The following article was sent by Edith Black, a descendant of this Irish Redick family.


William Reddick (husband of Margaret Trump) was not a Quaker. Here is a quote on page 539 from THE HISTORY OF INDIANAPOLIS AND MAIRON COUNTY, INDIANA, by B. R. Sulgrove, 1884: William Reddick was born in Ireland about 1760, and he was bound to an older brother to work at the weaver’s trade. When he arrived in America, he was rebound to a weaver in Pennsylvania. He ran away and enlisted in Wayne’s Division of the Revolutionary Was for six years and seven months. He found in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth, and was at the surrender of Cornwallis. At the close of the ware, he returned to a place near Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he married Margaret Trump. He then went to Virginia, and lived in the backwoods for one year, and then returned to Pe4nnsylvania. In 1806, he moved to Bracken, Kentucky and later moved to Ohio. During the war of 1812 he kept a ferry at the mouth of Bull Skin, 40 miles above Cincinnati, Ohio, in Clermont County.


He moved to Lawrence Township, Indiana in the fall of 1824 where he entered 160 acres of land just northwest of the mouth of Mud Creek for his youngest son, Joshua. He lived on the farm until his death in October 1831, at the age of 69. He laid out and set apart of his farm the first graveyard in the township. It may be entered from the Fallcreek Road across from the house. It was later called the Old Silvey Farm, after Tom Silvey, to whom Joshua sold the farm, and then moved to Illinois. It is from this graveyard that William Reddick’s remains were removed to Spring Valley Cemetery in Fort Benjamin Harrison because the cemetery had ceased to be used and was greatly neglected.


The first marriage was performed in the cabin on the farm William Reddick entered. He was a Methodist all of his life and was a moral and strictly honest man. The first sermon ever preached in the Township was preached in his cabin. Circuit preaching was held there for seven years, and ministers were always welcome at his abode; in fact, no person ever failed to receive hospitable treatment at his hands. He was a class leader in the church and a true Christian.


Reddick was the father of ten children. His oldest son, Elisha Reddick, raised the first cabin in this Township. (Richard Reddick was actually William’s oldest son). It was due to his courage and fortitude and industry that this community was settled in 1823. It was he who returned to Ohio and brought his father and Mother to his own home. (It was actually Joshua who brought his father and mother from Ohio to Marion County, Lawrence Township, Indiana. Elisha Reddick was truly the first pioneer of this Township, and in the 1860 census record credits him with 800 acres of land, and property valued at $7,920.


John Newton Reddick and William Perry Reddick, twin sons of Elisha, were the first white children born on the site of what is now occupied by Fort Harrison.


William Reddick’s wife died nearly forty years after his death, and died in Clinton County, Illinois, of milk sickness, at the age on ninety-three years. She was also a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from childhood.  (End of article).



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1760/61 – birth of William in Ireland. DAR/Rev. Indiana Record Books all give birth date either 1760-1762 Ireland. DAR/Rev. Ohio Books—no date or no place of birth. Williams data taken from History of Indianapolis and Marion Co., Ind. By Sulgrave (see copy) Lawrence Twn. Pg. 539


1773 – William was 13 years old when he ran away and joined Wayne’s Div. In the American Rev. War. He was a Fifer and served 6 years and 7 months. See military papers.


            The family records were burned. His grandson Newton said he was a fifer for George Washington. At age 10. I suppose this is rather young? (from Susan Rudduck Bloom)


1777 – List of Non-commissioned Officers and Privates of the 3rd Penn. Regiment of the Continental Line. Private—Redick, William, died in Claremont Co., Ohio, Oct. 3, 1831, aged seventy-one. (this gives his birthdate as 1760? More like it) from Penn. Archives 6th Series Index to the 5th Series Vol. II, pg. 1010


1776-80 – List of Inhabitants in Washington Co., Pa.

      Reddick, William.


1782 -      He served under Capt. Lawerence Kain, and under Col. Patten for 5 years. He was in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and the taking of Cornwallis.


1785 – He married Margaret Trump in Lebanon, Pa. And lived in Pa. For 19 years after their marriage. See History of Indianapolis and Marion Co., Ind. (copy follows)


            Reddick, William to Margaret TRUP (no date) “Marriages of some PA Soldiers and Patriots during the Rev. Period” – Central Pa. Marriages 1700-1896. (from Euniece R. Skinner)


1784 – Tax lists of Washington Co., Pa.

      Redick, Wm.             Rodinson twn.

      From Shirley Botkins census research.


Rewritten from Dennis & Kay Suckow


William Reddick, another of the early settlers of Lawrence Township, was born in Ireland and came to America in 1773 at the age of eleven years.


      In Ireland he had been “bound” to an older brother to work at a weaver’s trade, and in America he was re-bound to a weaver living in Pennsylvania. At thirteen he ran away and enlisted in the army serving for six years and seven months during the Revolutionary War.


      After the war, he wandered around from place to place, as many of the old pioneers did, living in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio after his marriage.


      During the War of 1812 he kept a ferry at the mouth of Bull Skin, forty miles above Cincinnati. In 1824 he came to Lawrence Township where he died in 1831. It was he who laid out and set apart the first graveyard in the township, and since he was deeply religious the first sermon ever delivered in the township was read in his cabin.


      He and his wife had ten children and they suffered many of the hardships of pioneer life. It is interesting to note, in reading the history, how many of these early settlers suffered and died from “milk sickness.”


From Shirley Bothen




      In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of the 7th of July 1838 entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows

      United States of America

      District of Indiana

            On this 22 day of November 1838 personally appeared in open court before the Circuit court of the United States Circuit in session at Indianapolis Margaret Reddick a resident of Marion County State of Indiana aged 72 years who being duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by act of Congress passed July 7th 18938 entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That she is the widow of William Reddick who was a pensioner in the county of Clermont in the State of Ohio and she refers to his papers on file to prove his services. She further declares that she was married to the said William Reddick in Lebanon County State of Pennsylvania (it was in the town of Lebanon but she does not know that the county was then called Lebanon) in the summer of the year 1785 the day of the month she does not remember but she will recollects that it was soon after harvest and that her husband the aforesaid William Reddick died on the 3rd day of October 1831. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1794, was at the time above stated. She is informed and believes that there is no marriage record of her marriage in the county of Lebanon state of Pennsylvania and being unable to obtain a record of her marriage and having no record of the ages of her children she prays that the evidence of her 3rd child may be taken in her case, and such other oral testimony as she may be able to produce and that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband, as will more fully appear by the proof _______ _______

given from under my hand the day and ate above written.


                  Margaret x Reddick           

                  Her mark

      The word Lebanon was altered before signing


      United States Circuit Court

      Indiana District


            I Horace Bassett clerk of the court aforesaid do hereby certify that the above named Margaret Reddick (an aged and respectable lady who was recommended to the court as a lady of truth and veracity) appeared in open court made oath to the foregoing affidavit the same having been read and explained to her.


            In testimony whereof I have here unto subscribed my name and affirmed the seal of the court this 22 day of November 1838.

            H. Bassett clerk