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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


On September 10, l8l3, James Bryan of Martin County, North Carolina transferred 5O acres of land inherited from his father Needham to Reddick Bryan This deed from James Bryan to Reddick Bryan does not specify any monetary consideration. Could this have been a gift to Reddick upon his marriage? His wife is thought to be a Telitha or Lilitra as a first name was seen in a family bible, but it was not clearly written. The date of Reddick's marriage to his first wife is also not known, but it is assumed that he married about this time of the birth of his first child in 1815. The deed, transcribed by Dennis Bryant, is below. 

State of North Carolina, Martin County
Know all men by these presents that I, James Bryan, Senr of the State and County aforesaid do grant bargain & sell & confirm unto Redick Bryan of the State and County aforesaid a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County  aforesaid beginning as follows.  Beginning at a white oak Bryans and John D. Hymans corner thence along said Hymans line to Lewis Bryans line, thence along said Bryans line to a pine, thence a line of marked trees to the head of the Paster branch, thence along the various courses of said branch to the run of Cains branch, thence along the various courses of said branch to a Cypress Johnathan Cherry corner in Coneho creek, thence down the various courses o, said creek to a Maple, thence to the first station, containing fifty Acres more or less, To have and to hold forever he and his heirs with all improvements and appertenments this the tenth Day of September in the  year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen.

This deed was signed by James Bryan (his mark) and witnessed by James Cherry and Thomas Bryan. The deed was proven in open court by the oath of Thomas Bryan in September 1814.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012


Miles Bryan was born.  His relationship to the Reddick Bryan family has not been determined. I have ruled out a father-son relationship and it has been said that he was Reddick Bryan’s half-brother, but there is no proof. There is some type of family relationship as in the probate record for Miles Bryan, Joseph B. Bryan and Tilman C. Bryan, both sons of Reddick, were named as relatives (Bienville Parish, Louisiana Probate Records, Book C, page 449).

The 1850 census clearly states that Miles was born in SC; however, in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southeastern Arkansas, published by the Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890, the following was written:
Mr. Bussey was married the second time on May 26, 1886 in Louisiana to Miss Lucretia Bryan, a native of Houston County, Ga. born in 1837 and is the daughter of Miles and Sarah (Lawson) Bryant natives of North Carolina and Georgia, respectively.  Mr. Bryan died in Louisiana and his wife and at the home of our subject in this county. 


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Elizabeth Regan Bryan
Elizabeth Span Regan, daughter of Joseph and Dorothea Regan, was born October 20, 1798 in Robeson County, North Carolina. This date is found on her headstone in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and also in a transcription of Reddick Bryan’s family bible found at the DAR library in Washington, DC.

Joseph Regan, Elizabeth’s father, was the son of Ralph Regan who served in the NC Miltia during the American Revolution.  Joseph was a planter and a large land owner in Robeson County. He was an active Methodist and had a church built on his property known as Regan’s Church.  On February 3, 1803, Frances Asbury, America’s first Methodist Bishop visited Joseph Regan’s home and preached at “Riggins Chapel” (Regan’s Church)*.  

According to Randy Regan’s Descendants of Daniell Regan, Sr. at Joseph was born in 1769 at Bladen/Robeson County, NC. He married Sarah Malloy circa 1794 in Robeson County, NC and after her death in 1832, married Sarah McLaughlin on October 20, 1834.  However, Elizabeth Regan Bryan’s obituary states that her mother’s name was Doratha. Elizabeth and Reddick’s first  daughter was named Dorothea.  Another unconfirmed source indicates that Elizabeth’s mother was Dorothea Thomas Regan. 


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Will of Needham Bryan, Martin County, NC, 1797

Needham Bryan died in 1797 in Martin County, North Carolina.  He was the son of Robert Bryan and father of James Bryan. James was thought to be the father of Reddick Bryan.

The following will was transcribed by Kelly Midura and can be found on her blog Bembry Family Roots. Her ancestor, Ann Bryan, was the daughter of Needham Bryan and the wife of Miles Bembry.

NEDAM BRYAN; Martin County will book page 343; 11 March 1797.

In the name of God Amen I Nedam Bryan of the County of Martin and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and Memory Calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory life Do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form _____ ________ To wit bequeath my soul to God, who gave it measure and Certain hopes of a Joyfull  Resurrection at the last day and my body to the Earth to be Entered at the Discretion of my beloved wife and my executors who I shall hereafter name as to my Worldly Goods which is hath pleased God to bless me with in this life.  I dispose of in manner and form following after my Just Debts being paid:
Item: I lend my unto my beloved Wife Jerusha Bryan all my hole Estate Real and personal During her Natural lifetime and After her Death in the manner and form following to wit. Item: I give and____ unto my Son James Bryan my plantation wherein I now live and all the land thereto belonging and my Still to him and his heirs for Ever.
Item: I give unto my Daughter Ann Bembray one hundred acres of land where James Bellflower formerly lived now possession of So (?) Bembray also one Negro girl named Hannah which she now has in possession to her and her Heirs forever. And it is Further my Will and Desire that all my Savanna Land that I have not all ready disposed of be Equally Divided among my five Children also all the Negros that I have not already given away to be Equally Divided Among all my five children including all the Rest of my personall  Estate to be Equally Divided as Above mentioned.
Last I Also ____and apoint my Loving friends Hardy Bryan and John Hayman and Timothey Ward Excr. to this my Last Will and Testament Revoking and Annulling all Other form of wills heretofore made by my hand and seal this 11 Day of March 1797.
___________published and declared in presents of
Test. Williams C. King
Henry Cooper
Nedom Bryan (seal)

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Saturday, May 5, 2012


Reddick Bryan
Reddick Bryan was born February 18, 1793. This date can be seen on his headstone in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. According to the 1850 United States Federal Census Record of Bienville Parish, Reddick Bryan was born in North Carolina.

Reddick’s father is thought to be James Bryan, son of Needham Bryan, both of the Martin/Halifax areas of North Carolina. There is no documented proof. James gave land to Reddick and Reddick completed land transactions with Power of Attorney for James; all in Martin County, North Carolina.  

Reddick’s mother is unknown. Many family trees found on state that his mother is Elizabeth Hall.  She is not his mother, but the mother of a Reddick O’Bryan who was born in NC and spent much of his adult life in Hopkins County, Kentucky where he is buried. Other family trees indicate that Reddick’s mother was Mary Reddick Bryant of Crawford County, Georgia. This Mary’s maiden name of Reddick has not been proven and I have not seen documentation indicating that Mary is Reddick’s mother

I will write posts about this Bryan family as well as extended family in chronological order, beginning with today's post, 1793.  If you follow this blog, you will see that I have a huge amount of information about Reddick, his family, and his descendants; however, I am always looking for new facts, photographs, and materials related to this family. I am also very interested in ANY information about Bryans who lived in or near Martin County, N. C. in the 1700s and early 1800s. 

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