Notes for John Bryant: Served 15 months as a private and sergeant under Captains Hughes and Porter and Colonels Nelson, Randolph and Goode asa volunteer in the Virginia Line. At the time of his first enlistment, in May 1780, he was resident of Powhattan County, Virginia. Was in the Battle of Guilford on March 15, 1781. After the war, he was awarded a land grand in Kentucky. He went there as a civil engineer. One report stated he was with the survey party of Daniel Boone.
His great grandfather, Jacques Briand, was born in LaMilliere, France and came to the Americas sometime before 1700 to settle with other Huguenots in Manakin, VA.
John Bryant served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in Powhatan Co., Virginia, under Captain Robert Hughes. The company marched to Williamsburg under General Charles Scott, and then to Yorktown under General Thomas Nelson. His enlistment began in 1780. Pension File No. W8390.
After the war, he was awarded a land grant in Kentucky. He went there as a civil engineer. One report stated he was with the survey party of Daniel Boone. Bryantsville, Kentucky may have been named in honor of John Bryant. There is a Bryant family cemetary in Bryantsville.
In 1824, John served as sheriff of Garrard County.
In 1803, the old Sugar Creek Baptist Church was built on John's land. The Lancaster Christian Church was formed in the county seat, a few miles away, on 8 Dec 1827. In 1831, the Lancaster disciples began meeting in the Sugar Creek Meeting House. The remained there until 1835. Sometime later, the Sugar Creek Church was renamed, the Antioch Christian Church.
John Bryant is buried with his wife, Mary, and an infant daughter Elizabeth, in a private cemetary about two miles north of Lancaster, about 50 yards south of the intersection of Lexington Road (US 27) and Bastin Road. There are steps leading from the shoulder of the road up to the cemetary, as well as a large sign with John's name on it.
The following is the text of a letter about the war record of John Bryant. It was copied from "The Family Record of George Smith Bryant and Keziah Arnold Bryant and Their Family Histories," compiled by Maria A. Gregg, published in 1901.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Pensions Washington, DC
March 27, 1897
In reply to your request for a statement of the military record of John Bryant, a soldier of the War of the Revolution, I have to advise that he made application for pension on August 29, 1832, at which time he was resident of Garrard county, Kentucky, and 72 years of age, having been born in Cumberland county, Virginia, on January 1, 1760.
His pension was granted August 22 1832, which he drew to date of his death. He served fifteen months as a private and sergeant under Captains Hughes and Porter and Colonels Nelson, Randolph and Goode as a volunteer in the Virginia Troops. At the time of his first enlistment, in May 1780, he was resident of Powhattan county, Virginia. During the war he was engaged in the battle of Guilford. He married mary Owsley in Lincoln county, Kentucky, on May 25, 1786, and he died July 4, 1833. His widow applied for and received a pension. From the data given it does not appear that his father James Bryant, made application. However, he makes mention in his declaration for pension that his second enlistment was a substitite for one James Bryant, though the relationship is not stated.
Very respectfully, D. I. Murphy, Commissioner
This letter was send to Mr. J. C. Bryant, in care of W. C. Pettis, Esquire.
More About John Bryant and Mary Owsley: Marriage: May 25, 1786, Stanford, Lincoln Co., KY.
Children of John Bryant and Mary Owsley are:
+George Smith Bryant, b. April 18, 1789, Garrand Co., KY, d. August 05, 1850, Hickman Hills, MO.