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, June 30, 2013


Tax records indicate that Reddick Bryan family resided in Twiggs County, Georgia in the year 1826. 

Reddick Bryan was a customer in Ira Peck's Mercantile Store in Marion, Twiggs County, Georgia on January 28 and again on December 23, 1826 when he picked up paid merchandise for William Wimberly.

On July l0, l826, Reddick Bryan placed an ad in the Milledgeville, Georgia newspaper, Southern Recorder, naming himself the administrator of the estate of Amy Bryan. He offered for sale a "likely negro girl" to be sold the first Tuesday in October.  Note that on March 17, 1815, Reddick Bryan witnessed the deed that gifted a slave to Amy Bryan from her father, James Bryan of Martin County, North Carolina.

In September 1826, Will be sold before the Court House door in said country {Twiggs} on the first Tuesday in October, next, between the legal hours of sale, all the property belonging to the estate of Amy Bryan, late of said county, desceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said estate. {Signed} Reddick Bryan, Adm.


1826 Tax Digest Twiggs County, Georgia. (n.d.). Georgia Genealogy. Retrieved June 30, 2013, from

Evans, T. (1995). Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper clippings (Southern recorder). Savannah: T. Evans.

McSwain, E. D. (1972). Abstracts of some documents of Twiggs County, Georgia, beginning about 1809 and ending about 1900. Macon.

The Reddick Bryan Family: 1815. (n.d.).The Reddick Bryan Family. Retrieved June 30, 2013, from

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Saturday, June 1, 2013


Joseph B. Bryan
On May 3. 1824, Reddick Bryan paid Turner Coley $140.00 for accounts collected or filed in regard to the estate of Joseph Regan. 

William R. Bryan, the first child of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan died on June 25, 1824. 

Joseph B. Bryan, second son of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan was born on September 19, 1824 in Georgia - most likely in Twiggs County.


Reddick Bryan Bible Transcription. Louisiana Bible Records (1950), Louisiana DARGRC report S1v25.

Joseph Regan Estate Records. Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013

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