May 29, 1901 Died: May 8, 1974 in Rotan, Fisher Co, TX Spouse: Willie Samuel Etheredge 2: Minnie Mable Bryan Born: October 5, 1876 Died: January 10, 1950 Spouse: Orand 3: Sidney William Bryan Born: October 28, 1883 Died: February 14, 1980 Spouse: Ollie Dooley 4: Eugenia (Gena) Martin Bryan Born: April 20,1886 Died: 1962 Spouse: John Dooley 5: Clarence Curtis Bryan Born: January 30, 1889 Died: August 20, 1925 6: Cora Bryan Born: July 5, 1878 Married: December 1896 in Fisher Co., Texas Died: 1971 Spouse: James Charles (Jim) Hayter 7: Bertie Bryan Born: January 12, 1880 Died:
Ruth Bryan (Etheredge) family Husband: Willie Samuel Etheredge Born: March 16,1879 in Wilson County, Texas Married: May 29, 1901 Died: July 26, 1973 in Rotan, Fisher Co, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Father: Oliver Rasmus (Raz) Etheredge Mother: Sarah Lucinda Rogers Wife: Ruth Bryan Born: March 28, 1882 in Cotton Valley, LA Died: May 8, 1974 in Rotan, Fisher Co, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Father: Sidney Rufas Bryan (1853-1928) Mother: Katura Basheba Martin (1853-1934) CHILDREN 1: Troy Ernest Etheredge Born: May 26, 1902 in Scurry Co., TX Married: April 15, 1934 in Sweetwater, TX Died: December 28, 1998 in Tyler, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Spouse: Flora Lorian Spencer 2: Bryan Brutus Etheredge Born: October 4, 1903 in Scurry Co. TX Married: October 5, 1924 Died: October 18, 1987 Buried: Roby Community cemetery, Roby, TX Spouse: Nettie Gertrude Minor (1907-1988) 3: Oliver Franklin (Turk) Etheredge Born: June 29, 1905 in Scurry Co. TX Married: Died: January 11, 1984 in Waco, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Spouse: Elsie Boyd (1909-1991) 4: Willie Samuel (Sam) Etheredge Born: April 11, 1907 in Fisher Co., TX Married: January 10, 1934 Died: April 1998 in Rotan, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Spouse: Roxie Reep 5: Bernon Rufus (Bern) Etheredge Born: January 10, 1909 in Fisher Co. Married: December 24, 1932 Died: March 22, 1970 Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Hobbs, TX Spouse: Sarah Willie Smith (1914-1983) 6: Wilma Berket (Tuff) Etheredge Born: July 24, 1910 in Fisher Co. Married: January 10, 1934 Died: January 1976 in Choctaw, OK Buried: Roby Community cemetery, Roby, TX Spouse: Jessie Knutson 7: Clifford Clarence (Pete) Etheredge Born: September 27, 1912 in Fisher Co. Married: May 4, 1939 Died: January 28, 2001 in Abilene, TX Buried: Roscoe Community cemetery, Roscoe, Texas Spouse: Hilda Ohlenbusch (1914-2000) 8:Edna Ruth Etheredge Born: in Fisher Co. Married: Spouse: Jim Cave 9:Tura Lou (Tootle) Etheredge Born: in Fisher Co. Married: May 28, 1946 Spouse: Everett Duke 10: Sidney Leldon (Schooner) Etheredge Born: February 6, 1918 in Fisher Co. Married: Died: August 19, 1993 in Fisher Co., TX Spouse #1: Lena Dora Hamilton (1917-1970) Spouse #2: Irene Hefner 11: Mabel Corine (Red) Etheredge Born: May 29, 1920 in Fisher Co. Married: August 8, 1942 Died: Spouse: Leon Cecil (Salty) Price 12: Oma Rasmus (Bob) Etheredge Born: in Fisher Co. Married: June 23, 1945 Spouse: Josephine (Jo) Blunt 13: Fae Etheredge Born: in Fisher Co. Spouse: Lloyd (Bunk) Rinker (1920-1998)
TROY ERNEST ETHEREDGE familyHusband: Troy Ernest Etheredge Born: May 26, 1902 in Scurry Co., TX Married: April 15, 1934 in Sweetwater, TX Died: December 28, 1998 in Tyler, TX Buried: Hobbs Community cemetery, Fisher Co., Hobbs, TX Father: Willie Samuel Etheredge Mother: Ruth Bryan Wife: Flora Lorian Spencer Born: in Decatur, Wise Co., TX Father: Albert (Abb) Spencer Mother: Lena Josephine McCright CHILDREN 1: Ernestine Etheredge Born: in Sweetwater, Texas Married: June 30, 1957 in Port Arthur, TX Spouse: Jay Covington Children: (1) Christine Covington (Hunt) (2) Arnold Jay Covington 2:Edwin Clarence Etheredge Born: in Sweetwater, Texas Married: December 13, 1977 in Las Vegas, NV Spouse: Cathy Rae Wait (divorced) Children: (1) Troy Edwin Etheredge (2) Sarah Catherine Etheredge 3: Alvin James Etheredge Born: in Sweetwater, Texas Married: July 21, 1967 in Rusk, TX Spouse: Shelta Norton Children: (1) Tina Rae (Etheredge) Murrell (2) Alan Wilson Etheredge