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, October 31, 2012



It is assumed that Reddick Bryan was living in Twiggs County, Georgia in 1818.   It is unknown when he actually made the trip. He probably came with his family; a wife and two young sons. Or, maybe just two young sons as it is unknown as to when his first wife died. 

The trip from Reddick's home of Martin County, NC to Twiggs County, GA is slightly less than 500 miles and according to Google Maps, it would take 152 hours to walk.  I would imagine that it would be a little faster by horse. Did he travel with a group? Where did he stop along the way? Did he visit other family members as part of his journey? He would have traveled through South Carolina, close to Florence, where other Martin County Bryans had relocated. 

Found in the March 10, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal:
Will be sold on the 13th of next month, at the late residence of James Bryan, deceased, in Twiggs County; all the personal property of said deceased; consisting of horses, hogs, household and kitchen furniture. (signed) Henry Mathews, Redick Bryan, Adm'r.
Who was Henry Mathews and why was he also an administrator? Was James Bryan the father of Reddick?

On August 24, 1818, Reddick purchased a cow and yearling from the estate of Needham Bryant of Pulaski County, Georgia.  The purchase price was $37.75 and the note for the sale was vouched for by Jesse Sutton for the amount of $37.871/2.

Span Regan was born on April 01, 1818 to Elizabeth Regan and her first husband Joseph Regan. There is conflicting information about Span's place of birth as various records indicate both North Carolina and Georgia. 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Reddick Bryan sold land on January 16, 1817 in Martin County, North Carolina to Thomas H. Weathersbee. This sale was witnessed by Lewis L. Hyman and James Mayo. This was approximately one hundred and fifty seven acres of land adjoining John Hyman's land. 

Note: Reddick received only approximately 50 acres from James Bryan in 1813. Was this part of the land sale to Thomas Weathersbee? If so, how did he acquire the remaining 100 + acres? And, if not, when did he acquire the approximately 157 acres? There is no mention in this deed that he is selling the land for James as Attorney-in-Fact and there are no other records indicating that Reddick purchased or was given land. 

Simeon Baker Bryan, son of Reddick and his first wife was born on January 19, 1817 in North Carolina. 

On December 24, 1817, in Twiggs County, Georgia, Reddick Bryan applied for letters of administration on the estate of a James Bryan, late of Twiggs County.  This was found in the January 6, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal. Was this James the father, brother, uncle, or cousin of Reddick? I suspect it was his father, but this is not proven. 

Another question - In January 1817, Reddick Bryan's residence was Martin County in North Carolina, but in December 24, 1817, Reddick applied for letters of administration for a James Bryan who died in Twiggs County, Georgia. Was Reddick applying from Martin County or was he living in Twiggs County?

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Thursday, October 18, 2012


Dr. Howard Jones, a Bryan researcher, wrote that in the 18th century, there was a nest of Bryans in Martin Co., NC, living close together, mostly along Conehoe Creek. That they were related is obvious; how they are related is the problem. 

How Reddick is related to the many Bryans that he had interactions with, both in Martin County and in Georgia, is problematic. Little is known about James Bryan, the man that is thought to be his father. Both his mother and his first wife are unknown. The origin of his name, Reddick, is also unknown. There were many Reddicks, Cherrys, and Hymans living in Martin County and Bryans were intertwined with all by marriage. 

The above deed was witnessed by Reddick Bryan and Howell Cherry in Martin County, NC on January 22, 1816 and proven in court by Reddick Bryan in December 1816. Chartoty Bryan sold about 19 acres for eighty dollars to Benjamin Bowers. Other Bryans mentioned were Polly Bryan and Joseph Bryan. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


John Regan, first son of Elizabeth Regan and her husband, Joseph Regan, Jr., was born on September 12, 1816 in North Carolina; presumably in or near Robeson County. 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


James Bryan
Reddick’s first child, James Bryan, may have been born on February 9, 1815 in North Carolina. According to transcriptions of family information found in both Reddick Bryan’s and Joseph Bryan’s family bibles his birth year is 1815. However, his headstone indicates that he was born on February 9, 1816.

The name of Reddick's first wife, James' mother, is not know. Her name is said to be Teletha or Lilitra and her last name has not been proven. Some have said that as Reddick's second son is named Baker, that her maiden name is Baker, but I believe that the last name of Baker is just an assumption.  

In May 1815, James Bryan, possible father to Reddick, gifted a slave to his daughter. Reddick Bryan was a witness.  

March 17, 1815
____ to whom these presents shall come, I, James Bryan of the Co. of Martin and State of NC, planter, for and in consideration of love, good will, and affection which I have and bear towards my loving daughter, Amy Bryan, of the Co. and St.aforesaid have given and granted and by these presents do ___ ___grant unto the said Amy Bryan, her heirs, executors, admns. and assigns ___ ___ ___ to have and to hold all the negro slave to her the said Amy Bryan ___ ___ & from henceforth as her and her property absolutely, without any ___ consideration. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day March 1815 __ Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of.

Benj. Bowers
Reddick Bryan
James Bryan {his mark}

Martin Co. Dec. term 1816, this bill of sale proven in open court by the oath of Reddick Bryant, one of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be registered.
H.B. Hunter clk

Also, on May 15, 1815 Reddick Bryan, acting as attorney-in-fact for James Bryan, sold land belonging to James in Martin County, North Carolina. A transcription of the deed by Dennis Bryant is below.

This indenture made this fifth day of May One Thousand Eight hundred and fifteen, between Reddick Bryan, attorney for James Bryan Senr. of the State of North Carolina and Martin County of the one part and Arthur Staton of Edgecombe County, and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Reddick Bryan lawful attorney for James Bryan Senr. for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and forty two and a half dollars to him in hand paid at or before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge myself fully satisfied contented and paid and do by these presents bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said  Arthur Staton a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at a pine, formerly Lewis Bryan's corner, running north 85', W 2ll poles to  Arthur Staton's corner the Alnea (?) path thence southerly along said  path, it being Staton's line to a pine at corner of R. Brown or Hineses line, thence south 85', E along Hineses line one hundred and sixty poles to a pine, thence along Hineses line to John W. Mayo corner, thence along said Mayo line to the first station, one hundred and ninety acres of land, to have and to hold the above granted land and premises with all profits priviledges and appurtenances to the same belonging and the said Reddick Bryan, attorney for  James Bryan Senr. hath fu11 power to sell and dispose of the same and will warrant and defend the said land and premises unto the said Arthur Staton, his heirs and assigns and against the 1awfu1 right, claim, or demand of any person or persons whatsoever    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & afixed my seal the day and date writen, signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us.

This deed was witnessed by Thomas Bryan and W. D. Staton.  Reddick Bryan signed the deed. It was proven in open court during the December 1815 term by the oath of W. D. Staton. 


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