Allen County Indiana Revolutionary Soldiers
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David Bryant

Revolutionary Soldiers

David Bryant

A published genealogy of the Bryant family gives the date of birth of David Bryant as March 22, 1756, the son of Simeon and Hannah (Searling) Briant of Essex County, New Jersey. About the year 1782 he married Catherine Wooley, the daughter of Abraham and Catherine (Woodruff) Wooley. David Bryant’s childhood and early married years were spent in New Jersey and while living there, he and Catherine became the parents of the first five of their fifteen children; Sarah, Elias, Isaac, Joseph and Samuel. They then moved west to Washington County, Pennsylvania, where Abraham, Mary, Simeon, David, Hannah, Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Nancy and Jane were born. By 1790 the family were settled on a farm in Buffalo Township, near Owl Creek in Washington County, and they remained there until 1816. It was then that they joined the vast number of settlers emigrating to the Ohio country. By this time Bryant had prospered to the point where he had acquired three farms near Fredericktown in Wayne Township of Knox County, Ohio.

In 1833 when he was still a resident of Knox County, he applied for a pension in connection with service rendered during the Revolutionary War. In his declaration he stated that in 1775 or 1776 (he couldn’t remember the exact year) he enlisted at Springfield, in the New Jersey Militia in the company commanded by Capt. Jacob Brookfield. His first “excursion” was to Staten Island where he assisted in “guarding the Island from the British”. A British 74, having sailed up the Narrows, threatened to land on the island. Following this tour of duty, he was discharged and returned home. Until about 1780 he served several short terms of enlistments and saw action in a skirmish near Elizabethtown and battles at Stone House Plains, Connecticut Farms and Springfield, all in New Jersey. He recalled that once when he was driving his father’s cattle out of the way of the enemy, the British had set fire to the house, barn and other buildings.

In 1835 when David and Catherine Bryant were well along in years, they again moved west, this time to Indiana with the family of their son, Silas. They settled at Wolf Lake, fifteen miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Family tradition has it that as they traveled westward they made frequent stops to visit with friends at various places along the route. Some of these friends had convinced Catherine that the trip was too much for them to attempt, but David “was not a man to brook opposition” and the journey was completed. Apparently, however, her estimate of the situation was correct because in August of 1835, soon after they arrived, they both died. They were buried on the east bank of Eel River in what was then Allen, later Noble, County, Indiana.

A description of David Bryant in the Bryant genealogy pictures him as being over six feet in height and weighing about 190 pounds. He was said to have been a strict disciplinarian, a trait which his family attributed to his military training.

Braiden, Clara Vaile. Bryant family history; Ancestry and Descendants of David Bryant (1756) . . . Chicago, Illinois: Privately printed, 1913.

O’Byrne, Mrs. Roscoe C., comp. & ed. Roster of soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution buried in Indiana. n.p., Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution, 1938.

Revolutionary War Pension Application No. 20075.

Stryker, William S. Official register of the officers and men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. Trenton, N.J., n.p., 1872.

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