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.

© 2012, copyright Diana Quinn


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

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  2. Welcome to Geneabloggers! Your family stories are both interesting and well-written, and I look forward to reading many more.