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A new record was found  2016  in the West Virginia Wills and Probate Records that indicate that William Redden Sr.s death date is not as previously thought. It was thought to be1862 because preveously that was the last known date showing a place of residence or of tax records. The record below leads us to believe his year of death was 1869.

Raleigh County WV, Probate Records, Appraisements, 1856-1903 page 34

  Transcribed from original at left

Know all men by these presents that we, Hazzard Bragg and William Redden Jr., are held and firmly bound unto the State of West Virginia in the just and full sum of $300 for the time payment where of we bind ourselves our heirs oe (omissions excepted) jointly and severally, firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 6th day of February 1869.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Hazzard Bragg has this day by the Recorder of Raleigh County been appointed Administrator of the Estate of William Redden Dec. d/+ (deceased) Now therefore if the said Hazzard Bragg shall well and truly perform and discharge his duties as Administrator as aforesaid then this obligation to be null and void, else to remain in full force and virtue.



 Attempting to sort out who William Redden Sr. is, or what was his real complete name.

Information found in  in 2014: William Redden Sr., has been referred to in various family records as: William Redden Sr., John William Redden, and William C. Redden, all listed as having the same children and spouse. Note: Found in the Raleigh County 1879 register of deaths, is a death record of Christina Redden daughter of William Redden Sr. and Francis Kaylor. The information in the record was given by John Redden, Christena's husband. The record lists Christina's parents as, "William C & Francis Redden".

One would surmise, that John, Christina's husband, the son-in-law of William Redden Sr. should know what his father-in-law's name was.


 We decided to take a closer look at the record, looking at what we believed to be the "C" in the record. We then looked for an expert of handwriting from the 1800's. We found an example that confirms that the letter in the record is a capital C. The example below of a capital C shown in the center of the handwriting examples, matches that of the record. The example is from a book called "Handwriting of American Records for a period of 300 years" by E. Kay Kirkham, Genealogist, and Published by The Everton Publishers Inc. P.O.Box 368 Logan, UT 84321


               Above is shown an enlarged area of the  record, it reads:  53 Wlm C & Francis Redden   


          Example of old cursive C shown in the above center section

Attempts to locate a connection between the Virginia / West Virginia and  Redden families of Kentucky is an ongoing investigated

As the result of the statement by Mary Redden Worley, the granddaughter of William Redden Sr. and daughter of William Redden Jr. She states in a document dated March 29, 1939, "The Reddens came from Kentucky to this country."    Referring to the area now known as Raleigh County, WV.  In the same document Mary Redden Worley states that John Redden Sr. is the son of William Redden's sister.

 The following was found on LDS Family History Library microfiche #'s 6103994 & 6103995  "Early deaths of Raleigh County. "John Redden Sr. died Sept. 13, 1885, of old age at 87 years. Born in the state of Kentucky, son of Sarah Redden. Death reported by son J.H.Redden.   Sarah Redden may prove to be the sister of William Redden Sr.

The Shady Springs land record of 1850 - 1867  reveals that William Redden Sr. and John Redden Sr. are two diffrent individuals.

In the Raleigh County Death Record of John Redden Sr. it lists the died death date as, Sep. 13, 1885 in Raleigh County at the age of 87. The cause of death was reported as old age. The reporting family member was recorded as J.H Redden the son of the deceased.

Then we find that the Raleigh County Death Record also records the death of J.H.Redden as Apr. 9, 1899, in Raleigh County, at the age of 76. The cause of death was listed as Bright’s disease. The parents were listed as Wm. & Fannie Redden.

It appears that we are looking at two different families with children who had the same initials?

To date, no other document, census, military, land, or tax record has been found where the name John William Redden was used. All other records found use only William Redden Sr. or John Redden Sr.

In another record, recorded by Aubry Smith, Mary Redden Worley, granddaughter of William Redden Sr., states, “John Redden Sr. is the son of William Redden Sr’s sister.”

Ferther research reveals that we are indeed looking at two diffrent individuals having sons with the same name and living in the same general area.

Below is a partial copy of that record:

Name                            Residence              Nature of          Acres

                                                                       owners estate


Redden, Michael             Fayette              Annual Fee                   50        New River

Redden, William            Raleigh               Annual Fee                  100        New River



Redden, William Sr.       Raleigh               Annual Fee                 100        Water of Glade Creek

Redden, John Sr.            Raleigh               Annual Fee                 100        Glade Creek Hill



Redden, William Sr.       Raleigh               Annual Fee                 100       Water of Glade Creek

Redden, John Sr.            Raleigh               Annual Fee                 100       Glade Cr

Redden, Michael            Fayette               Annual Fee                  50       Waters of Sand Branch



Kalor, Henry                    Raleigh               Annual Fee                866       Piney & Glade Creek

(Transferred 534 Acres to J. Smith)

Redden, William Sr.         Raleigh              Annual Fee                100       Water of Glade Creek

Redden, John Sr.              Raleigh              Annual Fee                100       Glade Cr

Redden, Michael              Fayette              Annual Fee                  50      Waters of Sand Branch



Kaylor, Henry                  Raleigh               Annual Fee                 155      Piney & Glade Creek           

Redden, William Sr.        Raleigh              Annual Fee                 100       Water of Glade Creek

Redden, John Sr.             Raleigh              Annual Fee                 100       Glade Cr

Redden, Michael              Fayette              Annual Fee                  50       Waters of Sand Branch


The above land record continues with little change year to year from 1853 through 1866 each year listing William Redden Sr. and John Redden Sr. until the year 1867 when John Redden Sr. is listed, but William Redden Sr. no longer appears on the record.  





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William Redden Sr. and Fanny Kaylor's migration in Virginia. The formation of various counties, and changes in the county lines which occurred before West Virginia was formed. Areas of family history that are being researched.  

The above map shows the Virginia County boundaries as they appeared in 1810 when William and Fanny arrived in the area that is now West Virginia

In 1810 William Redden Sr. and Fanny Kaylor, according to family history, came across the mountain to what is now Raleigh County, West Virginia and bought a farm on the flat plateau on top of New River Mountain, between Mill Creek and Glade Creek. At that time the county they settled in was Giles County, Virginia

West Virginia became a State in 1863.

However, Raleigh County was formed in 1850 from Fayette Co., Virginia.

The Redden family was in the area forty years earlier according to family history.

They lived in several different counties as the result of new counties being formed.

County history becomes important when trying to locate documents pertaining to family history. _____________

Raleigh County was formed in 1850 from Fayette County Virginia.

Fayette County was formed in 1831 from parts of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Logan Counties.

Giles County was formed in 1806 from Montgomery, Monroe, Tazewell, Craig, Mercer, and Wythe.

Because of changes in county lines, following the Redden and Kaylor arrival in the area in 1810, records pertaining to family births, marriages, deaths and land titles ect. may be found in various county seats, depending upon which was the governing county at the time.     


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