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Frances Johnston Tredwell Iredell
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Birth: May 6, 1797
Death: Oct. 18, 1865


Frances Johnston Tredwell was born 1797 in Edenton, Chowan County, NC, the 3rd of 4 known surviving children (3 girls/1 boy) born to Samuel Tredwell, Esq. and his wife, Helen Scrymgeoure Blair.

She was the paternal grandchild of Dr. Benjamin Tredwell & Elizabeth Seabury of Long Island, NY; and a direct descendant of the Tredwell/Treadwell patriarch, Edward Tredwell, who first came to Long Island from Ipswich, MA ca. 1640. She is a descendant of the original Pilgrim settlers of Massachusetts, and through the Seabury line, she was the 7th generation in direct descent from John Alden and Priscilla, the "Puritan Maid". On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of George Blair of Scotland and his wife, Jane/Jean Duncan Johnston, sister of Gov. Samuel Johnston of NC.

Frances' father came from Long Island, NY to Edenton, Chowan Co, NC around 1785-1786, when President George Washington appointed him Collector of the Port of Edenton, an office held until his death.

Frances was 18 years old in 1815 when she married 27-year old James Iredell, Jr., son of James Iredell, Sr., Federalist leader and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his wife, Hannah Johnston. (Hannah Johnston was the older sister of Jean Duncan Johnston Blair, and they were the siblings of Gov. Samuel Johnston, Jr.)

The couple would have 10 known surviving children: Annie Isabella (1816-1897), Frances Lenox (c. 1818-1897), Penelope (c. 1822-1862), Helen Blair (1823-1888), Jane Moore (1826-1888), Maj. James Johnston Iredell, CSA (1828-1864), Dr. Samuel Tredwell Iredell (1830-1855), Margaret Tredwell (1833-1903), Capt. Campbell Tredwell Iredell, CSA (1836-1863), and Capt. Cadwallader Jones Iredell, CSA (c. 1840).

Frances and James, Jr. began married life in Edenton, but soon after the birth of their first child, moved to Raleigh where her husband served in elected government positions including Governor of North Carolina (1827-1828). James Iredell Jr. would serve as NC Governor less than a year, as he resigned his office to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Nathaniel Macon. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Nathaniel Macon and Iredell served as Senator from 1828-1831.

Following his single term in the United States Senate, Iredell returned to North Carolina and established a law practice in Raleigh. During the next quarter century, he served as a commissioner to revise the state's laws, reported cases for the North Carolina Supreme Court, conducted a law school, and published an authoritative three-volume digest of court cases in the state from 1778 to 1845.

Frances was widowed in 1853 when her husband of 40 years passed unexpectedly at age 65 while on a visit to his relatives in Chowan County. He died in the house where he was born, and was buried in the Johnston Family cemetery at Hayes Plantation in Edenton.

The then 56-year old widow remained in Raleigh with her children. As the drums of Civil War approached she would see 3 of her 4 remaining sons leave to serve the Confederacy. Two of those sons, James J. and Campbell T, would perish in battle. Only her youngest son, Cadwallader Jones Iredell, would survive.

Frances Johnston Iredell died on October 18, 1865 just about six months after NC surrendered the war. She was 68 years old. Frances was buried in Old City Cemetery near her 3 sons and daughter. Her son, Dr. Samuel T. Iredell, died a month later on November 20, 1865 and was buried in Old City Cemetery.

As for her surviving children, only 1 son and 4 daughters survived the Civil War. They were: Annie Isabella Iredell (1816-1897) who married Col. Cadwallader Jones of Hillsboro, and later moved to Kershaw Co, SC; Francis Lenox Iredell who married Dr. Charles E. Johnson, CSA of Raleigh; Jane Moore Iredell who married Dr. Thomas D. Meares of Wilmington; Margaret Tredwell Iredell who married the Hon. William M. Shipp of Lincoln Co, NC; and Capt. Cadwallader Iredell who married Martha "Mattie" Southgate and remained in Richmond, VA following the war. Her daughter, Penelope Iredell died in 1862, the wife Dr. Griffith J. McRee of Wilmington.

Buried in Old City Cemetery, Raleigh are her children:
* Helen Blair Iredell (1823-1888)
* Maj. James Johnston Iredell, CSA (1828-1864)
* Dr. Samuel Tredwell Iredell (1830-1865)
* Capt. Campbell Tredwell Iredell, CSA (1836-1863)

Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh is her child:
* Frances Lenox Iredell Johnson

Buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington are her children:
* Penelope Iredell McRee (1822-1862)
* Jane Moore Iredell Meares (1826-1888)

With thanks to a Johnston/Johnson family descendant we know the burial locations of her other children:.

Daughter, Annie Isabella Iredell Jones, wife of Col. Cadwallader Jones III, is buried in Elmwood Cemtery in Kershaw Co, SC.

Daughter, Margaret Tredwell Iredell Shipp, died in Lincoln County, NC and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.

Her only surviving son, Cadwallader Jones Iredell is unknown. He lived after the war in Columbia, Richland Co, SC, and later, Norfolk, VA where he is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Samuel Tredwell (1763 - 1826)
  Helen Scrymgeoure Blair Tredwell (1762 - 1802)
  James Iredell (1788 - 1853)
  Annie Isabella Iredell Jones (1816 - 1897)*
  Frances Lenox Iredell Johnson (1818 - 1897)*
  Penelope Johnston Iredell (1820 - 1821)*
  Penelope Iredell McRee Smith (1822 - 1862)*
  Helen Blair Iredell (1823 - 1888)*
  Jane Iredell Meares (1826 - 1888)*
  James Johnston Iredell (1828 - 1864)*
  Samuel Tredwell Iredell (1830 - 1865)*
  Margaret Tredwell Iredell Shipp (1833 - 1903)*
  Campbell Tredwell Iredell (1836 - 1863)*
  Cadwallader Jones Iredell (1840 - 1909)*
  Elizabeth H. Tredwell (1791 - 1792)*
  Margaret Phebe Tredwell (1795 - 1849)*
  Frances Johnston Tredwell Iredell (1797 - 1865)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Wife of Gov. James Iredell, Jr.
City Cemetery
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jul 14, 2008
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Frances Johnston <i>Tredwell</i> Iredell
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Frances Johnston <i>Tredwell</i> Iredell
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Frances Johnston <i>Tredwell</i> Iredell
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