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Bryan family papers

Bryan family papers, 1679-1943
Bryan family papers
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  • Papers, 1679-1943, of the Bryan family of Fluvanna, Gloucester, and Henrico Counties, and Richmond, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia, consisting of Special Correspondence; General Correspondence; Genealogies; Business Records; Addresses, Essays, and Poems; and Miscellaneous
  • Special correspondence includes: correspondence of John Randolph (1773-1833) of Roanoke with Joseph Bryan, John Randolph Bryan, Judith Randolph and others concerning national politics, Georgia politics, plantation life in Georgia, personal matters; correspondence between George Shea and Charles O'Conor regarding the imprisonment and trial of Jefferson Davis for which they were defense council; correspondence between John Stewart Bryan and Francis W. Hirst concerning U.S. and British politics and economics, Hirst's literary efforts, and personal matters; and miscellaneous correspondence containing essays written in the 1780s on banking and currency, correspondence to Charles Gottfried Paleske, Prussian Consul General in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, notes on the federal Constitution, Louisiana Territory, and a presidential election
  • General Correspondence includes: letters pertaining to family genealogy; naval career of John Randolph Bryan; John Randolph of Roanoke, including a biography and the removal of his remains to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia; Episcopal High School of Virginia near Alexandria, Virginia; St. Mary's College in Baltimore, Maryland; wreck of the Steamship Pulaski; education; slavery; Mosby's Rangers; Virginia politics before and after the Civil War; Richmond Howitzers; Hollywood Memorial Association; Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; the John Marshall House; University of Virginia; the College of William and Mary; finances; politics; and family matters
  • Genealogies include: genealogical notes and charts on the Bryan family; Randolph family; Bland family; Coalter family; Forman family; Pendarvis family; Bedon family; Screeven family; Williamson family; Hext family; Brannan family; Williston family; Hitchcock family; Goode family; Lyle family; Mosby family; Stuart family; Stewart family; and Beverly-Beverley family
  • Business Records include: business papers of Daniel K. Stewart, John Stewart, and Joseph Bryan concerning their interests in the Sloss-Sheffield Works, American Locomotive Company, New York Equitable Life Association, Richmond and Charlottesville Turnpike, Brook Turnpike, Richmond and York River Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, Richmond and Henrico Turnpike, Elberston Airline Railroad, Rosewell Railroad, Richmond and Danville Railroad, Georgia Pacific Railroad, Atlantic and Charlotte Airline Railroad; estate papers of John Stewart; bonds; agreements; powers of attorney; deeds; wills; suit papers; pardons; certificates; petitions; and minutes
  • Addresses, Essays, and Poems include: poems; tombstone inscriptions; sermons; prayers; essays, addresses, and histories on Jamestown, College of William and Mary, Posey Page, John Randolph of Roanoke, statues of Virginia Confederate generals, African American suffrage, Bryan family during the Civil War, John Randolph Bryan's naval career, Eagle Point in Gloucester County, Virginia, Civil War balloons, Civil War experiences, banking in the South, and journalism
  • Miscellaneous includes: hair locks; handkerchiefs; flowers; lists; grade cards; invitations and announcements; miscellaneous printed materials; diary of Thomas Green, 1827-1829; diary of Joseph Bryan, 1888; Bryan Memoranda No. 1; receipt book, 1886; account book, 1887-1889; checks from estate of John Stewart; and other miscellaneous items
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Additional physical form
Also available on microfilm (Misc. Reels 682-690).
Biographical or historical data
Joseph Bryan (1773-1812) of Savannah, Georgia, attended Cambridge University in England and studied law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under Edmund Randolph (1753-1813), the attorney general of the United States. Bryan served as a congressman from Georgia from 1803 to 1806, and became close friends with John Randolph (1773-1833) of Roanoke, Charlotte County, Virginia. He married Delia Forman (ca. 1788-1825) 5 April 1805, and they had 5 children including John Randolph Bryan (1806-1887). John Randolph Bryan's education was overseen by John Randolph. He served in the United States Navy from 1823 to 1831, then settled at Eagle Point in Gloucester County, Virginia. He later lived at Carysbrook in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Bryan married Elizabeth Tucker Coalter (1805-1856) 30 January 1830, and they had ten children, including Joseph Bryan (1845-1908). Joseph Bryan attended the University of Virginia from 1862 to 1863 and from 1865 to 1868. In between, he served as a member of the command of John S. Mosby (1833-1916) during the Civil War. He became a newspaper publisher in Richmond, Virginia, responsible for the Richmond TIMES, Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH, and the Richmond NEWS-LEADER. He also was a prominent businessman. Bryan lived at Brook Hill in Henrico County, Virginia, and at Laburnum in Richmond. He married Isobel Lamont Stewart (1847-1910) 1 February 1871, and they had seven children, including John Stewart Bryan (1871-1944). John Stewart Bryan followed his father into newspaper publishing. He also served as president and chancellor of the College of William and Mary. He married Anne Eliza Tennant 4 June 1903 and they had three children.
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Location of other archival material
Daniel Kerr Stewart Correspondence, 1853-1865 (LVA accession 41008 misc. reel 4378).
Bryan family papers
  • Two items are located in oversize box 56
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Detailed description, which lists all correspondents, boxlist, and biographical notes
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Governing access note
For preservation purposes, please serve microfilm (Misc. reels 682-690)
Immediate source of acquisition
Estate of John Stewart Bryan
Organization method
Organized into the following six series: I. Special Correspondence. II. General Correspondence. III. Genealogies. IV. Business Records. V. Addresses, Essays, Poems and Diaries. VI. Miscellaneous.
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