Ja11 Keziah Arroyah Ja11 Keziah Arroyah was the daughter of (Ja12) Wahanganoche and possibly an unnamed daughter of Ka-Okee and granddaughter of Kocoum and Pocahontas Born: about 1640 Married: Richard or Thomas Bryant/Brian


The connection between Bryant, Keziah Arroyah and Elinor Bryant who married Robert Duncan and had Elinor, Mary and Anne Duncan is established by two deeds. There are other records establishing the basic relationships of different lines descending from Keziah Arroyah. There was also another daughter Phylis Gallop who married Thomas Monteith.Richard Bryant and Keziah Arroyah had issue: (Br10-1) Dr. Richard Bryan married Ann Meese/Amees, daughter of Henry Meese and Mary C (Br10-1-1) Dr. Joseph Richard Bryan b. ?1687. Dr. Richard Bryan is an ancestor of Bryan Reddick, PhD., Bryan or Sheila Reddick []. d 1749 King George, Va. (10-2) Thomas Bryant m Elinor his Indian Servant (Br9-3) Martha Bryant (about 1650 - after 1690) married Thomas Foley andhad 5 children, 2nd William Burton. (Br 10) Silent Bryant m Lucy Doniphan (Br9) Elinor Bryant dau. married Robert Gallup (Br10-5) Nathaniel Bryant p Mary Amees, b/d in Stafford Co. Virginia, (Br10-6) Elizabeth Bryan, b/d in Stafford Co. Virginia, An examination of the Powatan and Patawomack pedigrees shown below, which are based mor on suppositions made on the Indian ideas of matriarchical inheritance of chiefdom and the polygamous rights of chiefs shows that there was strong inbreeding. What characteristics were deemed decisive for selecting the original matriarch of the succession or choosing the order of succession among her daughters is not exactlly known, but doubtless brains and beauty and the ability to bear strong braves were all important factors. Brains in the sense of being very observant as a botanist and homeopath as well as a natural psychologist in raising children to be good, brave and diligent and advise their spouses well in tribal affairs would certainly all have been considered important. A chief had to be the son of a matriarch and would choose his favorite wife (the one he kept having children by) from the highest ranking princesses, who might be his maternal cousins or even sisters, his other wives often had only one child by him. Only the chief of the Powatan federation could have several wifes and the chiefs of the member tribes could have two wives. The chief of the federation appointed the chiefs of the member tribes, often from among his brothers, nephews or uncles. The inbreeding had the advantage of weeding out the sickly genes quickly, and if a strong and healthy chief was chosen the chances of him having numerous strong and healthy children was rather high. As the weaker braves fell in battle the number of women in the tribe was generally higher. So the women are likely to have had a lot to say about tribal affairs at least behind the scenes. A wise matriarch would have to recognize that the strength of the tribe and hence the continuance of its existence depended on all women of child bearing age having children. And so the great defender of the tribe also became the prize of all its women, and the favorite wife probably had the decision on which other wife he went to bed with when. A wise man always takes advice from his favorite wife, who probably could count the days of the month very well and kept a tally on their periods: only as much hanky-panky as was good for the tribe.Powatan PedigreeThe following Powatan Pedigree is based in part upon known history recorded in colonial Virginia and in part on assumptions from the known laws of Powatan Royal succession, which was a matriarchically inherited right of succession of eldest sons preceeding and daughters following the sons in succession. The matriarchical law of succession had probably been established for several generations. A comparison with other native American tribes might help to guess when this began, so if it were common in all the Americas it would go back to the time of their ancestors crossing the Berings Straits. If it was only peculiar to the tribes of Virginia and the Carolinas it might support the Mormon legend that the ten lost tribes of Israel crossed the Atlantic to America, if any similarities in DNA could be found between native Americans and Jews, since Hebrew nationality inherited maternally.