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George, did not prevail. He also called attention to the prominent cheek-bones
characteristic in his connection.

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162 BIDDELLS OF BALLINAMAN, IRELAND.



in the parish of Donagh, near Glasslough, in the north of Ireland, and is
presumed to have been connected with the other families of the name in
the same county. (See " Riddles of Richhill.")

SECOND GENERATION.

Robert Riddell 2 (1), a sou of James 1 (1), was born in Ballinaraan,
parish of Donagh, County Monaghan, in 1750; married twice, and had
issue by both wives, of whom hereafter. He died in 1826, aged 76 years.
He was a fanner and contractor.

James Riddell 2 (2), a son of James 1 (1), was born in Ballinaman,
County Monaghan, Ireland ; married an English lady, and had issue, of
whom hereafter. Died in England.

THIRD GENERATION.

James Riddell 3 (3), eldest son of Robert' 2 (1), was born in Ballinaman,
County Monaghan, Ireland, and died when in the prime of life, leaving
four children, who, with their mother, emigrated to Canada about thirty
years ago. Mrs. Riddell's maiden-name was Elizabeth Gilleland. She
was left a widow in 1844, sold her farm in 1849, and emigrated to Canada,
where her son James preceded her; they sailed from Belfast on the 17th
April, 1849, on board the bark " Nelson ville," and arrived in Quebec in June
following. She had expected to meet her son James at Quebec, but heard
that he had gone to Montreal. She went from place to place, seeking her
son, but died in Hamilton, Out., on the 12th of July, without seeing him.
This son furnished means to bring her to America.

Sarah Riddell 3 (1), eldest daughter of Robert' 2 (1), was born in Bal-
linaman, County Monaghan, Ireland ; was married to a Mr. John Robin-
son, who went to America, and left his wife and six children in the care
of her father ; one of her daughters married Robert Heatly, and was over
80 in 1874.

Martha Riddell 3 (1), second daughter of Robert' 2 (1), was born in
Ballinaraan, County Monaghan, Ireland ; was married to Adam Cook,
and emigrated to America previous to 1797; these settled in Fredericks-
burgh, Va.

Mary Riddell 3 (1), third daughter of Robert' 2 (1), was born in Balli-
naman, County Monaghan, Ireland ; was married to James Hamilton, set-
tled in Manchester, Eng., and had issue; she died at the age of 56.

William Riddell 3 (1), second son of Robert 2 (1), was born in Balli-
naman, Ii-eland ; emigrated to America, and entered the army in the war
of 1812. He was a sergeant in the company of Captain Jett, Twentieth
Regiment, U. S. Infantry, and received a grant of one hundred and sixty
acres of land in the State of Illinois. He died, and the land was made
over to his sister, Mrs. Martha Cook, and the other heirs-at-law, to hold
as tenants in common. This tract of land was in Hancock County, of
which Carthage is the seat.

Dr. John Riddell 3 (1), third son of Robert' 2 (1), was born in the
town of Ballinaman, County Monaghan, Ireland, and died in Rio de Janei-
ro, where he was acting as surgeon in the English army. Was at home
once, eleven months, on half-pay.

Joseph Riddell 3 (1), fourth son of Robert 2 (l),was born in the town
of Ballinaman, Ireland, in 1797 ; married Catherine Clark, in Ireland, and
had issue eight children, of whom hereafter. He sold his farm in Mona-
ghan, Ireland, and removed to Manchester, Eng., to live with his two



RIDDELLS OF BALLINAMAN, IRELAND. 163

daughters. His wife, to whom he was married in 1820, died in Manches-
ter, Aug. 17, 1867. Mr. Riddell was living in 1874.

Robert Riddell 3 (2), fifth son of Robert 2 (1), was born in the town
of Ballinaman, County Monaghan, Ireland, and has issue a numerous
family, of whom hereafter. He lives on his father's homestead, and car-
ries on a farm.



Thomas Riddell 3 (1), a son of James 2 (2), was born somewhere in
England ; no other information.

Robert Riddell 3 (3), a son of James 2 (2), was born in England, and
was in the Eighty-first Regiment of Eoot in 1816 ; since that time (when
he visited his uncles) nothing is known of him.

FOURTH GENERATION.

James Riddell 4 (3), eldest son of James 3 (2), was born in the town of
Ballinaman, County Monaghan, Ireland, about 1821; emigrated to Can-
ada, in 1840-1, sailing from Warrensport, Ireland, in the ship "Dolphin" ;
he is now (1878) residing in Hamilton, Ont.

Jane Riddell 4 (1), eldest daughter of James 3 (2), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, in 1819; was married to William Painter ; resides in Fair-
port, N. Y., and has issue three children.

William Riddell 4 (2), second son of James 3 (2), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, and died there at the age of 21 years.

Robert Riddle 4 (4), third son of James 3 (2), was born in Ballinaman,
Ireland, in 1827 ; emigrated to Canada, in 1849, and is now (1873) in
Rochester, 1ST. Y., engaged in lumbering* He married Dec. 14, 1852, to
Dolly-Sophia Morton ; no issue. Mr. Riddle (as he spells his name) was
three years in the Union army during the Rebellion, and was wounded in
his right fore-arm, May 8, 1864, in the battle of the Wilderness; and in the
left shoulder and cheek (breaking his under jaw), April 1, 1865, at the
battle of Big Five Forks. Receives a pension.

Jane Riddell 4 (2), second daughter of James 3 (2), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, and died at the age of eleven in 1841-2.

John Riddell 4 (2), fourth son of James 3 (2), was born in Ballinaman,
Ireland, in 1832-3, emigrated to Canada, in 1849, and in 1873 had built a
house and was living with family in Alpena, Mich.



Jane Riddell 4 (2), eldest daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, Dec. 13, 1821 ; was married to John Aspinall, Nov.
18, 1841 ; emigrated to New York, and died there.

Catherine Riddell 4 (1), second daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in
Ballinaman, Ireland, Oct. 15, 1823; died unmarried in New York.

Mary Riddell 4 (2), third daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, Oct. 28, 1825 ; was married to Richard Gleenhalgh,
an engineer, at Manchester, Eng. No issue.

Elizabeth Riddell 4 (1), fourth daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in
Ballinaman, Ireland, Sept. 18, 1828.

Sarah Riddell 4 (2), fifth daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in Balli-

* Robert Riddle, of Rochester, N. Y., states that his uncle Robert had children,
James, Jane, Eliza, Mary, in addition to those given above ; these may have deceased
before I had correspondence with the family in England, in 1872, as Mr. Robert
Riddle emigrated to America in 1849 ; or some of the preceding children may have
been double-named, one authority giving oue name, and another the middle name.



164 BIDDELLS OF RAY. IRELAND.

naruan, Ireland, April 8, 1831 ; and was married to George Wellcr, as hi>
second wife, Oct. 15, 1867 ; living in 1873.

Martha Riddell 4 (2), sixth daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was horn in Bal-
linaman, Ireland, June 28, 1833 ; died in Ireland.

Alllia-Bella Riddell 4 (1 ), seventh daughter of Joseph 3 (1), was born in
Ballinaman, Ireland, Sept. 23, 1836; was married as first wife, to George
Weller, Aug. 24, 1862, and died Dec. 23, 1865, leaving one daughter. He
afterwards married her sister.

William Riddell 4 (3), only son of Joseph 3 (1), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, Jan. 13, 1839; died there, unmarried.



John Riddell 4 (3), eldest son of Robert 3 (2), was born in Ballinaman,
Ireland, and lives on the farm with his father.

William Riddell 4 (-1), second son of Robert 8 (2), was horn in Balli-
naman, Ireland, and lives on the home farm.

Sarah Riddell 4 (3), eldest daughter of Robert 3 (2), was born in Bal-
linaman, Ireland, and was at home in 1873.

Robert Riddell 4 (5), third son of Robert 3 (2), was born in Ballinaman.
Ireland, and is in business in the city of Manchester, as an iron-monger,
with his brother.

Joseph Riddell 4 (2), fourth son of Robert 3 (2), was born in Balli-
naman, Ireland, and is carrying on the business of an iron-monger, at
Manchester, Eng.

Alice Riddell 4 (1), second daughter of Robert 3 (2), was born in Bal-
linaman, Ireland; married and keeps a provision-shop ; do not know where.



RIDDELLS OF RAY, IRELAND.

•John Riddell 1 (1), parents unknown, lived in the parish of Ray (or
Rye), in the County of Donegal, Ireland, and is supposed to be a relative
of the Riddles who emigrated from the same parish and settled in the
County of York, Penn. (see Riddles of Chambersburgh, Penn.) He mar-
ried Jane Rodgers, of the Moyle, and had issue, of whom hereafter.

SECOND GENERATION.

John Riddell' 2 (2), a son of John 1 (1), was born in the parish of Ray,
County of Donegal, Ireland ; married Thompson, and had issue sev-
eral children, of whom hereafter. He and his family were buried in All
Saints' church-yard.

George Riddell" (1), a son of John 1 (1), was born in the parish of
Ray, County of Donegal, Ireland ; married and had issue, of whom here-
after. He emigrated to the United States, and acquired considerable prop-
erty ; deceased many years ago, leaving will, that in caseins two daughters,
then unmarried, died without issue, his estate should go to his brother John
and his nephew James, in Ireland. One daughter married, but died issue-
less, and the other died single, and their property was sold, and 81,500
was deposited for his brother John, but never secured by him. The names
of the daughters and their residence do not appear.



RIDDEL LS OF GLASSLOUGH, IRELAND. 165

THIRD GENERATION.

James Riddle 3 (1), eldest son of John 2 (2), was born in the parish of
Ray, County of Donegal ; married Maria Moffit, and emigrated to New-
ark, N. J. He had learned the watch-maker's trade, in Londonderry,
Ireland, and carried on business some years at Strabane, in County Don-
egal. He had issue two children, of whom hereafter. He died many years
ago.

John Riddle 3 (3), youngest son of John 2 (2), was born in the parish
of Ray, County of Donegal, Ireland ; married Sarah Hamilton, sister of
Dr. Hamilton ; died without issue, and was buried in All Saints' church-
yard. He learned the watch-maker's trade of his brother James, and had
a shop at Ramelton, Ireland.

Susan Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of John 2 (2), was born in the parish
of Ray, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1796; was married to John Williams,
of Moygah, and is now (1880) living*

Catherine Riddle 3 (2), second daughter of John 2 (2), was born in the
parish of Ray, County of Donegal, Ireland ; was married to Joseph Wil-
son, and resided in the city of Coleraine, Ireland ; both are dead.

Mary Riddle 3 (1), youngest daughter of John 2 (2), was born in the
parish of Ray, County of Donegal, Ireland, and died at home, presumably
unmarried.

FOURTH GENERATION.

George Riddle 4 (2), only son of James 3 (1), was born at Strabane,
Ireland, and died in New York, unmarried.

Jane Riddle 4 (1), only daughter of James 3 (1), was born at Strabane,
Ireland, and died in New York, unmarried.



RIDDELLS OF GLASSLOUGH, IRELAND.

Walter Riddell 1 (1) was presumably descended from the family of
Glen-Riddell, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, an offshoot of the baronial family
of Roxburghshire, Scotland. He left his kinspeople and his native land in
consequence of a quarrel concerning the Jacobite and Covenanting ques-
tions, which were agitated in Scotland, contemporary with his settlement
in Ireland, in the former part of the eighteenth century. He was, it is
supposed, a son, — or possibly a brother, — of Robert Riddell, the second
laird of Glen-Riddell, whose genealogy and history will be found in this
work, under denomination of " Riddells of Glen-Riddell," which see. He
was sometime of Glasslough, in the County of Monaghan ; it is not at

* The only male representative of this family in Ireland (so far as known) is a
grandson of Mrs. Susan (Riddell) Williams, of Newton-Cunningham, who is called
John-James Riddle. The surname was spelled Riddell by the ancestors of this
family. The family Bible containing the records has been lost, and the early parish
records are not extant. A gentleman, named Marshall, whose grandmother was a
Riddell, was in Ireland some twenty-seven years ago, to learn the history of his
ancestry, and visited Mrs. Susan (Riddell) Williams, informing her of her brother's
death in New Jersey. There was also an American named Colon Reid who visited
Ray many years ago, and said a Dr. Riddle was about to visit the parish to look up
his ancestry. Was this Rev. David H. Riddle, i>. d., of Martinsburgh, Va. ?



166 BIDDELLS OF GLASSLOUGH, IRELAND.

present known what influence attracted him to that place, or what was
his exact condition there; it is probable, however, that he was induced to
settle there by the influence of the Leslie family, who were, and are still,
the principal landed proprietors of the district, and who were from Scot-
land. Mr. Riddell is known to have enjoyed a good social position, as
became his own origin, from the marriage-connections of himself and son,
and from the fact that he was possessed of considerable land-estates, part
of which were situated near Blackwatertown, on the borders of the County
of Armagh,where afield is still pointed out and known as "Riddell'sMoor."
He married a Miss Burgess, a member of a well-known county family, or
of a branch thereof, now represented at Parkmaur, County of Tyrone,
but formerly of Wood Park, County of Armagh. He is described as hav-
ing been a very godly man, a member of the Church of Scotland, and
strongly imbued with Calvinistic principles. He died 1775, having had
issue one son, who appears to have been their only child. I append the
following note, to show the grounds upon which the family base their claim
to relationship with the baronial family of Scotland ; the matter in the
note was furnished the author by the Rev. Walter Riddall, m. a., who
compiled his family pedigree for this work.*

SECOND GENERATION.

Robert Riddell 2 (1), son of Walter 1 (1), was born, it is supposed,
about 1745-50. He grew up a very different character from his father,

* Rev. Walter Riddall says, " I am quite aware that it is stated aud assumed that
the Glen-Riddell family failed iu the direct male line, and that it is supposed to be
now represented by the descendants of John Riddell. a younger son of Walter, the
first laird of Glen-Riddell. But this assumption is directly contradicted by the tra-
dition of my branch family, and the facts of the case are such as both to confirm
the tradition, aud at the same time to account for the contradictory assumption; so
that the common statement concerning the failure of the direct male line of the
Glen-Riddell family will require to be amended, or at least modified, even if I shall
not succeed in giving absolute demonstrations of the truth of the tradition of my
branch family, for I shall claim to be a or the direct representative of Glen-Riddell
in the male line, unless and until the tradition of my family is proved to be false,
which I am sure it never can. The facts on which I rest are the following, which
I beg to commend to the careful consideration of the reader. (1.) The tradi-
tion itself, which is constant and undoubted, and exists as clearly amongst the
"Riddells of Richhill " (which see) as it does amongst my cousins: and I can bring
many witnesses to vouch for it. Now, the tradition is a fact w T hich requires to be
accounted for. I myself often heard it as a child from a sister of my father, a godly
woman, who had no knowledge on the subject but what she had received from her
father and mother, a pious pair, who cared nothing about the world's rank or honor.
It is every way inconceivable and impossible that such a tradition could have sprung
from imagination or invention; a hundred circumstances negative such an idea.
How, then, is it to be accounted for? Simply and only by accounting it to be the
truth. And the tradition has not had so very far to travel down the stream of time.
The first person concerned in it died in 1775, and when I first heard it there were
people still living who could have discredited it if recently invented. The tradition
is that ' old Walter,' my first ancestor who came to Ireland, came from Glen-Riddell.
in Scotland, having separated from his family, and dropped all connections with
them, owing to a dispute about politics or religion (probably both). This is my
first main fact. (2.) The leading Christian names in my family precisely agree
with the tradition. The first Laird of Glen-Riddell was Walter, and the second was
Robert; and in my family these two names have followed each other in the succes-
sive generations without any deviation from strict regularity : so that there have
been at the head of each generation, successively. Waller. Robert, Walter (2), Rob-
ert (2), Walter (3), Robert (3) ; including my son as the last. Walter and Robert
are emphatically the Glen-Riddell names. And it would seem from this that 'old



BIDDELLS OF GLASSLOUGH, IBELAND. 167

being dissolute and improvident, and was obliged to leave Glasslough
after his marriage, owing to his profligate conduct, and eventually dissi-
pated and lost all his father's property. He married, about 1768, Miss
Sarah Ankittell, a daughter of Roger Ankitell, Esq., of Mount Ankitell,
a grandson of the famous and gallant Matthew Ankitell, Esq., of Anki-
tell' s Grove, County of Monaghan, who fell fighting in defence of the
Protestant interest in 1688, at Drumbanagher, near Glasslough. These
had issue one son (probably others), of whom hereafter. Soon after the
birth of this son his mother died, leaving him in the care of his grand-
father, his father having been obliged to quit the town. Robert married,
secondly, his housekeeper, a Miss Eccles, by whom he had three sons, some
of whose descendants have become well known in the United States. (See
"Riddells of Richhill," in this work.) It is not unlikely that Robert may
have had other sons besides the three mentioned. There are Riddells, or
Riddles, now living in the vicinity of Glasslough, whose origin seems un-
certain, but who may not improbably be considered as his descendants.
Having lost all his property in gambling and dissipation, and having both
talent and education, Robert turned his attention to the work of architect
and builder, in which he was followed by his son, as will be hereinafter no-
ticed. He became a converted, reformed character, under the preaching
of the Methodists. The date of his death is unknown, but it probably
occurred about 1800.

THIRD GENERATION.

Walter Riddell 3 (2), eldest son of Robert' 2 (1), was born in or near
Glasslough, County Monaghan, Ireland, 1770, and died Dec. 5, 1818. He
was under the care of his grandfather, as before mentioned, until he was
five years old, and received in early years seeds of religious instruction,
which by God's grace he never lost. On his grandfather's death, he was
kept for a time among his mother's relatives ; but was afterwards restored
to 1 lis father, who gave him all possible advantages of education. He was

Walter,' my ancestor, was very probably the eldest son of Robert, the second laird
of Glen-Riddell. This is my second fact. (3.) The time at which 'old Walter'
lived would agree with his having - been a son of Robert, the second of Glen-Riddell.
He died in 1775, five years after the birth of his grandson, who was my grandfather.
(4.) The time also agrees with that portion of the tradition which refers to the
family feud about politics and religion. During the former half of the last century
there were fierce disputes in Scotland, with Jacobites and Covenanters. I do not
know what side my ancestor may have taken; but this much is certain, that he was
a very godly man, a member of the Church of Scotland, and strongly imbued with
Calvinistic principles. This last I have from a statement written by my grand-
mother, giving a short account of her husband, after his death, but which, I fear,
is lost. I have now stated the facts on which I rely, and I think it is easy to un-
derstand how, under the circumstances, my ancestor, 'old Walter,' was ignored and
lost sight of by his family, and how his stiff Scotch temper would prevent his at-
tempting to reopen communication, and thus how it came to be assumed that Glen-
Riddell had died out in the direct male line, though it had survived in Ireland all
the time. I do not press the conclusion that my ancestor was necessarily the eldest
son of Glen-Riddell; but that he was one of the sons (or a brother, possibly), I
have no doubt I only ask that the claim which I have advanced, may be fairly
and fully considered and fairly stated ; having no doubt but that further investiga-
tions will confirm it hereafter." Mr. Riddall will continue to investigate the his-
tory of his family and forward every new fact until the last moment before this
goes to press. I should here state that Sir Walter-Buchanan Riddell, Bart., in a
letter to Rev. Walter Riddall, says, "I am sure you are right to consider yourself
one of the family of the Riddells'of Riddell." Sir Walter's testimony should have
weight, as coming from the " Chief."



168 RIDDELLS OF &LASSLOUGH, IRELAND.

early brought under Methodist influences, and began at a very early age
to exhort, and finally became one of their regular preachers. He married,
about 1795, Miss Anne OTIanlon, daughter of James O'Hanlon, a mer-
chant of Blackwatertown, County Armagh, who was a Roman Catholic,
and a member of the great O'Hanlon clan, who at one time, before the
plantation of Ulster, possessed about one-third of the land in the County
of Armagh. His wife and daughter, however, were both pious Protestants.
He had issue a numerous family, of whom hereafter.

FOURTH GENERATION.

Sarah Riddell 4 (1), eldest daughter of Walter 3 (2), was married to
John Ralston, a farmer, a descendant of Richard Ralstone, one of the
original patentees of the plantation of Ulster, and who held one thousand
acres of land in Lemore, County Armagh. She and her husband are both
dead ; they had three sons, two of them now living.

Elizabeth Riddell 4 (1), second daughter of" Walter 3 (2), married
Robert Ralston (or Roulstone, as the name was originally spelt), brother
of her sister's husband before mentioned, and died without issue.

Martha Riddell 4 (1), third daughter of Walter 3 (2), was married to
G. Taylor, of Dangannore, and died leaving issue one son and three
daughters.

Margaret Riddell 4 (1), fourth daughter of Walter 3 (2), was married
to Henry Riddell, her kinsman, of Richhill, and died in Australia, without
children.

Robert Riddall 4 (2), eldest son of Walter 3 (2), was born March 22,
1810; died March 24, 1*73. He and his brother James adopted the spell-
ing Iliddall, which is continued in this family at the present time. Robert
early conceived the idea of recovering the fortune and position lost by his
grandfather, and was at one time about taking steps to recover by law a
portion of the property lost in gambling. From this, however, he desisted ;
but by his energy and prudence, eventually became possessed of property
in the same neighborhood, the townlands of Tyregarty and Ballytrodden,
near Blackwatertown ; besides other property in the County Armagh and
County Tyrone. He was appointed, when quite a youth, to the important
office of seneschal of the manor of Inishowen, County Donegal, and also
entered into business as a corn and flour miller, at Longyvallen, near Ar-
magh, in which he was very successful. He also held the office of Deputy
Registrar of the Diocese and Province of Armagh, under his relative,
George Scott, Esq., whom he eventually succeeded as Principal Registrar;
and also afterwards became District Registrar of Her Majesty's Court of
Probate at Armagh. He was a Justice of the Peace and a grand juror
for the County Armagh. He married, in 1846, Harriet, daughter of the
late Samuel Gardner, Esq., Justice of the Peace, of Armagh, who sur-
vived him and died in 1870. They had no issue. He generously took
paternal charge of his brother James' family, on his early death in 1850,
and they inherit the most of his estate and wealth. Mr. Riddall was a man
of high character anrl sterling principle; and in his latter years actuated
by genuine though unostentatious piety. There is a mural tablet erected
to his memory in St. Mark's Church, at Armagh. The influence of his
life is manifested amongst his kindred, who hold him in grateful memory.

Rev. James Riddall 4 (1), second son of Walter 3 (2), was born Sept.
21, 1816, and died Nov. 10, 1850, the perpetuator of his family line. He
and his brother were educated and advanced in life by their mother's



BIDDELLS OF GLASSLOUGH, IRELAND. 169

cousin, George Scott, Esq., of Armagh, Registrar of the Diocese and Prov-



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