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.

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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