FRANCIS M. REDMON
Redmon, son of George and Eliza Redmon, was born Dec. 22, 1837 at
Louisville, Kentucky. He was the oldest of four children. The family came
to Iowa and located near Ottumwa in 1855, and there his father and sister
died with smallpox. In 1859, he, his mother and two brothers came to
Montgomery County, locating near Sciola.
He and Miranda
Whitney were married at Mortons Mill, Iowa, January 1, 1861. Miranda at
the age of three months was brought to Iowa from Indiana in 1842, by her
purchased a farm in Pilot Grove Township, where they became the parents of
ten children, four of whom died in one week's time from the scarlet fever
epidemic. The six children who survived to adulthood were George, Mary
Ann, Edward, Jesse, Nora and Charles.
As the children
grew older the parents saw the advantages of living nearer town. They sold
their farm in Pilot Grove and bought a farm one mile north of Elliott,
Iowa. In 1892 they sold their farm and bought a home in Elliott where they
resided the remainder of their lives. In 1933 the celebrated their 72nd
The eldest son,
George, died October 1931.
Charles M. Redmon, long time resident of Elliott, died Mar. 1966.
Woolsey died October 1967.
Selby Evans died in California, August 1974.
Mrs. Redmon died
July 14, 1933 at the age of 92. She devoted her life to being a good
Christian, a true neighbor and mother.
Mr. Redmon died
Nov. 2, 1934 at the age of 97. He was a true pioneer, helping develop the
County through the hardships of the early days, having much respect from
those who knew him. He was a stanch Republican, casting his first vote for
At the time of
his death there were five generations living. Thirteen grandchildren,
eleven great-grandchildren, three great-great-great grandchildren, two
sons and three daughters.
~Louise Selby Shires