***Deed Abstract from the research of Bessye Bryan Farrell - 1970
Grant Book 2, pg 80 Dated 9 Aug 1786 State of NC sells to Lewis Bryan "100 acres on North side of Neuse River, James Branch, to a hickory supposed to be in John Yeoman's line. . ."
***Bryan Family Estates - Craven Co., NC by Sue Guptill contributed to Gen Web Archives Nov. 1999
LEWIS BRYAN esq
1818 - reference to BRYAN's MILL DAM - JOHN BRYAN, administrator - connection with CHRISTOPHER DAWSON - 167 acs WS of fork of Palmeta - adj EDWARD NELSON, heirs of DARBY BRYAN
date of 1815 - a SEAN BRYAN mentioned - SARAH BRYAN was widow
this LEWIS along with WILLIAM COX were execs of the ISAAC BRYAN estate
FREDERICK ISLER COX, SEAN BRYAN and KATHY his wife, and SAMUEL COX infants under age of 21 - they were heirs of JOHN COX
LEWIS had a will - WILLIAM BRYAN was exec - estate was large - owned lots of land both sides of Swift Creek - owned Ephram's Quarter - had four children - JOHN, PATRICK MAULE, CLARISSA, and JOSEPH -
SARAH prayed for dower
Sale of inventory 29 October 1818
ELIZABETH GRIST, ANN GRIMES, JENNETT DAWSON and SALLY BRYAN are relatives of LEWIS in Sept 1818 and they are not happy that LEMUEL or SAMUEL STREET was appt admin and guardian of the children. They would like JOHN M. BRYAN to be guardian.
JOHN M. BRYAN does appear to be appointed along with WILLIAM BRYAN
NOTE: There could be Guardian Bonds for these children
***Will of Lewis Bryan as transcribed by Miss Elizabeth Moore, County Clerk of Craven Co., NC, May 1970. Copy of original obtained from the NC Archives in Raleigh by Marvin Morgan 1999.
North Carolina, Craven County Book of Wills C, Folio 96
In the name of God Amen! I LEWIS BRYAN OF North Carolina in Craven County being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First my will is that all the right or interest I have in two houses with the lease wherever they stand, on the old County wharf in the town of Newbern shall be sold on a credit of twelve months to pay my just debts and funeral charges. Item I lend to my friend Sally Johnson, the plantation wherever I now dwell until my illegitimate son John, son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson, arrives to the age of twenty one years, then I give the aforesaid plantation and all my lands lying on the North side of Swift Creek to my aforesaid illegitimate son John to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to my illegitimate son Patrick Maule, son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson all my lands lying and being on the North side of Neuse River known by the name of Ephrains quarter to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to my illegitimate son Joseph, son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson all my lands lying on the south side of Swift Creek to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to the foresaid Sally Johnson the following negroes to wit: Charles, Young Ephraim, Sid, Vincy, and Young Alfred. Also all the grain and other provisions that may be on hand after the sale takes place, of perishable property and living of my negroes, this and her heirs forever. And I do hereby liberate my negro man old Ephraim and his wife Amey in Consequence of meritorious service rendered me, and my desire is that my Executor should apply to the County Court of Craven to confirm their freedom, and that he shall allot off twenty acres of tillable land apart or adjoining where they now live, also one house and plough and gear, one club ax and grubbing hoe, two weeding hoes, one cow and calf and one sow and gigs with grain and provisions enough to sustain until the next crop comes in, all of which to remain to their use or benefit during their lives. Item I give to my illegitimate daughter Clarissa daughter of the aforesaid Sally Johnson, the following negroes, Dosey, Dinsey, Gabe, Daniel, Hannah, Rhody, Rose, Zelph, Laney, America and Tiller to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my illegitimate son John son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson, the following negroes, Andrew, Pompey, George Jack, Gumbo, Winsey, old Africa, Charity, -liza Mary and Gniza to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to my illegitimate son Patrick Maule son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson the following negroes Burney, Jim, Tom, shade Jimmy, Young Sid, Young amey, Mosley, Nancy and Old Sid to him and his heirs forever. Item I give to my illegitimate son Joseph son of the aforesaid Sally Johnson the following negroes Simon, Ben, Huey, Riley, Isaac, Nan, Barsheba, Rachael, Barbara, Chary and Mahaly to him and his forever. Item I give to my four illegitimate children to wit: Clarissa, John, Patrick Maule and Joseph daughter and sons of the aforesaid Sally Johnson all debts due me on judgments, bonds, notes, book accounts or otherwise and money in hand to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever. Item I give to the aforesaid Sally Johnson, and my four illegitimate children to wit: Clarissa, John, Patrick Maule and Joseph daughter and sons of the aforesaid Sally Johnson all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs, and sheep. Also all my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils with all the residue of my estate not heretofore given away to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever.
And I do constitute and appoint my brother William Bryan Executor to this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke, disallow and make void all former wills by me heretofore made. As witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 30th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen (1814)
Lewis Bryan SEAL
Signed , sealed and delivered in presence of Frederick B. Nelson, Susannah Butler
State of N. Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Session, Craven County March Tenth A.D. 1815
The last will and testament of LEWIS BRYAN , Esquire was produced in Court and the Execution proved by Frederick B. Nelson and of the Subscribing witness who swore he saw the testator sign and seal, and heard him declare said papers his last will and testament and that at the time thereof he was of sound mind and memory. William Bryan the Executor named in said will applied and qualified.
Attest J. G. Stanley Clerk of Court.
***Petition - Transcribed from original handwritten petition copied in Raleigh, NC State Archives and in possession of Marvin B. Morgan 1999. To the Clerk of Craven County Court
I request that you dismiss the petition I have filed in your Court against the Estate of my late Husband Lewis Bryan under my dissent from his will.
Signed: Sally Bryan 17th of March 1816
tes Joseph Bryan
***Petition - Transcribed from original handwritten petition copied in Raleigh, NC State Archives 1999 and in possession of Marvin B. Morgan
State of North Carolina To the Sheriff of Craven County
Whereas Elizabeth Grist, Ann Grimes, Immet Dawson and Sally Bryan, relatives of Lewis Bryan Esq. Have filed their petition in the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Craven County stating that they are dissatisfied with the grant of administration on the estate of their said kinsman to a certain Samuel Street and also with his appointment as guardian of the children of the said Lewis Bryan and said petitioners having supplicated a fit remedy in this behalf and are willing what is right should be done Command you that you make known to the said Samuel Street personally to be and appear before the Worshipful Justices of said Court at the Court to be held for said County at the Court house in Newbern on the second Monday of December next then and there to show cause if any he has wherefore the said order of Court appointing him Administrator and guardian aforesaid should not be rescinded and said appointment revoked. Tercis fail not and have you then and there this warrant.
Witness James G. Stanly Clerk of said Court at Newbern the second Monday of September Oct 1818 and in the XLIIInd Year of the Independence of said State
Signed J. G. Stanly
Filed October 17, 1818
More About Lewis Bryan and Sally Johnston: Marriage: February 20, 1803, Craven Co., NC.452