Edward Dyer Redman [1838-1881]

Edward Dyer Redman was the fifth child born in Brooksville, Maine to John B. Redman and his wife Lucy Dyer1 on June 12, 1838.

A resident of Belfast, Maine, he mustered into service with Company “K” of the 4th Maine Infantry at the age of 23 on June 15, 1861 and was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant on October 9, 1863.2

The 4th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment was assembled in Rockland, Maine, by May 20, 1861, with Colonel Hiram G. Berry as its commanding officer. He received four Knox County companies, one from Searsport, Winterport, Wiscasset, and Damariscotta, and two from Belfast.

The regiment was mustered out of service July 19, 1864, with the expiration of their term.3

Edward again enlisted, this time as a substitute to Company C, Maine 11th Infantry Regiment on 30 Sep 1864. He was promoted to Full Corporal before he mustered out on 12 Jun 1865.2

Margaret was living with her parents as a single woman in Hammonton, New Jersey in 1870.4 She married Edward on 15 April 1876 in Hammonton5.

By 1880, Edward and Margaret were found in Waldo, Oregon, and were living in the home of M.A. & Ada M. Morrison and their children.6 Waldo, now a ghost town, is located about three miles from the California border in Josephine County.

Two Civil War Pension Index cards are on record for Edward. The first, filed November 24, 1876, indicates his class as “invalid”, though what his affirmities might be are not disclosed on the index. The second record is dated October 4, 1882 and cites the defendant as his widow, Margaret S. Redman.2

Edward Dyer Redman died in Oregon on Jun 28, 1881 at the age of 43.7

His widow married Charles E. Johnson 20 Sep 1889 who is likely the father of daughter, Marie, b. 9 Feb 1893 d. 3 Sep 1904.

Edward is buried in the Laurel Cemetery, Cave Junction, OR. 7 He is buried in a plot which includes Thomas S. and Mary J. Wetherbee, Margaret’s parents., as well as Margaret S. Redman [Johnson] who died 21 May 1900 and daughter Marie.

1 Brooksville, ME: Vital Records, 1762-1890. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016), (Manuscript transcription by Anne Rainsford French Bush, “Vital records of the town of Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine, incorporated as a town June 13, 1817, from parts of Castine, Penobscot and Sedgwick. Part of Penobscot set off to Castine,” 1948-1951)

2 The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Record Group Title: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Series Number: T288

3 4th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment Wikipedia (online encyclopedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Maine_Volunteer_Infantry_Regiment)

4 1870 United States Federal Census; Hammonton, Atlantic, New Jersey; Roll: M593_851; Page: 175B; Family History Library Film: 552350

5 Ancestry.com. New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. New Jersey Marriages. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

6 1880 United States Federal Census; Waldo, Josephine, Oregon; Roll: 1081; Page: 159B; Enumeration District: 058

7 Find a Grave Memorial #78583129 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/78583129/edward-d.-redman