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 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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