John Asbury Redwine and Hannah Coker Redwine

John Asbury Redwine was born in 1828 in Whitfield County, Georgia to Michael Redwine (1796, North Carolina; 1886, Redwine Cove, Whitfield County, Georgia) and Annie (Baker) Redwine (1799, Georgia; 1872, Whitfield County, Georgia). Michael and Annie married in 1819.

In 1850, the Michael Redwine family lived in Murray County, Georgia. From at least 1860 until their deaths, Michael and Annie lived in what was apparently called Redwine Cove, Cove City, and Tilton, in Whitfield County, Georgia. Michael Redwine died in March of 1886 from “Dropsy of the Heart.”

It is believed that Hannah is the woman on the left of this photo. She made her home with her son Joel Sidney's family at the time the photo was taken.

It is believed that Hannah is the woman on the left of this photo. She made her home with her son Joel Sidney’s family at the time the photo was taken.

In 1850, John Asbury Redwine married Hannah Elizabeth Coker, possibly in South Carolina, but probably in Georgia. Hannah Elizabeth was born March 23, 1831, in Murray County, Georgia to Robert Coker (1793, Georgia; 1860, Georgia) and Elizabeth (Lake) Coker (1800, South Carolina; 1880, Comanche County, Indian Creek Cemetery).

John Asbury Redwine and Hannah Elizabeth (Coker) Redwine had three children. Joel Sidney (9-05-1852, Georgia; 1-26-1926, Comanche County, Texas, Pendergrass Cemetery, near Sidney) and Sarah Frances (2-01-1854, Georgia; 12-06-1891, Comanche County, Texas) were born first. There may have been a daughter named Anne who died. It is very probable that more than one child died during these years.

In 1860, the family lived on Cane Creek (or Cane Creek District) in Walker County, Georgia. Sometime after this, the Redwine’s moved to Alabama.

Then came the war.

John Asbury Redwine enlisted as a private in Company E, 5th Alabama Cavalry. It is obvious that he was home at some point because Annie Narcissus (5-31-1865, probably Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama; 7-24-1942, Comanche County, Texas) was born shortly after the surrender.

Gary is the son of Frances Jones Elliott and Ardell Elliott. Rickey is the son of Bobbie Jean Kerley Jones and Robert "Bob" Bartow Jones. Both are gr gr grandsons of John Asbury Redwine. Flags are posted each year by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the order of the Confederate Rose.

Gary is the son of Frances Jones Elliott and Ardell Elliott. Rickey is the son of Bobbie Jean Kerley Jones and Robert “Bob” Bartow Jones. Both are gr gr grandsons of John Asbury Redwine. Flags are posted each year by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the order of the Confederate Rose.

John Asbury Redwine brought his family to Comanche County, Texas sometime after Annie was born in 1865 and before the 1870 census was taken. All we know for sure is that they lived on Indian Creek in Comanche County, Texas in 1870.

Sarah Frances Redwine married James Wesley Tunnell (1850; 1913) in Comanche County in 1872, and her father, John Asbury Redwine, died May 4, 1876. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Texas.

Annie Narcissus married William F. Durham (7-04-1860; 3-20-1932) in Comanche County on July 4, 1882.

Joel Sidney Redwine married Sarah Susanna Crisman, sometimes spelled Christman, on August 12, 1878, in Comanche County, five children, all born in Comanche County. (1) John Asbury, II “Uncle Buddy” (7-28-1880; 5-29-1963) married Eula Austin (7-20-1885; 10-16-1966) on October 26, 1913, no children. (2) Archie Wilburn (5-21-1883; 4-16-1973) married Maude B. Stapp (12-25-1887, Indian Territory; 3-27-1968) on December 25, 1904. (3) Bessie Alma (1890) married [1] Frank Waddle (1886; 1925), five children and [2] Robert Helmecke (1903; 1959). (4) Twin, Eva “Evy” Novella (9-11-1896; 5-04-1970) married Henry Clifton Jones (10-26-1892; 3-17-1968) on September 10, 1916. (5) Twin, Iva “Ivy” Vonetta (9-11-1896) married George Stapp in a double wedding with her twin sister, Eva. Iva and George had six children.

By today’s strict medical standard, the twins probably were not identical; however, it is said that even their own children could not tell them apart.

Eva and Cliff Jones had nine children. (1) Roy A. (1917), (2) Lou (1919), (3) Shirley (1921), (4) Robert Bartow (1922), (5) W.D. “Buck” (1925), (6) Frances (1927), (7) Darrell Ross, (8) Clifton Dale (1934), and (9) Betty (1936). According to census records for 1900, Hannah (Coker) Redwine lived with Joel Sidney Redwine and his family in 1900. On subsequent census records, she was recorded as living with daughter, Annie Narcissus, and her husband, William F. Durham.

Hannah died on December 9, 1916, and is buried in the Indian Creek Cemetery in Comanche County. We have wondered why she is not buried in the Oakwood Cemetery with her husband, John Asbury Redwine. However, Hannah lived forty years longer than John, and her family, the Coker’s, donated the land for the Indian Creek Cemetery, so we assume that she simply chose to be beside her family members who are buried there. Many of the Redwine’s who stayed in Comanche County are buried in the Pendergrass Cemetery, near Sidney.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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