William C. Redwine is listed in the Confederate Indigent Families
Lists (1863-1865) from Rusk County, Texas. I have never found
any evidence that he was a soldier in the Civil War, so this
remains a mystery to me.
W. C. Redwine and wife Nancy - Rusk County
3 dependents 1863-1865
Mearse, Linda. Confederate Indigent Families List of Texas 1863-1865. San Marcos, TX: L. Mearse, 1995, 499 pages, index.
A seldom-utilized resource by genealogists is the “Confederate indigent Families List (1863-1865).” Linda Mearse has transcribed these original records, which are available at the Texas State Library
& Archives in Austin, Texas. There is an on-line index to her book at the following website:
On Nov. 24, 1863, the Texas Legislature passed a Joint Resolution whereby the government pledged
to support and maintain the families of Confederate soldiers during their absence from home. The
“Act to Support the Families and Dependents of Texas Soldiers” was passed on Dec. 15, 1863 and it
set aside one million dollars every year to be paid to the “families, widows, and dependents of soldiers
currently serving in the State or Confederate forces, or of soldiers killed or disabled in service.” After
Nov. 1864, cloth and excess thread from the State Penitentiary was given to these families.
On or before March 1st of 1864 and 1865, the Chief Justice (now known as the County Judge) of each
county submitted lists of servicemen and the number of their dependents who were eligible fore relief.
The County Clerk administered the money distributed to the county for this purpose. The information
available varies from county to county. While the number of dependents is always given and additional
information may include: the name of the soldier who is currently in service, disabled or died; his unit;
and, the name of acting head of the household.