Daniel applied for a pension on
the 18th of February, 1833. The Pension
Application number is S. 1172. At that time he was listed as living in
Jessamine County. His age was 75. He was born in Rowan Co., NC on the 10th
of February 1758. He also states that his brother Samuel lived in Indiana in
1833. The following is taken from that application.
Daniel and his father William joined the Continental Army in the summer of
1776 in North Carolina. They were to have gone into a campaign against the
Indians, but General Griffith Rutherford finding that they were gunsmiths,
ordered them to return home to repair arms for the army. Guns were in short
supply and those available had to be kept in working order. William and Daniel
were paid the same as the other soldiers and were credited 3 months service.
On the 18th of July 1777, Daniel volunteered in Captain William
Bailey Smith's company which marched from Rowan County, NC to Boonesboro. The
company served 6 months there protecting the fort. The following winter, Daniel
was honorably discharged.
In the spring of 1779, Daniel, his brother Samuel and father William and
others came to Kentucky to built a fort which was called Bryan's Station. After
it was finished, William and Daniel returned to North Carolina to move the
family to Kentucky. In the fall of 1779, they returned. At this time, Daniel was
enrolled in Captain William Hogan's company and remained in that unit through
the winter and following summer. They were charged with protecting the fort. On
March 10, 1780, Daniel's brother, William Bryan Jr. was killed by Indians who
had surrounded the fort at Bryan's Station. One other person was killed and one
wounded. The Indians stole some horses and killed the cattle. Daniel and others
pursued the Indians for 3 days and then returned. In May, Indians stole 7
horses. Daniel and the men of the fort pursued the Indians and got the horses
back. Daniel says that the Indians hid in the cane. On the 23rd of
May, Daniel and 13 other men found a party of Indians near Great Crossings of
Elkhorn Creek (present day Great Crossing in Scott Co.) And killed 3 of the
Indians one of which Daniel states he killed himself. Five of the men were
killed or wounded. Daniel's father William was one of the wounded and he died of
those wounds on the 31st of May 1780.
In June of that year, Daniel and others were ordered to the Falls of the
Ohio (near present day Louisville), but were pursued by Indians who fired on
them when they were crossing the Kentucky River where Frankfort is today. The
Indians wounded 5 men and took one prisoner. Daniel and the party then returned
to Bryan's Station.
At about this same time, Captain Henry Bird commanding His Majesty's 8th
Regiment of Foot and Indian allies invaded and captured Ruddle's and Martin's
Stations and took all of the inhabitants to Canada and the Indian Towns. Daniel
was drafted to go on the campaign to rescue the prisoners, but was ordered by
Colonel Logan to act as a hunter to supply the families of the men who had gone
on the campaign.
When the troops returned, Daniel, his mother Mary, brother Samuel and
family returned to North Carolina to the old family farm. They found the Tories
and the British terrorizing the country. Daniel and Samuel enrolled in Captain
John Johnston's company to hunt down and imprison the Tories. In October 1781,
Daniel served in Captain James Stinson's company of Light Horse (light cavalry)
in search of the infamous Tory, Colonel Fannin. Daniel was discharged in January
Daniel returned to Lexington between 1782 and 1786. He also owned
400 acres in Clark County on Stoner Creek. When his land is first recorded on
the tax lists in Fayette County in 1792, Daniel has 610 acres within Fayette
county. By 1807, he had sold his land in Clark County, and is recorded as having
only 284 acres in Fayette. He built a two room stone house on
his farm where he and his wife Elizabeth Turner Bryan raised 10 children.
Daniel Bryan would farm his land for at least another 35 years, when it
appears he retired from the vocation to live out his remaining years watching
over the former wilderness he had conquered. He passed from this world on
February 28, 1845 and is today buried in the Bryan plot in Lexington Cemetery.
His and Elizabeth's portraits can be viewed at Waveland State Historic Site,
home of Daniel's son Joseph Bryan.