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John REDFEARN, Sr.

Male 1815 - 1896  (80 years)


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  • Name John REDFEARN 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 6 Nov 1815  Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name John REDFERN Sr. 
    Died 4 Jan 1896  Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Ferrel Cemetery, New London, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Dennis Brumm .

      (2) Peterson, M. Ruth (DeLong), The History of New London, Iowa (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), p. 199:

      Redfearn

      Isaac (born 1820) and John Redfearn (born 1822) were of Scotch-Irish (sic) ancestry, the sons of Isaac and Nancy Carruthers Redfearn. They were both born in North Carolina and went with their parents to Bond County, Illinois, in 1823. In the 1840s they settled on land northeast of New London, on the Henry/Des Moines County border.

      When the discovery of gold in California drew Iowans west, Isaac and John Redfearn and some of the Lee men (brothers-in-law of the Redfearns) left their families in the care of relatives and joined a wagon train west. John was one of the hunters charged with providing game for the travelers to eat. He said he walked all the way to California, ahead of the wagons, carrying his gun. The trip to Sacramento took five months, starting in the spring of 1850.

      They returned four months later, not as wealthy as they had hoped to be, as happened to most of the prospectors. They sold their oxen and came back by ship around Cape Horn, then up the Mississippi, bringing back wild horses from California for use on their farms. We wonder if descendants of those wild horses are still in the community. In John Redfearn's absence, his cabin "blew away" in a storm, so he built a new cabin for his family. It was still in use as a wash house, said the [New London] Journal of November 13, 1947.

      John Redfearn and his wife, Jane Lee (1823-1899), bought forty acres from the government at $1.25 per acre in 1847, in Section 36 of Canaan Township. The New London Journal of November 13, 1947, reported Charles Redfern still had the receipt for the first year's taxes-forty cents, a tax of one cent per acre.

      This land has never been out of the family [as of 1975], having been passed down to their son Charles (1860-1948), then to his son, Sam. Sam and Margaret Redfern reared their daughters, Linda McNeil and Diane Barber, on the farm. Sam Redfern has been active in Farm Bureau, and won the Master Soybean Grower's Award in 1971, with a yield of 65.75 bushels per acre.

      Charles Redfern (who dropped the silent "a" from the [sur]name) married Carrie Gittings (1883-1962), daughter of Thomas and Mary Gittings. Their daughter, Ruth Redfern Ogg, is Henry County Auditor. Ruth's daughter is Thaylen Lange.

      Others of John and Jane Redfearn's seven sons: Marion died in the Civil War and was buried at Vicksburg. John married Alice Miller of Des Moines County, and their son was Ray Redfern (1880-1937) who was active in improving Reed's Yellow Dent seed corn. I. H. Redfearn was a partner in Redfearn and Shields Mill on Washington Street, where Spahn and Rose [lumber company] is now. This was probably about 1870, as his daughter Bonnie attended the Academy. He went to California in the 1890s and died there, aged 89, in 1934. Sam, Will and Bud were the other three sons of John and Jane Redfearn. In their later years, John and Jane moved to town to live on the east side of Chestnut Street north of Washington, the present Adolph Totemeier house. John died in 1896.

      Isaac Redfearn left his Illinois home at the age of seventeen and lived in Burlington. When the Mexican War broke out in 1846, he enlisted as a private, served fourteen months and was discharged a second lieutenant. He married Elmira Lee, sister of Jane (Mrs. John) Redfearn, and they owned land in Section 1 of New London Township (just south of John and Jane's land in Section 36 of Canaan Township), and also in Section 7 of Pleasant Grove Township in Des Moines County. Their children were Oliver (1849-1937) who went to Kansas; Jennie Steele; John Lee [Redfearn]; Ira, and James.

      Lee Redfearn (1855-1932) married Ellen Miller (1863-1920), and their children were Guy, Hazel (Mrs. Perry) Bonar, Jennie, and Marie. Guy Redfearn married Marie Wick, and their daughter was Ramona (Mrs. Kenneth) Wiley. Perry and Hazel Bonar's daughter was Winona. Jennie and Marie remained unmarried; they ran an early motel in New London and later went to California. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Redfearn lived on the home farm in Section 1 until 1916, when Guy and Marie took over the management, and the Lee Redfearns moved to New London, living in the house at the southeast corner of Main and Oak, now Twin Pines Nursing Home. The original Isaac Redfearn farm is now the Cecil Miller property.

      Ira Redfearn (1853-1936) married Mary Smith, and their children were Alonzo (Bud) Redfearn (1882-1972), Laura, and Gladys Chapman. They moved into New London in 1903.

      (3) Brooks, Farlow, and Ferrel Cemeteries, Cemeteries of New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, Des Moines, IA: Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987:

      REDFEARN

      John, b. 6 Nov 1815, d. 4 Jan 1896
    Person ID I16298  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father Isaac REDFEARN, Sr.,   b. 5 Apr 1791, Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 22 Jan and 6 Feb 1854, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Nancy CARRUTHERS,   b. 3 Mar 1790, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1812  NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane LEE,   b. 12 Oct 1823, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1899, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    License 22 Feb 1842  Lee County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Feb 1842  Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles S. REDFERN,   b. 17 Feb 1860, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1948, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
     2. Lewis S. REDFEARN,   b. 27 Jun 1858, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1859, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     3. Almira REDFEARN,   b. 23 Sep 1864, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1865, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. Ira Bud REDFERN,   b. 23 Sep 1864, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1943, Alameda County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     5. C. Samuel REDFERN,   b. 7 Nov 1855, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1949, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     6. Isaac Hadley REDFERN,   b. 10 Jun 1845, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1934, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
     7. Marion REDFEARN,   b. 2 Jul 1843, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1863, Walnut Hills, Warren County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [natural]
     8. William Cornella REDFEARN,   b. 2 Aug 1853, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1897, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [natural]
     9. John Lee REDFERN,   b. 22 Feb 1850, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1940, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F7280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart