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Lydia-thru-the-yearsBill said in the 23 years he knew his great grandmother, he never saw her smile.  As I looked through the photos of her, I saw no smiles.  Her eyes seem sad and I wonder if she was.

Lydia Ann Elizabeth Thorp’s parents were John J. Thorp and Julia Ann Thorpe nee Kimberlin.  People seemed to call her Annie, Liddie, or Lydia.  Lydia’s parents lived in Indiana at the time she was born, later she & her family moved to Illinois and then to Kansas where Lydia married John Wesley Reddick on February 16, 1883.  Their first three children were born there.

“Mr. and Mrs. Reddick came to Oklahoma in 1889 and settled on a farm southwest of Hennessey where they lived until 1904 when they moved to near Southard in Blaine county.  Then five years later they came to Enid.”  (February 16, 1939 article from an Enid newspaper)  Lydia’s parents and siblings also came to Oklahoma at that time so my guess is they were coming for land run.

1902-ca-Reddick-famLydia’s and John’s last three children were born in Oklahoma. She indicated in the 1900 census that she had six children and five were living.

  1. George Washington Reddick (1884-1972)
  2. Ella Mae Reddick (1887-1962) my great grandmother
  3. Fred Earnest Reddick (1889-1955)
  4. I suspect that the John E. Reddick (March 15, 1895 – October 22, 1897), son of J.W. and Annie Reddick buried at the Harmony Cemetery in Hennessey, Oklahoma was their son.
  5. Clara Etta Reddick (1892-1984)
  6. Levia A. Reddick (1898-1993)


She was married to John for 61 years and they were active members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.  By 1952, when Lydia was 86, there were five generations of her family living.  The local newspaper announced this milestone with a small article and family photo.

The few facts I’ve gathered indicate that Lydia led a full life. Perhaps one day I’ll hear some stories that help us learn Lydia’s personality and beliefs.  For now I believe that when she reflected on her blessings, her blue eyes lit up and a beautiful smile developed.

No Story Too Small
 offered a challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.
Each of my posts for this challenge will include in the title “52 Ancestors Challenge” and will have the tag of 52Ancestors.