Bryan Daughtry of Goshen (1786-1863)

By Claude H. Moore (1916-1994)

A few days ago I received a letter from Dennis Anderson of Garner who is one of the readers of this column and he sent me some interesting data on Bryan Daughtry (1786-1863). He was a prosperous planter and community leader of the Goshen Methodist Church community, northwest of Faison in Sampson County. I am using these facts for my article this week.

The census of 1790 lists Benjamin, Joshua, and Abraham Daughtry as living in Sampson County, and one of them was probably the father of Bryan Daughtry who was born in 1786.

We do not know much about the early life of Bryan Daughtry but we know that by 1860 he owned 960 acres of land and 126 slaves. He probably raised cotton and corn and produced turpentine. Goshen Swamp at that time was open for rafting as far as Crowe’s Bridge. His land was located around Goshen Church, which had been organized, and the first church was built in 1792. It was not until 1836 that he deeded the land to the Goshen Methodist Church.

Young Bryan Daughtry was first married in 1814 to Sallie Ward (1793-1822) and they had the following five daughters: Polly Daughtry died young; Elizabeth Daughtry who married William Sutton (1808-1880) and they had 10 children; Nancy Daughtry who married Charles Turnage and they had four children; Zilphy Daughtry (1819-1856) died unmarried; and Anne Daughtry
(1821-1862) who married a Mr. Turnage, but there is no record of children.

In 1822 Sallie Ward died and in 1823 he married Nancy Stevens (born 1787) and we have no record of any children by his second marriage. The census of 1850 shows that a boy, Solomon Daughtry, age 8 was living in his home, but he could not have been his son, because his wife was 63 in 1850. This Solomon Daughtry enlisted in the Confederate Army in Clinton, in October, 1861 and was assigned to Co. F. 1st Battalion of the First Heavy Artillery.

He served at Fort Fisher and was captured there on January 15, 1865 and sent to the Union prison at Elmira, New York. He died there on March 6, 1865. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y.

Stephen Sutton, a grandson of Bryan, (1843-1916) enlisted in the Confederate service on October 18, 1861, in Clinton and served in Co. C of the 38th N. C. Regiment. He was wounded at the Battle of Mechanicsville and was discharged on January 6, 1863. He re-enlisted on August 6, 1863, at Smithville, N.C., in Co. F. of the 1st Artillery and was sent to Fort Fisher. He was wounded and captured at Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865, and was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland. He was paroled on February 20, 1865, and was sent to Goldsboro, N.C. to be exchanged.

William B. Turnage, another grandson, enlisted in the Confederate service on October 18, 1861, in Co. C. of the 38th N.C. Regiment. He died on March 4, 1862, at Camp Floyd, near Weldon, N.C.

It was in 1836 that Bryan Daughtry deeded one and one half acres to Goshen Methodist Church. The trustees of the church at that time were: Edward Vann, James Wilson, Lewis Wiggins, John King, and Barnabus Sutton. The deed was witnessed by Thomas Lindsay and William Sutton.

Bryan Daughtry died on April 15, 1863 and his wife, Nancy died on April 16, 1863. The Sampson Circuit Quarterly Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, passed a lengthy resolution of respect and tribute to Bryan Daughtry as a devout Christian leader and member of the church.

* Reprinted with permission of the Mount Olive Journal