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1827. Reddick  joined the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South which formed in 1830 and separated from the South Carolina Conference in 1844.  He was a local preacher who was elected deacon for the Georgia Conference. ["Methodist Preachers in Georgia:1783-1900." Harold Lawrence, Ed. Boyd Publishing Co. Tignall, GA. 1884. p. 46.]

1836. Walton Co, GA. Redick, Justice of the Peace, performed the marriage of Calvin A. Sims and Catharine Johnson. [source: Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA. Received of Judy Sanders. 1994]

1840 census. Walton Co, GA. Cutoff District. Reddick, 30-40 years (he would have been 31) is listed with two males under 5 years [Jonathan, 4, and Elijah, 2], one male 5-10 years old [John A, 6], one female 5-10 years old [Mary,8] and a female 20-30 (Elizabeth would have been 28). They had six slaves, three males under 5, a male 36-55, two females under 5 and a female 24-36. Two were listed as engaged in agriculture.

1840. Walton County. Redick, Justice of the Peace, was witness to a deed transferring property from Lemuel Winn to Elizabeth Terrell.  [source: Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA. Received of Judy Sanders. 1994]

1841. Reddick is witness to the will of Jane Jones. s/ May 2nd, 1841. p/ July 10, 1843. To friend and son-in-law, William Hamilton, a slave. Son James Jones, Executor. Test. Russell Baker, Green W. Smith, Reddick Betts. Could Jane have been related to his grandmother, Isabel Jones Betts? [source. Miscellaneous Records: Jackson Co, GA. Joseph T. Maddox. p. 14.]

1848. Gwinnett Co, GA. Betts families were members of Zoar Church.  [source: Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA. Received of Judy Sanders. 1994]

1850 census. Gwinnett Co, GA. Bengall District. 36th Division. Listed are Redick, 41, Elizabeth, 39, and children, Mary, 18, John A., 16, Jonathan, 14, Elijah, 12, James M, 10, Lovic C, 7, Dorrinda, 3 and an unnamed infant (Baylis Watkins) 4/12. They were living next door to Lovick's family. Redick's occupation is listed as Methodist preacher and farmer. He has real estate valued at $1000.

1856. Rev. Redic Betts performed a wedding ceremony for David Bradford and Mary F. Sexton, 12-4-1856. [source. Flanigan, vol II, p. 424.]

Obituary in the Southern Christian Advocate, Mar 10, 1859. Vol 2, No 41, Pg 160, col 5.

Rev. Reddick Betts, son of Rev. Jonathan Betts, died in Gwinnett co., Ga., on February 4th in his 50th year.
He joined the M. E. Church at eighteen; was licensed to preach in 1849 and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Andrew in 1854. Amidst all his conflicts he stood firm. He was a man of eminently social and cheerful temperament, attentive to all the duties of his station. He was an affectionate husband and a kind father. His premature death in the very prime of life, and unexpected as it was, has left a blank not only around his own household hearth, but in the social circle of which he was a member, that will not soon be filled. But we trust that God will teach his sorrowing widow and fatherless children to bow with meek resignation to the stern decree which has deprived them of their protection - satisfied that it comes of a wise mercy, although that wisdom be veiled from mortal eyes.  B. H.
Elizabeth Betts:

1860 census. Gwinnett Co, GA. Rockbridge. 571st District. 13 Sep 1860. Elizabeth is listed with John, 25, Jonathan, 24,  Elijah, 21, James, 18, and a male of 16 named Richard Betts (maybe Lovic C. somehow who would have been about that age). Rinda E., Adaline and Thomas Betts were living a few houses away with D. B. Baker and family. Possibly the younger children went to live with relatives after Redick died.

1870 census. Gwinnett Co, GA. Elizabeth and Thomas were living with Dorinda and her husband, John L. Bryan.

1. Source. Georgia DAR, Jackson County Wills. Vo1434. p. 121.
2. Source. Georgia Archives. Microfilm 258-18,159.39. Book 4, p. 337.
[Reddick and Elizabeth Betts are buried at the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.]


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