Throughout my Bryan family research, I have heard of or seen references to slaves owned by the Bryan family. From family letters, it appeared that the Bryans were a kind, loving, and close-knit family. They were hard workers, active in the Methodist church, and proponents of education. The Bryan family plantation was void of columns and southern charm. Found in the book Louisiana Plantation Homes, Colonial and Antebellum by W. Darrell Overdyke, the Bryan plantation home was a two room dogtrot log cabin. I had hoped that the Bryans were benevolent slave owners, but have learned that not all were caring and compassionate. To the descendants of persons enslaved by the Bryan family, I hope that you will share your research and stories.
I have created this blog as I cannot imagine researching families without the possibility of birth dates and last names. The first names and birth dates were found in a transcription of a bible once owned by the Reddick Bryan family. Additional names were found in Reddick Bryan’s probate record and in deed records. I have added anecdotal information based on census records.
I begin this blog with records of 43 enslaved persons. These persons will be listed in possible family groups. Most records cited were found in Northwest Louisiana where my Bryan family settled in 1838. I will add to this blog as more information becomes available. On the 1840 census, Reddick Bryan reported owning eight slaves indicating that the majority of the slaves that he owned at his death in 1864 were acquired or born in Louisiana.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Joseph Regan was the first husband and cousin of my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Regan. Joseph Regan passed away on December 19, 1820 and Elizabeth married Reddick Bryan on September 13, 1821.
On one estate document signed by Elizabeth S. Bryan, it was reported that she sold a portion of the estate on February 24, 1821.
Elizabeth received $25 from J. Rozar for a lot, but items were not specified. Three lots of books were sold to James Lee, Turner Coley purchased a saddle, Kinchen Dawson purchased seed cotton, and Elizabeth's uncle, Daniel Regan, purchased a horse.
Two slaves appear to have been sold, one girl, Nelly, to Aden Scarborough and a boy, Simon to John Rozar. However Nelly was sold for only 37.00 and Simon for 32.00. Was this actually a sale or due to the low price, possibly a lease?
In a later sale, filed in open court by Reddick Bryan on September 1, 1823, Turner Coley purchased "one Negro fellow" for 507.00, one woman for 294.06, and one boy Simon for 400.00. Reddick Bryan purchased one girl for 400.00. Could that have been Nelly? A Simon and Nell were mentioned in Joseph Regan's will along with Anthony and Bise.
Joseph Regan Estate Records. Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975." Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Note: Elizabeth Regan married her cousin Joseph Regan in North Carolina. They moved to Pulaski County, Georgia in about 1818. Joseph Regan died in December of 1820. Elizabeth married Reddick Bryan, presumed to be a widower, on September 13, 1821 in Pulaski County. They lived Reddick’s home in Twiggs County and later moved to Houston County, Georgia before relocating to Louisiana in 1838.
|Some Iverson families living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana in 1880|
While visiting the Bryan Cemetery near Ringgold in Bienville Parish, I was told that the cemetery was cared for by an African American family named Iverson whose family cemetery was directly behind the Bryan Cemetery. I later determined that Iverson is probably the surname taken by many of those who were once slaves owned by the Bryan family. The daughter of Larry Martin, a descendant of Reddick Bryan, wrote the following in June 2003: