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Lazarus John Bryars

Male 1775 - 1827  (~ 52 years)


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  • Name Lazarus John Bryars 
    Born ca. 1775  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This date of birth is based on the conjecture that Lazarus was about twenty-five years of age when Lazarus or Charles, his two oldest sons, were born.
    Gender Male 
    Political 07 Apr 1798 
    Mississippi Territory organized after Spain cedes its claim from 31 N latitude to 3228' North in the Treaty of Madrid. 
    Residence 1809  Petitioners, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Political 21 Dec 1809  Baldwin County, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baldwin County created. 
    Political 27 Dec 1809  Baldwin County, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Appointed Justice of the Peace 
    Military 09 Apr 1810  Baldwin County, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Commissioned militia Captain, 8th Regiment 
    Residence 1811  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Political 01 Aug 1811  Baldwin County, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Bryars signs a petition on behalf of Joseph Stiggins. Mary Stiggins was the third wife of William Weatherford. Her brother George (b. 1788) was the Creek Indian Agent from 1831 to 1844. Joseph was Scots and the childrens' mother Natchez. 
    • "To the Honorable Legislature of Mississippi Teritory, Governor and Council:

      The Humble Petition of Joseph Stiggins Showeth that having formerly resided in the Creek Nation amongst the Indians and marrying an Inddian woman by whom I had Children, that I moved to the Country and Edicated and brought up to the Cristian Religion, and finding it Disagreeable that by the law of our Teritory that they can't have their oath though borne of a free woman. Your petitioner prayeth that they may be Released from that Disability the same that their oldest brother, George Stiggins, was by his own petition. Viz: Mary Stiggins, Susannah Stiggins, Nancy Stiggins and Robert G. Stiggins their poserity this Indulgence your petitioner thinks he justly Intitled to whilst he is forever Bound to pray.

      /s/ Joh Stiggins
      August 1, 1811"

      Source: Record Group 5 (Legislative Records, Territorial Archives), Volume 26, Petitions of the general Assembly, 1810-1816, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi.
    Military 30 Aug 1813  Fort Mims, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fort Mims Massacre. Led by Peter McQueen and William Weatherford, Red-Stick Creeks attack the hastily constructed stockade at the home of Sam Mims, slaying around 250 white, black and indian inmates.  
    Fort Mims Massacre
    Fort Mims Massacre
    30 August 1813
    Residence 1816  Mobile County, Mississippi Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Mississippi Territory
    Mississippi Territory
    Tensaw Country (1818)
    Tensaw Country (1818)
    Philadelphia: John Melish,
    Tensaw Country (1822)
    Tensaw Country (1822)
    Baltimore: F. Lucas
    Showing Montpelier and Tatesville
    Died 1827  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 20 Dec 1827, Mrs. Mary Bryars appears in court as the administrator of the estate of Lazarus J. Bryars. Orphans Court Book, Baldwin County, Alabama, page 44.
    Baldwin County, Alabama (1825)
    Baldwin County, Alabama (1825)
    Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1825
    Person ID I0642  Dickinson
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2015 

    Family 1 -- Sizemore 
    Notes 
    • Bryant alleges that in 1797 Lazarus Bryars married an unknown Sizemore of North Carolina. It was not until her death that Bryars left North Carolina. (Most researchers, however, have Bryars haling from South Carolina. None of these claims are sourced nor are they vouched for here.) Since the Sizemores were a well-known Tensaw Creek family and intermarriage was socially advantageous, the question arises whether Bryars took an Indian wife.

      The Sizemore family was established in the Tensaw by the late eighteenth century. According to Vickery and Travis, Arthur Sizemore was the progenitor of the Baldwin County Sizemores and haled from from North (others say South) Carolina. If not of mixed ancestry himself, Arthur's presence in the Creek-controlled Tensaw country is explained by his marriage: His wife, Mary "Polly" Bailey, was of European-Creek origin and related to the McGillivrays, Tates, and Moniacs, among others. As Karl Davis explains in The Founding of Tensaw: Kinship, Community, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Creek Nation, the Tensaw community north of Stockton was established by the Creeks sometime after 1783 to facilitate closer contact with Spanish Pensacola (and the the recently relocated British firm, Panton, Leslie). Marriage of Creek women to European men was encouraged as a way to consolidate ties to the south. And with the British loss of the colonies, the Tensaw drew expatriate Tories who were sympathetic to Creek designs in the Gulf.

      The Sizemores had ten children but none were contemporaries of Bryars; nor were any married to a Bryars. Mary's will (dated 1860) lists children as follows: 1. Cynthia Padgett; 2. Amelia Stiggins; 3. Celia Colbert; 4. William Sizemore; 5. Absolom Sizemore; 6. Nancy Moniac; 7. Samuel Sizemore; and 8. Betsy Tarvin.

      Thus, the question of whether Lazarus Bryars had married into one of the Tensaw Creek families is subject to slim circumstantial evidence. Lazarus endorsed a petition filed by Joseph Stiggins (a back-country trader who had taken a Natchez wife) to allow his children to take oaths. His son, Red Berry, gave his daughter Annie the middle name of Moniac- a well-known Tensaw Creek surname. And a grandson, Frank, married into the Tunstall family for which the Creek heritage is unquestioned. [5, 6]
    Children 
     1. Lazarus John Bryars,   b. 1799, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1832, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +2. Charles Edward Bryars,   b. 1801, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary McDonald 
    Married 1808 
    Children 
    +1. Ethelbert Lazarus Bryars,   b. 24 Jun 1810, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1853, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    +2. Stephen Bryars,   b. 1811, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1856, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2011 
    Family ID F0215  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary Smith 
    Married 04 Oct 1816  Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Children 
     1. Green Berry Bryars,   b. 11 Jul 1814, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1873, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Red Berry Bryars,   b. 1819, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1870, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2011 
    Family ID F0219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1811 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Fort Mims Massacre. Led by Peter McQueen and William Weatherford, Red-Stick Creeks attack the hastily constructed stockade at the home of Sam Mims, slaying around 250 white, black and indian inmates. - 30 Aug 1813 - Fort Mims, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Oct 1816 - Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1827 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Bryars, Lazarus John
    Bryars, Lazarus John
    1810 Baldwin County Census. Mississippi State and Territorial Censuses, 1792-1866. Microfilm V229. 3 rolls. Heritage Quest.
    Bryars, Lazarus John
    Bryars, Lazarus John
    Estate
    Bryars. Lazarus John
    Bryars. Lazarus John
    Bryars, Lazarus John
    Bryars, Lazarus John

    Histories
    Colonial Mobile: An Historical Story, largely from Original Sources, of the Alabama-Tombigbee Basin from the Discovery of the Mobile Bay in 1519 until the Demolition of Fort Charlotte in 1821
    Colonial Mobile: An Historical Story, largely from Original Sources, of the Alabama-Tombigbee Basin from the Discovery of the Mobile Bay in 1519 until the Demolition of Fort Charlotte in 1821
    Hamilton, Peter J., A.M. (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1898)
    Coastal Encounters: the Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century
    Coastal Encounters: the Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century
    Brown, Richard F. Brown, ed. (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007)
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336328] Mississippi Census, 1805-90, Jackson, Ron V. , (Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Mississippi Census, 1805-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.).

    2. [S122] Territorial Papers of the United States, multivolume, Clarence Edward Carter, et al., ed., (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1937), http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000495370., 5: 735.
      Petition of Inhabitants East of the Pearl River, May 1809.

    3. [S010247] Alabama Census, 1810-1890, Ron V. Jackson , (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999).

    4. [S336326] McIntosh and Weatherford: Creek Indian Leaders, Griffith, Benjamin W., Jr., (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1988), 22.
      Biographical information on George Stiggins is found here.

    5. [S336331] The Tensaw Country North of the Ellicot Line 1800-1860, Charles E. Bryant, Ed.D., (Bay Minette, Alabama: Lavender Press), 240.

    6. [S336337] Coastal Encounters: the Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century, Brown, Richmond Forrest, ed., (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007), 81-98.

    7. [S336357] Marriages of Mobile County, Alabama, 1813-1855, King, Clinton P., Meriem A. Barlow, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985), 19, 155.

    8. [S336384] Colonial Mobile : An Historical Study, Hamilton, Peter J., (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1910), 557.