Saturday, April 5, 2008

Haunted by Another Joseph

I'm seeking information on Joseph and Mary (MICHAEL) REDMAN. Not sure of birthdate or birthplace of either. An obituary of one of their descendants says that Mary died in 1934. She was probably born in the late 1840s or early 1850s as she had children from the 1860s throught the 1880s.

They had at least five children: Thomas Calvin REDMAN (born c. 1863), John J. REDMAN (born c. 1872), Minnie Ellen REDMAN (born April 1879), Clarence Edward REDMAN (born June 1883), and Alice REDMAN (no date known). The previously mentioned obit says there was at least one more sister and brother (unnamed) who had died prior to 1939.

Minnie, my g-grandmother, married Thomas Henry McKINNEY. (That's her and Tom at their 50th wedding anniversary party in 1949.) She was born in Kansas. They married in Montgomery County, IL, and later settled in Madison County, IL.
Alice married William James CONLON. They had at least one child, a daughter, Vivian.
Clarence married Georgiana ? and they had children including Darlene, Dana, and Darrell. I think Clarence is the baby and he was born in Illinois.
John married Mary ? And they had at least one child, a daughter, Fern, who died in the 1930s or early '40s of cancer. John was born in Indiana.
Thomas married Edith Jordan and they had at least one child, a daughter, Eva. Eva REDMAN married a George STRONG and they were living in St. Louis in the 1940s/50s.
I have pictures of most of these relatives, so if they are someone to you, I'm happy to share.

I've done a lot of work on the McKINNEY line and am just starting to dig into the REDMAN roots. Starting to get very frustrated though as I can't find any of the early census records (1860, 1870, or 1880) on this family anywhere in the U.S. I find most of these kids as adults with families of their own in later censuses. Also, Minnie REDMAN McKINNEY's death certificate lists her father as Joseph REDMAN and mother as Mary MICHAEL. Thomas C. REDMAN's obituary has the same name for mother but lists Thomas REDMAN as his father.

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