Who was the wife of Richard (?) Bryant of Virginia and the mother of his children?

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Richard? Thomas? Bryant is given a very specific birth date, 1 June 1615, on his profile, I have not been able to find any source that would confirm DOB or his origins in Gloucestershire. His wife is Keziah Powhatan-254 whose birth is given as 1635. She is said to be the daughter of Unknown Pettus and the Patawomek Chief Wahanganouche. Unfortunately her mother's birth date is 1633, making the relationship impossible. This also makes it unlikely f to be the mother of Thomas Bryant-2856 who was born about 1648 when she was 13.

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Should Keziah be detached from her current parents?

Without proof of her name, should she be an Unknown Unknown?

What proof is there that Richard?Thomas? Bryant was in Virginia, and the parent of his attached children. If none can be found should they be detached?

Whew, that's a lot. Maybe we should just start with Richard and Keziah, did they exist? What were their origins?
WikiTree profile: Richard Bryant
in Genealogy Help by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (122k points)

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I have searched the Westmoreland and Stafford County records that have been abstracted or transcribed, plus the Maryland Archives Online and the Journals of the Virginia House of Burgesses (also on line), an atlas of the original patents of Westmoreland County and anything else that looked promising. There are very few records from the time before Stafford County was created in 1665. There is no one named Richard Bryant/Bryan/Briant in any pre-1650 records for this area that I could find. There is a Richard Briant who arrived in 1669 as a servant. "Richard Briant to John Farnfield, 4 yrs. Virginia" [Bristol Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations 1654-1686 Peter Coldham] There is no Richard Bryan in the ‘Cavaliers and Pioneers’ land records volume that goes through 1666.

by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
edited by Jillaine Smith
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I checked Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607–1800 and found no entry for any Richard Bryant.

by William Foster G2G6 Mach 7 (72.3k points)

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