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Isaac REDFEARN, Jr.

Male 1820 - 1902  (81 years)


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  • Name Isaac REDFEARN 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 7 Dec 1820  Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Isaac REDFERN Jr. 
    Died 9 Mar 1902  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.

      (3) Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, Chicago, IL: Acme Publishing, 1888, pp. 444, 447:

      Isaac Redfearn, a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Des Moines County, Iowa, residing on section 7, Pleasant Grove Township, is a pioneer of 1840. He was born in North Carolina, December 7, 1820, and his parents, Isaac and Nancy Redfearn, were also natives of the same State, but emigrated to Illinois in 1823, settling in Bond County, where the father purchased land and resided until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Redfearn were the parents of ten children, of whom our subject was the fourth. Of the family but two others are now
      living-John, a farmer of Henry County, Iowa, and Jemima, wife of James Long of Bond County, Illinois.

      At the age of seventeen our subject ran away from his home and came to Iowa, settling in Burlington, where he remained until 1846, working as a farmhand or at any odd jobs which he could find to do. In May, 1846, he enlisted as a private in Company E, 3d Illinois Infantry, in the Mexican War, serving fourteen months and participating in the battles of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. He was elected Second Lieutenant of the company in July, 1846, and served as such until the close of the war, when he was mustered out at New Orleans in June, 1847. The same year he returned to Burlington and made his first purchase of land, consisting of 140 acres on section 7, Pleasant Grove Township.

      On the 8th of February, 1849, Mr. Redfearn was united in marriage with Almira Lee, a native of Macoupin County, Illinois, and a daughter of John Lee. That fall the gold-fever broke out, and the following spring, equipped with an ox team, Mr. Redfearn started on an overland trip to California, reaching Sacramento after traveling for five months across the plains. After engaging in mining for four months he returned home by water, again engaging in farming on the land which is still his home. From time to time he has added to
      his original farm of 140 acres until now 600 acres of fine land pay a good tribute to his care and labor.

      Five children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Redfearn: Oliver, now a farmer of Washington Township, Des Moines County; Jennie, wife of Jerome Steele, residing at Beatrice, Nebraska; Ira, a resident farmer of Pleasant Grove Township; John L., also a farmer of Pleasant Grove Township; and James, still residing at home. Mr. Redfearn is a self-made man financially. Commencing life a poor boy, earning his first money by day labor, he has steadily worked his way up until he has now a comfortable competence. He makes a specialty of raising fine thoroughbred horses, and has many fine animals on his farm. Politically, he is a Democrat. Mrs. Redfearn is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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

      REDFEARN

      Isaac, b. 7 Dec 1820, d. 9 Mar 1902
    Person ID I16306  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 

    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 Almira LEE,   b. 10 Apr 1826, Bond County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1900, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    License 7 Feb 1849  Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Feb 1849  Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Lee REDFEARN,   b. 4 Apr 1855, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1932, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     2. James REDFERN,   b. 16 Jul 1856, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1918, Fayette County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     3. Ira REDFEARN,   b. 5 Oct 1853, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1936, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     4. Oliver A. REDFEARN,   b. 27 Nov 1849, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1937, Bronson, Bourbon County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
     5. Jane REDFEARN,   b. 7 Jan 1852, Des Moines County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F7281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart