Reddick Bryan was my great-great grandfather. I began this timeline in 1999, soon after contacting Dennis Bryant, an avid Bryant/Bryan researcher from Georgia, who found Reddick in Martin County, North Carolina. The following quote was found in a letter written by Dennis to Larry Martin, a great-grandson of Reddick Bryan.

There is a small hamlet today in Martin County, North Carolina that is called Oak City. It's in the upper end of the county near the Roanoke River. The present name only dates back to l905, but settlers began arriving in that vicinity soon after l700, when it was a part of Chowan Precinct. The county name of this area changed over the years to Bertie County, then Edgecombe County, then Halifax County. In l774, the name became, and has remained, Martin County. Bryans were in the area at least by l749. They were among the earliest settlers in present day Martin County and they acquired many acres of what is still recognized as the best land in the county.

In this blog, you will find posts about this family in chronological order; beginning at the year of Reddick Bryan's birth in 1793.

Thursday, July 25, 2013



Dorothea Elizabeth Bryan (also known as Dorothy and Dollie), daughter of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan was born on March 14, 1828. It is unknown as to whether she was born in Twiggs County or in Houston County. Dorothea is said to be the name of Elizabeth Regan Bryan's mother.

Later that year, on November 8, 1828, Reddick and his wife, Elizabeth, were witnesses to the will of John Barr in Houston County.  According to an article found in the October 20, 1828 issue of the Macon Weekly Telegraph, John Barr, in a state of intoxication, fell from a window of  the second story of the Houston County, court house and was badly hurt.

I presume that Reddick, Elizabeth and family were living in Houston County, Georgia by the day that they witnessed the will as their home, in Houston County, was quite a distance from their former home in Twiggs County. 


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Louisiana Bible Records (1950). Reddick Bryan Bible Transcription
Louisiana DARGRC report S1v25.

Wilcox, R. N. (1828, October 20). IntemperanceWeekly Georgia Telegraph. Retrieved July 6, 2013, from

Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County, Georgia, Will Book A 1827-1836 Inferior Court Minutes 1821-1852 Volume 1, Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013


The family of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan Bryan lived in Twiggs County, Georgia. 

Span and John Regan, sons of Elizabeth and orphans of Joseph Regan quailified for one draw in the 1827 land lottery as they were a family of two orphans, under 18 years of age, whose father was dead, and who resided in Georgia for at least three years. It was reported that they lived in Holliday's District in Twiggs County. Span and John drew land in Coweta County. 

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1827 Land Lotteries in Georgia. (n.d.).Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved July 2, 2013, from

Georgia Land Lottery, 1827. (n.d.). Search Historical Records - Retrieved July 3, 2013, from

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Tax records indicate that Reddick Bryan family resided in Twiggs County, Georgia in the year 1826. 

Reddick Bryan was a customer in Ira Peck's Mercantile Store in Marion, Twiggs County, Georgia on January 28 and again on December 23, 1826 when he picked up paid merchandise for William Wimberly.

On July l0, l826, Reddick Bryan placed an ad in the Milledgeville, Georgia newspaper, Southern Recorder, naming himself the administrator of the estate of Amy Bryan. He offered for sale a "likely negro girl" to be sold the first Tuesday in October.  Note that on March 17, 1815, Reddick Bryan witnessed the deed that gifted a slave to Amy Bryan from her father, James Bryan of Martin County, North Carolina.

In September 1826, Will be sold before the Court House door in said country {Twiggs} on the first Tuesday in October, next, between the legal hours of sale, all the property belonging to the estate of Amy Bryan, late of said county, desceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said estate. {Signed} Reddick Bryan, Adm.


1826 Tax Digest Twiggs County, Georgia. (n.d.). Georgia Genealogy. Retrieved June 30, 2013, from

Evans, T. (1995). Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper clippings (Southern recorder). Savannah: T. Evans.

McSwain, E. D. (1972). Abstracts of some documents of Twiggs County, Georgia, beginning about 1809 and ending about 1900. Macon.

The Reddick Bryan Family: 1815. (n.d.).The Reddick Bryan Family. Retrieved June 30, 2013, from

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Saturday, June 1, 2013


Joseph B. Bryan
On May 3. 1824, Reddick Bryan paid Turner Coley $140.00 for accounts collected or filed in regard to the estate of Joseph Regan. 

William R. Bryan, the first child of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan died on June 25, 1824. 

Joseph B. Bryan, second son of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan was born on September 19, 1824 in Georgia - most likely in Twiggs County.


Reddick Bryan Bible Transcription. Louisiana Bible Records (1950), Louisiana DARGRC report S1v25.

Joseph Regan Estate Records. Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013

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Saturday, March 30, 2013


On January 14,1822,  Reddick Bryan applied by letter to be administrator, in right of his wife, of the estate of Joseph Regan, her first husband.  Reddick Bryan, Turner Coley and Jesse Bryant provided a surety bond of $4,000.  

William R. Bryan, first child of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan was born August 1, 1822.

Joseph Regan Estate Records. Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Span Regan were married on September 13, 1821 in Pulaski County, Georgia.

While Reddick Bryan lived in Twiggs County, he drew lot number 82 (202 and 1/2 acres) in District 14 of Houston County during the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery. It does not appear that Reddick settled on this particular property as it was transfered to Perry Wimberly who transfered it to Peter V. Guerry and who sold it for $800 to Nehemiah Guerry in 1827.


  • 1822-1829 Land Records of Houston County, Georgia Volume 1, Davine B. Campbell and William R. Henry pages 265, 288  
  • Marriages, 1800-1956. Georgia, Court of Ordinary (Pulaski County)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


On April 1, 1820 Reddick Bryan was listed in the Georgia Journal, a local newspaper, as having mail at post office in Marion, Twiggs County, Georgia. It is assumed that Reddick lived in Twiggs County in 1820. There are no 1820 census records for Twiggs County, Georgia or for Reddick's previous home of Martin County, North Carolina.

However, the family of Elizabeth Regan and Joseph Regan was found on the census as living in nearby Pulaski County, Georgia.  The enumeration date was August 7, 1820.  Joseph Regan was listed on the census record and those counted were as follows:

Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:  6

The three white males under 10 are presumed to be John Regan (age 3 ), Span Regan (age 2), and Rufus Wiley Regan who was born February 16, 1820.

The free, white male between the age of 16 and 25 is undoubtedly Joseph Regan. While Elizabeth Regan is the free white female between the ages of 16 and 25. The sixth person listed in the household is a female slave between the ages of 26 and 44.
Just a few months later, on December 13, 1820, Rufus Wiley Regan died.  His father, Joseph Regan passed away six days later on December 19, 1820.

A transcription of Joseph Regan's will, obtained from E. Ragan Pruitt, signed on December 18, 1820 is as follows:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Joseph Regan, of the County of Pulaski and State of Georgia, being very low in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same calling to mind the mortality body and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty that give it me and mine body I recommend to the earth to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my friends and as vouching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all I request that my mare and colt and bridle and saddle I give to my wife Elizabeth Regan Extry of her equal part the Joseph Regan do request her to have that much extry still to have all the rest of my property after my just debts is paid her life time or widowhood but and if she marry again then an equal division with the two sons in the land and negroes household and kitchen furniture one negro named Bise and Anthony and Nell and Simon, and the land that I now live on in the County of Pulaski now by the number 88 one hundred and a quarter acres if the said Elizabeth Regan marry again then and equal division between her and my sons John Regan and Span Regan and I do hereby ordain and appoint Elizabeth S. Regan executrix to carry this my last will into effect and I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former will and testament by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed.   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of December One thousand eight hundred and twenty. Signed sealed pronounced and delivered by the said Joseph Regan as his last will and testament in the presents of            
Wincherd Dawson      
Sarah Dawson                                                     (signed) Joseph Regan (Seal) 
William Smith


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


In 1819, I am fairly certain that Reddick Bryan was living in Twiggs County, Georgia. He was living in Twiggs in 1818 and also in 1820.  

I searched old newspapers and books about Twiggs County with no mention of Reddick.  However, I did find Jacob Giddens on a jury.  Jacob is not one of my father's Bryan ancestors, but, but the brother of my great-great-great grandfather Mitchell Giddens, an ancestor on my mother's side of the family. 

Both Reddick and Jacob  were close in age; Jacob, 25, and Reddick, 26. I feel that they must have been acquainted, if not in Georgia, then in Bienville Parish, where both eventually lived and died.  Some of their grandchildren married and I have found several people researching both my Bryan and Giddens families. 

This wouldn't be such a surprise if both my families were from the same area, but my father was from West Texas and my mother from Long Island, NY. They met while in the Navy in the 1950s.  What is the chance that their ancestors would have lived and socialized in the same communities over 100 years before? 

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012



It is assumed that Reddick Bryan was living in Twiggs County, Georgia in 1818.   It is unknown when he actually made the trip. He probably came with his family; a wife and two young sons. Or, maybe just two young sons as it is unknown as to when his first wife died. 

The trip from Reddick's home of Martin County, NC to Twiggs County, GA is slightly less than 500 miles and according to Google Maps, it would take 152 hours to walk.  I would imagine that it would be a little faster by horse. Did he travel with a group? Where did he stop along the way? Did he visit other family members as part of his journey? He would have traveled through South Carolina, close to Florence, where other Martin County Bryans had relocated. 

Found in the March 10, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal:
Will be sold on the 13th of next month, at the late residence of James Bryan, deceased, in Twiggs County; all the personal property of said deceased; consisting of horses, hogs, household and kitchen furniture. (signed) Henry Mathews, Redick Bryan, Adm'r.
Who was Henry Mathews and why was he also an administrator? Was James Bryan the father of Reddick?

On August 24, 1818, Reddick purchased a cow and yearling from the estate of Needham Bryant of Pulaski County, Georgia.  The purchase price was $37.75 and the note for the sale was vouched for by Jesse Sutton for the amount of $37.871/2.

Span Regan was born on April 01, 1818 to Elizabeth Regan and her first husband Joseph Regan. There is conflicting information about Span's place of birth as various records indicate both North Carolina and Georgia. 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Reddick Bryan sold land on January 16, 1817 in Martin County, North Carolina to Thomas H. Weathersbee. This sale was witnessed by Lewis L. Hyman and James Mayo. This was approximately one hundred and fifty seven acres of land adjoining John Hyman's land. 

Note: Reddick received only approximately 50 acres from James Bryan in 1813. Was this part of the land sale to Thomas Weathersbee? If so, how did he acquire the remaining 100 + acres? And, if not, when did he acquire the approximately 157 acres? There is no mention in this deed that he is selling the land for James as Attorney-in-Fact and there are no other records indicating that Reddick purchased or was given land. 

Simeon Baker Bryan, son of Reddick and his first wife was born on January 19, 1817 in North Carolina. 

On December 24, 1817, in Twiggs County, Georgia, Reddick Bryan applied for letters of administration on the estate of a James Bryan, late of Twiggs County.  This was found in the January 6, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal. Was this James the father, brother, uncle, or cousin of Reddick? I suspect it was his father, but this is not proven. 

Another question - In January 1817, Reddick Bryan's residence was Martin County in North Carolina, but in December 24, 1817, Reddick applied for letters of administration for a James Bryan who died in Twiggs County, Georgia. Was Reddick applying from Martin County or was he living in Twiggs County?

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