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, November 15, 2012


On April 1, 1820 Reddick Bryan was listed in the Georgia Journal, a local newspaper, as having mail at post office in Marion, Twiggs County, Georgia. It is assumed that Reddick lived in Twiggs County in 1820. There are no 1820 census records for Twiggs County, Georgia or for Reddick's previous home of Martin County, North Carolina.

However, the family of Elizabeth Regan and Joseph Regan was found on the census as living in nearby Pulaski County, Georgia.  The enumeration date was August 7, 1820.  Joseph Regan was listed on the census record and those counted were as follows:

Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:  6

The three white males under 10 are presumed to be John Regan (age 3 ), Span Regan (age 2), and Rufus Wiley Regan who was born February 16, 1820.

The free, white male between the age of 16 and 25 is undoubtedly Joseph Regan. While Elizabeth Regan is the free white female between the ages of 16 and 25. The sixth person listed in the household is a female slave between the ages of 26 and 44.
Just a few months later, on December 13, 1820, Rufus Wiley Regan died.  His father, Joseph Regan passed away six days later on December 19, 1820.

A transcription of Joseph Regan's will, obtained from E. Ragan Pruitt, signed on December 18, 1820 is as follows:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Joseph Regan, of the County of Pulaski and State of Georgia, being very low in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same calling to mind the mortality body and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty that give it me and mine body I recommend to the earth to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my friends and as vouching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all I request that my mare and colt and bridle and saddle I give to my wife Elizabeth Regan Extry of her equal part the Joseph Regan do request her to have that much extry still to have all the rest of my property after my just debts is paid her life time or widowhood but and if she marry again then an equal division with the two sons in the land and negroes household and kitchen furniture one negro named Bise and Anthony and Nell and Simon, and the land that I now live on in the County of Pulaski now by the number 88 one hundred and a quarter acres if the said Elizabeth Regan marry again then and equal division between her and my sons John Regan and Span Regan and I do hereby ordain and appoint Elizabeth S. Regan executrix to carry this my last will into effect and I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former will and testament by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed.   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of December One thousand eight hundred and twenty. Signed sealed pronounced and delivered by the said Joseph Regan as his last will and testament in the presents of            
Wincherd Dawson      
Sarah Dawson                                                     (signed) Joseph Regan (Seal) 
William Smith


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