Wars of conquest were renewed; native princes of the Brian family were killed, forced to flee the country, or to be executed. Many went to Denmark or to other countries. Many were taken to England as prisoners or hostages and after a period of time allowed to settle as private citizens.
In the year of 1640, three young brothers, Charles, James and William left Ireland and came to America. They settled on the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. Mattie Liles Carpenter, a granddaughter of Thomas and Narcissus Camp Brian, saw the old Brian home there on the Bay, still standing, in the year of 1938. She said the old house was over two hundred years old.
William spelled his name Bryan. He was the grandfather of William Jennings Bryan. He married into the famous family of Jennings.
James Bryan (note he spelled his name with a "Y") later moved to Virginia and then to North Carolina. He had a son, John Alexander Bryan, who married Mary Oliver. They had a son named Robert Thomas Bryan, who was a Missionary to China for over fifty years. Dr. F. Catharine Bryan, his daughter, wrote a history of her father's work entitled "His Golden Cycle." Dr. R. T. Bryan was married to Lulu E. Freeland of Durham, North Carolina, on August 20, 1885.
I now turn to Charles Brian who stayed with the original way of spelling the name. He left the Cape Fear country and came to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he met and married Mary McMaster of Scotch descent. They moved to York, South Carolina. They had several children, but only one will I name, Thomas Brian, my own great-grandfather. He married Narcissus Camp, daughter of Sarah Jennings and James Camp. Soon after their marriage they moved to Inman, South Carolina, and settled on the western side of the Pacolet River, in upper Spartanburg County.