Peter Bryan was an important frontiersman who
was interested in the
political life, education, religion, and the welfare of the people. He
settled on the French Broad River, near the present Douglass Dam,
Henry's Cross Roads, Sevier Co., Tn. In 1778 he served in the
Company of Capt. Thomas Gaskin, 3rd Va. Regiment commanded by
Col. William Heath. In 1781 he was a Lt. in the Rockingham Co.
When the Dumplin Valley Treaty of 1785 was
signed, "north of the
French Broad were Peter and Allen Bryan, Joshua Gist, the Cates and
Underwoods." In Gov. John Sevier's Commission Book, 1796-1801,
Peter Bryan is named as 1st Major of the Sevier Co. Regiment,
In accordance with Gov. Blount's procla-
mation, representatives from eleven counties
in the territory assembled in Knoxville, Jan. 11, 1796 for a constitutional convention.
The representatives from Sevier Co. were Peter Bryan, Samuel Wear, Spencer
Clack, John Clack, and Thomas Buckenham. The first court held for Sevier Co.
under the Constitution of the State of Tennessee was held at the courthouse in
Sevierville, 7-4-1796. The justices were those who had gone to Knoxville in Jan.
Elections were held in Aug. 1797. When the General Assembly convened in Bryan Family
Knoxville Sept. 18, 1797, Sevier Co. was represented by Spencer Clack and Peter Bryan Family Info
Bryan. Bryan had been a captain in the Jefferson Co., Militia in June 1792. Morgan Bryan