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Benjainin-Frauklin Riddle 3 (1). third son of William 2 (1). was born
in Bedford, X. H., March 2d, 1804; married, in 1830, Abigail D. Colley,
and had issue six children, of whom hereafter; residence in 1852, Beloit,
Wis.; died June 1, 1857.

* Freeman-Perkins Woodbury, son of Dr. Peter P. Woodbury, of Bedford, and
Martha Kiddle, engaged in mercantile pursuits in the city of New York when young,
and has continued there successfully ever since He married Harriet-Ann McGau.
and has several children, one of whom is a physician. He owns the old Gofl' home-
stead in the town of Bedford, which he has fitted up for a summer residence. He is
fond of rural amusements and agriculture. A genial and generous-hearted gentle-
man of affluence.


Margaret-Tragallos Riddle 3 (2), youngest daughter of William- (1),
was born in Bedford, N. H., June 22, 1806; married Reuben Moore, in
1831, and lived at St. Clair, Mich., in 1852, having issue; no other infor-


Asenath Riddle* (1), eldest daughter of Gawn 3 (2), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H. ; married Thomas G. Holbrook, in 1826, and had issue; died
in 1845.

Albert Riddle 4 (1), eldest son of Gawn 3 (2), was born in Bedford,
N. H., 1804 (?); married Sarah Wheeler, and had seven children; he died
Aug. 7, 1859.

Nancy Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of Gawn 3 (2), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H.; married to William G. Campbell, and died Jan. 31, 1837,
leaving issue. __

Betsey-Dole Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of James 3 (1), was born at
Bedford, jST. H.; married to William Goff, and had issue; resides at
Kenosha, Wis.

Sally-Dole Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of James 3 (1), was born in
Bedford, N. H.; married to William-Riddle French, 1841, and had issue.

James-McAffee Riddle 4 (3), son of Matthew 3 (1), was born in Ohio,
Oct. 31, 1820; married Harriet Ogden, and had issue Jive children, of
whom hereafter; he resided at Matoon, 111.; dead.

Johll-R. Riddle 4 (4), second son of Matthew 3 (1), was born in Terre

Haute, Ind., Jan. 19, 1826; married Mary M., daughter of Boothe

and his wife, Daphne, of Clifton, Ind., May 5, 1849, and had issue four
daughters, of whom hereafter. Blacksmith by trade; removed to Prairie
City (now Toledo), 111., in 1853 ; thence to Seelyville, Ind., in 1871 ; thence
to Cherokee, Kan., in 1877 ; thence to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1880, and
died at the home of his daughter there, July 4, 1880. His wife pre-
deceased him May 5, 1865.

Matthew Riddle 4 (2), youngest son of Matthew 3 (1), was born Oct. 11,
1828, at Terre Haute, Ind.; left for the far West at the age of twenty-
one, and with the exception of one or two letters received by his brother
John soon after his departure, nothing has been heard of him; supposed
to have "died on the plains."

Gilman-Eveletll Riddle 4 (4), eldest son of Oilman 3 (1), was born in
Manchester, N. H., in 1839; married; died, leaving issue.

John-Henry Riddle 4 (5), second son of Gilman 8 (1), was born in
Manchester, N. H., in 1842; died in 1845.

Josephine-Henry Riddle 4 (1), only daughter of Oilman 3 (1), was
born iu Manchester, in 1845; married S. C. Smith, of Massachusetts, and
died in 1872, without issue.

Martha-Ann Riddle 4 (3), eldest daughter of John 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H., Aug. 20, 1832; unmarried; resides in Manchester.

Margaret-Elizabeth Riddle 4 (3), second daughter of John 3 (3), was
born in Bedford, N. H., March 2, 1834; deceased Oct. 16, 1840.

David-Rraiiuird Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of John 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H, Feb. 8, 1840; deceased Oct, 3, 1840.

Mary-Loilisa Riddle 4 (2), third daughter of John 8 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H., March 6, 1837 ; unmarried ; lives in Manchester.


Sarah-Jane Riddle 4 (1), fourth daughter of John 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H., Jan. 7, 1842; died July 13, 1852.

Charles-Carroll Riddle 4 (1), second son of John 8 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H., March 6, 1840; married Sarah Eaton, and has two
children, of whom hereafter. A farmer.

Hugh Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of Gawn 8 (3), was born in Bedford, N.
H., Aug. 11, 1822 ; married Mary S. Walker, May 5, 1852, and by her
had issue, of whom hereafter. His wife died Jan. 8, 1871, and he married
secondly, Sept. 4, 1872, Althea E. Wetmore. Early became a civil engi-
neer, and was employed in the location and construction of the Erie Rail-
road of New York. Was also identified with the location and construc-
tion of the Lake Shore and other New York railroads.

In 1853 Mr. Riddle had charge of track-repairs and construction on the
Susquehanna Division of the Erie Railway, comprising a distance of one
hundred and forty miles. His home at this time was at Binghamton,
Broome County, N. Y. In 1854 he was appointed consulting engineer
over the entire road and its branches. In 1855 he removed to Port Jer-
vis, having been appointed superintendent of the Delaware Division, va-
cating, of course, the offices before mentioned. His labor while superin-
tending this division was often unremitting and arduous. He was not
absent during any emergency, day or night.

Mr. Riddle commenced on the railway as a chain carrier, at one dollar
a day, and faithfully performed whatever duty was assigned him in the
various grades of promotion, till he became general superintendent ; and
has attributed his success more to his perseverance under discouraging
circumstances when a civil engineer, — even in the wilderness, during the
construction of the road, — than to any talents he might possess.

Some incidents in the life of Mr. Riddle illustrate the character of the
man. Soon after he established himself at Port Jervis, N. Y., he was re-
turning to his home at a late hour of the evening, and while ascending a
hill between the Erie depot and the upper village, where he lived, he
heard approaching footsteps, and in a few moments a man came near and
tendered him a small parcel. Mr. Riddle then discovered that it was the
night-watchman of the highway-crossing near his office, and demanded
of him what the package contained. The man answered, " Some money
for your little boy." With a frown, and indignation of tone, Mr. Riddle
replied, " Keep your money; when my child needs it I can supply him. If
you ever approach me again in this way, I will discharge you the next
moment." Thus foiled in his attempt to curry favors with the new super-
intendent, the man gave, as an excuse for his conduct, the statement that
the former official in that capacity received presents. It was afterwards
found out that this man wanted to build a shanty on the company's
grounds. No person who may have presumed to offer a reward as an
inducement for him to grant a favor ever succeeded with Hugh Riddle ;
and no person who had spent an hour with him in business intercourse
would dare to offer him a bribe. His natural independence, supplemented
by personal training during his early official experience, had prepared him
to say " no " when occasion required it.

He never allowed any employe on the road to know that his services
were considered indispensable. Notwithstanding his high appreciation of
the abilities of some of his engineers and conductors, as adapted to pecul-
iarly responsible positions, if they took umbrage and resigned, though
Mr. Riddle was unwilling to part with them, he would never remonstrate,




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but let them take their own course ; if they saw their mistake and re-
turned for employment, however, they would be given a place.

After ten years of service as superintendent of the Delaware Division
of the Erie Railway, he resigned his position, and was for some months
out of business. As the office of general superintendent was vacant at
this time, at the earnest solicitations of many, Mr. Riddle consented to be
a candidate for that high and responsible position. This seemed a proper
opportunity for the employes of the division to show their esteem for
their late superintendent by procuring for him some suitable gift. A sub-
scription was consequently started, and reached the large sum of fourteen
hundred dollars. Two of Mr. Riddle's warmest friends went to New
York to select the presents. A magnificent gold watch and chain, and a
beautiful silver tea service, were purchased and engraved, the former with
Mr. Riddle's initials, and the latter with those of his wife, the whole form-
ing a testimonial of which any man might feel justly proud. As Mr. Rid-
dle was known to be as independent as he was unobtrusive, the whole
transaction had been kept from his knowledge lest he should strangle the
arrangements by a decided command to stop them. But when the testi-
monials came and were offered to him, the donors were surprised to hear
from him a positive refusal to accept them. Knowing it to be a law of
the Erie Company that no officer shall receive a gift from the employes,
and aware of his then present disconnection, they said — "Why, Mr. Rid-
dle, you are not an officer of the company, and no rule adopted by them
can be violated by your acceptance of the gifts." Mr. Riddle's answer
was, " I know I am not an officer on this road now, but am I not a candi-
date for the chief superintendency, and if I am elected, how can I exact
proper discipline from those who have so generously contributed to pur-
chase these presents, if I should accept them? I thank the men for their
kind intentions, but I cannot receive the gifts." The presents were kept
for months, the donors hoping, in vain, that Mr. Riddle would relent, so
far, at least, as his wife's present was concerned, but he remained true to
his first decision. The watch and chain fell into the hands of a locomo-
tive-engineer on the road when disposed of by a raffle afterwards ; and
the tea service was returned to New York to be melted over.

Mr. Riddle was elected general superintendent of the road, and served
in that capacity with great acceptance several years. He was afterwards
offered the vice-presidency, under Jay Gould, but declined (having re-
signed his position of superintendent) any further service on the road.

Mr. Riddle has been a resident of Chicago for many years, and has
filled the important offices of general superintendent and vice-president
of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad.

Elizabeth Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of Gawn 3 (3), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., in 1827. Dead.

Henry-Charles Riddle 4 (1), second son of Gawn 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. H., in 1829; married, and resides in Hawley, Penn.

Ann-Rebecca Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of Gawn 3 (3), was born
in Bedford, N. H., in May, 1832; married to Lyman Eastman; resided in
Manchester ; was a successful school-teacher. Dead.

Margaret-Aiken Riddle 4 (5), eldest daughter of William 3 (3), was
born Sept. 9, 1824; died Oct. 5, 1828. *

Col. George-Washington Riddle 4 (1), eldest son of William 3 (3)
and Sarah Ferguson, was born in Bedford, N. H., Nov. 9, 1826; married


Ellen M., daughter of Samuel Brown, of Manchester, X. H., Jan. 19,
1853, and has one daughter, of whom hereafter.

Colonel Riddle received his education at the public schools and at the
academies at Hopkinton and Sanbornton, N. H. For several years he
dealt extensively in lumber and hops. Possessing a taste for agricultural
pursuits, he purchased a large farm in his native town, and settled there
in 1860, where for eight years he carried on farming, and introduced im-
proved stock and machinery.

While a resident in Bedford he was elected to preside in every town-
meeting, with two or three exceptions ; was chairman of selectmen in 1855
and '56; represented, the town in the Legislature in 1863 and '64; was
chosen military agent for the town during the Rebellion, and furnished
one hundred and fifteen men to fill the quota called for by the govern-
ment. Colonel Riddle so judiciously conducted the enlistment that the
town, being in part re-imbursed by the State for advanced bounties, found
itself, at the close of the war, not only free from debt, but with thousands
of dollars in the treasury. This money was appropriated to build the new
and beautiful town-hall at Bedford Centre.

In 1850 Colonel Riddle was appointed and commissioned quartermaster
of the Ninth Regiment, Xew Hampshire Militia, with rank of lieutenant.
At the organization of the Amoskeag Veterans, in 1854, he was one of
the youngest members of that command, and his name still stands enrolled
as one of the honorary members.

In 1860 he was commissioned division quartermaster on the staff of
Major-General McCutchins, with rank of colonel. At the organization of
the Bedford Light Infantry, in 186*2, — a company composed of the best
young men in town, many of whom subsequently served in the army, —
Colonel Riddle was chosen captain, and commanded the company four
years, during which time, by careful drill and good discipline, it was raised
to a high state of military efficienev.

In 1867 he was elected treasurer of the New Hampshire State Agricul-
tural Society, and during the seventeen years he has served in this ca-
pacity the fairs have been very successful, promoting the interest of farm-
ing throughout the State, and the introduction of various improved breeds
of stock. In 1869, at the solicitation of many of the most prominent men
in the State, Colonel Riddle was induced to accept the position of treas-
urer and general manager of the Xew England Agricultural Society. At
this time the demands of the society required a man of large experience,
executive ability, and determination, to develop its resources, and to-day,
under the able management of its treasurer, the society stands second to
none in Xew England. It has the largest number of life members (two
thousand), pays liberal premiums, and its fairs are annually visited by
thousands of patrons. The subject of this notice has held this important
office fourteen years, and has the reputation of being one of the most suc-
cessful managers of fairs in the country.

In consequence of growing business interests, and official engagements
elsewhere, Colonel Riddle disposed of his farm in Bedford, in 1869, and
having built an elegant mansion on Myrtle Street, Manchester, fixed his
residence there He was chosen a commissioner for Hillsboro County in
1870 ; was re-elected in 1873. and during the six years he served in that
capacity very important changes were effected at the County Farm, in Wil-
ton, and at the jail, in the city of Manchester, which was under his im-
mediate supervision ; and his sympathy and kind treatment toward the


unfortunate inmates of these institutions made him very popular, and in-
sured him the highest commendations, with many a "God bless you and
yours." He was offered the renomination, but declined the honor.

In 1876 Colonel Riddle was appointed State Centennial Commissioner,
to represent the interests of New Hampshire at the great exhibition held
that year at Philadelphia. He superintended the erection of the New
Hampshire State building at Fairmount Park, and conducted the exhibit
of the State during the Centennial.

After his return from Philadelphia, in 1877, in connection with other
prominent men of Manchester, he promoted the organization of the Horse
Railroad Company, and secured subscriptions for stock necessary to make
the arrangement a success. He was appointed building agent, and in Sep-
tember of that year the first narrow-gauge street-railway in New England
was finished, fully equipped, and put into successful operation. This con-
tinued under Colonel Riddle's management till 1880, when he resigned
his position.

For many years Colonel Riddle has been identified with the material
prosperity of Manchester, and connected with some of the largest and
most successful financial institutions of the city. He is now director of
the New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company, trustee of Amoskeag Sav-
ings Bank, trustee of the People's Bank, director of the Amoskeag Na-
tional Bank, president of Manchester Driving Park Company, trustee of
Elliott Hospital, and director of Franklin-street Congregational Society.
In 1882 he was appointed by Gov. Chas. H. Bell, Fish and Game Commis-
sioner of New Hampshire, and is now chairman of this important board.

Until 1883 Manchester had no suitable place for large gatherings, but
in that year a meeting of the citizens was called, and a stock company
organized with a large capital to establish fair grounds. Colonel Riddle
was chosen one of the directors and subsequently president; was author-
ized to purchase the necessary land, and in the short space of four months
a half-mile track was built, with commodious fair buildings, the whole
around being well laid out and transformed into a beautiful park, in which
the New England Fair of 1884 was held.

While a resident of Manchester, he was moderator, assessor, and rep-
resentative to the Legislature (1860). After his return from Bedford he
was elected and served two years in common council of Manchester.

As chairman of a military committee during his services in the State
Legislature, Colonel Riddle, by judicious management, secured an appro-
priation that enabled Adjt.-Gen. Natt Head to publish an excellent mili-
tary history of that State.

Descending from the good Scotch-Irish stock, he is a typical representa-
tive of that noble race of men who came from the north of Ireland and
settled this section of New Hampshire: transforming a howling wilder-
ness into a blooming garden. He is a quiet, peaceful citizen ; has great
executive force, indomitable courage and perseverance, and achieves re-
markable success in all his undertakings ; liberal in his views, generous
to the needy, and a firm friend. Colonel Riddle subscribed for his portrait
in steel for this book.

William-Quincy Riddle 4 (5), second son of William 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N. IT., June 8, 1828. He has never married. Mr. Riddle is a
graduate of Harvard and Yale Colleges, and has been engaged in the
practice of law in New York city for nearly fifteen years. He is regarded
as an able member of the legal profession, and is employed on cases that


involve very lai-ge sums of money. He is affable, genial, and conversa-
tional, and withal a refined and cultivated gentleman. Mr. Riddle at-
tended the family meeting of the Riddles, held in Philadelphia, in the
summer of 1876, and took an active part in the business of that meeting.
He inoved the appointment of the " Co-operative Committee," who have
rendered important assistance in the furtherance of this book; he was
one of the general and sub-committees, and has personally devoted
valuable attention to the interests of the work. The author's acknowl-
edgments are due this gentleman, for the timely suggestions and sub-
stantial aid given during his arduous labors in the prosecution of his work,
— a work which, but for the encouragement of Mr. Riddle, might never
have been published.

Dailiel-Wileshire Riddle 4 (1), third son of William 3 (3), was born in
Bedford, N.H., May 13, 1830; died Sept. 15, 1831, at Piscataquog Village.

Sarah-Maria Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of William 8 (3), was born
in Bedford, N. H., May 24, 1832; married John F. Dinckler, and had
issue; died in 1862.

Dailiel-Wileshire Riddle 4 (2), fourth son of William 3 (3), was born
in Bedford, N. H., July 12, 1833; married Jan. 28, 1872, Jennie Howe, of
Waterloo, N. Y., and has issue. He was engaged in business in Baltimore
when the war of the Rebellion broke out ; volunteered into the Union
service, and joined the First Philadelphia Troop, which was stationed at
Winchester, Va. After his term of service had expired, he received the
appointment of assistant paymaster in the navy. He was in the blockade
service of the Gulf and about New Orleans; was on board Admiral Far-
ragut's flag-ship at the naval battle off Mobile, and practically served
through the war. After the close of the war, he engaged in business at
New Orleans, where he continued for a time, and subsequently returned
to his native town, and is now (1876) living on the homestead place.

Carroll Riddle 4 (1), youngest son of William 3 (3), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., Aug. 2, 1834; married Carrie Martynn, and died without
issue, in December, 1871.

Charlotte-Margaret Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of James 8 (2), was
born in Merrimack, N. H., Feb. 20, 1817; married Nathan Parker, cashier
of Manchester Bank; died in Manchester, Oct. 22, 1859, leaving one son,
Walter M. Parker.

Mary-Ann-Lincoln Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of James 8 (2), was
born in Merrimack, N. H., Aug. 9, 1823; married Gilman Cheney, and
had issue one son, William-Gilman Cheney; residence Montreal, Can.

Eliza-Frances Riddle 4 (3), third daughter of James 3 (2), was born
in Merrimack, N. H., Sept. 4, 1832; married John Jackman, Oct. 11, 1860,
and had issue one son ; residence, Nashua, N. H.

Ann-Elizabeth Riddle 4 (2), eldest daughter of Isaac 8 (2), was horn in
Bedford, N. H., Feb. 18, 1820 ; she was a teacher of the public schools in
her native town and of the high school in Manchester; died Jan. 26, 1850.

Isaac-Newton Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of Isaac 3 (2), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., Aug. 12, 1822 ; was in mercantile business in early life; after-
wards appointed to a clerkship in the United States Custom House, in
Boston, which he retained many years. He is now a Justice of the Peace
and notary public at Manchester. He resides on the old Riddle home-
stead in Bedford ;*unmarried.


Jane-Aiken Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of Isaac 3 (2), was born in
Bedford, July 6, 1825; was married Oct. 18, 1849, to Benjamin F. White,
a merchant of Boston, Mass.; died May 10, 1862, leaving one daughter,
Jennie-Elizabeth White.

Jollll-Aiken Riddle 4 (5), second son of Isaac 3 (2), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., Sept. 8, 1826. He has been engaged in the profession of civil
engineer in the location and construction of numerous railroads in New
England and the Middle States ; among them the Boston, Concord &
Montreal ; Erie ; Atlantic, and Great Western. He visited California in
1858 for the purpose of inspecting the mines of that State, particularly
the quartz-mines and the manner of working them. Upon his return
Mr. Riddle made some researches in the State of Vermont, and extracted
the first quantity of gold ever taken from the rocks of New England,
having secured nearly a pound of pure metal from a single ton of ore.
Mr. Riddle is Justice of the Peace, and a real-estate owner in Man-
chester; his office in "Riddle's Block." He has rendered much assistance
in furnishing records for this work, and is a member of the Publishing
Committee. He lives on the "Riddle Homestead" in Bedford with his
two brothers, which town he represents in the Legislature of the State;
never married.

Silas-Aiken Riddle 4 (1), youngest son of Isaac 3 (2), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H., July 22, 1831; unmarried. He was engaged in mercantile
business in Boston and St. Louis, and was in the latter city at the break-
ing out of the war of the Rebellion. He volunteered into the Union
navy and was with Admiral Farragut in the Gulf squadron, — was on
the flag-ship of the gallant Admiral at the naval battle in Mobile Bay.
He now holds the office of town-clerk, in his native town, and resides
with his brothers on the homestead.

Milllliebel Riddle 4 (1), youngest daughter of Isaac 3 (2), died in in-

Mary-E. Riddle 4 (3), eldest daughter of David 8 (2), was born in
Merrimack, N. H., April 16, 1827. No other information.

Gil man Riddle 4 (4), eldest sun of David 3 (2), was born in Merrimack,
N. H., Oct. 18, 1828 ; died Sept. 11, 1835.

Charles-Lincoln Riddle 4 (2), second son of David 3 (2), was born in
Merrimack, N. H., Dec. 7, 1830. He probably went to Hingham after his
father's death. Cashier of Webster National Bank, Boston, Mass., 1884.

Adeline Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of David 8 (2), was born in
Merrimack, N. H., April 11, 1833.

Laura Riddle 4 (1), only daughter of William 3 (3), was born April 17,
1831, married to Dr. M. G. J. Tevvksbury, and had issue. She died June
10, 1871.

James- W. Riddle 4 (4), only son of William 3 (3), was born March 12,
1833 ; died Aug. 31, 1849.

Mary- Woodbury Riddle 4 (5), eldest daughter of Benjamin 3 (1), was

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