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Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Letter to Lizzie Ragan from Reddick Bryan(t) Regan
This letter was sent to me by Bill Ragan.  It was originally copied and sent to him by E. Ragan Pruitt. This letter and others belonged to Lizzie Ragan and their location is not known at this time. 

Transcribed by Diana Bryan Quinn


Ringgold La apr 20th 15

                                                Miss Lizzie Regan

                                                            Bronwood Ga

 Dear Cousin

            Received your letter today was surprised to get a letter   I often thought of the Regan family what had become of them   I am the only boy of the family living have two sisters left and as far as knowing any thing about grandfather Bryan  I don’t remember much about him  my father has been dead about  - 35 yr  I know I have heard him speak of him but don’t remember much he said  I am 61 yr old    there were 4 Bro of us but the 3 Bro got killed in the war.  I am the only one of papa children that bears the Regan name  I have two boy and 3 girls  all married I have eight grandchildren by the Regan name    Papa raised 10 children all of them married except the ones that got kilt in the war  I will give my sister address she is older than I am maybe she can tell you more about grandpa  I remember Jodie came ____   ___   about –30 yr ago but I didn’t get to see him they sent for me to come see him but it was so I couldn’t go   would love to see you and talk with you   I can’t write much   Grandma children are all dead that she raised here  I don’t know anything about great-grandpa and great-grandma   I can’t think of their names so maybe next time I write you I can think of more to write you    Sure was good to hear from you so you write to Sister Dollie Rogers  Gibbsland La to and maybe she can tell you more than I can be sure and send me your picture so I will quit for this time and write soon and a long letter give my best regards to Jodies family

            I am yours  Bryant Regan



People mentioned in this letter are as follows:

Lizzie Rgan – Elizabeth Leurany Ragan, also Miss Lizzie, was the daughter of Julius Leurany Speight and Dr. Spann Ragan. She wrote numerous letters to learn more about her family’s family history.

Bryant Regan – Reddick Bryan Regan was the son of John Regan and Martha Davis. He was married to Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Gardner.

Grandfather Bryan – Reddick Bryan

Grandma – Elizabeth Regan Bryan

My father – John Regan was the son of Joseph Regan, Jr. and Elizabeth S. Regan who later married Reddick Bryan.

Three brothers killed in the war were John Tolbert Regan who died January 20, 1864, James Monroe Regan who died July 28, 1864, and Thomas Span Regan who died February 5, 1865.

Bryant Regan’s children – On the 1880 census, three children are living in Bryant Regan’s household. They were John, Amy, and Joe. Other information about Bryant Regan’s children is not known.

Bryant Regan’s siblings were John, Louise, James, Elizabeth, Sarah, Thomas, Joseph, Mary Catherine, Dorthy  (also mentioned as Dollie Rogers) and Lucy.

Grandma’s children – Grandma was Elizabeth Spann Regan and the children that she raised were John Regan and Spann Ragan and the Bryan children; James, Baker, Joseph, Tilman, Terrell, Dorothy, Georgia Ann Frances, and Catherine Amanda. At the time that Bryant Regan wrote the letter, Terrell was still living in Texas.

Great – Grandpa and Great – Grandma – I wish that he could have told something about the parents of Elizabeth or Reddick!

Jodie - This may be Joseph Thomas Ragan, son of Spann Ragan and Julius Speight, brother of Lizzie. Her brother's visit many years ago was mentioned in another letter.



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