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, June 6, 2012


Elizabeth Span Regan married her first cousin, Joseph Regan on November 11, 1814. This date was found in her obituary*. Joseph Regan was the son of John Regan of Robeson County, North Carolina.  As two sons were born in North Carolina, it is thought that they were married in North Carolina. 

*A date of November 11, 1818 was transcribed from the Reddick Bryan family bible. As both of her children were born prior to this date, it is assumed that the date was earlier and that the actual bible was difficult to read.  Randy Regan has information on his site indicating that the marriage was on September 7, 1815. 

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