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JAMES AND RACHEL (WILCOXSON) MYLAR
The James Mylar Sr. was a typical frontiersman and a friend of Daniel Boone, whom he helped in the early development of Kentucky. One story is that he worked on the “Wilderness
Trail” which ran from South Carolina to Kentucky. At a later date it is believed he was, also, a good friend of William Bryant.
James Mylar Sr. married Rachel Wilcoxson in 1781 in Rowan County, North Carolina. Rachel was the daughter of John Wilcoxson and Sarah Boone. The couple moved from North
Carolina to South Carolina, where their first son James was born about 1783. James Mylar Sr. was killed during an attack by Indians in 1788-89.
Rachel (Wilcoxson) Mylar’s second marriage was to William Bryant in 1790 in Rowan County, North Carolina. The Bryant’s first child was born in 1791. In the mid 1791 the family
moved to Kentucky
Let’s see how other authors viewed the events. -- The Boone Family by Hazel Spraker
Page 65) William Bryant led a group to Kentucky in 1775. “It is quite possible that in the party of kindred were William Bryant and his wife Rachel Wilcoxson”. Quite possible means
that I do not know. Rachel and William’s first child was born in 1791. If the above was true why or how would they wait eleven years to have their first child in 1791 and then eight
more in twelve years?
Page 107) “Rachel Wilcoxson married William Bryant who was born 1739 in Wales”. In William’s application for a pension he stated on June 25, 1833, his age was seventy-nine.
“I was born in Orange County, North Carolina, in 1754”.
Page 108) “William Bryant was a captain in the Revolutionary War under Colonel Todd and Boone”. William stated that he was in the service in February 1780 for eight months as
a private under Captain Enoch Enochs. In January 1781, he was in the service as a private under Captain Hemphill and Captain John Dial. William was still a private in the military
when he was sent to New York in the winter of 1782 just before his discharge.
Missouri Historical Review, vol 3, p 46, October 1908 – July 1909
William Bryant had returned to Kentucky at the close of the Revolutionary War. “During these early times he took part in several engagements with the Indians, holding the rank of
Captain under the command of Colonel Todd and Boone”. It is doubtful because William Bryant could not read or even write his name.
The dates have been reevaluated on the birth of Rachel Wilcoxson to 1763 and the birth of her son James to be 1783. In the 1700’s a taxable person was a white male sixteen years or
older. James Jr. was on the Kentucky tax rolls in 1799 and 1800. He would have been seventeen in 1800 and twenty-three when he married Henrietta Jett in 1806.
James Mylar Sr. and Rachel Wilcoxson had three known children. James Mylar Jr., their first child, James was born in South Carolina in about 1783. One male child was about 1785
and died before 1800. Rachel Mylar, their daughter, was born in about 1789. Rachel Mylar married Stephen Jett on February 24, 1806, and James Mylar married Henrietta Jett on
October 2, 1806. Both marriages were in Madison County, Kentucky. Henrietta Jett was born in Virginia (later Kentucky) and was the daughter of Isaac Israel Jett and Mary Letcher.
This is based on the fact Letcher is used as a middle name of some of the children and grandchildren.
The James Mylar Sr. while in the wilderness in about 1789, was killed during an Indians attack.
In the books and articles of Ed Bates, Wilcoxson and Allied Families by Dorothy Wulfack, Norma Nyberg of Missouri, and “Boone’s Sierra Echoes” all list the probable children
of William Bryant. The names of the children were compiled by descendant one hundred years after William’s death. Some children are listed in the will of William Bryant.
Another source was John Ellis, when he was trying to settle the estate. Only three of the children have known birthdays. There is no way to prove or disprove the rest of the children
of Rachel and William Bryant. I am placing a letter in the appendix, it is on page 117, from J Samuel Smart of New York who is related to R&W Bryant. He believes that the
children George, William, and Elizabeth are niece and nephews of William Bryant, not his children.
Rachel is established as a Wilcoxson related to the Boone family. Her second marriage was to William Bryant. The enclosed marriage consent document shows Rachel Bryant to
be the mother of Rachel Mylar. This confirms that Rachel had a first marriage to a Mylar before that of William Bryant in 1790. Additional letters on Bryant family please check
page 117 and 118 for details.
Lydia (Neal) Mylar, in about 1906, decided to write down her story of the Mylar family for her grandchildren. She states, “The Mylar family was related to Daniel Boone by marriage”.
A quote from Some of Her Life Experiences by Dr. Owens-Adair on page 213.
“Mrs. Rachel (Mylar) Kindred was born in Kentucky in 1822, and is the great-grand niece of the celebrated Daniel Boone”. Rachel is the daughter of James Mylar and Henrietta Jett.
James is the first son of James Mylar Sr. and Rachel Wilcoxson.
1763 Rachel Wilcoxson birth.
1781 Marriage of James Mylar Sr. and Rachel Wilcoxson in NC.
1783 First child – James Mylar Jr. born in South Carolina.
1780’s James Mylar Sr. was a typical frontiersman, a friend of Daniel Boone and assisted in the early development of Kentucky.
1789 Death of James Mylar Sr. by Indians.
Birth of his daughter Rachel Mylar.
1790 Widow, Rachel (Wilcoxson) Miller and children are on the census Rowan Co.
Marriage – Rachel (Wilcoxson) Mylar and William Bryant in Rowan Co. NC.
1791 First child born to Rachel and William Bryant. (Jeremiah)
1805 Rachel and William Bryant in Madison County, KY.
1818 ca Death of Rachel (Wilcoxson, Mylar) Bryant.
1860 Grandson Jeremiah Bryant gives Draper “hear say” information on the Bryant
1910 Julian Bryant gave miss information to Hazel Speaker, for her Boone Book, on the Bryant family. Check the letter on page 118.
9. RACHEL WILLCOCKSON (John2, ) m. William Bryant. The marriage is given in Draper Manuscript 23C47,48,49, in a letter to
Lyman C. Draper from Jeremiah F. Wilcoxen, 1861, in which he states that he was "a son of Capt. Elijah Willcoxen, that said Capt. Elijah Willcoxen
was a son of Samuel Willcoxen, that said Samuel Willcoxen was a son of John and Sarah (Boone) Willcoxen, said Sarah Boone being a daughter of
Squire Boone and sister of Daniel Boone; that Samuel Willcoxen had several brothers and sisters, one of whom, Rachel, married William Bryant."
William Bryant is a controversial figure in many respects and the reader who wishes.to study his life and activities further is referred to
early issues of the Missouri Historical Review.
Questions which have arisen are: 1. When and where was he born? Did he establish Bryant's Station? Who were his children?
What was his Revolutionary War Service?
This account of his life and military service appears in "The Boone Family", by Hazel A. Spraker, 1922, pp. 107-8. It was taken from
"Bryant's Station and Its Founders" by a descendant, T. J. Bryant of Wheatland, Wyo. (Mo. Hist. Rev. Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 37-51) The list of his
children and all descendants was given by T. J. Bryant to Mrs. Spraker.
"Married William Bryant (b. 1739 in Wales; died Oct., 1834 aged 95 years in Boone Co., Mo.)
"According to well-established tradition William Bryant of Bryant's Station, Ky., accompanied by a brother named Benjamin Bryant,
came from Wales to the shores of the New World in 1764, when they were young men. Benjamin settled in Virginia, while William Bryant chose
North Carolina, in the region of the Upper Yadkin River, for his home. In this region he lived for several years, married and acquired
property, and here he became acquainted with the Boones, Bryans, Wilcoxes, Callaways and other pioneer families in that section. Sometime prior
to 1775 he accompanied Daniel Boone into Kentucky as far as the North Fork of the Elkhorn Creek, where the two men made camp and hunted and
explored several weeks before returning to the Yadkin in N. C. 'Early in 1779 William Bryant led a party of emigrants into Kentucky, stopping at
Boonesboro for supplies, and continuing to a point about five miles northeast of Lexington, where they erected and fortified a number of cabins,
and the place was from that time forth known as Bryant's Station.' He was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, but his service was omitted in 1779,
probably because of this migration. No doubt William Bryant's wife Rachel went with him to Kentucky, for they settled at Bryant's Station in
Fayette Co., and later removed to what is now Estill Co., Ky. From there, in about 1816-20 they went with their younger children to the new and
promising land beyond the Mississippi, locating at Femme Osage, Mo., not far from the Boone settlement in Callaway Co. Here Rachel (Wilcox)
Bryant died, and her husband removed to Boone Co., in 1821.
"William Bryant married a second time a young woman named Nancy Wood, by whom he had children, none of whom lived to maturity.
He died in Boone Co., and is buried near the site of the vanished town of Stonesport.
"His will is recorded in Deed Record A. p. 292, Boone Co., Mo."
"MILITARY RECORD OF WILLIAM BRYANT
"He joined the Continental forces and served for a time in the War of Independence. While serving as such, he was captured by the British
and placed on board a prison ship in Charleston Harbor. One night he dropped silently into the waters of the harbor, swam ashore and returned to the
American lines in safety. During the Revolutionary struggle in Kentucky, he held the rank of Captain under Colonel. Todd and Colonel Boone. The
following is found in the Colonial Records copied from the records of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War, in Philadelphia: 'William Bryant,
Private in Blounts Com.; date of Com. or enl. 26 Apr., 1778; period of service 2 1-4 years, omitted in 1779."'
This list of his children appears in "The Boone Family":
Jeremiah Bryant, b. 20 Aug., 1791
Hiram Bryant, m. Sarah Evans, in Ky.; moved to Mo., then back to Ky., where he
died at an early age.
Hurum Bryant, d. Boone Co., Mo.
Thomas Bryant, b. 10 Jan., 1795
Benjamin Bryant, d. Boone Co., Mo.
Rachel Bryant, m. and d. in Ky.
Susan Bryant, m. William Ramsey, Boone Co., Mo.
Henry Bryant, b. 1802; d. 1840 in Boone Co., Mo.
Original research by the compiler of this book has been hampered by the fact that the names Bryan, Bryant, Briant are confused in many records
in various Court Houses. Three legal documents have been found which seem to pertain unquestionably to this William Bryant: Pension record,
Will, Administration of Estate granted. These appear below.
PENSION RECORD OF WILLIAM BRYANT
William Bryant or Briant. Pension Number S 16660 North Carolina. State of Missouri, County of Boone, 6-25-1833 personally appeared
in court before David Todd Judge of Boone Circuit Ct. William Bryant, a resident of said county - age 79, states he entered service under the
following officers: that he entered in Rowan County, North Carolina, 10th February 1780 - as a militiaman, or rather as a volunteer, for he was not
drafted under Captain Enoch Enochs; and was sent to a place called Goose Creek to guard prisoners and wagons and munitions of war, 30 miles
from Charleston, and while so engaged was captured by scouting parties, said to belong to Tarlton's dragoons. - served eight months as a private
soldier. In the following winter last of Jan. 1781 again turned out under Capt. Hemphill, - after pursuing the tories sometime fell in with Genl Green
just before the battle of Guilford C H. in which he was personally engaged - about 30th March, 1781 he enlisted as a private soldier in the regular
army under Capt. John Dial under command of whom he continued until the close of the war. He was discharged 1782 - states he was born in
Orange Co., No. Car. 1754 (Seventeen and fifty four) - that since the close of the Revolutionary war he has lived in the counties of Fayette Co., Ky.,
Madison Co., Ky., Estill and Montgomery Cos., Ky. and afterwards in the counties of Calloway and Boone his present residence in the state of
Missouri. - affidavit of Thomas Campbell a clergyman residing in Boone Co., Missouri and Richard Gentry, resident of the same county state they
are well acquainted with the soldier - Rev. Campbell had known him between forty and forty-eight years. Mr. Gentry had known him 30 years.
The administrator of the estate of William Bryant, whose name was John Ellis, wrote a letter to the Pension Commissioner in 1846, Jan. 31, stating
he sends the papers of William Bryant for the purpose of obtaining the balance due his heirs- he answered that the papers he enclosed printed
instructions should be strictly complied with and when the vouchers should have been prepared they should be forwarded to P. Wagner, Esq. Third
Auditor of the Treasury. The papers are herewith returned." (Missouri Genealogical Records. Vol. 1. Missouri Pensioners, Annie Walker Burns,
The Last Will and Testament of William Bryant, the slave owner, living in Boone County, Missouri, 1824
In the.name of God, Amen.
I William Bryant of the County of Boone and State of Missouri do make my Last Will and Testament. In the first place I bequeath unto
my son Henry Bryant a negro girl named Sarah at or after my death. Also unto my son Thomas Bryant a negro child named James or Jim. Also unto
my wife Nancy I bequeath a negro, man named Peter & a negro woman named Joan during her natural life time - then the said negroes to be equally
divided between my children begat of her boddy if there should be any. If we shall. have none then the said negroes to revert to my lawful heirs.
Also to my son Benjamin Bryant I bequeath the sum of one Dollar at my death. Also to my son Huram Bryant I bequeath the sum of One Hundred
Dollars should there be so much left after my death. Also unto my son Jeremiah Bryant I bequeath the sum of 100 dollars at my death should there
be so much left after paying my other legal demands. Also unto my sons William and George Bryant fifty dollars each should there be property left
at my death. Also unto my daughter Elizabeth Shifflet fifty dollars.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty-seventh day of September, 1824.
William X Bryant (seal)
P. W. Dillon
John Ellis makes application to the Clerk of the County Court of Boone County, State of Missouri for letters of administration on the
estate of William Bryant of said county deceased, and renders the following list of the heirs as far as he can state, viz Hiram Bryant's heirs of Boone
County. Heirs of Jeremiah Bryant dec'd of said county. Henry Bryant of said county. Susan Hutcherson place of residence unknown. Hiram Bryant
who is supposed to be dead resided in the State of Kentucky. Thomas Bryant residence unknown. Ben Bryant residence unknown.
The above is all the heirs of the said William Bryant dec'd, his first marriage, to the best of this affiant's knowledge. This affiant further
states that he thinks that there are some three or four other children of the dec'd by the 2nd marriage, but he is unable to state their names and
residence and further that the said William Bryant died without a will, that he will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all the
estate of the deceased and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the law direct and account for and pay all assets that shall come to his
possession or knowledge.
Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 29 Sept.
W. Woodson, Clerk
There are three sources which provide names of the children of William Bryant: 1. The list quoted from "The Boone Family," as compiled
by a descendant almost 100 years after the death of William Bryant; 2. Those named in the Will of William Bryant; 3. Those named by John Ellis
when he was trying to settle the estate. All of these children were born to his first wife, Rachel Willcockson; some were born to the second wife,
Nancy Wood, but did not reach maturity. It seems most likely that William, George and Elizabeth, mentioned in the will were not living in 1845
when Ellis was settling the estate. The three lists considered together give the following list. CHILDREN: (Order unknown.)
+45 Jeremiah Bryant
+46 Hiram Bryant
+47 Hurum Bryant
+48 Thomas Bryant
49 Benjamin Bryant.
When John Ellis was settling the estate of William Bryant in 1845, he mentioned that the residence of the son, Benjamin
Bryant, was unknown. The author found this reference which may apply to him. "Benjamin Bryant came here in 1843 as a trusted employee
of the trading company. One of the first county treasurers, deputy sheriff, constable, and for a number of years justice of the peace
for Des Moines township. The first marriage license issued in Polk Co., Iowa, was to Elvira Birge and Benjamin Bryant in Franklin
Twp., June, 1846. She died a few years later and he remarried. He died 1866. ("Annals of Polk Co., Iowa and Des Moines," by Will
Porter. Des Moines. 1898. p. 129)
The children of Benjamin Bryant (?)
50 Rachel Bryant, m. and d. in Ky.
51 Susan Bryant, known as Hutcherson in 1845.
+52 Henry Bryant
53 William Bryant
54 George Bryant
55 Elizabeth Bryant, m. Shiflett; prob. no heirs survived.
http://family-of-grace.livejournal.com/ This is a very important site that connects the Bryants and Wilcoxsons to Daniel Boone and tells some interesting stories of their
involvements in various Indian wars.
http://www.genealogy.com/users/e/d/w/Cathy-S-Edwards/GENE8-0005.html#CHILD14 A Very good site with about 10 generations of the Wilcoxsons family tree.
1779 – The precise date of God’s work of Creation was further refined by the Catholic Church and is said to have began on 21 August 4004 BC.
Thomas Bryant b. 10 Jan 1795 d. 1845
= Mary Polly Bennett, b. 1797, d. abt 1857
Had 8 children
48. THOMAS BRYANT (Rachel3 Willcockson, Sarah Cassasnda Boone, Squire) b. 10 Jan., 1795; d. 5 Sept., 1845 at Ripley (now Carter Co.), Mo.; m. 11 Dec. 1817, Estill Co., Ky.,
Mary "Polly" Bennett. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Joseph Proctor, an uncle of the bride. They rem. from Clay Co., Ky. to Boone Co., Mo. in 1837,
then to Ripley, where he died. She died in 1858, Adams Twp., Wapello Co., Iowa. http://bransoncook.systemaxonline.com/gedcoms/boone/pafg24.htm
226 Jeremiah Bryant, b. 1818; m.____; d. at an early age, leaving one dau.
+227 William Bryant + 231 Andrew Jackson Bryant
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