The first record of the Redus name in America was in Baltimore, Maryland in 1697. James A. Redus and his first wife had two children James A. Redus and Phoebe Redus. James A. and his sister Phoebe were to become wards of the state when their parents were lost at sea. James A. had 13 children. Five by his first wife (name not known) and eight by his second wife, Sarah
Chaffin. My family's line comes from this union. Aaron Redus was born the first of James and Sarah's children on January 18, 1787 in Pennsylvania. He later marries Lucy Ann Oglesby and they have 13 children. John Redus was their 11th child. He was born in Athens, Alabama on Dec. 23, 1833. Aaron encouraged his sons who were suffering from tuberculosis to travel south to a drier climate. So he and his brothers, James, William and Thomas set out for Texas in 1854. They settled on the Hondo Creek where John then married Sally McLemore on Dec. 11, 1859.
They had 10 children. My great-grandfather was their fourth child. John Otis Redus was born on the old Redus ranch on June 2, 1867. He married Laura Belle Asher in Oct. 1888. John Clement was born on June 28, 1892. He married my grandmother Hazel Slater on Sept. 7, 1913 and had my father, George Matthew Redus on April 26, 1925. Their union would produce 14 children: John C., Mildred, Sallie, Genieve (Jean), Mary Nell(died at age 14), William (Bill), George, Guy DeWayne, Charles, Clifford, and Allen Ray. Three would die in infancy: Martha, Joe Rob, and Jack. We celebrate the Redus family by having an annual family reunion in June.
**All information taken from "The Redus Family in America" by George M. Redus.