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 25, 2013



Dorothea Elizabeth Bryan (also known as Dorothy and Dollie), daughter of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan was born on March 14, 1828. It is unknown as to whether she was born in Twiggs County or in Houston County. Dorothea is said to be the name of Elizabeth Regan Bryan's mother.

Later that year, on November 8, 1828, Reddick and his wife, Elizabeth, were witnesses to the will of John Barr in Houston County.  According to an article found in the October 20, 1828 issue of the Macon Weekly Telegraph, John Barr, in a state of intoxication, fell from a window of  the second story of the Houston County, court house and was badly hurt.

I presume that Reddick, Elizabeth and family were living in Houston County, Georgia by the day that they witnessed the will as their home, in Houston County, was quite a distance from their former home in Twiggs County. 


© 2013

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

Wilcox, R. N. (1828, October 20). IntemperanceWeekly Georgia Telegraph. Retrieved July 6, 2013, from

Wills and Inferior Court Minutes of Houston County, Georgia, Will Book A 1827-1836 Inferior Court Minutes 1821-1852 Volume 1, Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. 

No comments:

Post a Comment