Elements of Literature - Dennis Reddin

Dennis Reddin

Biography

Dennis Reddin (1829-1898)

Dennis O'Meara Reddin was born on 16 Oct 1829 in Charlottetown. He was the son of Dennis Reddin (1793-1863) and Anne Keoughan (1805-1871), who were married on 18 April 1821 in St. Andrew’s Chapter, St. Andrew’s, PEI. The name O'Meara comes from Dennis' grandmother, Mary O'Meara, who was married to William Reddin.

Eleven children were born to Dennis' parents: James, Ann, William, Mary, Dennis O'Meara, Margaret, William, John, Richard, Ellen, and Daniel Bernard.

Dennis married Susan K. Johnston Brown on 5 August 1856. They had 8 children: Catherine Matilda (b. 12 aug 1857), Dennis O'Meara Jr. (b. 13 Jan 1859), George Alexander Hamilton (b. 15 Jan 1861), Mary Maud (b. 25 Feb 1863), Ambrose William (b. 3 Nov 1864), Anne (b. 26 Mar 1866), Susan Winefred (b. 28 Nov 1868), Caroline Gertrude (b. 25 Apr 1872).

Dennis O’M, as he is often listed in census records, became a Notary Republic in 1852 and two years later, at the age of 25, he became a Law Clerk and Solicitor General for the House of Assembly.

Dennis was a judge for the Kings County Court system from 24 June 1873 until his death on 13 June 1898. He was also very involved in his community, taking on numerous roles, such as: President of the St. Dunstan's Parish Temperance Society, Secretary of the Benevolent Irish Society, Provincial Board of Education member, P.E.I. Historical Society member, 1889 election Revising Officer for King's County, and solicitor for the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly.

UPEI's Provenance copy of Elements of Literature includes the following inscription:

Dennis Reddin presented to his brother Richard. September 2?, 1852

Dennis was 22 years old when he gave his 14 year old brother, Richard, the book. It was the same year, 1852, that Dennis was commissioned as a Notary Republic.

The 15 June 1898 edition of the Charlottetown Herald included The Late Judge Reddin's obituary, which stated:

He [Dennis] was of most genial disposition and was a great favorite in social circles. His qualities of head and heart won him hosts of friends among all classes of people.

Sources:

Reddin, Aggi-Rose. The Reddins of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island: New Dominion, 2005.

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