My 2x Grandfather William R Rediker passed in 1884. He is laid to rest at Bennett Cemetery, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA. The information I've obtained is as follows:
U.S. Census 1880, 1870, 1860, all in (Civil District #2) Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA. 1860 Census has place of birth as Ireland, the 1870 Census has place of birth as South Carolina, and the 1880 Census has place of birth as Maryland.
Tax Record 1862, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA.
Marriage Record, married "Mary Alice Binkley" 9 Oct 1857, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA.
All of the above records have him being born in about 1832 in many different places. I haven't been successful in locating any other records prior to these. I've researched several different William Rediker's across the globe and time to no avail. I haven't personally gone to the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) and conducted a search there. I need a fresh perspective on my research. The Census places of birth may be the most confusing aspect as I've researched them all the best I know how.
Further, I interviewed the oldest living relative in the Rediker Family about two months ago. His name is Clemmon Otis Rediker; born in 1921, he states that William R Rediker was said to have came to Tennessee as a Pugilist. Also said to have came from around New York. I located a William Rediker from New York that was born in 1832; however, I haven't been able to link him as my William R Rediker even though there is no record of where the William Rediker of New York lived or passed. Moreover, William R Rediker wasn't involved with the Civil War directly, Clemmon stated that William R Rediker was a horse breeder and sold horses to both sides during their occupation's of Middle Tennessee. I've researched this lead and also couldn't find any results.