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Ancestors of Bonnie Patricia Hackney

      24. John E. Wright, born October 1826 in Virginia; died Bet. 1902 - 1910 in Pinnacle, Surry County, North Carolina probably. He was the son of 48. William Green Wright and 49. Phetany Slayden. He married 25. Mary Collins January 18, 1846 in Patrick County, Virginia.

      25. Mary Collins, born May 1828 in Virginia; died Bet. 1902 - 1910 in Pinnacle, North Carolina probably. She was the daughter of 50. John Collins, Jr and 51. Nancy.

Notes for John E. Wright:

Had moved to Francisco, Stokes County, NC by 1852. Enlisted at age 35 in the Confederate Army on March 10, 1863 at Francisco. Served with the 2nd battalion, NC Infantry Company A, the "Brown Mountain Boys" and served as an ambulance driver. He was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse April 9, 1865.

In August of 1865, John joined the State Line Primitive Baptist Church. His father belonged there, having joined in 1855.

John filed an application to draw a pension for his service on June 19, 1902. On the application, he stated that he was an ambulance driver and had his hand injured, when the ambulance came into contact with a tree. In 1910, his widow Mary was living with their son John Henry. On April 8, 1911, Mary A. Wright applied for a widow's pension.

John was a Primitive Baptist preacher, last known residence was Pinnacle, North Carolina, where he applied for his Civil War pension. He and Mary are listed on the 1900 census of Westfield Township in Surry County, North Carolina.                              

More About John E. Wright:
Military service: Confederate Army, Civil War
Children of John Wright and Mary Collins are:
  12 i.   James Fleming Wright, born May 28, 1847 in Patrick County, Virginia; died August 29, 1907 in Pinnacle, North Carolina; married (1) Mildred Beasley May 19, 1867 in Stokes County, NC by R. F. Moir, Justice of the Peace; married (2) Martha A. Collins April 12, 1882.
  ii.   John H. Wright, born 1849 in Patrick County, Virginia; died 1920; married Malissa A. Coleman; born 1856; died 1934.
  iii.   Larkin B. Wright, born 1852; married Sarah Elizabeth Palmer October 10, 1878 in Patrick County, Virginia; born 1853.
  iv.   Susan Emma Wright, born Abt. 1862; married Creed Thomas Collins 1881 in Stokes County, NC; born in Patrick County, Virginia.

      26. John W. Beasley, born August 09, 1817 in Francisco, Stokes County, NC; died February 12, 1893 in Francisco,Stokes County, NC. He was the son of 52. Jeremiah Beasley and 53. Elizabeth. He married 27. Sarah Elizabeth Owens.

      27. Sarah Elizabeth Owens, born April 21, 1820; died April 30, 1889 in Stokes County, NC. She was the daughter of 54. Jesse Owens and 55. Mary Barr.

Notes for John W. Beasley:

John inherited the family farm, 259 acres, from his father. He added 55 1/4 acres on the north side of the Dan River. In his will of 1884, he left the less desirable land on the north side of the Dan to William and John, jointly. He left the land on the south side of the Dan (the original family farm) to Jesse.

John died in 1892 in Francisco. John and Elizabeth were buried in a family graveyard on his property south of the Dan River in Francisco. The graveyard is located on a dirt road in front of Elijah's store. His grandparents and grandparents are also buried in this graveyard.

***All the notes on the Beasley family were taken from a file found in the public library. The file referenced notes from IGI, parish registers of Wootton Wawen (Henley In Arden was a chapelry of the parish church in Wootten Wawen). Also "Cavaliers and Pioneers" by Nell Marion Nugent; "Virginia Colonial Abstracts" by Beverly Fleet; Virginia Land Records, and "Colonial Caroline A History of Caroline Co., VA by T. E. Campbell. I do not know who compiled the file.

The 1850 Fed. census for Peters Creek, Stokes Co., NC showed:
John Beasley age 34 b. VA
Betsey age 29 b. NC
William age 9 b. NC
Christina age 7 b. NC
Mahala age 6 b. NC
Mildred age 4 b. NC
Mary age 1 b. NC

The 1860 Fed. census for Danbury, Stokes Co., NC showed:
John Beasley age 43 b. VA
Bettie age 40 b. NC
William age 20 b. NC
Mahala age 15 b. NC
Mildred age 13 b. NC
Mary age 11 b. NC
Bettie age 9 b. NC
Jesse age 7 b. NC
John age 4 b. NC
Note: Daughter Christina got married May 1860 just before the census was taken.

More About John W. Beasley:
Burial: Beasley Family Cemetery, Francisco, NC

More About Sarah Elizabeth Owens:
Burial: Beasley Family Cemetery, Francisco, NC
Children of John Beasley and Sarah Owens are:
  i.   William Beasley, born July 1840; married Frances Susan Collins in Stokes County, NC; born Abt. 1849.
  ii.   Christina Beasley, born 1842 in North Carolina; died 1894 in Stuart, Patrick County, Virginia; married Levi Patterson Collins in Surry County, North Carolina; born 1837 in Patrick County, Virginia.
  iii.   Mahala Beasley, born Abt. 1845; married William Henry Collins; born Abt. 1844.
  13 iv.   Mildred Beasley, born 1847 in Francisco, Stokes County, North Carolina; died 1881 in Francisco, Stokes County, North Carolina; married James Fleming Wright May 19, 1867 in Stokes County, NC by R. F. Moir, Justice of the Peace.
  v.   Mary Beasley, born Abt. 1849.
  vi.   Bettie Beasley, born Abt. 1851.
  vii.   Jesse Beasley, born November 29, 1852; died February 10, 1936 in Francisco, Stokes County, NC; married Elizabeth Collins November 07, 1872 in Stokes County, NC; born March 29, 1852; died June 02, 1937.
  viii.   John Beasley, born November 17, 1856 in Stokes County, North Carolina; died November 15, 1937 in Stokes County, North Carolina; married Frances Elizabeth Owens; born Abt. 1853 in Stokes County, North Carolina; died March 1929 in Surry County, North Carolina.

      28. Elisha D. Bryant, born Abt. 1805 in Jacksonville, Floyd County, Virginia; died March 15, 1884 in Floyd County, Virginia. He married 29. Nancy Carolyn Smith Abt. 1830.

      29. Nancy Carolyn Smith, born Abt. 1802 in North Carolina; died Bet. 1880 - 1900 in Probably Stokes County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of 58. Daniel Smith and 59. Mary Edwards.

Notes for Elisha D. Bryant:
In 1850,Elisha Bryant was living with his wife Nancy and their children in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Sometime shortly afterward, Elisha left his family. By 1860, he was living in Floyd County, Virginia with a 33 year old woman named Mary and their children Sarah, age 5; Nancy, age 3; Rachel, age 2; and a seven month old baby named Frances. They went on to have several more children, Celia, Delilah, Jackson, Manda, Lizena, and Hannah. They were still living together at the time of the 1880 census, but by early 1881, Elisha had been declared a lunatic and was under the care of Hardin P. Hylton, who was appointed his "committee".     

In 1882, a petition was granted for the sale of Elisha's real estate in order to pay for his care. An advertisement in the newspaper "Floyd Reporter" names Elisha's children, both by his wife Nancy and by Mary.

Copies of the court documents and advertisement were obtained from Peggy Steele of California, a Bryant researcher. Ms. Steele is a descendant of Elisha's second family.

Mary lived on long after Elisha died. She was still living in Floyd County, Virginia in 1900, according to the census for that year. She was living next to her daughter Nancy Reynolds and her family. The census record states that Mary and her parents were born in North Carolina; that Mary was a widow. Her birth is given as January, 1826, her age as 74. She was the mother of 13 children, 6 of whom were living at the time.

The census information for Mary's daughter, Nancy Reynolds, states that she was born in Tennessee.


In 1840, when Elisha was living in Rockingham County, North Carolina, there was also a man named Coleman Bryant, of about the same age living nearby. In 1860, a 55 year old Coleman Bryant was living in Pittsylvania County, Virginia with 32 year old Elizabeth (wife, daughter?), a six year old boy named Fleming B., and a four year old boy named Thomas R. In 1880, this widowed Coleman Bryant was still in Pittsylvania County, Virginia with his daughter Harriett, 19; son Thomas, 23; and Thomas's wife, Belle, 23.

Note: One source gives Elisha's middle name as Daniel.

Notes for Bryants in Floyd and surrounding counties in Virginia:

Ambrose and William Bryant are listed in the 1748 tax lists of Lunenburg County, VA. A man named Thomas Pitman was listed nearby.

Charlotte County, Virginia, Josiah Bryant, orphan, chose Joseph Reynolds as guardian. October 6, 1794.
July 4, 1796, Joseph Reynolds dismissed as guardian, because Josiah is of full age. [My note: Elisha Bryant's daughter Nancy D. married Alonzo D. Reynolds, parentage unknown.]

Patrick County, VA land tax 1796-1799 lists Josiah Bryant
Josiah Bryant married Polly Lipton 9/6/1794 in Charlotte County, VA

Revolutionary War Records for Virginia lists James Bryant, Josiah Bryant,and William Bryant

Josiah Bryant b 3/9/1784 Montgomery County, VA and died 8/27/1870 Ottumwa, Wapello Co., WA

Josiah's father listed on Rootsweb as Josiah and Mother as Lydia

Ambrose Bryant b: 1778 in ,Patrick County,VA
Josiah Bryant b: 9 MAR 1784 in ,Montgomery County,VA
William Bryant
John Bryant
Miss Bryant
Miss Bryant

Ambrose Bryant (b. 1778) married Frances Dickerson 1796 in Montgomery County, VA. Had son Peter b. 1821 in Floyd Co., VA. He married Lucretia Elizabeth Wright in 1839. Moved to Illinois. Other children Nancy, 1799; Lydia, 1811 Montgomery Co., VA; Frances, 1814, Floyd Co., VA; Josiah, 1817, Floyd Co., VA; John T., 1820, VA.

Josiah Bryant b.March 9, 1784 in Montgomery Co., VA. Married Mary Turman, b 1791 in Montgomery County, VA.


Matilda Bryant b: 25 SEP 1812 in ,,KY
Benjamin Turman Bryant b: ABT 23 OCT 1815 in Turman Township ??,Sullivan County ??,IN ??
Sarah Ruann Bryant b: ABT 6 OCT 1821 in Turman Township ??,Sullivan County ??,IN ??
Mary Malone Bryant b: ABT 20 DEC 1830 in Turman Township ??,Sullivan County ??,IN ??
1787 Census of VA, Henry CO Tax List B, p667 Apr 21, 1787, taxes collected from Elias Bryant

It seems most likely that Elisha Bryant belongs in this family grouping, perhaps descended from Josiah Bryant married to Lydia? It seems to be impossible at this time to determine who Elisha's parents might have been. My own speculation (no proof whatsoever) is that he may have been the son of Thomas Bryant (July 13, 1780-ca. 1840, husband of Ruth) by a first marriage. This would make Elisha the half-brother of Thomas Dean Bryant (August 7, 1816-April 1894) who married Nancy A. Taylor, the sister of John Anderson Taylor. Elisha's son Madison Daniel Bryant married the Paulina Jane Taylor, daughter of John Anderson Taylor. If this were the case, Thomas Dean Bryant's nephew would have married the niece of Thomas Dean Bryant's wife.


  Notes for Nancy Carolyn Smith:
At the time of the 1860 census, Nancy Smith Bryant was living in Danbury, Stokes County, NC (page 282 of Stokes County census for 1860). With her were son James Coleman, age 26; daughter Susan, age 22; son Columbus, age 21; son John, age 16; and daughter Polly (Mary), age 14. Her husband, Elisha Bryant was in Virginia at this time with his "new" wife and family.

The 1870 census of Stokes County, NC, Quaker Gap Township lists Nancy, son James, daughter Susan, and a 10 year old boy named William.

Nancy Bryant is listed with son J. C. Bryant in Quaker Gap, Stokes County, NC on the 1880 census on June 22, 1880.                  
Children of Elisha Bryant and Nancy Smith are:
  i.   Calvin Bryant, born Abt. 1831 in Rockingham County, North Carolina; died October 30, 1875.
  ii.   James Coleman Bryant, born Abt. 1834; died Aft. 1880 in Probably Stokes County, North Carolina.
  14 iii.   Madison Daniel Bryant, born June 29, 1836 in Rockingham County, North Carolina; died March 29, 1882 in Surry County, North Carolina; married Paulina Jane Taylor December 03, 1859 in Surry County, North Carolina.
  iv.   Susan Bryant, born April 28, 1837 in Rockingham County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1910.
  v.   Columbus Andrew Bryant, born April 1842 in Stokes County, North Carolina; died June 1921; married Martha Frances Baldwin January 07, 1861; born July 1845 in North Carolina.
  Notes for Columbus Andrew Bryant:
Columbus enlisted in the Confederate Army 18 March, 1862. He was subsequently assigned to A Company, 45th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Records indicate that he was a 22 year old farmer from Rockingham County at the time of his enlistment. He was wounded October 19, 1864 during the battle of Cedar Creek, VA. His regiment, the 45th NC, fought in most of the important battles of the Civil War including Malvern Hill, Gettysburg, Wilderness,and Cold Harbor. Columbus survived the war, living to the age of 79.

  vi.   John Wesley Bryant, born Abt. 1844 in Stokes County, North Carolina; died 1863.
  vii.   Mary Bryant, born November 1845 in Stokes County, North Carolina; died Aft. 1904 in Virginia.
  More About Mary Bryant:
Nickname: Polly

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