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Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday's Photo: Regan United Methodist Church

The following was written in one of my great-great-grandmother's obituaries. 

Her house was the preacher's house, where they always received an old fashioned Methodist welcome. Being the daughter of a Methodist preacher, she both reverenced and loved the men of God. It was a source of evident gratification that she once entertained Bishop Morris on one of his overland trips to Texas. 

Elizabeth Span Regan Bryan's father was Joseph Regan. Bishop Frances Asbury, a pioneer bishop of American Methodism, wrote that he preached at Riggin's {Regan's} Chapel and dined at the home of Joseph Regan on February 3, 1803. 

Joseph Regan died in 1843. His sons, Eli and Neill Regan, donated the land for the present day site in 1847 and in 1890 the current church was constructed. 

I attended the 21st Regan Reunion last weekend along with about 40 other Regan family descendants. I learned quite a bit and met many nice distant cousins. I was especially surprised to learn that Regan was pronounced Ree-gan by most family members. I always assumed it was pronounced Ray-gan

Thank you to the organizers for their hard work. I hope to attend the 22nd! 


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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

"Randy's Cousin Web Page - Person Page." Randy's Cousin Web Page - Person Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. <>.

"Regan United Methodist Church | Methodist church in Lumberton, NC | Powered by Net Ministries." Web. 30 Oct. 2015. <>.

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