LEWIS REDDEN, fruit-grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born in Nova Scotia, to Patrick and Elizabeth (Schofille) Redden. They were both born in Nova Scotia. He was the son of James and ___ (Lawrence) Redden. James Redden was from Ireland, but the Lawrences were English. Patrick Redden is still living in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, and is over eighty years of age. His occupation has been that of farming. His wife died some years ago. To them six sons and three daughters were born, all of whom are living, except one. Our subject was educated in his native country, and learned the carpenter's trade at home. For one summer he followed the ocean, coasting along the United States coast. In 1860, he came to the United States, and worked at his trade in different places for some years, and in January, 1868, settled on his present fruit farm and began its improvement. He gives his entire attention to fruit-growing, and his farm is in an excellent state of cultivation. He is also interested in a sheep ranch in Butler County, Kan. Mr. Redden had never taken out his full naturalization papers till 1882. He does not hold to either political party. April 9, 1867, he was married in Pulaski County to Miss Margaret Castle. She was born in Ohio April 16, 1844, to John and Rhoda (Wynans) Castle. He was born in Maryland, she in Ohio. (See sketch of D. H. Winans.) Both parents now dead, she dying in Bond County, Ill., when Mrs. Redden was small; he in this county in the spring of 1883. They had moved to Bond County when Mrs. R. was small, and it was there she was reared. Mr. Castle came to Ohio when small, and during life he followed school-teaching, carpentering and farming. Mr. and Mrs. R. have four children — Otis, David, Martha and Minnie.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 294.