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Elizabeth 'Ready' of 1820 census is really Elizabeth Readdick.
Posted by: Dale E. Reddick (ID *****9440) Date: September 20, 2004 at 07:23:56
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Hi Folks,

Elizabeth 'Ready' of the 1820 census is really Elizabeth Readdick, mother of lineage founder Peter Readdick.

The modern, known Readdick surname has its origins with Peter Readdick of Camden County, Georgia. His presence is known from various public records of Camden County and the relatively large family that he and his wife Allie Agnes Wright began in the 1820s.

I've recently examined two different census records from 1820 and 1830. One was a census record for an Elizabeth 'Ready' of St. Mary's in Camden County. The database for the 1820 census has her entered as Elizabeth Rady. I have come to the conclusion that she was actually Elizabeth Readdick, and that she was the mother of Peter Readdick and his brother Francis Readdick.

The rest of what follows is a synopsis of much of what we know about Elizabeth, Francis, and Peter Readdick up to the time when Elizabeth 'Reddick' had a win in the 1832 Cherokee County Gold Lottery.


1) In the 1805 land lottery, Elizabeth Reddick of Glynn County drew two blank tickets (BB). By the rules of the Georgia Land Lottery Elizabeth Reddick must have been a widow with children under the age of 21 to have participated in that lottery.

2) The reconstructed 1810 census of Camden County (recreated from records found between 1806 and 1815) includes the following two residents:

a) Francis Reddy
b) Peter Reddy

3) Then, the 1820 census records Elizabeth Ready as the head of the household, who was a female aged 26-45, and with two males in the age bracket of 18-25 (really the 16 to 26 bracket, but there is no one recorded in the separate 16 to 18 bracket). If we accept later census records that show Peter Readdick as aged 50 in 1850 and Francis Readdick as aged 48 in 1850, then they were born in 1800 and 1802 - and so would have been recorded in that 18 to 25 year old age bracket for males during that 1820 census. These ages match up rather well with this 1820 census record for Elizabeth Ready's two male co-residents. These co-residents might just be her sons.

Database: 1820 United States Federal Census

Name:                Elizabeth Rady
Township:                St Marys
County:                Camden
State:                Georgia
Year:                1820
Roll:                M33_8
Page:                60
Image Number:                59

4) In the 1820 land lottery, Peter Readick of Camden county drew land lot #519 in the 6th district of Irwin county.

5) Elizabeth Reddick of Camden county drew land lot #370 in the 9th district of Irwin county.

6) In the 1821 land lottery, Francis Readdick of Camden county drew land lot #239 in the 12th district of Dooly county.

7) For the October, 1822 term of court for Camden County "The following persons were drawn to Serve as Petit Jurors (viz)":

15 Peter Reddick
34 Francis Reddick

The 1830 census record for the household headed by Peter F. 'Reddick' has recorded in its margin the phrase "White Oak & Red Capp Settlements." This is informative relative to the fact that when Peter Readdick has his parcel of 450 acres surveyed in 1831 it is found along White Oak Creek.

Database: 1830 United States Federal Census

Personal Information        

Name:                Reddick, Peter F.
Township:                White Oak and Red Capp
County:                Camden
State:                Georgia
Year:                1830
Roll:                M19_16
Page:                190
Image:                351

8) The neighbors of the 1820 Elizabeth 'Ready' and of the 1830 Peter F. 'Reddick' appear to be the same people in some instances.

a-i) Elizabeth 'Ready' in 1820 has a next door neighbor named Henry Bell.
a-ii) Peter F. 'Reddick' in 1830 has a next door neighbor named Henry Bell.

b-i) John Goodbread in 1820 was a near neighbor to Elizabeth 'Ready'.
b-ii) John S. Goodbread in 1830 was a near neighbor to Peter F. 'Reddick'.

9) Also - on May 6, 1831 John S. Goodbread had his 500 acre tract of land surveyed. This land adjoins that of Francis Readdick (spelled exactly that way). Peter Readdick and Henry Miller were the Chain Carriers for that survey. Francis Readdick also had his 200 acre tract of land surveyed that day. Peter Readdick and Henry Miller were once again the Chain Carriers for that survey. And Peter Readdick had his tract surveyed on that same day, with Francis Readdick and Henry Miller acting as the Chain Carriers. That survey plat for Peter Readdick's land showed that White Oak Creek fronted his 450 acre tract. And this creek is part of the name used in the 1830 census to describe the area as "White Oak & Red Capp Settlements." Note that Henry Miller also appears in the 1830 census as a neighbor to Peter F. 'Reddick'.

10) In the 1830 census there are two men aged 20 to 30 in the household of Peter F. 'Reddick'. These are most likely Peter and Francis. There are also two women in the same age bracket. One would be Peter's wife Allie Agnes Wright (they were married in 1827, I believe). The other young woman is likely to have been Francis' wife. And then there was a woman aged 50 to 60, who would have been Elizabeth (who was still alive in 1832, when she had a win in the Cherokee County Gold Lottery). There are three young boys under the age of 5 and these are most likely the children of Peter and Allie. There is also a boy aged 10 to 15. I don't know who he might have been. Perhaps he was a younger brother of one of the two Readdick wives.

11) Peter Readdick had his new parcel of 450 acres along White Oak Creek surveyed on May 6, 1831 - based on a land grant warrant dated February 1, 1830.

12) Francis Readdick had his 200 acres surveyed that same day, with Peter acting as a chain carrier for that survey of Francis' land and vice versa - based on a warrant dated February 1, 1830.

13) In the 1832 Cherokee county Gold lottery, Elizabeth Reddick of Camden county drew land lot #493 in the 17th district of the 3rd section of Cherokee county.


I think that these census records demonstrate that Elizabeth 'Ready' of the 1820 census was really and actually Elizabeth Readdick - mother of Peter F. and Francis M. Readdick. This establishes one generation greater depth for the Readdicks of Camden County. From the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery for Glynn County we can see that there was an Elizabeth Reddick resident in Glynn Reddick in 1805. We may hope to find some record of her or her deceased husband amongst the earliest records of Glynn County.

Dr. Niles Reddick and Dr. Ed Mulligan can be credited with finding portions of this information. Other information had already been abstracted by geneologists working in Camden County. The Bryan-Lang Library in Woodbine contains records which were examined to provide part of what was presented here. I would like to express my thanks to Darren Harper of the Bryan-Lang Library for his able and very great assistance while I examined records in his care.

I hope that this information assists someone in their own quest for information regarding their Reddick and / or Readdick origins.


Dale E. Reddick

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