52 Ancestors #40: Major Bryan Pendleton – Founder and Wanderer

Bryan Pendleton, Captain and Major, is my eleventh and twelfth great grandfather.

Born around 1599 in England – likely Warwick but where specifically is in question, the son of Edward and Margerie (Thomas) Pendleton.

He married Eleanor Price while in England,their marriage recorded at St. Martin, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on April 22, 1619. They likely had other children there – but the ones I can prove are Mary (my eleventh great-grandmother) (1622-1690), James (my tenth great-grandfather) (1627-1709, and Caleb (1630-1677).

His first residence is recorded in 1634 in the Massachusetts Colony – in Watertown. He moved about quite a bit and ended up dying 5 Apr 1681 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

From the “BOWLER GENEALOGY”, page 31.
Brian Pendleton, born 1599, died 1681, in Portsmouth, N.H., was elected Deputy President of the Province of Maine to act as President in absence of the President Danforth. This title is equivalent to that of Deputy Governor, which office is duly established and provided for by the Georges Charter, which did not lapse with the annexation of the Maine Colony with that of Massachusetts Bay. Therfore the President and Deputy President of Maine after the annexation, are true Governor and Deputy Governor.
All descendants of BRIAN PENDLETON are eligible to the Order Colonial Governors.
James Pendleton, son of Brian, married April 29, 1656, Hannah, daughter of Edmund and Ann Goodenow, and died Nov.29, 1709.
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“BRYAN PENDLETON, 1599-1681, Mass., & N.H.
Deputy from Watertown to the General Court of Massachusetts 1636, 1637, 1638, 1647, 1648. Deputy from Portsmouth to the General Assembly of New Hampshire 1654, 1658, 1660, 1661, 1663.
Major of Militia, Saco, Maine, from 1668 to 1672.
Deputy-President of Maine, 1680.”
Register of the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames of America, page 275.
“Major Brian Pendleton was born in 1599, in England. He first settled in Watertown, and was made freeman there Sept.3, 1634, and was Deputy for six years to the General Court. He moved to Sudbury and helped settle that town, and was selectman for several years. From Sudbury he went to Ipswich. He was a member of the famous artillery company of Boston. He moved to Portsmouth, N.H. about 1651, and was Deputy there for five years. In 1653 he purchased two hundred acres of land near Winter Harbor, Saco, Maine. After a few years, he returned to Portsmouth, where he made his will, which was proved April 15, 1681. He was an eminent man in his day, and held the office of captain and major for many years, besides important civil and military offices.”
History of Stonington, Conn., page 531; Major Pendleton’s will is given on page 722.
“Bryan Pendleton of Watertown, an early settler, made freeman 3 Sept. 1634, helped to settle Sudbury of which he was selectman some years but representative before and after for Watertown, between 1636 & 48, six years; removed to Ipswich perhaps, certainly to Portsmouth of which he was representative some years then removed to Saco, Winter Harbor, thence after nearly a dozen years, driven by Indian war, Aug. 1676, went again to Portsmouth, there made will 9 Aug.1677, which was proved 5 April 1681; he was captain and major many years; left wife Eleanor, son James and daughter Mary, who marr. Seth Fletcher.”
Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of New England; Vol.3, p.388.
Capt.JAMES PENDLETON, only son of Major Brian Pendleton, was first at Watertown, then at Sudbury, Mass., and came to Westerly, R.I., in 1669. He was in the early Colonial Wars. He was admitted to the First Church of Stonington, Conn., Nov.7, 1680. He married 1st. Mary,……, who died Nov.7, 1655; he married 2nd. April 29, 1656, Hannah Goodenow, daughter of Edmund Goodenow, and had nine children. His will was dated Feb.9, 1702; he died Nov.29, 1709. Ann, his fourth child be second wife, was born Nov.12, 1667, mar. Eleazer Brown.
History of Stonington, page 531; on page 22, Capt. Pendleton’s name appears on the “list of the English volunteers in the late Narragansett War.”
From Smith’s “Military and Civil List of Rhode Island; Vol.1,p.vi
Members of Sir Edmund Andros’ First Council held at Boston. From 1687-1691; Court of Quarter Session held at Newport and Rochester; Capt. James Pendleton one of the members present.
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From Savage’s “Gen. Dict. New England,” Vol.3-388.
James Pendleton of Watertown, son of Bryan, had wife Mary who died 7 Nov.1655 and he married second wife 29 Apr.1656, at Sudbury, Hannah, dau. Of Edmund Goodenow; their children were Bryan, b.27 Sept.1659; Joseph, b.Dec.1661; Edmund prob.24 June 1664; Ann 12 Nov.1667; Caleb 8 Aug.1669 and James. He was one of the founders of the first church at Portsmouth, N.H. in 1671; but perhaps had his father’s love for removing and lived at Stonington, Conn., 1674-8, then called captain and served in war against Philip 1676; was at Westerly R.I. 1686-1700.”

Mary Pendleton (1622 – 1690) – daughter of Bryan Pendleton is your 11th great grandmother
 Pendleton Fletcher Jr. (1685 – 1747) son of Pendleton Maine Fletcher
 Pendleton Fletcher III (1707 – 1807) son of Pendleton Fletcher Jr.
 Hannah Fletcher (1756 – ) daughter of Pendleton Fletcher III
 Samuel A Davis (1774 – 1858) son of Hannah Fletcher
 George Riley Davis (1802 – 1888) son of Samuel A Davis
 Charity Davis (1820 – 1900) daughter of George Riley Davis
 Mary Abigail Blyather (1839 – 1913) daughter of Charity Davis
 Laura Emma Hooper (1858 – 1935) daughter of Mary Abigail Blyather
 Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896 – 1963) son of Laura Emma Hooper
 Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Harry Nelson Reynolds
James Pendleton (1627 – 1709) son of Bryan, is your 10th great grandfather
 Caleb Pendleton (1669 – 1745) son of James Pendleton
 James Pendleton (1689 – 1753) son of Caleb Pendleton
 Thomas Pendleton Sr. (1717 – 1809) son of James Pendleton
 Thomas I Pendleton (1746 – 1812) son of Thomas Pendleton Sr.
 Tewksbury Pendleton (1787 – 1826) son of Thomas I Pendleton
 Mary Pendleton (1813 – 1892) daughter of Tewksbury Pendleton
 John Andrew Hooper (1835 – 1910) son of Mary Pendleton
 Laura Emma Hooper (1858 – 1935) daughter of John Andrew Hooper
 Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896 – 1963) son of Laura Emma Hooper
 Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Harry Nelson Reynolds



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9 Responses to 52 Ancestors #40: Major Bryan Pendleton – Founder and Wanderer

  1. Steve Hess says:

    I’m a descendant of Major Bryan Pendleton! Thanks!

  2. Naomi DeChristopher says:

    I am also a descendant of Major Bryan Pendleton through my great grandmother’s family tree. Her name was Sarah Rebecca Herson.

  3. clarahoskins says:

    Also a cousin – Pendleton – Seward – Stewart

  4. Robert Pendleton says:

    I have done the FamilyTreeDNA testing and through that, I found a relative named Lane Pendleton who can trace himself to Bryan Pendleton. I have shown my dna results to Lane and he told me that I have more of the Pendleton pure blood. Lane has a few genetic mutations from one of James Pendleton’s proven ancestors. Lane told me that I am descended from Bryan Pendleton. I have also met a Gage Pendleton through FTdna who is a Canadian. Gage’s father and grandfather were both from Ohio. My great great grandfather was from North Carolina. Does anyone have any info on which of Bryan Pendleton’s went to North Carolina?

  5. Bonnie says:

    Hi I am a descendant of Brian. Do a fa!ily tree. Was wondering if someone could please help me out?

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