Reddick, Florida

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Reddick, Florida
Reddick auditorium on the grounds of the old Reddick High School
Reddick auditorium on the grounds of the old Reddick High School
Location in Marion County and the state of Florida
Location in Marion County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°22′15″N 82°11′54″W / 29.37083°N 82.19833°W / 29.37083; -82.19833Coordinates: 29°22′15″N 82°11′54″W / 29.37083°N 82.19833°W / 29.37083; -82.19833
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Marion
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 571
 • Density 475.8/sq mi (178.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32686
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-59675[1]
GNIS feature ID 0289560[2]

Reddick is a town in Marion County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 571. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 618. It is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Reddick is located at 29°22′15″N 82°11′54″W / 29.37083°N 82.19833°W / 29.37083; -82.19833 (29.370828, -82.198368).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 571 people, 203 households, and 146 families residing in the town. The population density was 458.7 inhabitants per square mile (177.8/km²). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 189.6 per square mile (73.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.19% White, 42.21% African American, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 3.15% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.65% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,875, and the median income for a family was $36,944. Males had a median income of $22,143 versus $15,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,338. About 10.6% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

Origin and Genealogical Context of Origins for Reddick[edit]

The origin of Reddick relates to George Bender Reddick (born circa 1848). He and his wife Callie Cottrell established a hotel and store in 1880 at the site which came to be known as Reddick. The town appears to have gotten its name from the practice of locals saying something like "I'm going to Reddick's". The town was formally established in 1882. The first postmaster was John Mills Reddick, who was the brother of George. The position of postmaster for Reddick was established on March 14, 1882. The widow and five children of Captain Samuel Clarke Reddick joined her brothers-in-law in the community. Thus, there were at least three Reddick families living at the site of the town. An Italian engineer mapping the site (presumably for a railroad station) named the city streets of Palermo, Colosseum, Naples, Venice, Genoa, and Vatican. Later in its history Reddick received the first Ford automobile dealership in Marion County.

A small community named Reddick existed in Screven County, Georgia which appeared on maps as late as the 1950s. There had been at least two stores and a post office for that now gone community. That area became so named because Peter N. Reddick lived there near the old county seat of Jacksonboro. Peter N. Reddick was the nephew of the Peter Reddick (Readick) mentioned in the following paragraph. Several relatives joined Peter N. Reddick on or adjacent to his farm and so a Reddick community developed. In 1883 a congregation formed Friendship Baptist Church with five of the six founders being Reddicks. This community of Georgia Reddicks were cousins of the Reddicks who established the town of Reddick, Fla.. Thus, the two same-named communities shared somewhat similar origins.

The founders of Reddick, Fla. have a connection to a well-known Revolutionary War figure. The two above-mentioned Reddicks were the sons of Ulrich Zwingli Reddick (born May, 1807 as a Readick) and Sarah Rose Mills of Beach Island, old Edgefield District (now a part of Aiken County), South Carolina. Ulrich's parents were Peter Reddick (Readick) and Margaret Clarke. Margaret's mother had been Ann Tobler prior to her marriage to Revolutionary War soldier John Clarke. Ann's mother had been Helena Zubly prior to her marriage to Ulric Tobler II. Helena's brother was the eminent Calvinist Protestant minister and pamphleteer Reverend Johan Joachim Zublin, who became known in the colonies as John Zubly. He was ordained on August 19, 1744 in London as a minister in the German [Reformed] and was minister of the Wappetaw church outside Charleston for 10 years, before moving to Savannah in about 1760 to establish the congregation that became the First Presbyterian Church of Savannah. He served as representative of Georgia to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia during 1775. Reverend Zubly was later charged and treated as a traitor to the Revolutionary cause when his views changed, in part because of unfounded accusations of assisting the British. He was in exile in South Carolina for two years at the home of his brother near Purrysburgh, but returned to Georgia in declining health in 1778, before his death in 1781.


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