Cherry Price (1793-1837)


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52 Ancestors #9 — Cherry Price (Bryan) (1793-1837)

Cherry Price is an excellent example that shows what we know about women in the early 19th century — Next to nothing.  Most of what we know is because of what we know about one of the men in her life, either her father or her husband. 
I have found two major sources of information regarding Cherry.  First, is the Martin County Heritage, published by the Martin County Historical Society in 1980.  It is a great resource for many of the family lines I am researching in the area.  There is an article in the book regarding her husband, John Bryan which provides most of the information that we have regarding the family.
   
Martin County Heritage also mentions that John’s grandfather was a patriot which led me to the Daughters of the American Revolution website and their database. A look through their database showed several lineages which include Cherry. 
I decided to purchase one of the applications that had been submitted to National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).  They cost $10.00 each which is more than I like to spend on a single item.  But, I had never purchased one so I thought I’d try one that has Cherry included so I could see what is included in one of the DAR downloads.  The lineage, which you do see when  you look at the index is included. I did notice that the image does show some detail that was left out of the index entry.  More importantly, there were “references for lineage” which are really great.  In this case, there was a “certified statement” which provided information on ancestors which were not direct decedent.  There was reference to the “Bryan Bible Records” (which I have seen reference to before), the will of Lewis Bryan (which I wrote about in my Lewis Bryan blog), and the deed from Robert Bryan to Lewis Bryan (which I’ve seen reference to and I believe I have in my “Needs to be processed” files from my last visit to the library.)
Sylvester HassellCourtesy: Providence Baptist Ministries

The application also refers to “Hassell’s N.C.Church History (Sylvester Hassell) Chapter 26, Page 851” as a reference regarding John and Cherry Bryan and/or their daughter Martha Ann Bryan. I thought, wow, that’s cool another source of information. I went to WorldCat to look up the book and where there might be a copy of it.  Not there.  I did see some personal papers and History of the church of God, from the creation to A.D. 1885; including especially the history of the Kehukee Primitive Baptist Association — and they have a copy only 7 miles away at the Atlanta History Center. The book is old, so I wondered if it was available online — So off to Google Books. 
A search there found the book, then a search for “John Bryan” was a hit with 11 results in the book.  Sure enough, one of the hits was on page 851 which just so happened to be in Chapter 26. (Of course, neither Cherry or their daughter Martha Ann is in the book.)  The book has a page or two about the Conoho church in Martin County and mentions many names I’ve seen elsewhere in the records including Purvis, Archibald Staton, and others.  There was also the line I initially saw in Martin County Heritage about John being a “disciplinarian unsurpassed by anyone else in the Kehukee Association.”
The NSDAR application also gives some further references to Robert Bryan’s service history, which I will need to followup with.  Certainly purchasing the NSDAR application was worthwhile and I’ll do it again for other patriot records. 

Cherry Price

I can imagine Cherry living in a house like this.
A Martin County house typical of period
Photo by Rossini1868
CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
What I think I know about Cherry Price:
She was born on 03 Mar 1793 in Martin, North Carolina, USA.
She married John W Bryan on 16 Aug 1810,
Cherry and John had nine children. 

1st child: Lucy Bryan born 07 Sep 1811
2nd child: Rebecca Bryan 24 Apr 1814
3rd Robert T Bryan 21 Nov 1816
4th Martha Ann Bryan 24 Apr 1820
5th Mary Felisha Bryan 23 Oct 1822
6th John William Bryan 25 Feb 1825
7th James Henry Bryan 12 Aug 1827
8th Benjamin Lewis C. Bryan 05 Oct 1830
9th Mary Williams Bryan 19 Nov 1836

Tragedy struck her at least twice as she saw the deaths of two of her children.

Mary Felisha died 14 Oct 1825 at two years of age. 
James Henry died 17 Oct 1832 at five years of age.

Cherry died on 19 Mar 1837 in Martin County, North Carolina, USA. I do not know where she was buried. 
We remember Cherry Bryan, my wife’s third-great grandmother, today on the 221st anniversary of her birth. 

The Great Ancestors

Ann Debora Long
Martha Ann Bryan
Cherry Price
William Price
William Price
Thomas Price

Future Actions

Get a copy of the appropriate pages of the Bryan Family Bible.
Get copies of the references cited regarding Robert Bryan’s military service in the Revolution.

Sources: 

Daughters of the American Revolution – Member # 517846 – Ancestor # A016279
Daughters of the American Revolution – Member # 597793 – Ancestor # A016279
Family Search – Martin County Wills – Volume 2, image 98 (page 161)
Martin County Heritage – Article Article #  89 – John Bryan Family
Martin County Heritage – Article Article # 784 – William Price Family

Lewis Bryan (1755-1830)

52 Ancestors #8 – Lewis Bryan (1755-1830)

Birth:  2 March 1755 – Oak City, Halifax County, North Carolina.

There are several sources regarding Lewis’ birth that indicate he was born on March 2nd, the year is somewhat in question.  The best is a Roots Web message board where a person indicates that he or she has access to a bible with the 2 March date but the year was difficult to read, but thought it said 1756. I definitely want to see if I can get a copy of the page to confirm it myself.  Two of the DAR descendants records indicate birth year as 1756 as well. Another possibility is 1757.  The “Martin County Heritage” article by Sara Long Johnson indicates 1757; so does a different DAR descendant record (Nat’l #: 710397).

Excerpt from 1800 Census – North Carolina, Martin, Halifax, Pg 3
Thanks: Ancestry.Com

However, I believe that Lewis was born in 1755 (or earlier). The 1800 Census indicates that Lewis was 45 or older. With his birthday being in March, he had to have been born in 1755 or earlier in order to be “45 or older” for the census enumeration in August of 1800.

Oak City was in Halifax County until 1774, when Martin County was created.

Marriages:

I believe there may have been three marriages.  one about 1777, a second marriage about 1787 and, possibly, a third marriage on about the time of John’s birth in 1788.

It is not really clear when Lewis married Lucretia. All three of the DAR Descendant records indicate he married in 1788. However, either there was a first wife or Lewis and Lucretia “lived in sin” for a number of years.  I believe there was a first wife, whose name we do not know.

Children:

  • 1878 – Catherine
  • 1779 – Turner
  • 1781 – Mary
  • 1783 – Silas
    (Possible 2nd marriage between 1783 & 1788)
  • 1788 – John
    (Possible 3rd marriage in 1788? )

All of the DAR records are consistent that Lewis’s parents, Robert and Elizabeth Bryan, died on the same date, 3 April 1794.

Lewis lived in Martin County all of his life. In 1797, he lived in “District 7.” Likewise, the 1800 Census indicates they lived in Martin County.

His son, Turner, was married in 1802 and his son John married in 1810.

His wife Lucretia probably died in December, 1829.  I suggest that because Lewis signed a new will on Dec. 24, 1830.  His new will did not mention his wife.  It does mention the following:

  • Daughter: Catherine Hyman
  • Son: Turner Bryan
  • Son: Silus Bryan
  • Son: William Bryan
  • Son: John Bryan
  • Daughter: Mary P Mayo

It also mentions a Granddaughter: Sally Hyman.

 (Note: Although William was named to receive some items directly, he was not mentioned to receive a portion of the remaining inheritance.)

Death:

The DAR records indicate that Lewis died on 24 December, 1829.  This is the date he signed his will, so, it is unlikely his actual death date.  The “Martin County Heritage” article and another researcher on the Roots Web Board indicate that Lewis died on 6 January, 1830, which is a much more likely date.  Lewis’ will was probated during the April 1830 session of the court.  I believe that the 6 January, 1830 date is the correct date for Lewis’ passing.

Burial:

In his will, Lewis asked that his body “be committed to mother Earth.”   Searches at Find-a-Grave and at Billion Graves did not result in finding a marked gravesite.  Likewise, a search of various sites regarding cemeteries in Martin County did not return any results. Other documents indicate that there was once a “Bryan Family Cemetery.” I have been unable to associate that cemetery with any cemeteries in the area. This is definitely an area for further research.

The Great Ancestors

  1. Deborah Ann Long
  2. Martha Ann Bryan
  3. John Bryan
  4. Lewis Bryan 
  5. Robert Bryan (Patriot)

Future Action Items:

  • Confirm Bible Record.
  • Confirm Robert & Elizabeth Bryan died same date, 3 April 1794.
  • Document mention of the “Bryan family cemetery,” (make sure my memory isn’t thinking of a “Price family cemetery or something else), find where it may exist today, then search for Lewis Bryan’s marker.

Feedback

If you have any thoughts, agreements or disagreements regarding any of my statements, findings, or thoughts, please leave a comment or email me directly.  I would love to share research on North Carolina’s Martin County Bryans.

Sources:

William Price (1762-1846)

52 Ancestors #6 — William Price (1762-1846)

Logo of the Daughters
of the American Revolution
Thanks to the wonderful records on the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) website, I knew that my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, William Price was a descendant of the patriot, William Price, Sr. I also knew that William was born on 14 Feb 1762 in Martin County, North Carolina and that he died in Martin County.  With his birthday coming, I thought I’d research more.
Nothing is known about his childhood.  According to the DAR information he married circa 1778, at the age of 16. Other research found that his wife was probably Mary Brown. I suspect that he and Mary were married somewhat after 1778 because, apparently, their first child, Hardy Brown Price wasn’t born until 1789.  All of their children were born in Martin County, North Carolina.
Courtesy: Wikipedia
Their first daughter, Cherry, (my wife’s 3rd great-grandmother) was born in 1793.  About 1795 another daughter, Rebecca was born. 
The DAR lineage report indicated that both his parents, William and Martha, died 27 Jan 1800. I’m quite certain that that is not the case. I found William Price, Sr. Will and it was dated 27Jan 1800.  He mentions that he was weak of body but provides for his wife in the will. 
In 1802, a third daughter Roxanne was born and in 1805 a fourth daughter, Mary was born. 
Some records indicate that about 1816, William’s oldest son, Hardy died at the age of 27 and the following year, they had another child named Hardy B. Price.  I find this unlikely as Mary would have been well into her 40s.  So, either there was a second wife, named Mary, or the reports of Hardy’s death are incorrect. We do know that Hardy was dead in 1843 as his heirs are mentioned in William’s will. It possible that a first Hardy had two children before dying at age 27 or that a second Hardy was born and had two children and died before dying before age 26.  In either event, this is an area that requires more research.
Daughter Rebecca died about 1829.
The 1830 Census indicates that he, at age 67, was living with a young woman and three  children under 10, a boy and two girls. It is not clear who this was yet.  His daughters Roxanna and Mary both had a boy and a girl living in 1843, so it is possible that it was one of them living with him.  Again, this is an area that additional research would clarify the situation.
In 1837 his daughter Cherry died.  
Guilford flag (North Carolina)Source: North American
Vexillological Association
The 1840 Census indicates that William was a Revolutionary War Pensioner.  There were several William Prices that fought in th™revolution. Certainly his father did.  There is another William Price who married a Mary Butler of Kingwood, Preston Co. Virginia (Now WV), who some researchers appear to confuse with the Martin County William Price. This is an area for future research to solidify this William’s Revolutionary War service. 
William Price’s will in August of 1843 is silent regarding regarding William H Price (III) so it appears that child, if he existed — and I’m not sure that he did — died before 1843 without issue. 
William Price’s will indicates the following children:   

Hardy Price (Dec.)
Cherry Bryan (Dec.)
Mary Johnson
Rebecca Bryan (Dec.)
Roxana Bryan

There are many grandchildren mention including Evelina Bryan and Joseph Bryan whose mothers are not identified.  Note that it appears that three of Williams four daughters married Bryan men.  
William died sometime between August 1843 (when he signed his will) and January 1847 (when his will was probated).  He asked to be buried in the family cemetery.   
Although some land is passed through the will, it appears that much more of his land was passed via sales.  I have several records of land transfers that I need to go through in the future. 
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Last Will & Testament – William Price – 22 August 1843
Amanuensis by Don Taylor
 Probated – January Term 1847
North Carolina
Martin County
Martin County Wills Records
1810-1868, Vol. 02 Image 196 (Pg 326) – Cropped
Thanks to Family Search 

Know all men by those present that I William Price being in sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same but knowing the uncertainty of death do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows:

1st I commend my soul to Almighty Good my body to be entered in a descent christian like manner in the family Grave yard.
2nd The negro girl Hannah I trust my daughter Cherry at her marriage after my death it is my will and desire that said negro Hannah increase except one boy by the name of Luke, be equally divided between the children of my daughter Cherry and these being from my Daughter Cherry being dead it is my will wish and desire that the increase of said negro Hannah she being dead also be equally divided between Robt. Rebecca, Martha, John & Benjamin Lewis Bryan children of said Cherry after my death and to make said division I do nominate and appoint Jno P. Turner Robert Bryan and same. Saml A. Long to do the same.
3rd The negro girl Silva I let my daughter Rebecca have at her marriage and my daughter Rebecca being  dead and said nigro also best said nigro silva having an increase it is my will and desire that Jno Bryan, husband of my said daughter Rebecca have said negros to him and his heirs forever.
4th the negro girl Liza I let my daughter Roxana have at her marriage it is my will and desire that my daughter Roxana have said girl and increase her life time and after her death. I give said nigros to her (sasfue?) children.
5th The negro boy thisosehilus which was sold and the profits equally divided between my daughter Mary and her two children Joseph and Martha remain so forever.
6th I give unto my grand daughter Evelina Bryan one nigro girl by the name of Hannah, should the said Evelina Bryan die without a lawful heir it is my will and desire that the said nigro Hannah be sold and increases of (???) and the proceeds rising from the said sale be equally divided among my heirs.

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Martin County Wills Records
1810-1868, Vol. 02 Image 197 (Pg 327) – Cropped
Thanks to Family Search 

7th I give unto my grandsons Benjamin F Price and Hardy B. Price, sons of my son Hardy B Price one hundred dollars each before the property I have on hand is divided.
8th I give unto my grandson, Joseph R. Bryan our tract of land said land I bought of B. F. & H, M. B. Price containing forty acres more or less and all its improvements thereon forever.
9th It is my will and desire that the nigros I have not given away after my death to be equally divided between my heirs in the following manner (viz) one fifth to Hardy B Price heir, one fifth to the Cherry Bryan heirs, One fifth to Rebecca Bryan children, one fifth to Roxana Bryan her lifetime and after her death to her children, one fifth to Mary Johnson her lifetime and after her death to her children leaving and giving my executions forever  to appoint commissions to allot and divide said nigros between said heirs according to the above statement.
10th I give unto my daughter Mary Johnson one track of land known as the Johnson Tract containing fifty acres more or less running south with the fence to her and her heirs forever also one negro woman by the name of Ninny to her and her heirs forever.
11th It is my desire that the balance of the land I have not otherwise disposed of except the family graveyard be sold and equally divided between my son Hardy B Price and the  heirs of daughters Rebecca, Cherry, & Roxanna in like manner, as the negros.
12th I give to unto my grandson Joseph R Bryan one bed and furniture.
13th It is my will and desire that my Executor sell at public auction my perishable estate and after paying my land debt the balance with what monies or land that I may have to be equally divided between the heirs of my son Hardy B. Price and the children of my daughter Rebecca and the children of my daughter Cherry and Roxana and Mary in like manner as the nigros.
14th It is my will and desire that my Executors retain in their hand, if not applied for property before the part of any estate which I give unto my daughter Roxana and her heirs seven years if not adopted for in that time then to be equally divided between my other heirs.
15th It is my will and desire my executors retain in their hands the property which I given unto my grand children until they arrive to the age of twenty one or married, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends Archibald Stanton and William R Brown Executors to this my last will and testament revoking all others that I may have made prior to this date. In witness where of I have (??ents) set my hand and seal, this the twenty second day of August One Thousand Eight Hundred and forty three.

Signed:  William Price {Seal}

Signed in presence of us
Bryant Bennett
Jos. Waldo

A Great Lineage:

Ann Debora Long’s mother was
Martha Ann Bryan, whose mother was
Cherry Price, whose father was 
William Price (The subject of this posting). His father was 
William Price, whose father was 
John Price.