EZRA BRYAN -- PATRIOT???
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Some discrepancies arise about Ezra Bryan because of certain statements in published biographies and family oral history. It is said that Ezra's father, Alexander, wrote a family record in 1759. If that record has survived its present location would be very valuable information.
Did Ezra Bryan come to Shecomeco before the Revolution?
The biography of Ezra's grandson David, states that Ezra came to the town of Northeast and took up a farm of 400 acres. David's father was born in Northeast in 1789. 20The biography of Ezra's grandson, Isaac, states Ezra acquired land in the "Nine Partners territory." However correspondence Anne Bryan Knickerbocker a descendant of Ezra states that Ezra Bryan and Sarah Peck purchased the Shekomeko land in 1789 and came from Newtown after the Constitution was ratified.21 (She also states that Amos Bryan had two sons named Isaac--one died as a baby. She states that Ezra had no sons named Isaac. This does not seem consistent with published sources.)
Was Ezra a patriot or loyalist?
One biographer called Ezra 'one of the true Whigs of the Revolution.'22However the biography of Ezar's son David states: "...through his loyalty to the Colonial government [the British?] he lost the bulk of his property."20 This leaves a slight confusion as to his loyalties. But since he and his descendants remained on the farm well into the 19th century, it is assumed Ezra was a patriot. Depending on the source, Ezra moved his family to Shekmoko during the the Revolution  or after the Constitution was ratified (1789). Ezra entered the business of manufacturing farm equipment specializing in fan mills. He had a 400-acre farm in the Little Nine Partners Grant. 20, 24, 25
Some of the Duchess County deeds that may pertain to these Bryans are:
Grantee/Grantor Date Book Location Ezra Bryan 9-1-1807 19:834 Northeast Isaac 4-27-1808 20:303 Northeast, west bank Oblong River Amos 2-17-1807 20:413 Amenia Friends Meeting House/Ezra 12-2-1808 Northeast
Some of the Duchess County wills that may pertain to these Bryans are:
Deceased Document Date Number Mentions Ezra 4-19-1823 G:302 Northeast; exec, Amos Amos 8-6-1854 V:339 Northeast; wife, Betsey; sons David, Ezra, Isaac, granddau. Jane W.
Anne Knickerbocker Bryan, referring to an unamed Bryan descendant of Ezra, states: "His ancestor went to Rensalear [sic] Co and Shatikoke[sic]."21