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, 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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