REDDEN, SHADWICK, OWENS, PETTET, MILLS
Descendants of Thomas P. Redden and
Martha [Last Name Unknown]
P. REDDEN (Sr.) was
born before 1770 in Wilkes, NC, and died in Flat Rock, Henderson County,
NC; said to be buried in Henderson County, NC. He
on May 24, 1795, in Wilkes Co., NC, with whom he had 6
sons. Sometime around the turn of the century (1800), Thomas moved
from Wilkes NC to the Henderson County area of the NC
mountains. NOTE: Thomas P. Redden's
(this one?) was given a land grant in 1780, and was a veteran of War of
1812 (this one?). The Redden family said to have tendency for twin births.
P. REDDEN, II was born before July 27, 1807 in Pumpkintown, Pickens
County, SC; died in Henderson County, NC.
Patsy and Thomas Redden had 6
sons, all of whom served at some point as confederate soldiers.
In the 1850 Georgia Census, Thomas II Redden (spelled "Reading") was 41 years of age CENSUS: 1850 Georgia, Gilmer Co., 33rd Subdivision, 19 Aug 1850. Thomas and family are residing in Gilmer with 12 children. Their friend, Dr. Wm. H. Milton, lived next door to them. Ultimately they named their son Levi Milton as a tribute to their friendship.
10 years later they have moved back to NC and are listed in the 1860 NC Census. Thomas II was listed as 53 years old. 1860 NC, Henderson Co., Green River Twp., 27 Jul 1860. Their neighbors are now Ezekial Kuykendall and the Guice family. Only their male children still lived at home, indicating all the females have now moved on.
The Thomas P. Reading/Redden family of North Carolina is related to the Texas Reddens. Clint Redden proudly relayed stories of his kinship who served in the Civil War. Ex: His Uncle John Redden served in the Northern region during the Civil War; was captured but he managed an amazing escape. (Source Book: The War of the Rebellion Volumes). Clint tells how after the War ended, some family members earned money as traveling salesmen who went from state to state in a wagon. On one trip they traveled south and happened upon a home owned by a Texas man with whom their rapport was immediate...they discovered this was their Uncle John - the one who had escaped and then walked to Texas to avoid death by the "Yankees".
Martha "Patsy" Ann SHADWICK is listed as age 39 in the 1850 Georgia Census (born about 1811); 45 in the 1860 NC Census (born about 1815) . She had been married at least 26 years by the time of the 1860 census (married about 1834).
Children of THOMAS REDDEN II and MARTHA "PATSY" ANN SHADWICK:
and Sarah A. Sallie Owens
1900 NC Census: Levi ("L.M.") listed as born August 1847; married 32 years (married about 1868); having 10 living children. Father listed as born in Georgia; mother born in NC. His wife, Sarah listed as both parents being born in SC. NC, Henderson Co., Dist. 4 & 91, Jun 1900.
1910 NC Census: "Lee" was living with Jacob McCarson family (relationship unknown). Lee was married. May have been working with this family at that census point. He was listed as 64 years old. NC, Henderson Co., Hendersonville, 1910.
FAITH: Levi Redden was member of the Beulah Baptist Church, 1877.
MARRIAGE: He was married in Henderson County, NC when 22 years old. By the 1900 Census he was listed as being married for 32 years; 42 years on the 1920 NC Census. His wife was Sarah Owens, daughter of Noah Owens and Lettie Belcher.
DEATH: Levi, or Lee, as he is nicknamed, died on 8 Nov 1926 in Henderson Co. NC at the age of 81. The informant on death certificate is T. N. Redden (Thomas Noah). Lee was buried at Shaws Creek Cemetery, 10 Nov 1926, per Shepherd's Mortuary. His obituary in The Hendersonville News; Sunday, Nov 14, 1926; included:
WIFE: Sarah A. Sallie Owens Redden:
1900 North Carolina Census: Sarah 52 years old. Sarah stated she gave birth to 10 children, with 10 children living. Also that her father and mother were both born in South Carolina.
1910 North Carolina Census: Sarah and the children do not appear. Lee M. is living with Jacob McCarson and his family.
Sarah was buried in April 1926 at the Coston Cemetery, Henderson, NC\
MARRIAGE OF William Benjamin Pettet and Mary Elizabeth REDDEN on January 1st, 1893 in Mills River, Henderson County, NC. Marriage Performed by T. C. Holzclaw at Mills River, witnesses were W. J. Maxwell, W. P. Case, and Foster Owens.
Pettet Family Bible
1920 Census: Hendersonville, Henderson County, NC, District 93
Per this Census, wife Mary E. Pettit was born in NC. to a SC born father and a NC born mother. Husband, W. Ben Pettit (JR?) was born in NC to a NC born father and a SC born mother. He was a tenant farmer. All others were born in NC to NC parents. Son Arthur was a farm laborer. Is "Harold" really Carroll Columbus Pettet?
Elizabeth REDDEN Pettit
DEATH: 5 APR 1959, Hendersonville, NC
BURIAL: APR 1959, Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Hendersonville, NC
of William and Mary Redden Pettit
Hayden Joseph Pettit, the son of William Benjamin Pettit and Mary Elizabeth Redden Pettit married Edna Mills. Hayden Joseph Pettit was born May 19, 1910 in NC; died March 1977 at a hospital in Winston-Salem *(he lived in Salisbury), NC. He served as a Corporal in the United States Army during World War II. Edna Mills was born March 22, 1916 and died December 23, 1997 in Hendersonville, NC. She had a twin sister Ella and a brother named William P. Mills, Jr. Her parents wereThomas Floyd and Mary Green Mills.
Following is from Ancestry.com :
Hayden Joseph and wife, Edna Mills Pettet
Ernest and wife, Helen V. Pettet
THE LINEAGE OF
EDNA MILLS, WIFE OF HAYDEN JOSEPH PETTET
1870 Census for Ambrose and
Phalbie Mills, Columbus Township 3, Polk County, NC
Below is the death certificate for Thomas Floyd Mills,
son of Ambrose BF and Elizabeth Lawter Mills:
Below is the Obituary for Ella Mills Vaughn, daughter of Thomas Floyd and Mary Armenta Green Mills:
Below is the Obituary for EDNA Mills Pettet, daughter of Thomas Floyd and Mary Armenta Green Mills. Edna and Ella were twins:
EDNA MILLS, a twin, was born 22 Mar 1916 in SC and died 23 Dec 1997 in Hendersonville, NC at the age of 81. After attending school for 11 years, she married HAYDEN JOSEPH PETTET sometime after 1930., son of WILLIAM PETTET and MARY REDDEN. Edna and Hayden are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Row 14 in Henderson County, NC. Per the Census of 10 Apr 1930, she was then age 12; born in NC as were both her parents. They lived on Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC. They had three daughters. See photos of gravestones.
One of Hayden and Edna Mills' daughters married WILLIAM JAMES BECKER of Washington DC. William is now deceased. My husband grew up with William, who was his best friend throughout their youth years. The following is from Ancestry.com.
Click on any pictures outlined in blue for full size images
Click on photos to see actual size
©2003-2009. All Rights Reserved.
Click here to send mail to Donna and Patrick Cator with questions or comments.
Visit , a 2004-2005 "101 Best Websites for Writers" by WritersDigest.com
Visit Caren Keyser's Art