Or, Subtitled: Family Members Migrating from Kentucky to Missouri and Points West
The last two children of Nancy Whitlock and Abner Bryson, their daughters Sarah Whitlock Bryson and Nancy H. Bryson, both moved from Christian County, Kentucky, to Missouri in the 1850s with their husbands and families. Sarah was Abner and Nancy’s sixth child and Nancy their seventh and last child. Nancy moved to Missouri in 1851 or 1852 with husband William Bryan Sutton, and Sarah moved to Missouri in 1856 or 1857 with her second husband James Franklin Thompson. William B. and Nancy Bryson Sutton settled initially in Johnson County in west-central Missouri not far east of Kansas City. James F. and Sarah W. Bryson Thompson settled in Cooper County in central Missouri, some 70 miles east of Johnson County. The Thompsons remained in Cooper County, with the Suttons moving to southwest Missouri, first to Newton and then to Polk County. In the following posting, I’ll track Sarah’s life, and then will publish a linked posting about Nancy.
Or, Subtitled: Hilpa and Zilpah and Biblical (and Pseudo-Biblical) Naming Patterns in 19th-Century America
This posting is a continuation of the discussion of the children of Nancy Whitlock and her husband Abner Bryson. The previous posting discussed Nancy and Abner’s first two children, Thomas Whitlock Bryson and Catharine Bryson Williams.
Or, Subtitled: “He loved the stars and stripes as he loved his own soul, and he could not discuss the subject of secession, or hear it discussed, without getting as mad as a hornet“
I ended my previous posting about Nancy Whitlock (1778-1863) and her husband Abner Bryson (1770-1836) by telling you that the next posting would provide information about this couple’s children and about Abner’s ancestry. As I’ve begun researching the children of Abner and Nancy Whitlock Bryson, I find I’m gathering so much information that I need to break my postings about the children of this couple into several pieces. In this posting, I’m going to focus on Abner and Nancy’s first two children, Thomas Whitlock Bryson and Catharine Bryson Williams.
Or, Subtitled: A flax and cotton wheel, a loom, a sorrel mare, and a red cow and calf
This posting continues the chronicle of the lives of Nancy Whitlock and her husband Abner Bryson that began in the previous posting, as it tracked them from Surry County, North Carolina, to Cumberland County, Kentucky. In 1832-3, they moved from Cumberland to Christian County, Kentucky. On 15 May 1834 in Christian County, pursuant to a 1 May court order in a suit Abner Bryson had filed against them in the county’s circuit court in November 1833, John T. Bennett and wife Martha, acting through Christian County commissioner Abraham Stites, deeded Abner Bryson of Christian County 407 acres on waters of Sinking Fork of Little River in Christian County. Both Bennetts signed the deed, and John H. Phelps, court clerk, confirmed it on 15 May 1834 and it was recorded on 27 June.
Or, Subtitled: “Two Juditious and Interested men chosen by my executors“
Nancy Whitlock, daughter of Thomas Whitlock and Hannah Phillips, was born in 1778, according to both the 1850 and 1860 federal census. Both censuses were taken in Christian County, Kentucky. In both enumerations, Nancy was living with her son James in Christian County. The 1850 census lists Nancy as 72 years old, and the 1860 census gives her age as 82. Both state that she was born in Virginia.
Or, Subtitled: “At the head of the table, laid out with great neatness, plenty and variety, sat our well-dressed hostess, who did the honors with ease and propriety“
This is the first of a two-part series that will document the life of George Rice and Elizabeth Brooks’s daughter Mary Rice and her husband Joshua Wilson. This posting focuses on the couple’s years in Virginia and then in Bardstown and Lexington, Kentucky. The next posting will focus on the final period of their lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and Corydon, Indiana. Several of the children of George and Elizabeth Brooks Rice shared an interest in inn- and tavern-keeping. As we saw in a previous posting, soon after they arrived in Kentucky from Virginia, Mary Rice Wilson’s sister Ruth and husband Micajah Roach purchased an inn in Bardstown from Joshua and Mary Wilson. And in a later posting, we’ll see that Mary and Ruth’s brother George also had a tavern in Winchester, Virginia. I call these establishments inns-cum-taverns because they were akin to the public houses of the British Isles in which locals could eat and drink, and also in which travelers could find lodging.