LEONARD REDDICK, a prominent grain buyer of Saybrook, is a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, born June 19, 1822,
and the son of Phillip and Mary (Bartlett) Reddick, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Vermont.
Phillip Reddick was born in December, 1796, and departed this life in Ohio in 1873. The mother, born in 1806, died
at her home in 1871. Both parents were members of the Lutheran Church. Their twelve children were Leonard, Mary
A., Elijah, Elizabeth, Samuel, Eliza J., Margaret, John, George, Abraham, Amanda and Clara.
Our subject was the eldest member of his father's family and remained under the home roof receiving careful training and a common-school education. After reaching manhood he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Moore, June 12, 1849. This lady was born in Ohio in 1824, and was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Claypole) Moore, who are both deceased. They were most worthy and excellent people and members in good standing of the Baptist Church. Their children were Mary, Harriet, Sarah, John, Jane, Eliza, Mason, Daniel, Catherine and Joseph. By this marriage Mr. Reddick became the father of two children—Mary J. and Harriet. Mrs. Sarah M. Reddick departed this life on the 12th of April, 1852, after their removal to Hamilton County, Ind. She was a highly respected lady and a worthy and consistent member of the Baptist Church.
The second wife of our subject, to whom he was married in 1854, was Miss Rebecca Galloway, a native of Indiana. Of this union there were born four children—Sanford, Alvin, Fremont and Joseph G., all living. Mrs. Rebecca G. Reddick died Sept. 12, 1864. The following year our subject came to Illinois, arriving in this county on the 2d of November. In early life he had learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for a period of thirty-two years, and superintended the erection of some of the most prominent buildings, including several large churches in and around Saybrook. He abandoned his trade in 1875, to engage in grain-buying, in which he has been remarkably successful, being the leader in this business at Saybrook. In 1873 he commenced dealing in lumber, but sold out to engage in his present business.
Prior to, the outbreak of the Rebellion Mr. Reddick was a stanch Democrat, but the first gun that was fired upon Ft. Sumter also knocked the democracy out of him and he went over without delay to the Republican party, whose principles since that time he has vigorously supported. He has been prominent in the affairs of his township, holding its various offices and also being prominent in the local affairs of Saybrook. Religiously he is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has been Steward and Trustee and greatly interested in Sunday-school work, to which he has contributed generously of his time and means.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 663. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.