William Bryan 1734 - 1780

Name: William Bryan

  • Prefix: Col.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 MAR 1734 in Opequon Creek, Frederick Co., Virginia
  • Death: 30 MAY 1780 in Bryan's Station, Clark Co., Kentucky
  • Note: William was killed by Indians at Bryant's Station
  • Burial: Bryan's Station, Fayette Co., Kentucky
  • Note: 1
    William BRYAN was born in 1734. He was born on 10 Mar 1734. He died in 1780. He died on 30 May 1780. The Road to the Bluegrass

    Four Bryan brothers; of Irish and Danish descent­William, James, Samuel, and John­came to the Bluegrass region in 1779 and established Bryan's Station, one of Kentucky's earliest settlements. The Bryans, who came from a prominent North Carolina fa mily, had accompanied Daniel Boone from the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina to Central Kentucky. Daniel Boone married Rebecca Bryan, niece of William Bryan. William Bryan, from whom the Waveland Bryans descended, married Mary Boone, Daniel Boone' s sister. Hence the relationship between the Boones and the Bryans.

    However, as early as September 1773, Daniel Boone, Squire Boone, James Morgan, James Sparks, and William Bryan started from North Carolina with the intention of establishing a fort on the Kentucky River. On October 19, 1773, they started across th e Cumberland Gap and were ambushed by Indians. Six men were killed out of the party of five or six families and "forty well-armed men." Among the dead was James, one of Daniel Boone's sons. They decided to bury the dead and return to Virginia.

    Two years later, the party set out again to Kentucky, along with William's entire family of 10 children, including Daniel Boone Bryan. They proceeded through the Cumberland Gap this time without incident. The Boones stopped at Boonesborough, whic h was built by the summer of 1775, while the Bryans proceeded farther north on Elkhorn Creek. Under William's leadership, they erected a stockade fort which they named Bryan's Station.

    The Bryans were big; restless, ambitious, and adventure.-seeking people; rugged people who were not afraid of hardship. There is little doubt that the Bryans were leaders in the westward movement. Like other restless pioneers they were hungry fo r more land and greater adventure. Large numbers of the family migrated from Virginia to Bryan's Station in 1779 and 1780. Daniel Bryan, son of William and Mary Boone Bryan, described the settlement in a letter: "I came out in 1779 to make corn a t Bryan's in order to make corn for my father to move his family there in 1779. The Station was commenced in a short time. Cabins were built, but not more then a half dozen. I think there were only four, but some of them were double cabins. The sp ace between was stockaded... In the fall of 1780, after the attack on Marvin's and Ruddle's Stations, my mother returned from the troubles of Ky., to the troubles of N.C."

    The Bryans, believing: they were on their own land at Bryan's Station, built a very strong fort intended for years at use. William, James, Joseph Morgan, George David, Samuel, and John Bryan all entered land in Tracts totaling approximately 1300 0 acres. However, they found that the land on which their fort and homes were built, and about 1000 surrounding acres had been entered in the name of Col. Preston of Virginia.

    In the spring of 1780 after a very difficult winter, a party from the station set out to hunt for game. Half of the hunting party was led by William Bryan. This party was ambushed by Indians and in the fierce fight that followed, William was morta lly wounded. The men carried him back to the fort and he died a few hours later.

    The death of their beloved leader William Bryan, the knowledge that they were not the rightful owners of the land on which they had built their fort, coupled with the Indian attacks, so discouraged the entire settlement that many of the families d ecided to join the Bryans and return to North Carolina. Not a Bryan remained at the station after the mass exodus, and, although the entire party returned to Kentucky four years later, none of them lived at Bryan's Station. Gunsmith and Farmer
    Founder of Bryan Station, Kentucky
    Soldier and Pioneer Parents: Joseph BRYAN and Hester SIMPSON. Parents: Morgan BRYAN and Martha STRODE. Parents: William BRYAN and Margaret BRYAN?.
    Children were: Samuel BRYAN , Daniel Boone BRYA

Father: Morgan Bryan b: 1671 in Denmark
Mother: Martha Strode b: 1678 in Pennsylvania

Marriage 1 Mary Boone b: 14 NOV 1736 in Exeter Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania

    • Married: 1755 in Booneville, Yadkin, North Carolina


  1. Has No Children William Bryan
  2. Has Children Samuel Bryan b: 1783
  3. Has Children Daniel Boone Bryan b: 10 FEB 1758 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
  4. Has No Children Phebe Bryan b: 1763
  5. Has No Children Hannah Bryan b: 1765
  6. Has No Children John Bryan b: 1767
  7. Has No Children Sarah (Sally) Bryan
  8. Has No Children Elizabeth Bryan b: ABT 1771
  9. Has No Children Abner Bryan b: 1772
  10. Has Children Mary Bryan b: 1773
  11. Has Children Thomas Bryan