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I (Marty Grant) am a 1st cousin 7 times removed to Andrew Madison Bryson.
Special thanks to Lawrence Wood (1937-1997) and Ethel Updike (1899-?) for their various write-ups on this family.
Andrew Madison Bryson was born 10 May 1812 (per tombstone, I think). He was born in South Carolina, probably in Pendleton Dist, SC (now Pickens Co, SC). He was probably named, in part, for his Uncle Andrew Bryson (1752), and probably in part for James Madison, who was President of the United States when Andrew was born.
Andrew Madison Bryson is a son of Daniel H. Bryson (1756) and Martha Morrow. I've seen no primary evidence proving this connection, but both Updike and Wood included Andrew in Daniel's family. Lawrence Wood told me that his older relatives referred to this Andrew as "Uncle", so that seems to tie him in. In his book, he mentions that his grandmother told stories about Uncle Andrew M. Bryson. There may be some solid proof of their relationship but I have not seen it yet. Daniel did witness an 1841 deed of Andrew in Macon Co, NC so this shows some close connection.
Andrew would have been about 8 years old by the 1820 census, and was apparently home with his parents in Pendleton District, SC aged "under 10" (born ca 1810/20).
In the 1820's, Andrew and his parents joined the rest of the Brysons in the Macon County, North Carolina area, just a short distance from their old home in South Carolina.
Andrew would have been about 18 years old by the time of the 1830 census. He seems to be listed with his parents for that census in the age 15-19 age group (born ca 1810/15), in Macon County.
Andrew was listed in Macon County Court minutes for August 1839 as being insolvent (not having paid his taxes) for 50 acres, and 1 poll. He was listed as "A. M. Bryson". His brother Samuel M. Bryson was also listed. (Macon Co, NC Court Minutes 1838-1855 page 34).
Andrew still seems to have been home with his parents for the 1840 census, aged 20-29 (born ca 1810/20), in Macon County.
On 11 Sep 1840, Andrew M. Bryson obtained a marriage bond in Macon County to marry Jane Peeke. Jane Caroline Peek was born 20 Feb 1820 in Buncombe Co, NC, daughter of David Peek and Mary Henderson (daughter of Charles Henderson).
On 3 Apr 1841, Andrew M. Bryson Jr deeded land "on the river" to John Lamb. Witnesses were Daniel Bryson (father) and Gray Crow. (Macon Co, NC Deed Book D page 1815 from "Records of Old Macon County, N.C. 1829-1850" compiled by Barbara Sears McRae, 1991. * Note: All deeds mentioned hereafter from books "A" through "E" are taken from this book.)
On 23 Nov 1846, Andrew M. Bryson sold Canada Henderson (Jane's Uncle), 100 acres on Sugartown Fork. Witnesses were Gray Crow and William Peek (Jane's brother, I think). (Macon Co, NC Deed Book E page 387)
This 1846 deed seems to represent the intention of the family to move, for right around that date, they moved to Pickens District, South Carolina (formerly Pendleton District), possibly to the same area where he had lived as a child.
Andrew and family were listed on the 1850 census in Pickens District, South Carolina. There were other Brysons in that county in the Eastern District, but Andrew's family was in the Western District. The ages of Andrew's children are not correct, so this entire entry should be suspect. Perhaps they were not home when the census taker came around, and a neighbor provided the data.
1850 PICKENS DIST, SC Page 420 House/Family # 715/ 752 - WESTERN DISTRICT Twp BRYSON ANDREW M 35 M W FARMER SC 1814/1815 BRYSON JANE 34 F W NC 1815/1816 BRYSON DAVID 14 M W NC 1835/1836 BRYSON JAMES 12 M W NC 1837/1838 BRYSON DANIEL 10 M W NC 1839/1840
By ca 1851, they had returned to Macon County, North Carolina.
They were listed on the 1860 census in Macon County, but not too close to any other Brysons.
1860 MACON CO, NC Page 246 House/Family # 246/ 254 -- TENNESSEE VALLEY Twp FRANKLIN P.O. BRYSON ANDREW M 46 M W FARMER 300 389 SC 1813/1814 BRYSON JANE C 40 F W BUNCOMBE 1819/1820 BRYSON JAMES C 15 M W MACON 1844/1845 BRYSON DANIEL W 13 M W SC 1846/1847 BRYSON MARY J 9 F W MACON 1850/1851 BRYSON ANDREW M 4 M W MACON 1855/1856
They were listed on the 1870 census in Macon County in Ellijay Township.
1870 MACON CO, NC Page 292 House/Family # 16/ 17--ELLIJAY Twp FRANKLIN P.O. BRYSON A M 57 M W FARMER 400 150 SC 1812/1813 BRYSON JANE C 48 F W NC 1821/1822 BRYSON J K 24 M W REGISTER OF DEEDS NC 1845/1846 BRYSON MADISON A 14 M W NC 1855/1856 BRYSON MARTHA L 9 F W NC 1860/1861 BRYSON SARAH 6 F W NC 1863/1864
Andrew M. Bryson died on 30 Nov 1874 in Macon County, and is buried at Sugar Fork Cemetery.
Jane was listed on the 1880 census in Sugar Fork Township.
1880 MACON CO, NC Page 500A House/Family # 53/ 53 -- SUGARFORK Twp BRYSON JANE W F 62 W KEEPING HOUSE NC NC NC 1817/1818 BRYSON MARTHA L W F 17 D S NC NC NC 1862/1863 BRYSON SARAH L W F 15 D S NC NC NC 1864/1865
Jane Caroline Peek Bryson died on 24 Jul 1900 in Macon. She is also buried at Sugar Fork.
Andrew M. Bryson and Jane Caroline Peek had nine children as proven by various census records and several sources, including Updike and Wood.
Persons researching this family (click here for data on how to get on or off of this list):
1. Andrew Madison1 Bryson , born 10 May 1812 in Pendleton Dist, SC; died 30 Nov 1874 in Macon Co, NC; buried in Sugar Fork Cem, Macon Co, NC, son of Daniel H Bryson Major and Martha Morrow . He married on 11 Sep 1840 in Macon Co, NC Jane Caroline Peek , born 10 Feb 1820 in Buncombe Co, NC; died 24 Jul 1900 in Macon Co, NC; buried in Sugar Fork Cem, Macon Co, NC, daughter of David Peek and Mary "Polly" Henderson .
Children of Andrew Madison Bryson and Jane Caroline Peek were as follows:
2 i David Peek2 Bryson , born 23 Jul 1842 in Macon Co, NC; died 23 Oct 1860 in Macon Co, NC.
+ 3 ii James Kennedy2 Bryson , born 1 Nov 1844 in Macon Co, NC; died 23 Sep 1932 in Franklin, Macon Co, NC. He married Margaret Higdon .
4 iii Daniel W2 Bryson , born 8 May 1847 in Pickens Dist, SC; died 28 Dec 1913 in Kansas City, MO. He married aft 1870 in Kansas City, MO Rebecca (---) .
5 iv Annie2 Bryson , born 1849 in Pickens Dist, SC; died Child in Pickens Dist, SC.
6 v Mary Jane2 Bryson , born 8 Feb 1851 in Macon Co, NC; died 20 Jul 1863 in Macon Co, NC.
7 vi William Lee2 Bryson , born 8 Nov 1853 in Macon Co, NC; died 17 Jul 1855 in Macon Co, NC.
+ 8 vii Andrew Madison2 Bryson , born 24 Jan 1856 in Macon Co, NC; died 29 Apr 1942. He married Amanda Crisp .
9 viii Martha L2 Bryson , born 8 Apr 1861 in Macon Co, NC; died Nov 1919. She married on 30 Mar 1884 in Macon Co, NC Henry W Moore , born 6 Dec 1857, son of Johial H L Moore and Elizabeth Ann Bryson .
10 ix Sarah Lavina2 Bryson , born 26 Jun 1864 in Macon Co, NC; died in Darrington, WA. She married on 9 Jan 1891 in Macon Co, NC John M Wright , born 1871; died in Darrington, WA.
3. James Kennedy2 Bryson (Andrew Madison1), born 1 Nov 1844 in Macon Co, NC; died 23 Sep 1932 in Franklin, Macon Co, NC. He married on 1 Oct 1871 in Jackson Co, NC Margaret Higdon , born 10 May 1847 in Macon Co, NC; died 1 Feb 1934 in Franklin, Macon Co, NC, daughter of William Hoffman Higdon and Margaret Jane Buchanan .
Children of James Kennedy Bryson and Margaret Higdon were as follows:
+ 11 i Elizabeth Jane3 Bryson , born 23 Jun 1872 in Macon Co, NC; died 1959. She married Rufus Henry .
+ 12 ii Martha Cordelia3 Bryson , born 22 Dec 1873 in Macon Co, NC; died in GA. She married John W Briggs Rev .
13 iii Nellie Lavina3 Bryson , born 6 Dec 1875 in Macon Co, NC; died 27 Jun 1913 in Macon Co, NC. She married on 31 Jul 1898 in Macon Co, NC Wilburn Shook .
14 iv Mary Eva3 Bryson , born 1 Jul 1877 in Macon Co, NC. She married William A Collins .
+ 15 v James William3 Bryson , born 5 Aug 1879 in Macon Co, NC. He married Helen Cundy .
+ 16 vi Maggie Adaline3 Bryson , born 10 Oct 1881 in Macon Co, NC; died 10 Feb 1930 in Macon Co, NC. She married Noah L Jolly .
+ 17 vii Joseph Andrew3 Bryson Rev , born 25 Aug 1884 in Macon Co, NC. He married Doris Lucinda Dean .
+ 18 viii Ida Elmira3 Bryson , born 25 Aug 1884 in Macon Co, NC. She married John Marion Moore .
19 ix Roberta Harriett3 Bryson , born 24 Oct 1887 in Macon Co, NC; died 23 Apr 1913 in Macon Co, NC.
8. Andrew Madison2 Bryson (Andrew Madison1), born 24 Jan 1856 in Macon Co, NC; died 29 Apr 1942. He married on 19 Jan 1879 in Macon Co, NC Amanda Crisp , born 23 Dec 1852; died 26 Feb 1935, daughter of Hiram Crisp and Mira Dills .
Children of Andrew Madison Bryson and Amanda Crisp were as follows:
+ 20 i Patton Monroe3 Bryson , born 28 Jan 1880 in Macon Co, NC. He married Iva Lee Holland .
21 ii John W "Bud"3 Bryson , born 22 Jul 1881 in Macon Co, NC.
22 iii Frank3 Bryson , born 7 Feb 1885 in Macon Co, NC. He married on 21 Jul 1912 in Macon Co, NC Carrie Moore .
+ 23 iv Fannie3 Bryson , born 1 Aug 1888 in Macon Co, NC. She married Carl Loomis .
+ 24 v Florence3 Bryson , born 11 Feb 1890 in Macon Co, NC. She married Bert Mashburn .
25 vi Fred Rufus3 Bryson , born 31 Jan 1894 in Macon Co, NC.
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