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North Carolina


Martin and Halifax Counties, NC
James Bryan and Reddick Bryan - Deed
Transcribed by Dennis Bryant
In the deed transcribed below, James Bryan transferred 50 acres of his inherited land to Reddick Bryan on September 10, 1813 with no purchase price specified.  This is about the time that Reddick married his first wife.  Older family members have said that her name may have been Teletha or Lilitra and have thought that her last name might be Baker. Their first son, born in 1814, was named James and second child, born in 1817, was known as Baker Bryan.

September 10, 1813 James Bryan, Senr. to Redick Bryan

State of North Carolina, Martin County

Know all men by these presents that I, James Bryan, Senr.of the State and County aforesaid do grant bargain & sell & con_firm unto Redick Bryan of the State and County aforesaid a cer_tain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County aforesaid beginning as follows. Beginning at a white oak Bryans and John D. Hymans corner thence along said Hymans line to Lewis Bryans line, thence along said Bryans line to a pine, thence a line of marked trees to the head of the Paster branch, thence along the various courses of said branch to the run of Cains branch, thence along the various courses of said branch to a Cypress Johnathan Cherry corner in Coneho creek, thence down the various courses oŁ said creek to a Maple, thence to the first station, containing fifty Acres more or less, To have and to hold forever he and his heirs with all improvements and appertenments this the tenth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen.

Witness Jas. Cherry                                                 his

                                                                      James * Bryan & seal

Thomas Bryan                                                         mark

Martin County September Term l8l4 this deed was proven in open court by the oath of Thos Bryant one of the subscribing Witnesses and on motion ordered to be registered.

                                                                H.B. Hunter clk

Deed of Gift - James Bryan to Daughter, Amy Bryan; Reddick Bryan, witness

Transcribed by Dennis Bryant

March 17, 1815

____ to whom these presents shall come, I, James Bryan of the Co. of Martin and State of NC, planter, for and in consideration of love, good will, and affection which I have and bear towards my loving daughter, Amy Bryan, of the Co. and St.aforesaid have given and granted and by these presents do ___ ___grant unto the said Amy Bryan, her heirs, executors, admns. and assigns ___ ___ ___ to have and to hold all the negro slave to her the said Amy Bryan ___ ___ & from henceforth as her and her property absolutely, without any ___ consideration. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day March 1815 __ Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of.

Benj. Bowers

Reddick Bryan

James Bryan {his mark}

Martin Co. Dec. term 1816, this bill of sale proven in open court by the oath of Reddick Bryant, one of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be registered.

H.B. Hunter clk


Deed - Reddick Bryan, Atty. for James Bryan, Arthur Staton
Transcribed by Dennis Bryant

May 15, 18l5

This indenture made this fifth day of May One Thousand Eight hundred and fifteen, between Reddick Bryan, attorney for James Bryan Senr. of the State of North Carolina and Martin County of the one part and Arthur Staton of Edgecombe County, and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Reddick Bryan lawful attorney for James Bryan Senr. for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and forty two and a half dollars to him in hand paid at or before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge myself fully satisfied contented and paid and do by these presents bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said Arthur Staton a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at a pine, formerly Lewis Bryan's corner, running north 85', W 2ll poles to Arthur Staton's corner the Alnea (?) path thence southerly along said path, it being Staton's line to a pine at corner of R. Brown or Hineses line, thence south 85', E along Hineses line one hundred and sixtypoles to a pine, thence along Hineses line to John W. Mayo corner, thence along said Mayo line to the first station, one hundred and ninety acres of land, to have and to hold the above granted land and premises with all profits priviledges and appurtenances to the same belonging and the said Reddick Bryan,attorney for James Bryan Senr. hath fu11 power to sell and dispose of the same and will warrant and defend the said land and premises unto the said Arthur Staton, his heirs and assigns and against the 1awfu1 right, claim, or demand of any person or persons whatsoever___ In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & afixed my seal the day and date writen, signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us.

 Thomas Bryan

Reddick Bryan

& seal

W.D. Staton

Martin County Decr. Term 1815 this deed was proven in open court by the oath of W.D. Staton a subscribing witness and on motion ordered to be registered.

H.B. Hunter c1k

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