John G. Redlingshafer is a son of Dorotha Redlingshafer, father of Mary Belle
(Redlingshafer) Myers and brother of George W. Redlingshafer and Margaret Anna
(Redlingshafer) Hupp, all buried at Salem. His tombstone and other records show that he
was born during 1827, rather than 1828. Other inconsistencies are noted within the text.
JOHN G. REDLINGSHAFER
John G. Redlingshafer was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 9th, 1828 (actually 1827), and
died February 8th, 1913, aged eighty-four years, eight months and twenty-nine days. At the
age of twenty he came to the United States with his parents, who located in Washington
county, Pennsylvania, where he remained until November 30th, 1857 (this apparently is a
mistake; John G. married Isabelle Greer 30 November 1856, according to other sources, and
they removed to Iowa during the spring of 1857). He was united in marriage in 1856 to
Isabel S. Greer. To this union the following children were born, all of whom survive him:
Mrs. Mary Myers, of Benton township; John W., of Kalispell, Mont.; Mrs. Minnie Davis, of
Sewall; and Ernest Greer, of Benton township. His wife preceded him in death eighteen
years ago. They were pioneers of this state, coming to Lucas county in 1857, and residing
on his farm in Benton township practically all of their marrid life. He united with the
Garton, now Otter!
bein, class of the U. B. church in 1866, being one of the charter members, and retaining
his membership in this class until the end of his life. He lived a true and faithful
Christian life, discharging every known duty. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father
and was ever ready to extend a helping hand to any in need. He endured the privations of a
pioneer with a courage that never wavered, and during the dark days of '61 to '65,
Uncle John, as he was always known, freely gave of his means and time to aid the loved
ones left at home, as well as to encourage the boys who went to the front. He was always
careful to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and no worthy sufferer was
ever turned away without aid.
Besides his children there remain seventeen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren,
two sisters and other brother, and other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his
death. Funeral services were held at the Otterbein church on Monday afternoon at 1
o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. George Cornford, after which the remains were
laid to rest in the Chariton cemetery.
The Chariton Herald-Patriot, 13 February 1913