Name: John BRYANT , Deacon 1
Birth: ABT 1618 in Cranbrook, Kent, England
Death: 20 NOV 1684 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA 1
The following is copied from the Scituate Genealogy website:
In Apr 1664 Mary married John Bryant, in Scituate, MA. John died on 20 Nov 1684 in Scituate, MA. Occupation: carpenter.
"John Bryant, house carpenter, was a freeman in Scituate 1639. His farm was on the second Herring brook, ten rods east of the mill, and ancient orchard now  marks the place." On one Sunday morning, John Bryant entered the meetinghouse late. The Reverend William Witherle, after prayers, addressed him before the congregation saying: 'Neighbor Bryant, it is to your reproach that you have disturbed the worship by entering late, living as you do, within a mile of this place and especially so, while here is Goody Barstow, who has milked seven cows, made a cheese, and walked five miles to the House of God n good season.'
John was presented at court 2 Mar 1642 for 'drinking tobacco upon the highway.' He was a member of Scituate's Military Company in 1643, and admitted a freeman 15 Jan 1645. He served as a deputy to the general Court in 1657, 1677, and 1678; as a surveyer of highways in 1673, and was deacon of the Second Church of Scituate in 1669.
John of Scituate took an oath of fidelity on 15 Jan 1645 [Plym. Col. Rec., 8:183]. He was propounded a freeman on 7 June 1653 and admitted on June 6, 1654 [Plym. Col. Rec., 3:31, 3:48]. He served as a deputy to the general Court in 1657, 1677 and 1678 [Plym. Col. Rec., 3:115, 5:231, 5:256]. He served as a surveyor of highways for Scituate in 1673 [Plym. Col. Rec., 5:115], as selectman in 1677 and 1678 [Plym. Col. Rec., 5:230, 5:257]. He was a deacon of Scituate's Second Church in 1669.
For more information on John Bryant, see NEHGR 48 (1894) 46-53, and also Selim Walker McArthur's McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines (Portland, Maine, 1964), p. 123.
Note: The Scituate Genealogy website does not indicate that Martha is a daughter of John Bryant. The 'New England Marriages' book indicates that her name might be Bryant. If her name was Bryant, John is the most likely father, being the only Bryant around Scituate in the early 1600s. He is indicated as Martha's father by Craig E. Bryant (World Connect db=bryantweb).
Craig Bryant goes on to say: John is said to have come over on the 'Fortune' in 1621 or (more likely) the 'Ann' in 1623, although he is not listed on either ship. He was also presented at Court in 1639, when he was charged with "drinking inordinately" at the home of John Emerson. He was released by the court with only admonition, but his friend, James Till, was whipped for alluring young John to Drink. By this, it would seem that our John was not yet of age (21), thus born after 1618, and as such, only about 5 years of age upon his arrival. . . He was married 3 times and the father of 19 issue.
Father: John BRYANT b: ABT 1578 in Bampton, Oxfordshire, England
Mother: Grace WAYFORD b: ABT 1582 in Bampton, Oxfordshire, England
Mary LEWIS b: 27 DEC 1625 in East Greenwich, Kent, England
16 NOV 1643
in Scituate, Plymouth, MA
- Hannah BRYANT b: 25 JAN 1645/46 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA
- Martha BRYANT b: 26 FEB 1651/52 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA
Elizabeth dau of Mary Fisher & William WETHERELL b: ABT 1639 in Duxbury, Plymouth, MA
22 DEC 1657
in Scituate, Plymouth, MA
Mary dau of Deborah & Thomas HYLAND b: BEF 27 MAR 1631 in Tenterten, Kent, England
in Scituate, Plymouth, MA 1
- Title: Scituate Genealogy website, by David Pane-Joyce, http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/scituate/