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Posted: 1326994043000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Crockett, Cowan, Bryant, Briant
am interested in the inter-related families of Crockett, Cowan and Bryant of early Jackson County, GA, and later of Coffee County and Rutherford County, TN.

Jackson County, GA marriages:
1806--John Crockett, Jr. to Mary Cowan,
12 May 1807--Elizabeth Crockett to John Briant (Bryant),
03 Dec 1807--Stewart Cowan to Mary Stuart,
1809--Stephen Bryant to Mary A. Green.

Mary Cowan Crockett and Stewart Cowan were siblings, children of William Cowan and Sarah Stewart Cowan. Ca. 1815, these 2 families moved to what was to become Coffee County, TN (then Franklin Co.) The 2 families lived adjoining, near what later became the Stephenson Community. When Grundy County, TN was formed from Coffee County, the Cowans ended up on the Grundy County side and the Crocketts on the Coffee County side. The old Crockett Cemetery is within a Cowan land grant.

My hunch is that John Crockett, Jr. was a brother to the Elizabth Crockett who married John Bryant who was a brother to the Stephen Bryant--all of Jackson County, GA.

Now here is where it gets interesting: In 1832, William M. Cowan (son of Stewart Cowan and Mary Stuart) married Mary M. Briant in Rutherford Co., TN (just north of the Coffee/Grundy area.) There was a John Briant/Bryant in the county at that time. I am wondering if his marriage to Mary Briant was not just that to a random family, but within the connection of associated families that went back to GA days (they would not have been cousins, but would have had cousins in common.) To top it off, the oldest child of William M. Cowan and Mary Briant Cowan was named John Stephen Cowan--a common enough name, to be sure, but if my scenario is right, it would be after Mary's father and uncle.

I have much information to share on the Crockett-Cowan connection, and am interested in exploring possible Briant/Bryant connections.

Terry J. Cowan (tcowan at

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