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The following was written by Thad Clingman BRYSON. He was born 17 May 1869. There was no date on the document, but Lawrence Wood says it was written ca 1939. Thad was a son of Daniel G. BRYSON (1821-1896) who was a son of Daniel G. BRYSON (1787-1880) who was a son of James Holmes BRYSON and Sarah COUNTRYMAN. My copy of the following was already typed and could have been edited or added to before I got it.
"Three BRYSON brothers came from Autrim (sic) County, Ireland and settled in Lanchester (sic) County, Penn.
William BRYSON the 1st married a HOLMES and had six or seven sons. Four of these came South in the year 1760 and settled in Rowan County, North Carolina.
James BRYSON married a COUNTRYMAN. Later they all moved to the Pendleton District of South Carolina and all the brothers fought in the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War. James BRYSON wife's mother, Elizabeth COUNTRYMAN, carried water to the soldiers in that battle. James BRYSON had six or seven sons and one daughter. The daughter married and (sic) ARMSTRONG in South Carolina. James BRYSON left South Carolina and moved to Haywood County near Balsam Gap and brought his wife's mother, Elizabeth COUNTRYMAN, and five brothers came with him to Western N.C.
Sons - James BRYSON went to Macon County and settled on Sugar Fork Creek. John BRYSON settled at Cullowhee in Jackson County. Sam BRYSON settled on Cowee Creek in Macon County. Andrew settled on Sugar Fork Creek, Macon County. William BRYSON settled Sugar Fork Creek, Macon Co.
Daniel BRYSON 1st who married a DILLARD left Haywood County and came across Balsam Mtn. When there was no road and moved in a sled cutting his way down Scotts Creek and settled in Scotts Creek Valley bring Elizabeth COUNTRYMAN with him. She lived with him until her death at age about 110, and is buried on the farm. (Now Dills Cemetery). Daniel the 1st who married a DILLARD, first built a small log house without any floor and lived in it until he built the house that is now standing. It was at that time the largest house in the county and when Jackson County was established the first court was held in his house. There was born to this union three daughters and two sons. Talitha who married Joseph ALLEN and settled on Scotts Creek. Dorcas who married Allen FISHER and settled near Webster. Artie who married George CLAYTON and settled on Scotts Creek. Thaddeus who married a GREENLEE and settled at Bryson City and for whom the town was named. Daniel 2nd who married a BUCHANAN and stayed on the old plantation of Daniel the 1st. There was two daughters and three sons born to this union. Sarah, who died at the age 18 and Virginia at the age of 17. Dillard who married a HENSON, lives on Scotts Creek. Daniel the 3rd, married a FRIZZELL and lives on the old plantation. Thaddeus married a DILLS and lives on the old plantation."
James Hardy Bryson was born ca 1870 and died 24 Nov 1941. He was a son of Thomas Marion Bryson (1832-1897) who was a son of Thomas Jefferson Bryson (1806-1894) who was a son of William BRYSON (c1775/80-1837) who was a son of James Holmes Bryson and Sarah Countryman Bryson
"William BRYSON came to America from Antrim, Ireland about 1740 and settled in PA. He had 6 sons, one of these sons James Bryson is our direct ancestor. He wit his brother Daniel moved to Lincoln Co, NC (and) were living there in 1776. Other brothers settled in South Carolina.
These two brothers, James & Daniel both fought in the Revolution & it is said they were given 100 acres of land in Buncombe Co, NC. James had 6 sons John, William, James, Andrew, Daniel, Samuel. Of these 6, his 2nd William also had three sons, Jefferson, Joseph & John.
Jefferson, son of William had 3 sons.
1. Thomas Marion BRYSON
2. James Turner BRYSON
Frank L. BRYSON was born 25 Nov 1890. Frank was a son of Albert S. BRYSON (1851-1900) who was a son of James Holmes BRYSON (1818-1897) who was a son of Andrew BRYSON (1785-1826) who was a son of James Holmes BRYSON and Sarah COUNTRYMAN.
"An Irishman by name of William BRYSON, whose mother was a Scotch woman, from Scotland, came to America and married a Miss HOLMES of Lancaster Co, PA., and raised six boys who were all Revolutionary Soldiers. There names were John, Sam, Daniel, Andrew, James Holmes and William.
The sons of James BRYSON were John, Daniel, James, William, Andrew and Samuel.
The sons of John were William H. and John A. by first marriage, and James, Andrew, Henderson, Samuel, Robert, Daniel, Milton, Ewell, Sarah, Ibby and Rebecca.
The sons of Andrew BRYSON, who married Margaret WHITE were James Holmes, Samuel, Stephen and Rachel.
James Holmes married Cornelia SILER. Their children were William A., Albert S., Samuel E., Eva Adelia, Ellen, Cora and Hattie.
John BRYSON, who moved to South Carolina, was a Presbyterian deacon
Samuel BRYSON went to West Tennessee
Daniel BRYSON died at Sugar Fork, Macon County.
James BRYSON is buried at Sugar Fork, Macon County.
Andrew BRYSON is buried at Cullowhee, Jackson County.
William BRYSON died in Henderson County."
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