My Relationship : 2nd Cousin 5 Times Removed
Father: Luther Warren REDUS
Mother: Elizabeth Jane BOWDRY
Birth: 2 Aug 1855, Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi
Death: 28 Mar 1952, Paris, Lamar County, Texas
Burial: McDonald Cemetery, Paris, Lamar County, Texas
Census - 1860 Mississippi Tishomingo County Page 31
Census - 1870 Mississippi Prentiss County Township 4 Range 6 Page 24
William Augustus Redus was the only child of Luther Warren Redus and Mary
Elizabeth Bowdry. He was born near Booneville, Mississippi, August 2, 1855.
He died of old age March 27, 1952, and is buried in the McDonald cemetery
between Cooper and Paris, Texas. He was tall, slim and had a full head of
white hair. He married Mary Frances Jumper in 1882. She was born in
Booneville, Mississippi, December 28, 1865, near the end of the Civil War.
However her tombstone shows that she was born April 11, 1864. The date of her
death on her tombstone is December 28, 1902. Some members of her family say
she died January 2, 1902 at the age of 37. She is also buried in McDonald
cemetery next to "Gus" and her daughter Lizzie.
I (Mary Evelyn (Corky) McVay Swanson have vivid and fond memories of my great
grandfather. During WWII, my father was in the Navy and my mother and I lived
with my grandparents, Ruth Esther Redus and Truman Miles Daniel on a farm near
Brookston, Texas. I was three and my aunt was four. We spent our days with
"Grandpa". He loved to tell stories about his childhood, especially about his
experiences during the civil war (he was six when war broke out). My love of
genealogy began then. Grandpa had every old letter that was written to James
A. Redus from his sister "Phoebe Darnell" from Baltimore, Maryland. I do not
know what became of the letter and realize now the significance of the letter
since there is so little information about Phoebe and what became of her.
Grandpa always talked about Mary Frances as the wife his mother pickedfor him.
Apparently Gus and Mary Frances came to Wolfe City in HuntCounty with Mary
Frances family. Her mother is buried in Paris, Texas, but her grandmother
Sarah Frances Jowers Jumper and David Jumper are buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery
in Hunt County. By the time my grandmother, Ruth Esther (the youngest of the
9 children) were born, they definitely had settled in Lamar County.
His funniest tale (he couldn't get through it without cracking up) was about
when he and Jim went down to the creek to fish one day. The Union soldiers
came up and demanded that Jim sing and dance for them. Jim was afraid and
just stood there for a few minutes. The soldiers begin to shoot at his feet,
he began to dance and sing, "Jeff Davis is a fine man, Lincoln is a fool, Jeff
Davis rides a fine horse, Lincoln rides a mule". Grandpa just knew they were
dead, but the soldiers just laughed and rode on.
- Marriage with: Mary Frances JUMPER
Marriage: 1882, Prentiss County, Mississippi
- Child: Lizzie REDUS Birth: 2 Jul 1883
- Child: Willie Belle REDUS Birth: 2 Jan 1886, Rockdale, Texas
- Child: Minnie Frances REDUS Birth: 8 Nov 1888, Henderson County, Texas
- Child: Luther James REDUS Birth: 22 Feb 1890, Wolfe City, Texas
- Child: Hubert Burton REDUS Birth: 17 Apr 1892, Wolf City, Hunt County, Texas
- Child: Horace David REDUS Birth: 12 Nov 1893, Wolfe City, Delta County, Texas
- Child: Richard Irwin REDUS Birth: 27 Jan 1896, Wolfe City, Texas
- Child: Marcus Dewitt REDUS Birth: 15 Oct 1898, Wolfe City, Texas
- Child: Ruth Esther REDUS Birth: 28 Aug 1901, Rockford, Lamar County, Texas