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.

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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1 comment:

  1. Don't you just love those on-line trees that have NO supporting docs...worse yet - the ones that propagate an incorrect lineage. Sometimes I get very frustrated.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)