Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Richard Bryans[1]

Corn Merchant & General merchant
Male Abt 1773 - 1864  (~ 91 years)


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  • Name Richard Bryans 
    Gender Male 
    Born Abt 1773  Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1802 and 1817 
    General merchant 
    Residence Between 1802 and 1817  Sugar Island, Newry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration 21 Sep 1817  Liverpool, Merseyside, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Aft 1817 
    Corn Merchant 
    Census 1841  Walton-on-the-Hill, West Derby, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Census 1851  Manor House, Great Boughton, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Census 1861  Upper Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    Upper Northgate Street 
    Died 20 Dec 1864  Upper Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Address:
    Upper Northgate Street 
    Buried 24 Dec 1864  Overleigh Old Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Probate 4 Mar 1865  Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I0551  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2020 

    Father Francis Bryans
              b. 1727
              d. 4 Jan 1830, Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 103 years) 
    Mother Grace Cross
              b. 8 Mar 1738
              d. Between 1772 and 1847  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 1772  [11
    Siblings
    1. Richard Bryans
              b. Abt 1773, Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Dec 1864, Upper Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Family ID F0252  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Anne Pillar
              b. Abt 1779, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 Aug 1853, 18 Nicholas Street, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Children 
     1. Francis Bryans
              b. 1801
              d. 3 May 1877  (Age 76 years)
     2. James Bryans
              b. Abt 1803, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Mar 1863, 14 Blandford Square, Marylebone, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     3. Richard Bryans
              b. 1805, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1884, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Grace Bryans
              b. Est 1808, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Between 1851 and 1918  (Age ~ 43 years)
     5. Arabella Bryans
              b. 1809, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1885, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Eliza Bryans
              b. Est 1816
              d. Between 1881 and 1926  (Age ~ 65 years)
     7. Fanny Bryans
              b. 1818, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Between 1861 and 1928  (Age 43 years)
     8. Edward Thomas Bryans
              b. 1820
              d. 1841  (Age 21 years)
     9. William Bryans
              b. 8 Oct 1821, Liverpool, Merseyside, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Jul 1889, Eltham, Greenwich, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F0183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
  • Early Life
    Richard was born in around 1773, most likely in Moy, County Tyrone, home of his father Francis Bryans, proprietor of "The Draper and Three Tuns" Inn in that same town. Much of this biography is taken from his entry in the History of Nelson Masonic Lodge1.

    Career
    Having served an apprenticeship in Newry, Richard started in business in Moy in 1792. In 1802 he moved to Newry into a house in Sugar Island (a small island in the middle of the Newry river) and set up business as a general merchant. During the Peninsular War he accumulated large quantities of perishables (wheat, grain etc) whose value fell dramatically at the conclusion of the war, leaving him bankrupt. Thus he decided to pick up and start afresh, in Liverpool, as a grain broker, where made a "large fortune". He was very well respected in Newry: on the eve of his departure, on the 20th September 1817, he was entertained at a public banquet held by his Newry friends. He was, in 1796, First Lieutenant in the Moy Corps of Yeomen; one of the original promoters of 'The Newry Commercial Telegraph' and a member of 'The Newry Amicable Annuity Company' which, in 1847, specially referred to the valuable services which he had rendered in enabling it to carry out the intentions with which it was founded.

    Family Life
    Richard married Anne Pillar2, most likely in Ireland, probably around 1800. They had nine children:

    1. Francis, b. 1801, Reverend of Backford, who married Sarah Clough Berry, then Harriette Barker, then Janetta Robertson
    2. James, b. 1803, of Westmorland, who married Caroline Carson
    3. Richard (junior), b.1805, of Birkenhead, who married Margaret Gibson and later Ellen Louisa du Faur
    4. Grace, b. 1808, who married Thomas Eaton
    5. Arabella, b. 1809, who married James Haworth
    6. Eliza, b. 1816, who married John Buchanan
    7. Fanny, b. 1818, did not marry
    8. Edward Thomas, b. 1821, died 1841 unmarried
    9. William, b. 1821, Vicar of Tarvin, who married Sophia Anna Lonsdale and is our 3x great grandfather.

    Death
    Richard died on the 20th December 1864, aged 92, at his residence in Upper Northgate Street, Chester. His wife Anne had died 11 years previously.

    He is buried at Overleigh Cemetery in Chester; his gravestone reads:
    In Memory Of
    Anne, The Beloved Wife Of
    Richard Bryans,
    Formerly Of Liverpool, Who Died
    14th August 1853, Aged 74 Years.
    Also Of The Above Named
    Richard Bryans,
    Who Died 20th December 1864,
    Aged 91 Years.
    Also In Memory Of
    Arabella, Daughter Of The Above
    And Wife Of The
    Rev. J. Haworth Vicar Of St Michaels
    In This City. I. Thess. IV. 14


    Richard's will took particular care to provide for his daughter Fanny, who was unmarried at the time of the will (and indeed, who died unmarried). He gave her £3,500 (approximately £200,000 in today's money) in trust, as well as £50 (£4,000 today) directly. Richard also gave:
    - £1,200 (~£70,000) each to his sons Francis (1801-1877) and Richard (1805-1884)
    - £100 (£6,000) each to his daughters Grace and Arabella
    - £500 (£30,000) to his daughter Eliza
    - 19 guineas (£1,200) to his son William (our 3rd great-grandfather)

    Footnotes
    [1] The History of Nelson Masonic Lodge No. XVIII Newry (1809 to 1909), Francis C. Crossle, Page 60, Entry # 23, 1909.
    [2] Alternatively, Anne de Villars, see "The Monumental Inscriptions In the Churches of Stoak, Backford & Thornton-Le-Moors in the County of Chester" note 47. The de Villars were a Huguenot family who settled in Ireland in the mid 17th century and became Quakers, Anglicizing their name to Pillar.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1773 - Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1802 and 1817 - Sugar Island, Newry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 21 Sep 1817 - Liverpool, Merseyside, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Dec 1864 - Overleigh Old Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 4 Mar 1865 - Chester, Cheshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Richard Bryans / Anne Pillar Gravestone
    Richard Bryans / Anne Pillar Gravestone
    Plot: G1874

  • Sources 
    1. [S0098] The History of Nelson Masonic Lodge No. XVIII Newry (1809 to 1909), Francis C. Crossle, Page 60, Entry # 23, 1909.

    2. [S0328] England and Wales Census, 1841, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Richard Bryans; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ25-DMM : 22 May 2019), Richard Bryans, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (h, 1841.

    3. [S0130] 1841 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Piece 519, Book 4, Folio 19, Page 3.

    4. [S0311] England and Wales Census, 1851, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Richard Bryans; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SG2Y-5GZ : 9 November 2019), Richard Bryans, Great Boughton Saint Oswald, Cheshire, England; citing Great Boughton Saint Oswald, Cheshire, England, p. 50, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wal, 1851.

    5. [S0129] 1851 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Piece 2171, Folio 479, Page 50.

    6. [S0131] 1861 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Piece 2630, Folio 113, Page 24.

    7. [S0302] England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch.org), Richard Bryans; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NGJ-LBY : 31 December 2014), Richard Bryans, 1864; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Great Boughton, Cheshire, , 1864.

    8. [S0422] England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Richard Bryans; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPJM-XJ81 : 30 August 2018), Richard Bryans, 4 Mar 1865; citing Probate, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm ., 4 Mar 1865.

    9. [S0110] Armagh Guardian, (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk), Page 1, 30 Dec 1864.

    10. [S0214] Deceased Online Burial & Cremation Database, Deceased Online, (www.deceasedonline.com), Anne Bryans nee Pillar; https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch?DetsView=Summary&src=ext&fileid=3107573.

    11. [S0431] Ireland, Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage License Bonds Indexes, 1623-1866, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Grace Cross; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WG7L-Z12M : 3 December 2019), Grace Cross, 1772., 1772.