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The Bryson Ancestors --- On the Edge of New Frontiers, by James Davis Bryson. © 2011

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The Bryson Ancestors — On the Edge of New Frontiers tells the story of the interrelated families and descendants of Hugh and Nancy Davidson Bryson. The book starts with the Bryson and Davidson families who lived in Mecklenburg County, NC during the last half of the 1700s. The book then traces their descendants as they moved westward when new frontiers were opened.

After studying this line for about fifteen years, including multiple trips to North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and other states to dig out original documents, it has been possible to clearly identify the children of Hugh and Nancy Bryson. This task was difficult because earlier researchers had published inaccurate information. Finding and examining an 1823 lawsuit (involving an inheritance dispute) in Maury County, Tennessee, involving all of Nancy Davidson Bryson’s surviving children and all of her surviving Davidson nephews and nieces, clearly led to new information and provided solid answers regarding their relationships. Hugh’s son, James Bryson (1772-1852), moved to Maury County, Tennessee about the time of the start of the big lawsuit. He remained there during the trial and continued to live in Maury County until his death in 1852. The research clearly established that James Bryson was the son of Hugh and not the son of the Brysons of Surry County, North Carolina and later Sumner County, Tennessee, as some have stated.

Many of the early Bryson and Davidson siblings moved in early 1800s to the frontiers of Tennessee and Alabama.

The book contains information on the descendant families as well as the historical context of the times, including early colonial life, the revolution, the struggles with Indians, the problems of transportation and frontier hardships, the Civil War, and the conflicts of the 20th century. Historical events are woven in with genealogical information.

The book is heavily illustrated with full-color copies of original documents, including enhanced and customized maps, land transactions, wills, guardianship papers, lawsuits, military records, and newspaper clippings. There are also many photographs of tombstones and cemeteries, family portraits and vintage pictures. Documentation is provided through the use of extensive footnote references.

This book also covers related families of Bryson, Davidson, Doak, Doherty, Lay, Matthews, McKibbon, Parsons, Patterson, Powers, Shearer, Taliaferro, and others.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Scotch-Irish People
Chapter 3 Setting the Stage Mecklenburg, Co.,NC
Chapter 4 The Davidson Family Mary and John, Sr.
Chapter 5 Hugh and Nancy Davidson Bryson
Chapter 6 The Children of Hugh and Nancy Bryson
Chapter 7 The Margaret and John Davidson, Jr. Family
Chapter 8 The Davidson Brothers Samuel, James, Thomas
Chapter 9 The Big Lawsuit 1823-1829
Chapter 10 The James and Ann Doherty Bryson Family
Chapter 11 Maury County Brysons in the Civil War
Chapter 12 The Elam and Mary D. Bryson Family
Chapter 13 Children of Elam and Mary D. Bryson
Chapter 14 Early Ellis County History
Chapter 15 John Franklin. and Nancy A. Bryson Family
Chapter 16 William E. and Cora E. Bryson Family
Chapter 17 The Matthews and Doak Families
Chapter 18 The Lay and Taliaferro Families
Chapter 19 The Powers and Shearer Families
Chapter 20 The Parsons and Patterson Families
Chapter 21 Davis O. and Gladys Holt BrysonBryson Book CD
Physical Details of Book
First Edition 2011
Self-published
Professional Hardback Binding
636 pages, full color
Size: 9 x 11 in.
Physical details of CD
Contains entire book in PDF format
Contents can be searched by word or phrase
Can be copied to desktop or laptop
To order send email to jimbryson@sbcglobal.net
The Book is $60 including shipping by USPS
The CD is $20 including shipping.
The book and the CD together are $70.

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