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(photo: c. 1891-1895)
Hiram Empsel Redfern,
1874-1955
Florence Mae (Willingham) Redfern,
1878-1944
  The Redfern family has thus far been traced back to Virginia and North and South Carolina of the late 1600s – early 1700s. Though specifics of their earliest history remain to be discovered, theirs can be safely assumed no different than others of their day.
   What was once only a dream of enterprise and land ownership became a reality in America. Land was plentiful. To many Redferns, as others, farming was the means of survival and growth.
   With the westward expansion the Redferns too sought better lands and better lives. By early 1800 they had moved from South Carolina to Illinois by way of Tennessee. Susannah Redfern, daughter of Solomon and Mary Elizabeth (Johns) Redfern, born 1795 in South Carolina was given away in marriage in Illinois in 1813.
   Redferns flourished for many years in and around Macoupin County, Illinois.
   By 1874 a branch of the Redferns had moved (by way of Arkansas) to Indian Territory, later known as Oklahoma. It was there, in Talequah, on April 19, 1898 that Hiram Empsel Redfern married Florence Mae Willingham.

--Jim Roper        

 
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