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Re: John, Jesse, & Barnet Redman
In Response To: Re: Redman UGRR connections ()
I have looked at every personal property tax list for Hardy Co., VA (now WV) between 1786 and 1850 to study the Bruce, Clifford and Redman familes in particular. Below are the results for Barnet, John and Jesse Redman:
Barnet Redman first appears in the Hardy Co., VA personal property tax lists in 1817. His appearances after that are in the years: 1821, 1823, 1825, and 1827 through 1836.
He married Stacy Lett on 4 Sep 1823 in Hardy Co., VA [Hardy Co., WV Marriage Book 1795, page 82. And from a notebook in the Romney Library, Hampshire Co., WV "Marriages Performed by the Reverend William Welch", transcriber unknown and location of original records unknown]
A Barnet Redman, born in VA, appears in the Greene Co., PA federal census of 1850, with wife named Elenor.
According to: M. Bransom and W.A. Davison. "Early African American Life in Waynesburg Greene County, Pennsylvania". Indiana, PA: A.G. Halldin Publishing Co., Inc. 2002, pg. 29 Solomon Bruce is identified as having moved from Hardy Co., VA to Greene Co. about 1850. There is no source given for this information.
However, by studying the census records and personal property tax lists; Solomon Bruce was still in Hardy Co. in 1850, but by 1860 he is in Greene Co., PA with no wife and eight children; his youngest child, age 6, was born in VA. which pinpoints his move to Greene Co., PA as between 1854 and 1860. In the 1850 Hardy Co. census, Solomon Bruce's wife's name is Jane and the list of children very closely matches those with Solomon Bruce in the 1860 Greene Co., PA census. This Solomon Bruce is one of the slaves freed by the will (proved in 1823) of Abraham Vanmeter in Hardy Co., VA. He remained as a slave to Vanmeter's wife, Elizabeth Vanmeter, until her death in 1841 at which point she willed the former slaves all her land, house, furnishings, livestock, grist mill, etc.
Jesse Redman appears in the Hardy Co. personal property tax lists from 1824 through 1835. I know nothing else about him.
Jacob Clifford disappears from the Hardy Co. personal property tax lists after the 1836 enumeration is taken. He appears in the 1840 Greene Co., PA federal census. His mother and eight siblings quickly moved to Crawford Co., PA after the death of their husband and father, Isaac Clifford, in 1831 in Hardy Co., Va. This is proven by the deed of sale and power of attorney given to Jacob by his mother and siblings for the transacting of the sale of Isaac Clifford's land in Hardy Co.
John Redman Jr.
John Redman Jr. appears in the Hardy Co., VA personal property tax lists in the years 1820-21, 1824, 1826, 1828, 1832 through 1835 and then in 1844. I don't know his whereabouts after 1835. Are you finding a John Redman in Greene Co., PA records that is born in VA and of an age to be this man? He had to be at least 16 years old to be listed in the tax list of 1820, putting his birth before 1804.
Hope this helps,
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