Notes for Martha Bryan

!From Web site:

Martha Bryan, wife of Edward Boone, was a daughter of Joseph and Alee ( ) Bryan of Virginia. Her grandfather, Morgan Bryan (born 1671 and no revious Morgan connection to indicate that he was given the name Morgan because of family ties) came to America in 1695 and here married Martha Strode in 1719, a descendant of sir William Strode one of the signers of the death warrant of King Charles I. From his brother came the great commoner, William Jennings Bryan.

The father of Morgan Bryan was Francis Bryan III, who married Sarah Brinker, a cousin of the Prince of Grange, and his father was William Smith Bryan, son of Sir Francis Bryan II (born 1649) and Ann, daughter of Sir William Smith. Sir Francis Bryan II, was a son of Sir Francis Bryan I and Lady Joan Fitz-Gerald, and he was a son of Sir Thomas Bryan and Lady Margaret, daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and parents were Sir John Bourchier (Earl of Eire) and Lady Ann Plantagenet. This Lady Ann was a daughter of Thomas of Woodstock (Duke of Gloucester) and Lady Eleanor de Bohun (pronounced Boone and said to be the same family as the American Boones. Thomas of Woodstock was a son of Edward III, king of England and Phillips of Hainault.

Lady Margaret Bouchier, wife of Sir Thomas Bryan, was a cousin of Queen Ann Boleyn and was a great favorite at the glamorous court of Henry VIII, who had a predeliction for wives. She is said to have been very beautiful and most fascinating and her influence was so great and far-reaching that jealoous courtiers in their "whisperings" even suggested a "royal romance."

!Will of Marth Boone recorded in Book 1, Page 7, Records Clark Count, State of Kentucky:
Being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to the Almighty God. I calling to mind the certainty of death and that all people once must assuredly die when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordain and desire this to be my last will and testiment in the form and manner following and disannulling by these presents all and every testament and testaments and will and wills heretofore made by me either by word of mouth or writing and this only to be taken for my last will and testament and no other to be considered as my will,, intent or desire. And as for what worldly goods and chattels it has pleased God to bless me with, shall be disposed of in form and manner following--
First. I do positively order that all just debts and ----------- I owe either by right or conscience to any person or persons should well and truly be paid or satisfied as soon as convenient after my decease by my son, George Boone.
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Charity Elledge, all my right and interest in that tract or parcel of land on which she now lives, containing by estimation one hundred and twenty five acres or more or less, with all its appurtenances to hold in fee to her and her heirs forever.
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Jane Morgan, my negro woman, Lilly.
Item -- I give and bequeath to my son, Joseph Boone, one sorrel filly, three years old and one young cow and calf.
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah Hunter, one sorrel mare, named Bow, and the colt to her son, Joseph Hunter.
Item -- I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel to my four daughters, they taking choice of garments by turn according to their age.
Item -- I give and bequeath to my son, George Boone, all the remainder of my lands, negroes, goods and chattels whatsoever, that is not mentioned.
Lastly, I do make constitute and appoint John Morgan, Jr. Executer of this my last will and testament and trustee for the same.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand seal, this the twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand seven hundred and ninety three (1793)

Trustee - John Morgan John Stetwell William ?

At a court held for Clark County the 23rd day of July 1793, the last Will and Testament of Martha Boone, deceased, was proven by the oaths of John Morgan and John Stetwell. Witnesses therto subscribed and ordered to be recorded on the motion of John Morgan, Jr.
D. Bullock, CCC

Note: We know that our forefather, Morgan Morgan, was accompanied to La. from Ky by his brother, John therefore, we have every reason to believe that the John Morgan, Jr., who was appointed executer of the last will and testament of Martha Boone, was the brother of Morgan Morgan.

The John Morgan who witnessed the will was evidently the father of John Morgan Morgan. Examine the chart and you will see where Sarah Morgan married Squire Boone in 1720. They were the grandparents of our Jane Boone Morgan (wife of Morgan Morgan who came to La.) Sarah Morgan Boone had a brother John who married Sarah Lloyd. If our Morgan Morgan and his brother John were descendants of John Morgan, brother to Sarah Morgan Boone, then Jane Boone Morgan was related to her husband, Morgan Morgan.

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