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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Samuel L. Redwine, law, real estate and insurance agent and notary public, of Monett Mo., is a native of Lee County, Va., and is a son of Louis and Sarah (Martin) Redwine. Louis Redwine, who was of Irish descent was a native of North Carolina and a farmer by occupation. In 1855 he removed to Fulton County, Ark., where he died in 1875, at the age of seventy-six years. He served as judge of Fulton County for a number of years. His wife was of German descent, and was born in Russell County, Va. She died in 1846. They were the parents of nine children, of whom Samuel L. is the youngest. He was educated in his native county, and at the age of nineteen began teaching school. In 1857 he went to Campbell County, Tenn., and resumed teaching. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Keziah Hancock, a native of Tennessee, born in 1845. She died in 1875, leaving four children: Cambridge C., Mollie, William H. and Minnie. The year after his marriage Mr. Redwine removed to Owen County, Ind., in which county and Madison County he taught five terms of school. He also served as mayor of Gosport, Ind., and as justice of the peace for four years; in 1871 he went to Montgomery County, Kas., and conducted the first school taught in Elk City. He afterward removed to Wilson County and resumed teaching. In December, 1875, he married Sarah Hodges, nee Rich, and in the fall of 1879 came with his family to Barry County, Mo., settling at Corsicana. The following year he purchased a farm of eighty acres, which he cultivated for three years, but in 1883 he sold out and removed to Purdy which was soon after organized as a city, and Mr. Redwine was elected chairman of the board of trustees, which position he held four years, also serving as ex-officio mayor. He also served as secretary of the board of education for three years. For eighteen months he was railway and express agent. In June, 1887, he removed to Monett and established his present law, real estate and insurance office. He was appointed notary public in 1881, and was re-appointed for a term of four years in 1885. Upon locating in Monett, Mr. Redwine and son, Cambridge C., formed a partnership, and they have since been doing a good business. In the insurance business they represent the following companies: Liverpool & London & Globe, North America; North British & Mercantile, of London and Edinburgh; Phoenix, of Hartford; Springfield Fire and Marine, of Springfield Mass.; Pennsylvania Fire, of Philadelphia; German-American and Continental, in New York, and other noteworthy companies, and New York Life Insurance. Mr. Redwine is a Christian gentleman who enjoys the reputation of an exemplary citizen and a capable and reliable counsellor at law. He is very conservative in his political opinions, and may be classed as an independent. By his second marriage he has four children: Annie, Samuel L., Jr., Mossie and Jewel. All are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Redwine is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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