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, July 4, 2013


The family of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan Bryan lived in Twiggs County, Georgia. 

Span and John Regan, sons of Elizabeth and orphans of Joseph Regan quailified for one draw in the 1827 land lottery as they were a family of two orphans, under 18 years of age, whose father was dead, and who resided in Georgia for at least three years. It was reported that they lived in Holliday's District in Twiggs County. Span and John drew land in Coweta County. 

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1827 Land Lotteries in Georgia. (n.d.).Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved July 2, 2013, from

Georgia Land Lottery, 1827. (n.d.). Search Historical Records - Retrieved July 3, 2013, from

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