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My Top 3 Most Wanted Ancestors x 2 in 2021

We often hear that it’s not good to repeat research that we’ve already done, but I think that statement isn’t so true anymore. That’s because of the flood of records becoming digitally available online with each succeeding year.

I have been quite successful identifying a number of new leaves on the family trees by revisiting branches that have been sitting dormant for years.

I’ve decided it is time to give a serious new look to several more of those ancestral leaves and see if I can find some new blooms of information.

I don’t want to identify these ancestors as brick walls. To me, a brick wall is when I don’t have a new avenue to pursue. As you will see, there are clues for these Most Wanted.

I’ve chosen three ancestors from Dave’s tree and three from mine.

The lucky winners are – from the Stufflebean tree:

1. Parents of Jacob Miller. I know a lot about Jacob, as he was a Revolutionary War pensioner and served from Northampton County, Pennsylvania. I suspect his father might be one Henry Miller who died in the 1760s, when Jacob was just a child. I’ve made tentative searches in the past, but dropped them as I don’t find Pennsylvania to be a very researcher-friendly state. It’s time I really made the effort and dug around for more information about Henry and/or other potential parents for Jacob Miller.

2. Parents of Zadock Jarvis. Zadock also had military service during the American Revolution when he lived in Maryland. I’ve seen references that his father was James Jarvis. I also thought that Zadock probably died in North Carolina in the early 1800s, as he was quite elderly – 80ish – at his final census appearance. I figured he had died before the following census (I think it was the 1830), but another researcher claimed that Zadock died in Indiana, where he lived with his son. I checked the census and was I surprised to see a 90 year old male in that home. Therefore, I have Maryland and Indiana records that need to be combed for Jarvis clues.

3. Family of Rebecca (MNU) Alberty, wife of Henry Alberty of Surry County, North Carolina and Washington County, Arkansas. I’ve seen statements that her maiden name was Bryant, or possibly Bryan, without even a hint of a source for that. However, it’s a clue to be followed if I can find some crumbs of a trail. This is Dave’s maternal line and the family always claimed a Cherokee ancestor. Rebecca could possibly be it, as Henry lived in North Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas, all areas with ties to the Trail of Tears. Bryant is a name among Cherokees and, perhaps most importantly, Henry’s half brother, Moses Alberty, has family members documented on the Dawes Rolls.

I actually had a much harder time picking three most wanted from my own tree. My dad’s side is out of the picture, as there are no records in the village in Slovakia to tell me any more than I, or anyone else, knows.

The winners in the Sabo family tree are:

1. Robert Wilson, born c1730, of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. I knew that Robert was said to have come from the Boston, Massachusetts area after first arriving in the colonies, but there are new clues out there pointing to Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

2. Mary Woodward, wife of Robert Wilson, above. If this proves to be the correct couple, there will possibly be an entirely new branch on my family tree.

3. Jonathan Parker, of Campobello Island, c1788, Loyalist. There are lists of his children out there with marriages and then descendants. I hope Parker relatives on Campobello Island (and there are many) have correctly pieced together his family, with a possible wife! Jonathan’s son, Benjamin, married Robert and Mary Wilson’s granddaughter, Maria Wilson, which is my direct line.

We will see how much success I have in documenting any of these clues. I might be wildly successful or it just might be many cases of non-researchers copying, pasting and spreading wishful thinking!

A Final Look at the Bryan Family and Rebecca (MNU) Alberty, wife of Henry

I’ve spent a fair amount of time researching the family of Morgan Bryan of Rowan County, North Carolina. This is the Bryan family with very close ties to the Daniel Boone family, both through friendship and marriage. Thankfully, Morgan and most of his sons left wills identifying their children.

From those records, there are eleven possibilities if Rebecca was born a Bryan. She could be a grandchild, but it’s also possible that she might be a great grandchild.

Each succeeding generation makes it a bit more difficult to establish ties because Henry Alberty is MIA until he surfaces in the 1820 census of Rowan County, North Carolina. To quickly review Henry, he was born c1772 in Surry County, North Carolina (which formed from Rowan County in 1771), the son of Frederick Alberty and Elizabeth Krieger.

In 1850, John H(enry) and Rebecca were living with son Daniel in Vineyard Township, Washington, Arkansas and he was enumerated as a farmer. However, he was way up in his senior years at age 78 and it is more likely that Daniel was the farmer.

In spite of Henry’s stated occupation, I cannot find any land records for him in Rowan or Surry Counties, nor is he found in any census anywhere before 1820, when he was close to 40 years old with a wife and house full of children.

It has crossed my mind that Henry might have worked on someone else’s plantation in his younger years as a tradesman or perhaps as an overseer.  It’s just as likely that he was a wanderer, as were the Bryans. It was about 400 miles form Rowan County to Bryan’s Station, near today’s city of Lexington, Kentucky.

Henry’s first child was a son, born c1802-1804, but he has been lost to time. His other children included Samuel, Daniel, Henry, John S., Eliza, Sarah and Mary. There are two other unknown children – a son and another daughter, both born between 1810-1820.

None of his children’s names are unusual in any way, but Samuel and Daniel are not names found in the earlier generation of Albertys and might be a clue as to Rebecca’s family.

It so happens that Samuel does, indeed, appear in the Bryan family, as Morgan Bryan had a son named Samuel and four of Morgan’s sons gave that name to their own sons. Given the strong ties to Squire Boone and his family, it is easy to assume that Daniel crept into the family names because of Daniel Boone, who married one of Morgan’s grandchildren.

The eleven descendants of Morgan Bryan who could possibly BE Rebecca or be her parent are:

One of Joseph Bryan’s three sons – Samuel, Joseph and John Bryan, who lived in Kentucky

Samuel Bryan, one of his two sons, Samuel Jr. and Morgan or his  daughter, called “Daughter Bryan” in his Rowan County, North Carolina will

Morgan Bryan’s daughter Rebecca and his son, Morgan, named in his 1797 will in Fayette County, Kentucky

John Bryan’s son, Samuel, named in his Rowan County, North Carolina 1804 will

One of William Bryan’s sons, Samuel and Daniel, named in his 1789 Kentucky will, but which was proved in Rowan County, North Carolina

Here’s where things get a bit sticky. A first look at the Rowan County census records show but two Bryans living there in 1790. We have William with one male over 16, one under 16 and one female.  We also have Samuel, named above, who left the will a few years later that included “Daughter Bryan.”

The 1800 census has exactly ZERO Bryans living in Rowan County. It is known that Samuel visited Kentucky as late as 1797, even though he reportedly died in Rowan in 1798.

The 1810 census of Rowan County shows two families, that of Thomas and his wife, both over 45, and a Battaley Bryan from Fauquier County, Virginia.

The 1820 census has two Bryons, neither of whom live near Henry Alberty. Both are named John. The elder John is 26-44 years old, so is an age where he could be Rebecca’s brother, living in Battalion 1. The young John is probably a newlywed as he is 16-25 years old with one female his age and one male and one female under 10. He is living in Battalion #3.

Sadly, I have to admit here that I’ve lost this battle. The Bryan surname is too common and by the early 1800s, Morgan Bryan’s descendants had left North Carolina for Kentucky and then Tennessee, Missouri and other destinations.

I have never been able to track down the original source that stated Rebecca (MNU) Alberty was a Bryan or Bryant, but that fact that Henry and Rebecca named two of their three eldest children Samuel and Daniel, I have to wonder if there is a kernel of truth in this statement.

If you are an Alberty researcher and can shed any further light on the mystery of Rebecca’s maiden name, please leave a comment.



Was Rebecca (MNU) Alberty a Grandchild or Great Grandchild of Morgan Bryan?

Morgan and Martha Bryan had seven sons who lived to adulthood. Documenting their life activities and descendants is not an easy job, given that they moved several times, likely from Pennsylvania to Virginia to North Carolina and then made numerous trips to and lived in Kentucky.

Normally, I would focus on Bryans/Bryants who were living in Rowan County in 1820. However, a big monkey wrench in that plan is that Henry Alberty, Rebecca’s husband, had children approaching 20 years of age by that time and I have no idea whatsoever where he was living between 1790 and 1810.

That means that he might have meandered over to Kentucky and married Rebecca there. One of his siblings has ties to Georgia. He could have been down there, too. In the 1830s, Henry’s son, Daniel, married in Indiana.

Suffice it to say that with no idea where Henry was living before Rowan County, I need to look at all potential Bryans/Bryants as prospective parents for his wife, Rebecca.

Please note that I am not transcribing all these wills, as I am simply looking for names of heirs. If you are interested in a particular will, I have cited each will book and page where they are found.

Here we go:

  1. Joseph Bryan, likely born c1720 and the eldest son of Morgan and Martha is found in Fayette County, Kentucky on the 1787 and 1800 tax lists there. He is  said to have married Alyee Linville, but no marriage record has been found.  He earlier lived on Opequon Creek in Frederick County, Virginia, south side of the south branch per Draper Manuscripts,  before removing to Rowan County, North Carolina where other family members had settled. Joseph Bryan left a will, dated 20 November 1804 and proved on 4 March 1805 in Jefferson County, Kentucky. (Will of Joseph Bryan, Jefferson County, KY, 1804, Will Book 1:158-160
    Source: FamilySearch)

In this will, Joseph named his wife, Alee, sons, Samuel, Joseph and John Bryan (called youngest son), daughters, Martha Boon and Rebecca Boon, Mary Howard, Susanne Hinkle, Aylee Howard, Phoebe Forbis, Charity Davis, Eleanor Adams, and grandchildren, Aylee Adams, Noah Adams, Jacob Adams, and Wilah Adams. His two sons, Joseph and John Bryan were appointed as executors.

From this will, it is evident that Joseph was not the father of Rebecca who married Henry Alberty. Joseph did have a daughter Rebecca – she was the wife of Daniel Boone.

However, Joseph did have three sons – Samuel, Joseph and John Bryan, so I will need to take a look at them.

2. Next we have Samuel Bryan, born c1724. Although Samuel ventured to Kentucky during the 1770s, he seemed to prefer North Carolina, dying in 1798 in Rowan County. He married Elizabeth, who some say (no documentation) was a McMahon.

Like brother Joseph, Samuel left a will and it leaves a curious loophole in it:

Will of Samuel Bryan, Rowan County, NC, 1798
Will Book D: 67-68
Source: FamilySearch

Samuel named his wife, Elizabeth, sons Samuel and Morgan, and daughters Martha, Eleanor, and Keziah all called Bryan, Ann Enochs, Margaret Ellis, Suzanne Bryan, Sarah Linville and Elizabeth Hampton.  Suzanne evidently married a Bryan cousin, given that she is listed among her married sisters.

Curiously, though, after son Morgan’s bequest is one to “Daughter Bryan”:

Since Samuel clearly had unmarried daughters and named no daughter as Rebecca, and Rebecca (MNU) Alberty was born c1783, it is certainly possible that whoever transcribed this will omitted the name of this daughter, who could be “my” Rebecca.

In addition to this omission, Samuel lived in Rowan County, as Henry did later, AND Henry named his second son, born c1806, Samuel. That was not a name previously found in the Alberty family.

Why oh why did the clerk not write the name of this daughter in his will book????

3. Morgan Jr., was born c1725 and was in Kentucky by 1775 per Draper Manuscripts.  Morgan, too, left a will dated 29 September 1794 but not proved until July 1804 in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Will of Morgan “Bryant” Sr., Fayette County, KY, 1804
Will Book A:176
Source: FamilySearch

Morgan made bequests to his wife, not named, daughter Rebecca, son Morgan and Mary, daughter of his son Joseph Bryant. There is no indication as to whether Rebecca was married. If this is “my” Rebecca, then she wouldn’t have been married in 1794, but would be by the time the will was entered into court records in 1804. If Morgan who wrote the will is this man, then  there is a daughter Rebecca who could be the one who married Henry Alberty. Morgan Bryan would have been about 58 when she was born c1783. Not impossible or even improbable, particularly if he married more than once.

4. John Bryan was born c1730 and married Sarah. Although he was in Kentucky by 1773, if information in the Draper Manuscripts is correct, he apparently moved back and forth to North Carolina as his will, written in 1797,  was filed in Rowan County in 1804:

Will of John Bryan, Rowan County, NC, 1804
Will Book D:1-2
Source: FamilySearch

John made bequests to wife, Sarah, and children – Samuel, Jean Orten, Elizabeth Davis, Sarah Allen and Mary Huey. He also made a bequest to John Bryan, son of his deceased son, John. John clearly did not have a daughter named Rebecca, so he can be struck off the list as a potential father. However, I need to research his son, Samuel, who might be the father of Rebecca (MNU) Alberty.

5. William Bryan was born c1732 and died by 1782, when his will was proved in Rowan County, North Carolina, and possibly soon after 23 May 1780 in Kentucky County, as it was then called. (From Draper Manuscripts: The death of William Bryan was greatly lamented. His wound in the knee mortified. It was not at first thought to be dangerous.) It is said he was killed in an Indian attack, which is supported both by his son’s interview and by his opening statement in his will that he was of “low Estate of Health, but of Sound mind” and later in a nephew’s interview that “the Indians fired on my uncle, shot him through the knee, then the groin, and shot away the ball of his thumb and shot his horse in the side of the head. The horse sunk to his knees, then rose and carried Bryan off.” William married Mary Boone, c1755, based on their son’s Draper Manuscript interview.

Will of William Bryan, Kentucky County, NC, 1789
Rowan County, NC Will Book B:36-38
Source: FamilySearch

In his will, he named his wife and children Samuel (born c1756), Daniel (born c1758, based on his statement of age and being the second son) in the Draper interview) and unmarried daughters Phebe, Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary.

However, “BRYAN FAMILIES” by J.R. Cooper was published in THE LEXINGTON HERALD Sunday, April 17, 1927 in a diary format and it states that this was William Bryan JUNIOR??? If Mary was a newborn and we count back by increments of two years between births and one more year for marriage, then William who died would have been born in the 1730s. Junior might be an error. The information was apparently taken from interviews found in the Draper Manuscripts about 1844. William was in Kentucky by 1773 if information in Draper Manuscripts is correct. The Draper interview was seemingly given by a son of William and Mary (Boone) Bryan.

In any case, William had no daughter named Rebecca, but like his siblings, he had sons who could be her father. Therefore, I will need to try to trace descendants of Samuel and Daniel Bryan.

6. James Bryan was born c1734 and less is known about him than his siblings. He married Rebecca Enochs c1756 and, like other members of his family, went to Kentucky. Rebecca reportedly died after giving birth to their sixth child and he never remarried. It is said that he moved with the Boones in 1799 to Missouri and lived in what became St. Charles County. He supposedly died there in 1807. However, St. Charles didn’t become a county until 1812. There is a James Bryan selling land there in 1817.

Aside from the unknowns surrounding his death, his children appear to have settled in Missouri. Although he reportedly had three sons, David Enochs, Jonathan and Henry, the family settled in Missouri very early on and it seems less likely that Henry Alberty married a young lady who was living in Missouri. Not impossible, but for now, I am thinking Rebecca (MNU) Alberty was probably not a daughter of David, Jonathan or Henry.

7. Thomas Bryan, last of Morgan’s sons, was born c1736. he reportedly married Sarah Hunt and they had a number of children. Thomas inherited the mansion house from his father, but sold it and went to Kentucky.

There is less documentation about Thomas’s family than about his siblings’. It appears that Thomas had mostly sons and that they were too young to be the father of a child born about 1783.

For now, I am thinking that Thomas’s line is less likely to include Rebecca (MNU) Alberty.

To summarize this lengthy post, then, we have the following candidates who could possibly be the father of Rebecca (MNU) Alberty:

Joseph Bryan’s three sons – Samuel, Joseph and John Bryan, who lived in Kentucky

Samuel Bryan’s sons, Samuel Jr. and Morgan and daughter, called “Daughter Bryan” in his Rowan County, North Carolina will

Morgan Bryan’s daughter Rebecca and his son, Morgan, named in his 1797 will in Fayette County, Kentucky

John Bryan’s son, Samuel, named in his Rowan County, North Carolina 1804 will

William Bryan’s sons, Samuel and Daniel, named in his 1789 Kentucky will, but which was proved in Rowan County, North Carolina

That is a total of eleven possibilities. More to come.