George W. Reding was born 12 February 1825 in Tennessee, probably in Fayette County where his father, Iredell Reding, entered a land warrant on the Wolf River in April of that year. His mother was Martha (Patsy) Hallum. Iredell was originally from North Carolina. It is thought that his name was George William, because his nieces and nephews later called him Uncle Billy.
George was about thirteen when his family moved to Texas. His father was the first signer on a petition to create Houston County out of Nacogdoches County. Crockett became the county seat of Houston County.
But sometime prior to 1840, the family moved again, this time to the vicinity of what was to become Danville in the newly formed county of Montgomery. In about 1844, George married Betty Ann (Betsy) Neeley. She was born 23 February 1827 and was probably the daughter of John and Dorinda Neeley, who were enumerated on the 1850 census of Grimes County. The Neeleys immigrated to Texas from Illinois. They are both buried in the Zion Methodist Cemetery in Grimes County.
George’s name appears on the 1844 tax list of Montgomery, and he and Betsy are enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 censuses of the county as residents of Danville.
George was named as one of the trustees of the Danville church in 1861, and the same year, Betsy filed a schedule of separate property that included several head of stock. During the early 1860s, Iredell deeded more than a thousand acres of land to his son, George, for love and one dollar.
George joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen under Captain S. D. Wooldridge soon after its formation in 1861, and he was elected First Corporal. He was on the muster roll for February 14, 1862, as First Corporal.
Also a member of the Danville Riflemen was John Baker Reding, the half-uncle of George. Other Reding relatives also served under Captain Wooldridge.
George did not enlist in Company B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry with Captain Wooldridge in March of 1862 along with the other members of the Riflemen, since he was over the age of those to be conscripted into the Confederate States Army. He did re-enlist in the Texas State Troops, however, and became a member Company A., Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops, under Captain Evans. The Texas State Archives extracted his service record on an index card as follows:
Meanwhile, Betsy was an active member of the ladies of Danville who were assisting in the war effort. Note that she is listed in the article below as Mrs. George Redding.
Prior to October, 1863, G. W. Reding enlisted in Company D, Fourth Regiment Texas State Troops. This was a six-month regiment that was formed of men who had been enlisted during the latter part of 1863. They were mustered out in February, 1864, at the expiration of the term of service.
G. W.'s name appears on one muster roll dated February 1, 1864, at Camp Cany. A notation on the muster card states that he was Detailed 15 Oct. in Gov. Service.
George s name appears on the list of Montgomery County men who signed the Amnesty Oath after the war and registered as voters. This list was made in about 1865 and was bound into the marriage books.
By 1880, George was living with his family in Grimes County, where he was a charter member of Zion Masonic Lodge No. 313. He died there on 18 October 1888; Betsy died 9 November 1905. They are both buried in Zion Methodist Cemetery.
George's grave is marked by an old Masonic stone, which has now fallen, and by a Confederate stone of later vintage. The three photos below were submitted to findagrave.com and are used with the permission of the submitters, Larry and Connie Scarborough.
Zion Cemetery, Grimes County, Texas
George W. Reding was the brother of my great-great-grandmother, Hulda Reding Barrett. The above biography was taken from my notes, based on family research. I would be happy to hear from other descendants of Iredell Reding. Sources include census and county records, military records, family Bible records, and the records of other Reding researchers.
Note: Travis Mallett, a descendant of George W. Reding, has submitted George s family information to World Connect. You may access it at World Connect. Also see my Reding Family page.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at email@example.com.
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