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.

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. 

© 2012

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