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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Randolph County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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J. T. Redwine is a prosperous and successful merchant at Supply post office, Little Black Township, this county, and has been in business here since 1878. He first saw the light of day in the “Old North State” in 1840, his parents, Travis and Sally Ann (Harrison) Redwine, being also natives of that State, where they were reared and also married, the latter event being in 1835. Ten years later they concluded they could better their fortunes by emigrating westward, and they accordingly pitched their tent on Blue Grass soil, where they reared a family of five children to maturity, and lost one child in infancy: W. P. was born in 1836, lived to be seventeen years of age; Benjamin F., died September 9, 1862, his birth having occurred May 7, 1838; J. T.; Sallie M. (deceased); James D. (also deceased, his family being residents of this county), and L. A., who resides in Randolph County. The mother of these children died in the year 1850, she having been a daughter of Turner and Sally (Daniels) Harrison, the father being related to President Harrison’s family. He was a farmer by occupation, and tilled the soil in the Blue-Grass State, from 1845 until his death. In 1851, Mr. Redwine took for his second wife Margaret Harrison, a daughter of Jesse Harrison, but five years later he was called upon to mourn her death, she having borne him three children, two of whom are living: George M., a resident of this county, and Jacob L., who resides in Conway County. Seven children were born to his marriage with Miss Elizabeth Ogden, of Kentucky, six of whom are now living, their names being as follows: Lucinda A., wife of D. H. Hawkins, Jr., of this county; Mary L. E., wife of D. C. Fowler; Thomas J., Isaac D., Nancy A., wife of Samuel Stout, and Frances. Mr. Redwine was so unfortunate as to lose his third wife in 1873, and he then united his fortunes with Mrs. Martha (Pierce) Spence, who bore one child, named Lucien R. J. T. Redwine, the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, began life for himself at the age of twenty-one, and in 1861 espoused the cause of the Confederacy by becoming a member of Company G, Fifteenth Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, commanded by Col. Pat. Claiborne. He served until the final surrender, and was an active participant in the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Liberty Gap, Richmond, Ky., Perryville and Chickamauga. He was wounded at Chickamauga, and was granted a furlough until he was able to attend to hospital duties, to which he had been detailed. He was paroled at Macon, Ga., in 1865, and reached home in August of that year. He found employment in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., which received his attention until December of that year, when he came home and wedded Miss Sarah A. Melton, March 18, 1866. He was engaged in farming exclusively until 1878, but since that time has given much of his attention to merchandising. His stock of goods amounts to about $4,000, and his annual sales reach the sum of $10,000. He also has a general store in Ripley County, Mo., which nets him an annual income of about $800. His farm embraces 133 acres, and he owns some good dwelling houses, and a store-house in Doniphan. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in his political views is a Democrat. He and wife are the parents of four children: Robert L., born December 7, 1866; Satira A., born October 15, 1871, the wife of John C. Phipps, of this county; James T., who was born February 29, 1876, and Sally M., born May 25, 1882. Mrs. Redwine is a daughter of John and Martha (Swain) Melton, to whose union the following family were born: Josephine (Meek); Satira, the deceased wife of L. F. Johnson; Lafayette F.; Sarah A. (Mrs. Redwine); Rosetta, the widowed wife of Pharaoh Aton; Elsetta, the deceased wife of Jasper Swin. Mrs. Redwine was born February 24, 1842. Neither J. T. Redwine nor his wife (Sarah A.) inherited any part of their present property; they began a life partnership with limited means, having neither house nor land, and what they now have has been gained by industry, which is the foundation of almost all of life’s successful voyages.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Randolph County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Randolph County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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