Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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a Bryan Study, Morattock River

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Including Bridgers Creek and Uraha Swamp. My main focus with this map is a question: Is this James Bryan the man who hailed from Isle of Wight / Nansemond?

I will include a link to a prior Post…

The son in law of that James Bryan was Richard Braswell. He had a son William, who importantly, was not included on his will, because…well, he was dead’rn a doornail. My hunch is that the William Braswell shown on my map is “that” Wm Braswell, which would make him the grandson of James Bryan of IOW / Nansemond. Got it? good… I barely can keep up.

That “simple” question I am asking can clear up some questions several of us are actively researching at the moment.

Also are the other Bryans who need to explain themselves pronto…


A look at the will and witnesses for clues…

Aaron Drake does not leave a will I can find and his whereabouts were unknown in 1731…

a John Mack Daniel is a mystery… (I thought this may be a son of Daniel McDaniel on Uraha Swamp)

a dead end for now…


A sidenote…

Note the patent for Hester Kerby… this gal almost gave me whip lash… I have a couple patents for her and her husband near modern Hertford County and Northampton… indeed, there is a Kirby’s Creek, just to drive the point forward. What and why might they move… also, a woman usually could not patent land in her name unless she was a widow or single (as Traci the Librarian tells me). The I noticed that Rich Square was near by… perhaps there is a Quaker tale to be found here?

Also note the patent for Hardy Council… this guy obviously descends from the Isle of Wight Councils… what interests me is that he appears to be an Indian Trader. He also has a patent just north of the Meherrin Indian tract of land noted on the Moseley map of 1733. Just Google “moseley map 1733” and a great link pops up for the map…well worth the effort. I will soon be uploading my recent work on this overall Chowan “Precinct” map… stay tuned.

Now my obligatorye rants, as I am want to do…

Note the usual castletrash pigs feeding at the trough, Thomas Pollock and his associate William Maule. These guys are the exact same type of government toadies as we have today… Nothing has changed in 300 freaking years. They just nonchalantly fill their pockets with whatever loot they can get there slimy little hands on… in this case land. See Nancy Pelosi…good god that woman gets my goat. I could go on but I will spare you…

Written by anderson1951

January 28, 2023 at 7:29 am

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    • I’m curious of the source of that 1750 document? There was a John Bryan near that area “the Western Branch” since 1652… so a William Bryant would make sense.



      January 28, 2023 at 12:27 pm

  1. Hello,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your work and wondered about the maps showing land grants. Did you create this resource or is it available elsewhere? One of our early ancestors (John March) received a land grant in 1742 and I would love to be able to find out more information. Many thanks!


    Bes Baldwin

    February 3, 2023 at 12:08 pm

  2. The Virginia grants are available at the Library of Virginia website… or Familysearch has them also i think.



    February 3, 2023 at 2:47 pm

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