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 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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