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married Daniel Moor in 1807, and lived in Bedford.

James Riddle 3 (1), second son of John 2 (1), was born Jan. 9, 1786;
married Anna Dole in 1815, had issue two children, and died in 1827,
aged 41 years.

Anna Riddle 3 (1), third daughter of John 2 (1), was born in May, 1789;
married James Staples, of Prospect, Me., in 1841, and settled in said town.


John Riddle 3 (2), third son of John- (1), was horn (probably) about
1791 : died at the age of 21 ; no other information.

Matthew Riddle 3 (1), fourth son of John 2 (1), was born (probably)
about 17i»o ; married Sarah Dole in Ohio, in 1819 ; went West in 1820,
and settled in Terre Haute, Ind., as cabinet-maker. He died Sept. 1,
1828, and his wife July 9, 1844; both were buried in Greenwood Ceme-
tery, Terre Haute.

AVilliam Riddle 3 (2), fifth son of John 2 (1), was born (probably) about
1795; died in 1845; no other information.

Oilman Riddle 3 (1), sixth son of John' 2 (1), was born in July, 1811 ;
married in 1836, Mary J. Eveleth, and secondly in 1841, Emeline Henry.
Had a family of three children, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddle has long
been identified with manufacturing operations, and has become an owner of
valuable real estate. He resides in Manchester, N. H., in a spacious man-
sion on Chestnut Street. He is a man of quiet and unostentatious habits.

Eliza-S. Riddle 3 (1), fourth daughter of John 2 (1), was born in 1813;
married and lived at Belfast, Me.

John-Dnnlap Riddle 3 (3), eldest son of David 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., March 20, 1802 ; married Sally C. Gilmore, May 12, 1831,
and had issue six children, of whom hereafter. Mis. Riddle died July 13,
1852, and he married, secondly, Mary- Ann Gilmore (sister of Sally C), in
1854, but had no issue by this union. Mr. Riddle lived many years in
Bedford, but removed to Manchester in 1868, and died there Aug. 5,
1876, leaving a widow and three children. He was a Justice of the Peace,
and frequently held offices in his town; a man of considerable ability;
highly respected by a wide circle of acquaintances.

Hllgh Riddle 3 (2), second son of David 2 (1), was bom in Bedford, N.
H., April 8, 1803, and died in 1849. " When young he went to Balti-
more, Md., where he was extensively engaged in constructing the public
works of that city. In 1837 he built the Baltimore Custom-house, and
was largely connected with the building of the first railroads terminating
at that place." In 1849 he started for California by the overland route,
and in the expedition lost his life, — the manner unknown. A simple
head-board, carved with a rude inscription, was erected to mark his rest-
ing-place "on the plains of the Pacific."

Martha Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of David 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, N. II., Dec. 16, 1806 ; married Daniel Barnard, and lived in Bedford.

Gilmail Riddle 3 (2), third son of David 2 (1), was born in Bedford, N.
H., and died young.

Mary Riddle 3 (1), second daughter of David 2 (1), was a twin to Gil-
man 3 (2) ; died young.

Grawn Riddle 3 (3), eldest son of Hugh 2 (1), was born in Bedford, N.
H., in May, 1791 ; married Elizabeth, daughter of Lieut. James Moore,
and settled near his father's homestead. He married, secondly, Rebecca,
daughter of Robert Walker, one of the early settlers of Bedford ; he
had a family of four children, of whom hereafter, and died Aug. 20, 1867,
aged 78 years ; he was a farmer.
"Dr. Robert Riddle 3 (I), second son of Hugh 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, N.H., in 1793 ; was graduated at Yale College in 1818, studied med-
icine, and settled in his native town. " He was considered a skilful phy-
sician, and was fast rising in notice, when he died in the prime of life,




Dec. 17, 1828," holding the appointment of surgeon's mate in the Bed-
ford Grenadier Company.

Anna Riddle 3 (2), eldest daughter of Hugh 2 (1), was born in Bedford,
N. H., March 3, 1794; married Willard Parker, and had issue ; died Oct.
7, 1876.

Polly Riddle 3 (1), second daughter of Hugh" 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., Feb. 12, 1796 ; married Oct. 10, 1820, to Rev. Daniel L.
French, of Nelson, and had issue ; deceased.

Sally Riddle 3 (1), third daughter of Hugh 2 (1), was born in Bedford,
N. H., Nov. 7, 1799 ; married in 1842 to Cot Daniel Gould, and lived in
Manchester. Still living, — the only one of her generation (1884).

Susanna Riddle 3 (3), fourth daughter of Hugh 2 (1), was born in
Bedford, N. H, Oct. 10, 1801 ; married to Dea. Robert Boyd, of London-
derry, and had issue; died Jan. 21, 1849.

Jane Riddle 3 (1), fifth daughter of Hugh 2 (1), was born in Bedford,
N. H., Sept. 11, 1804; married Eleazer, son of Dea. Richard Dole, in
1825, had issue, and died March 24, 1834.

Gen. William-Pickels Riddle 3 (2), eldest son of Isaac 2 (1), was born
in Bedford, N. H., April 6, 1789; married Miss Sarah, daughter of Capt.
John Ferguson, of Dunbarton, in 1824, and had issue seven children, of
whom hereafter. His boyhood was passed at home, at the district school,
and about his father's business, in which he early displayed aptness and
activity. At Atkinson Academy, under Professor Vose, he acquired all
the advanced education that it was his privilege in those days to receive,
and subsequently, for a short time, he taught school in his native town.
In 1811, Mr. Riddle located in Piscataquog, a village of considerable en-
terprise in Bedford, situated on the Merrimack River, and now a part of
the city of Manchester. There he first took charge of his father's busi-
ness affairs ; business soon increased in importance, which led to the for-
mation of the firm of Isaac Riddle & Sons. This firm extended its business
operations throughout central New England. They owned and carried on
stores, warehouses, lumber-yards, saw- and grist-mills, at Boston, Bedford
Centre, and at Piscataquog; and operated cotton and nail factories, and
lumber and grain mills on the Souhegan at Merrimack.

In the latter place they erected dwelling-houses, stores, and a hotel,
whence it became to be known as " Riddle's Village," and was a thriving

During this time the construction of the " Union Locks and Canals " on
the Merrimack River was inaugurated, an enterprise which rendered that
river navigable for boats and barges from Amoskeag to Lowell, making
connections between Concord and Boston. With this achievement Mr.
Riddle became personally identified, manifesting zeal and foresight in a
remarkable degree. Taking advantage of the facilities thus afforded for
inland navigation, the firm of Isaac Riddle & Sons established a line of
canal-boats, and in connection with their other extensive business opera-
tions, entered actively into the carrying trade. This business was con-
tinued by Mr. Riddle after the dissolution of the firm, and until the open-
ing of the Nashua and Concord Railroad.

At the decease of his father the old firm was dissolved, and Mr. Riddle

assumed and carried on the business thereafter, both at Merrimack and in

Bedford, on his own account. He supplied the surrounding countr ywith

merchandise, and from his extensive wood-lots and water-powers, and



by way of purchase, he furnished round and manufactured lumber,
largely for the cities of Nashua, Lowell, Newburyport, Boston, and sup-
plied the navy-yard at Charlestown with spars and ship-timber; Boston
and Lowell with lumber for public buildings and bridges; the railroads of
New England with ties and contract stuff, and the island of Cuba with
its railroad sleepers.

During this period of his business activity he also dealt extensively in
hops, marketing them in Boston', New York, and Philadelphia, and in
some instances shipping them abroad.. Thus his mercantile enterprh
and ventures continued till his retirement in I860, having exercised a di-
versified, energetic, and busy life, for upwards of half a century. In 184s
he erected the Piscataquog Steam Mills, and successfully operated them
for several years. About this time he received the appointment of gen-
eral inspector of hops for the State of New Hampshire, the cultivation of
which having become a matter of importance to the farmers of the Slate.
In this capacity he was widely known and respected among the hop-grow-
ers and merchants of New England.

Quite early in life Mr. Riddle showed a taste for military affairs. At
the age of twenty-five years he organized a company called the "Bedford
Grenadiers," and was chosen its first captain. This was in 1815. He
commanded this company about five years, when he was promoted to the
rank of major in the "Old Ninth" Regiment, New Hampshire Militia (May
13, 1820). The next year he received further promotion to the lieutenant-
colonelcy, and in June, 1824, became, through promotion, the colonel of
his regiment, and commanded it for seven years. Thence he was briga-
dier-general, and on the 25th of June, 1838, was promoted to major-gen-
eral of the division, which military office he held, with high commenda-
tions, till his resignation. Thus he had encompassed all the offices of
military rank, from a fourth corporal to a major-general.

Under his command the "Old Ninth" Regiment was composed of ten
full companies of infantry, two rifle companies, one artillery company,
and one cavalry company, and by him was brought to a high state of dis-
cipline and efficiency; in reputation ranking first in the State.

In civil life, also, Mr. Riddle held offices of trust; was moderator at
the town-meetings, representative to the State Legislature, county road-
commissioner, trustee of institutions, on committees of public matters ;
but from constant pressure of business affairs he was often obliged to de-
cline offices tendered him. In 1820, he was chairman of the committee
appointed to build Piscataquog meeting-house, and twenty years later he
was chiefly instrumental in remodeling it into an academy, of which he
was trustee during its existence. In public education he always took a
lively interest, fostering and promoting its advancement in every practical
way ; whether the common school, the academy, or the college, he warmly
advocated and upheld the claims of each, and was patron of all.

As the town's committee he constructed the large bridge- across the
Merrimack River, — matters of public interest in these days. — and was
president of the Granite Bridge Co., which erected the long lattice-bridge
at Merrill's Falls, connecting the town with the city of Manchester. He
also superintended the reconstruction of the large McGregor bridge, below
Amoskeag Falls.

In Masonry, too, Mr. Kiddle was pre-eminent and active in his time.
He became a member of the Masonic order in 1823, and in the following
year assisted in founding the Lafayette Lodge, being one of the chartered


members. To the support and maintenance of this lodge, Mr. Riddle
contributed liberally in funds and effort; giving free use of a hall for
twenty-five years for its meetings. He was, in 1874, the only surviving
one of its early projectors. During anti-mason times, this lodge was one
of the very few in the State which kept its "altar-fires alive," and held
regular communications unbroken. He was also a member of Mt. Horeb
Chapter, and a member of Trinity Commandery of Knights Templars.

Amid the varied activities of a busy life, agriculture received no small
share of his attention, owning several farms, which he cultivated with
success, experimenting with crops and giving results to the public. He
was a patron of the State and County fairs, gave much thought to im-
proved methods of farming, and in many ways strove to aid in the ad-
vancement of the best interests of agriculture. The growing of hops was
a specialty with him, and he carried it to highly successful results, estab-
lishing theories of his own, and generally improving the grade and quality
of the hops raised in the State.

After the incorporation of the city of Manchester, and when military
interests were dormant throughout the State, General Riddle organized
the Amoskeag Veterans, — a military association composed of many of
the most prominent and enterprising men of the city at that time. This
was in the year 1854. Out of this association a battalion was formed,
and General Riddle chosen commander. The success of this movement
awakened the military spirit of the State, and soon after the whole mili-
tary system was re-established and vitalized. The Veterans uniformed in
Continental style, and upon parade presented a unique and attractive
appearance. Its first public display worthy of mention was in Boston, on
the occasion of a celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill, at Charlestown.
This assured its reputation.

In the fall of 1855, upon the invitation of President Pierce, the Amos-
keag Veterans visited Washington, and became guests at the White
House, freely enjoying its hospitality and receiving official honors. While
there it made a notable pilgrimage to the Tomb of Washington, at Mt.
Vernon. On its return homeward the battalion created much enthusiasm
in the cities through which it passed ; the stalwartness and martial bear-
ing of the Veterans, the quaintness of their uniform, and their soldierly
demeanor, attracted public notice. At Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New
York, it received especial attention and entertainment. During the late
war the Veterans evinced patriotism by volunteering their services to
the Governor of New Hampshire. The corps exists to-day, highly hon-
ored and generally respected as one of the institutions among the " Gran-
ite Hills."

Mr. Riddle, though not a politician, always took manifest interest in
the politics of the country. At first a staunch Whig, and subsequently an
earnest Republican. He believed in advanced party principles, but had
little regard for mere party policies. He ardently supported the Consti-
tution and the Union, and ever upheld the integrity of the country. He
respected the constitutional rights of all sections, and sought to sustain
justice and freedom always and everywhere. Liberty of thought, speech,
and action were fundamental with him. During the late Rebellion he
was an earnest supporter of the government, and welcomed peace and
the results of the war as a harbinger of a redeemed and glorified republic.

In religious faith Mr. Riddle was a Unitarian, though born of Scotch-
Presbyterian parentage, and bred under such influences. His intellectual


force and independence led him to more liberal views and a broader faith.
He was prominent among the early founders of the Unitarian Church at
Manchester, and took much personal interest in its success. Charitable of
the opinions of others, he was consistent in his own.

Not the least among the varied talents of General Kiddle was his musi-
cal proficiency, both as a choir leader and instrumental performer at Bed-
ford for twenty years.

Hospitable and courteous always, he enjoyed the society of good ami
cultivated men ; liberality and generosity were traits of his character ; to
tlic appeals of the poor and unfortunate he turned not away. In private
life he was greatly respected, and fully sustained the confidence of his fel-
low-men ; in public life he was identified with every good and worthy un-
dertaking. In church, and state, and society, ever present with aid and
encouragement. Integrity, probity, and energy marked his whole career.
Few men of his generation have lived more efficient lives, and few have
left behind a deeper impress or a broader record of usefulness and enter-
prise for a memorial. Mr. Riddle died at his residence in Piscataquog
Village, May 18, 1875, aged 82 years. He was buried with masonic and
military honors, and his remains deposited in the family tomb at Bedford.
The portrait of Mr. Riddle, in this book, was furnished by his sons.

James Riddle 3 (2), second son of Isaac- (1), was born in Bedford, N.
H., June 26, 1791 ; married in 1810, Charlotte Farmer, sister of the dis-
tinguished antiquary; this lady was born July 20, 1792, and died while
on a visit to Quincy in 1828. She was a beautiful and amiable woman.
In 1829 he married Laura, daughter of Solomon Barker, of Pelham (she
was born Jan. 11, 1802, and died March 4, 1831), and thirdly, in 1833, he
married Eliza Hunt (she was born May 6, 1807), who survived him, and
resides in Nashua. Mr. Riddle died Nov. 24, 1840, aged 49 years ; he
had issue five children, of whom hereafter. He was for many years en-
gaged in business with his father and brothers, being a member of the firm
of Isaac Riddle & Sons ; was a man of activity and good business capac-
ity, and largely interested in staging before the days of railroads.

Isaac Riddle 3 (2), third son of Isaac 2 (1) and Ann Aiken, was born
in Bedford, N. H., July 25, 1793; married, Sept. 30, 1818, Betsey,
daughter of Dea. Phineas Aiken, of Bedford, and sister of Rev. Silas Ai-
ken, sometime of Park-street Church, Boston, Mass., and by her, — who
died Oct. 21, 1843, — had issue five children, of whom hereafter. He mar-
ried, secondly, Mrs. Ursula (Smith) Aubin, of Newburyport, Mass., by
whom he had one child, who died in infancy.

Mr. Riddle acquired his education in the public schools of his native
town, and the academies at Bradford and at Atkinson, N. H., and then,
with his father and two brothers, formed the firm of Isaac Riddle & Sons,
which carried on business at Piscataquog Village, Bedford, and Merri-
mack, N. EL, and Boston, Mass. They assisted in constructing the Union
Locks and Canals, one of the links in the chain which connected Concord
with Boston. Dams and locks, for the passage of boats, were built on
Merrimack River, at Merrill's Falls, in Manchester; Griffin's, Short, Goffe's,
and Coos, in Bedford; and Moore's and Cromwell's, in Merrimack, — at
an expense of about 880,000. They built and launched the first canal-boat
which made the trip, and established a daily line of them. This company
owned saw-mills, grist-mills, and extensive tracts of valuable woodland ;
they run what was supposed to have been the first nail-making machine
north of Boston ; they dealt largely in potash, hops, and produce.

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When Mr. Riddle entered the firm with his father and brothers, he lo-
cated in Boston to manage the department of business there, having his
office at their boat-house, at the end of the canal, which at that time ran
through Canal Street (having given it that name) to Haymarket Square,
and down Blackstone Street to the harbor. After the senior member of
the firm gave up his share in the business, and removed to Quincy, Mass.,
Isaac Kiddle, Jr., returned to Bedford, and his brother David took his place
in the Boston office. Upon the death of Mr. Riddle's father, in 1830, the
firm dissolved, and the business was divided, but he continued at Bedford.
After disposing of his store, Mr. Riddle devoted himself to agriculture, —
owning a valuable farm in Bedford, — and to land-surveying, being a pro-
fessional of accuracy and great experience.

While living in Bedford, Mr. Riddle always manifested a lively inter-
est in town affairs, and was prominently identified with public issues in
general. He was postmaster for upwards of twenty years, and served
in the Old Ninth Regiment of Militia, as adjutant, and subsequently as

About 1843 he built a fine large residence on Lowell Street, in Man-
chester, and removed to that city, — to which he had previously driven
daily to attend to his business there, — and established himself as a real-
estate broker. At the first sale of land by the Amoskeag Company, in
1838, he purchased a lot on Elm Street, between Concord and Lowell
Streets, and erected the wooden building now standing there, which con-
tained windows taken from the ancient church at Quincy, Mass. (which
had been purchased by Isaac Riddle, Sr., and shipped to Manchester),
through which John Adams and John-Quincy Adams, Presidents of the
United States, used to look out, many years ago. At a subsequent sale
of land Mr. Riddle bought two lots on Amherst Street, and located his
office there. The block known as Riddle's Building (now owned by his
son) he purchased subsequently of its builder, Ira Ballou.

He was a civil and police justice, and in these capacities did consider-
able business ; was one of a committee to secure the incorporation of the
city of Manchester, and assisted in founding the Manchester Bank, of
which he was a director; was president of the Amoskeag Fire Insurance
Company, and director of the Manchester Scale Company. He always
manifested a deep interest in education, and was prominent in movements
for the advancement of knowledge in Manchester, before the consolidation
of the school-districts, and was on a committee to build the school-house
at the corner of Union and Merrimack Streets.

Mr. Riddle acquired a large property in business, but was sometimes
a heavy loser by the misfortunes of those he aided by his endorsements.
He was widely known as an enterprising business man and public-spirited
citizen, and when he died, Oct. 3, 1875, he was greatly missed. He was
a typical representative of the sterling Scotch-Irish stock, and a gentle-
man of the old school. Of sound judgment, cautious, and conservative,
his opinions were weighty, and his executions usually successful. Pos-
sessing great kindness of heart and tenderness of spirit, he was quickly
moved at the appeal of the deserving, and generous in responding sub-
stantially to the calls of the needy. His remains were deposited in the
family tomb at Bedford.

The excellent portrait of Mr. Riddle, engraved on steel expressly for
this book, was kindly donated by his eldest son and namesake, Isaac 1ST.
Riddle, of Bedford, N. H.


Oilman Kiddle 3 (3), fourth son of Isaac 2 (1), was born in Bedford,
X. H., Nov. 28, 1795, and died Oct. 8, 1799.

David Riddle 3 (2), fifth son of Isaac- (1), was born in Bedford, 1ST.
H., Aug. 27, 1797. He entered Dartmouth College in 1814, but retired
therefrom on account of ill-health, and made a voyage to Russia in 1815 ;
married Marv Lincoln in 1826, and lived at Merrimack. He was engaged
in business at the Boston house of the firm of Isaac Riddle & Sons. Mr.
Riddle died July 23, 1835, after which his family removed to Hingham,
where they were living in 1852; he had issue four children.

Jacob-McGaw Riddle 3 (1), sixth son of Isaac 2 (1), and eldest child of
his second wife, was born in Bedford, X. H., Dec. 30, 1807. He was ed-
ucated at the Military Academy, Norwich, Vt. ; was a mariner by profes-
sion, and was lost at sea, Sept. 21, 1835, on his fifth voyage, being first
mate of the new brig " Washington," of Boston, bound for Cadiz. No

Margaret-Ann Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of Isaac 2 (1), was born in
Bedford, X. H., July 7, 1809; married in 1830, to Gen. Joseph C. Ste-
vens, of Lancaster, Mass., and had issue ; died at Lancaster, Mass., April
6, 1881.

Rebecca Riddle 3 (1), second daughter of Isaac 2 (1) by his second
wife, was born in Bedford, X. H., Aug. 13, 1811 ; died Aug. 9, 1812.

Polly Riddle 3 (2), eldest daughter of William 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, X. H., June 22, 1792; died^March 19, 1819. She was the first wife
of Dr. P. P. Woodbury. See Martha 3 (2).

William Riddle 3 (i), eldest son of William 2 (1), was born in Bedford,
N. H., Feb. 8, 1794; married Mrs. Anna-Dole Riddle, in 1828, and had
two children, of whom hereafter ; he died Dec. 26, 1849.

Martha Riddle 3 (2), second daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
Bedford, X. H., April 18, 1796 ; married to Dr. P. P. Woodbury, brother
of Levi Woodbury, ll. d., the distinguished associate justice of the IT. S.
Supreme Court. Dr. Woodburv's first wife was a sister to Martha; died
Aug. 19, 1832*

Dr. Freeman Riddle 3 (1), second son of William 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, X. H., March 13, 1798; graduated at Yale College in 1819; studied
and practised medicine; settled in Upper Canada, and there died Jan.
21, 1826.

Jane Riddle 3 (1), third daughter of William 2 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, X. H., Sept. 3, 1800 ; married in 1826, to John Goff, and resided at
Bedford; died Oct. 22, 1875.

Marinda Riddle 3 (1). fourth daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
Bedford, X. H., April 6, 1802; and died Oct. 24, 1840, at St, Clair, Mich.

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