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.



  1. Welcome to GeneaBloggers. Your site looks very interesting.

  2. Diana -- Thank you for sharing your information relative to the enslaved black families owned by the early Bryan family. The black Iverson and Pope families really appreciate what you have already done.. Could you digitally post any of relevant documents for further examination? Thanks again... Tony

    1. Hi Tony,
      I don't have the original bible. What I currently have is a transcription of the bible found at the DAR Library in D.C. - Louisiana Bible Records (1950), Louisiana DARGRC report S1v25.

      However, I think that I have found the person with the bible and other Bryan documents and if able to get photos and permission, I will post them.

  3. Diana - Again, thanks... Tony