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The J.D. Redshaw Family Home Page

Updated January 9, 2010

BOISE, ID 83703
United States

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Thank you, for your visit. Please let me know if we are related. My research has brought me back to 1810 and the birth of my Great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Reedshaw. He was an agricultural laborer living in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England. He married Sarah Wright and had five children. Although I am sure Thomas was related to the other Reedshaws living in Peterborough at that time I have been unable to confirm this connection. Of Thomas’s children, only Edward Herbert Reedshaw ( b 1839) lived to adulthood. During Edward’s lifetime the family name changed to Redshaw. Edward had four sons. His oldest, Herbert Lawrence Reedshaw (Redshaw) became a stonemason. Alfred Thomas Reedshaw (Redshaw) followed his father into Railway work as an engine fitter. This took them both to Ireland some time after 1881. Edward became locomotive superintendent of the Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon Light Railway (Bet. 1887 – 1895). Alfred Thomas married Mary Ann Young in Dundalk, Ireland and had three children. Alfred became locomotive superintendant for the Tralee and Dingle Light Railway and Tramway. Unfortunately Alfred was killed in a train accident in 1893, (see below). His young widow, gave birth to the couples third child and immigrated to Montreal, Canada with the children on the ship "Sardinian" in September 1894. Her oldest child, John Herbert Redshaw, my Grandfather, married Gertrude Miriam Barnett and had eleven children. My father Robert Leslie Redshaw and mother Dorothy Ann (nee Levine) moved to Toronto shortly after my birth. The Redshaws from this family now live in England, Canada and the United States.

If you have knowledge of this Family or you are a distant cousin, I would love to hear from you and exchange information.
Cheers Jim

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  • Dingle Railway Disaster of May 22, 1893, Ireland (254 KB)
    On May 22, 1893 a special train left Dingle for Tralee hauling seven wagons of pigs. Descending the steep gradient from Glounagalt to Camp the train went out of control, careened down the hill and crashed over the bridge at Curraduff, Camp. The engine tumbled 40ft down the slope into the Finglas river. The three crew members in the engine were killed. They were Alfred Thomas Redshaw, my Great Grandfather, the driver, Richard Dillon, the fireman, and Barney O'Loughlin, a permanent way inspector. My Great Grandmother Mary Ann Redshaw (nee Young), with her 3 children left Ireland and immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1894.
  • John and Gertrude Redshaw c 1940 (484 KB)
    John Herbert Redshaw (1888 - 1976 ) and Gertrude Miriam Barnett ( 1894 - 1975 ) lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and had eleven children.

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  • The Redshaw Family (6 KB)
    The first account of the origins of my Redshaw Family as told by my great-Grandmother Mary Anne Redshaw 1867 - 1943
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    Genealogy Report of David Grame McBain and his Descendants. The assistance of Robert McBain is greatly Appreciated.
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    Genealogy Report of James Reedshaw and his Descendants
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