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, November 7, 2012


In 1819, I am fairly certain that Reddick Bryan was living in Twiggs County, Georgia. He was living in Twiggs in 1818 and also in 1820.  

I searched old newspapers and books about Twiggs County with no mention of Reddick.  However, I did find Jacob Giddens on a jury.  Jacob is not one of my father's Bryan ancestors, but, but the brother of my great-great-great grandfather Mitchell Giddens, an ancestor on my mother's side of the family. 

Both Reddick and Jacob  were close in age; Jacob, 25, and Reddick, 26. I feel that they must have been acquainted, if not in Georgia, then in Bienville Parish, where both eventually lived and died.  Some of their grandchildren married and I have found several people researching both my Bryan and Giddens families. 

This wouldn't be such a surprise if both my families were from the same area, but my father was from West Texas and my mother from Long Island, NY. They met while in the Navy in the 1950s.  What is the chance that their ancestors would have lived and socialized in the same communities over 100 years before? 

© 2012

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