James Monroe Redfern

September 1837–1930 (Age 92)
Illinois, United States

The Life of James Monroe

When James Monroe Redfern was born in September 1837, in Illinois, United States, his father, Isaac Milton Redfearn, was 24 and his mother, Nancy M Watson, was 22. He married Elizabeth Martin about 1856, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Dallas, Texas, United States in 1880 and Firebaugh, Fresno, California, United States in 1920. He died in 1930, in California, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Dos Palos, Merced, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Monroe Redfern
Elizabeth Martin
Marriage: about 1856
Henry Redfern
Susan Redfern
Minerva Ellen Carroll Redfern
Anna Catherine Redfern
Dora Isabell Redfern

Spouse and Children

about 1856
Illinois, United States


    Henry Redfern


    Minerva Ellen Carroll Redfern


    Susan Redfern


    Anna Catherine Redfern


    Dora Isabell Redfern


Parents and Siblings

    Isaac Milton Redfearn


    Nancy M Watson





    Elizabeth Temperance Redfern


    Francis Emily Redfern



    Mary Matilda Redfern


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 7

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.
1865 · Juneteenth (Slaves Were Freed)

Age 28

"On June 19, 1865, Gordon Granger (Union Major) read General Orders, No. 3 to the people of Galveston. The statement was written as follows: ""The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."""

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Redfern near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, so called from Old English rēad ‘red’ + fearn ‘fern’, ‘bracken’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Redfern, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James M Redfem, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James Redfern, "United States Census, 1880"

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