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born at Bedford, N. H., June 9, 1832; lives in New York city.

Josepk-Colley Riddle 4 (1), eldest son of Benjamin 8 (1), was born in
Bedford, N. H., March 17, 1834; married in 1864, Annie M. Segar, and
has issue, of whom hereafter. He is a merchant at Marshalltown, la.



238 RWDELLS OF BEDFORD, XEW HAMPSHIRE, XO. 1.

Lieut. William-Franklin Riddle 4 (5), second son of Benjamin 3 (1),
was born in Bedford, N. EL, July 'J-, 1835. He was in mercantile busi-
ness in Detroit, Mich., at the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion ;
entered the Union army and served as first lieutenant in the Twenty-sec-
ond Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. After the war he resumed busi-
ness at Detroit.

Abbie-Jane Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of Benjamin 3 (1), was born
at Amherst, K. H., Aug. 22, 1839; was married Oct. 23, 18G9, to Frank
Whipple, and resides at Port Huron, Mich. Has children.

Lieut. Freeman-Benjamin Riddle 4 (2), third son of Benjamin 3 (1),
was born at Beloit, Wis., Sept. 30, 1841. He served three years in the
Union army, during the war of the Rebellion, as a private in the Fifth
Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, and was thence commissioned first lieu-
tenant in the Thirty-seventh Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, in which
service he fell mortally wounded while gallantly leading his troops in
battle, on the 4th of June, 1864, at Petersburg!), Va.

Kittie Riddle 4 (1), youngest daughter of Benjamin 3 (1), was born at
Beloit, Wis., April 8, 1852; w r as living at Port Huron in 1873.

FIFTH GENERATION.

Sarah-Ellen Riddle 5 (3), eldest daughter of John 4 (4), born in July,
1852; was married to William Richardson in 1871, at Prairie City, 111.,
where they lived about three years, and where, — after several removals
to Kansas and elsewhere, — they now reside, near their old homestead.

Mary-Elizabeth Riddle 5 (6), second daughter of John 4 (4), was born
at Prairie City, 111., July 19, 1856; was married in 1880 to Jesse Rowe,
of Cherokee, Kan., and is now living at Monmouth, Kan.

Alma-Eva Riddle 5 (1), third daughter of John 4 (4), was born at Prai-
rie City, 111., June, 1858; was married in 1881 to Edmund Richardson
(brother of William), in Wichita, Kan., but removed to Prairie City with
her sister Sarah, and now lives there.

Harriet-Esther Riddle 5 (2), fourth daughter of John 4 (4), was born at
Prairie City, 111., Feb. 3, 1860 ; was married to V. C. Chamberlain, of Seely-
ville, Ind.

Freemau-Gilmore Riddle 5 (3), eldest son of Charles 4 (1), was born
in Manchester, N. H., July 25, 1866.



Eddie Riddle 5 (1), eldest son of Hugh 4 (3), was born Dec. 23, 1853 ;
died Sept. 7, 1854.

Charles-F. Riddle 5 (3), second son of Hugh 4 (3), was born May 13,
1855; married at Elmira, N". Y. He became identified with the Erie
Railroad in early manhood.

Frederick Riddle 6 (1), third son of Huo;h 4 (3), was born Jan. 29,
1858 ; died Sept. 30, 1862.

Mary Riddle 5 (7), a daughter of Hugh 4 (3), was born Jan. 5, 1865;
died May 12, 1867. "

Emma Riddle 5 (1), only daughter of George 4 (1), was born in Bed-
ford, N. H, Feb. 19, 1856; was married April 24, 1884, to Walter C.
Lewis, of Haverhill, Mass.



HIDDELLS OF BEDFOBD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NO. 2. 239

Blanch-Hay ward Riddle 5 (1), daughter of Daniel 4 (2), was born
April 9, 1874.

Freeman-Benjamin Riddle 5 (4), eldest son of Joseph 4 (1), was born
at Marshalltown, la., in 1866; died in infancy.

George-Sattler Riddle 5 (3), second son of Joseph 4 (1), was born at
Marshalltown, la., in September, 1868 ; died in March, 1869.

Julia-Andrews Riddle 5 (1), eldest daughter of Joseph 4 (1), was born
at Marshalltown, la., Oct. 20, 1870.



RIDDELLS OF BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NO. 2.

[John Bbanch.]

John Riddell 1 (1), supposed to have been a son of John Riddell and
his wife, Janet Gordon, of Ballyraeath, Ireland, was born Jan. 2, 1701, —
an American account places his birth 1709, — and came to New England
in company with his brothers in 1718, being the youngest of the four.

He married Janet , settled in Bedford, N. H., alongside of many of

his Scotch-Irish neighbors from the old country, as a farmer, and had is-
sue, of whom hereafter. His name was signed to the original petition for
a charter for the town of Bedford, May 10, 1750. He was fence-viewer
June 6, 1750; fence-viewer and appraiser in 1751 ; he was a surveyor of
highways in 1752, and a tax-payer in each of these years. His name is
not found on the tax-list subsequent to 1752, but the following year, 1753,
"Janet Riddell" appears as a tax-payer, and continues as such until 1764.
The information found respecting this man and his family is meagre and
quite disconnected ; indeed, the descendants of his brothers were not
aware of such a kinsman. The Rev. Samuel-Hopkins Riddell, an erudite
and very accurate man, who had gathered considerable genealogical infor-
mation relating to his family, was taken by surprise when, during my cor-
respondence with him, I announced the documentary evidence of the ex-
istence of four original brothers, instead of the traditionary three, of whom
he was cognizant, and for some time expressed grave doubts as to the au-
thenticity and accuracy of my proof; at the same time he and others had
before them the sketch of William P. Riddell, published in 1852, in which
he mentions this John Riddell as one whose genealogical connections were
left in obscurity. It has been plausibly assumed that this family was ex-
tinct in the male line ; but I mention as of interest in the question, the
existence of a family descended from David Riddell, who was a native of
New Hampshire, and removed in early life to New York State. (See ac-
count of this family under designation of " Riddells of Rochdale, New-
York.") I can find no other New Hampshire branch from which this
David could have descended. John Riddell died July, 1757, and his slate-
stone monument in the Bedford cemetery bears the following inscription :

" To celebrate Jehovah's praise,
My very body shall arise."

SECOND GENERATION.

Mary Riddell 2 (1) was a daughter of John 1 (1), of Bedford. The
history of that town says of her: "John Riddle had one daughter Mary,



240 RIDDELLS OF DERRYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

who lived on the Isaac Atwood place, in a house by herself; she was
never married, and died about 1813." Her name appears on the tax-list
in 1757 (the year following her father's death), 1758, 1759, and 1782. In
1783, it was voted to excuse her from paying all past taxes. The church
records of Bedford bear the names of three Marys of the family-name,
and one of them was evidently the subject of this notice. Hon. Matthew
Patten wrote in his diary, April 17, 1778, as follows : " Wrote a deed from
John Clark to Mary Riddel, and a bond from Mary to him for his mainte-
nance. 20th, went to Mary Riddel's, and took the acknowledgment of a
deed from her uncle, John Clark, to her; I had writ the deed and a bond
from her to him before. She gave me two dollars for my trouble." John
Clark had married Mary's father's sister in Ireland, and now, — his wife
having probably died, — he conveys his property to this niece, and she
gives a bond for his maintenance ; it is probable, then, that John Clark
died in the house of Mary Riddell. David Patten, in a letter to his brother
in the latter part of the last century, mentions " John Riddle, the father
of Mary."

Elizabeth Riddell 2 (1), presumably a daughter of John 1 (1). Her
name appears on the tax-list of Bedford from 1757 to 1759. I have no
record of her marriaoe or death.



RIDDELLS OF DERRYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

John Riddell 1 (1), came from Scotland (parents unknown) in 1730,
and settled in Derryfield, 1ST. H. He was born about 1694, and had wife
"Janet," as appears from her monument now standing in the southwest
corner of the " Valley Cemetery," Manchester, N. H., it having been re-
moved from an ancient burying-ground, which is now entirely obliterated by
the march of improvement. In the "History of Manchester," it is said
of a burying-place on an oak knoll south of Christian's Brook, and upon
the farm of John McNeil, which was next to John Riddell' s farm : " The old-
est monument in date of death and probably in erection, was in memory
of Mrs. Janet Riddel." The inscription on her monument runs thus : —

"Here Lyes the Body of

Mrs. Janet Riddel, Wife to

Mr. John Riddel. She died

Septr 18, 1746, Aged 50 years."

This ancient burying-place, whence the monument was removed, was
" by the McGregor Bridge, near the present locomotive works." John's
name appears on the old town records in 1751, as surveyor of highways;
in 1752 as a committee to procure preaching; in 1753 as selectman and
committee to supply preaching; in 1754 as fence-viewer, and in 1755-6,
as a tax-payer. Some say John has a brother Archibald, and the name
sounds of Scotland, but I can find no records to support the tradition ; if
there was such a brother he probably settled elsewhere.

SECOND GENERATION.

James Riddell 2 (1), a son of John 1 (1), of Derryfield, N. H., was born
in 1733 ; married Janet, daughter of Mr. John Hall (the first town-clerk),



RIDDELL 8 OF DERRYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE. 24 1

Sept. 27, 1759, and died at Springfield, in said State, in 1800, aged 67
years. He was a private soldier in the old French war, and also served
under General Sullivan in the war of the Revolution, in a company called
the "Rogers Rangers," which was sent against the notorious Indians
known as the " Six Nations." He had issue six children, of whom here-
after. Mr. Riddell was a large, powerful man.

THIRD GENERATION.

Elizabeth Riddell 3 (1), eldest daughter of James 2 (1), was born in
Derryfield, N. H., March 28, 1761.

John Riddell 3 (2), eldest son of James 2 (1), was born in Derryfield,
N. H., Feb. 24, 1763 ; married a Miss Thompson, and had issue, of whom
hereafter. He was a soldier in the war of the Revolution. He enlisted
for three years, March, 1778, under Capt. Ebenezer Frye, Colonel Cilley's
New Hampshire regiment, and General Poor's brigade ; was with General
Sullivan in Genessee, in 1779 and 1780, in the " Ftying Camp " (so called)
between the American army and the enemy. He was wounded and dis-
charged near West Point, by Colonel Scammell, in 1781. He resided in
Tunbridge, Vt., forty-three years. He married, Dec. 12, 1820, Mary
Church, of Norwich, Vt. She was probably a second wife. He died
Sept. 24, 1839 ; his widow was living at Tunbridge, in 1850, aged 74. Mr.
Riddall* (as this branch spell the name) was the father of a numerous fam-
ily, of whom more hereafter, and his descendants are widely scattered.

Janet Riddell 3 (1), second daughter of James 2 (1), was born in Der-
ryfield, N. H., Jan. 12, 1765.

Sarah Riddell 3 (1), third daughter of James 2 (1), was born in Derry-
field, N. H., May 17, 1767; was married to Dea. James Wallace, and had
issue. She was the Sarah who, when a young woman, 'tended a grist-
mill for Col. Daniel Moore ; he directed her to take no toll from the sack
of a widow, or from that of a man who brought his grain on his back.
She said she was " always vexed when two bushels came in one sack." I
do not find mention of her descendants.

Mary Riddell 3 (1), fourth daughter of James 2 (1), was born in Derry-
field, N. H., in 1769; was married, Oct. 16, 1788, to Robert Ford, and
died July 26, 1848, aged 79 years. During her father's absence in the
army she lived with her grandfather Hall ; after his return from the war,
she kept his house in Springfield until his second marriage. She walked
from Andover, eleven miles through the wilderness, with only " spotted
trees" for her guide.

James Riddell 3 (2), youngest son of James 2 (1), was born in Derry-
field, N. H., in 1771 ; married, Nov. 18, 1790, Sally (or Polly) Carr, and had
issue nine children, of whom hereafter. He boarded at Deacon Duncan's,
in Londonderry, during his father's absence in the Revolutionary army,
and remained there till his settlement in Springfield. Mr. Riddell settled
on a farm in Grafton, N. H., where he died Sept. 28, 1854, aged 83 years.

Martha Riddell 3 (1), youngest daughter of James 2 (1), was born in
1773, and was probably an infant when her mother died.

FOURTH GENERATION.

Levi Riddall 4 (1), eldest son of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt., and died somewhere in New York, unmarried.

*This family use three forms of orthography, viz. : Riddall, Riddell, aud Riddle,
and I have followed the original authorities.

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24:2 R1DDELLH OF JjERRYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

James Riddall 4 (3), second son of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt., and died when a young man, unmarried.

Lymail Riddall 4 (1), third son of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt., married Rhoda Alexander, and resided in Royalton until 1850, when
he emigrated to Wisconsin. He died a few years ago, leaving several
children, of whom hereafter. He was a farmer by occupation.

Ira Riddall 4 (1), fourth son of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt. ; married Achsah Mudget, and resided for many years in his native
town. After the death of his wife he removed to Canaan (?). Now
dead.

Hannah Riddall 4 (1), a daughter of John 3 (2), was born in Tun-
bridge, Vt., and died there, unmarried.

Sally Riddall 4 (1), a daughter of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt. ; was married to Samuel Peterson (or Patterson), and removed to
the State of New York, where she died.

Jane Riddall 4 (1), a daughter of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt. ; was married to James Adams, and lived and died in her native town.

Samuel Riddall 4 (1), a son of John 3 (2), was born in Tunbridge, Vt.,
Nov. 14, 1806; married the widow (Dalbar) Cilley, about 1834, and had
issue four sons, of whom hereafter. He was a farmer in Tunbridge ;
died July 10, 1862.

Betsey Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of James 3 (2), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Dec. 8, 1791 ; was married Feb. 5, 1818, to Mr. John Upton,
and died March 23, 1827.

John Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of James 3 (2), was born in Grafton, N.
H., June 11, 1794 ; married Oct. 20, 1814, to Polly Robinson, and had is-
sue, of whom hereafter. He is a farmer, residing in his native town.

Rachel Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of James 3 (2), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Oct. 6, 1796; was married Dec. 31, 1818, to Merrill Currier,
and died March 23, 1852.

Enoch Riddle 4 (1), second son of James 3 (2), was born in Grafton,
N. H., Feb. 14, 1799 ; married Miss Polly, daughter of Reuben and Abi-
gail (Follet) Prescott, of Lee, N. H. (she was born March 15, 1800),
March 4, 1821, and had issue eight children, of whom hereafter. He emi-
grated to the West some years ago, and died at Peotone, 111., Oct. 11,
1865. His wife predeceased him March 20, 1856. He was a farmer.

Beriah Riddle 4 (1), third son of James 3 (2), was born in Grafton, N.
H., March 29, 1801 ; drowned Aug. 14, 1814.

Robert Riddle 4 (1), fourth son of James 3 (2), was born in Grafton,
N. H., Jan. 4, 1802 ; married July 3, 1827, to Sally Davis, and had issue
three children, of whom hereafter. He was a farmer and currier ; died
Jan 16, 1835.

Cyrus Riddle 4 (1), fifth son of James 3 (2), was born in Grafton, N.
H. (say 1805) ; married a Dutch lady named Sally-Matilda Vanhoosen, and
had issue four children, of whom hereafter. He was a gardener ; went
West and died.

Hiram Riddle 4 (1), sixth son of James 8 (2), was born in Grafton, N.
H., Nov. 2, 1809; married Jan. 13, 1831, to Betsey-Chase, daughter of
Richard Whittier (she was born in Grafton, March 10, 1811), and had
issue five children, of whom hereafter. He emigrated to Minneapolis,
Minn!, in 1855, where he has been engaged in farming ; died at Water-
ford, Minn., Feb. 22, 1883, aged 74 years.



RWt)ELLS OF DERRYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE. !M3

Polly Riddle 4 (1), youngest daughter of James 3 (2), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Dec. 12, 1811 ; was married to Elkanah Whittier, of Grafton,
and died at Empire City, Minn., in 1872.

FIFTH GENERATION.

Ira Riddall 5 (2), a son of Lyman 4 (1), was born in Royalton, Vt.
James Riddall 5 (4), a son of Lyman 4 (1), was born in Royalton, Vt.
John Riddall 5 (4), a son of Lyman 4 (1), was born in Royalton, Vt.



John Riddall 5 (5), eldest son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Tunbridge,
Vt., Jan. 29, 1835; married Mary-Ann Lee, April 19, 1862, and died Sept.
22, 1863.

Mahew-C. Riddall 5 (1), second son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Tun-
bridge, Vt., May 5, 1837; died Sept. 25, 1857; single.

James-E. Riddall 5 (5), third son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Tun-
bridge, Vt., Oct. 28, 1839; married Esther-Ann Shepherd, and resides on
his father's homestead farm. He was married March 8, 1864. No men-
tion of children.

Williaiu-H. Riddall 5 (1), fourth son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Tun-
bridge, Vt., Dec. 2, 1841, and lives in Lowell, Mass.; unmarried in 1879.



James Riddle 5 (6), eldest son of John 4 (3), was born in Grafton, N. H.,
Nov. 16, 1815; married in Quincy, Mass., Jan. 1, 1843, to Mary-Bent Col-
burn, and has issue (1874) four children, of whom hereafter. He is a
stone-cutter by trade. Residence unknown.

Neriall Riddle 5 (1), second son of John 4 (3), was born in Grafton, N.
H., Dec. 22, 1819; a farmer. No issue.

Ira Riddle 5 (3), third son of John 4 (3), was born in Grafton, N. H.,
April 8, 1821 ; married March 6, 1844, to Candis Williams, and has issue
one daughter, of whom hereafter. I do not know his place of residence.

Alldrew-J. Riddle 5 (1), fourth son of John 4 (3), was born in Grafton,
N. H., May 8, 1835; married April 28, 1859, to Janetta Martin, and has
issue two children, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddle is a farmer in Grafton.



Adoiliram Riddle 5 (1), eldest son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Grafton,
N. H., July 17, 1822; married July 3, 1850, to Hannah J. Cook, of Centre
Harbor, N. H., and has issue three children, of whom hereafter. He is a
machinist and engineer by trade ; now foreman in the Chicago, Burling-
ton & Quincy Railroad shops, at Aurora, 111.

Reuben-Prescott Riddle 5 (1), second son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in
Grafton, N. H., Oct. 14, .1824 ; married, and is now (1879) living in Yuba
County, Cal. He is a county surveyor ; residence at Mayesville.

James-Lyman Riddle 5 (7), third son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., April 10, 1827, and is believed to be living at Marysville, Yuba
County, Cal.

Betsey-Arozina Riddle 5 (2), eldest daughter of Enoch 4 (1), was born
in Grafton, N. H., Feb. 10, 1830; was married to James Webster, Oct.
5, 1848; he was killed by the cars at Lebanon, N. H., Dec. 18, 1864, aged
43 years ; secondly, to Cole Vyname (?), with whom she is living near
Waterman, 111.

George-W. Riddle 5 (1), fourth son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., May 29, 1833; married, and resides at Yarmouth, N. S. A
machinist by trade.



244 BIDDELLS OF DEBBYFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.



Robert-B. Riddle 5 (1), fifth son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Grafton,
N. H., July 12, 1836; married, and is now (1879) a merchant at Kanka-
kee, 111.

Cyi'US-S. Riddle 5 (2), sixth son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Grafton,
X. H., July 7, 1839, and died in Illinois, Oct. 11, 1857.

Charles-B. Riddle 5 (1), seventh son of Enoch 4 (1), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Aug. 3, 1841; married, and is a stockdealer at Peotone, 111.
Was in the army.

Oscar-George Riddle 5 (1), only son of Robert 4 (1), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Jan. 19, 1829; died March 24, 1832.

Elleil-A. Riddle 5 (1), only daughter of Robert 4 (1), was born in Graf-
ton, N. H., Nov. 20, 1834. A teacher.



Lettice-Whittier Riddle 5 (1), eldest daughter of Hiram 4 (1), was born
in Grafton, N. H., June 13, 1831 ; was married Dec. 8, 1852, to L. P.
Elliott, and died at Farmington, Minn., Sept. 23, 1868, leaving six small
children.

Melvilia-Balcll Riddle 5 (1), second daughter of Hiram 4 (1), was born
in Grafton, N. H., Jan. 6, 1837; was married April 3, 1855, to George S.
Dickinson. Residence unknown.

Richard-Whittier Riddle 5 (1), eldest son of Hiram 4 (1), was born in
Grafton, IS". H., Jan. 23, 1840; married Dec. 4, 1862, to Rachel H. Brooks,
of Farmington, Minn. He is a house carpenter by trade ; resides in the
city of Minneapolis, Minn.; has issue three children, of whom hereafter.

Mary-Estelle Riddle 5 (2), third daughter of Hiram 4 (1), was born in
Grafton, N. H., Aug. 3, 1844 ; was married Nov. 10, 1861, to William A.
Smith, and lives in the West.

James-Albert Riddle 5 (8), second son of Hiram 4 (1), was born in
Grafton, N. H., Dec. 25, 1848 ; married Oct. 22, 1872, to Hattie I. Cham-
berlain, and resides at Minneapolis, Minn. ; house carpenter. No men-
tion of children.

SIXTH GENERATION.

Oscar-C. Riddle 6 (2), eldest son of James 5 (6), was born in Quincy,
Mass., Nov. 30, 1850 ; died the same year.

Sarah-Elizabeth Riddle 6 (2) eldest daughter of James 5 (6), was born
in Quincy, Mass., July 22, 1852 ; died Nov. 28, 1855.

Heiiry-W. Riddle 6 (1), second son of James 5 (6), was born in Quin-
cy, Mass., Dec. 20, 1856.

Oscar- W. Riddle 6 (3), third son of James 5 (6), was born in Quincy,
Mass. (presumably), June 22, 1859.

Sarah-Jane Riddle 6 (3), only daughter of Ira 5 (3), was born Dec.
13, 1846 ; was married Oct. 6, 1866, to Charles H. Rogers.



Clara-Emma Riddle 6 (1), eldest daughter of Andrew 5 (1), was born
Sept. 10, 1862 ; place unknown.

James-W. Riddle 6 (9), eldest son of Andrew 5 (1), was born Sept. 16,
1868; place unknown.

Alice Riddle 6 (1), eldest daughter of Adoniram 5 (1), was born in
New Hampshire, July 26, 1853, and died Nov. 17, 1853.



BID DELLS OF COLEBAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NO. 1. 245

Clarence-0. Riddle 6 (1), eldest son of Adoniram 5 (1), was born in
Keene, N. H., Sept. 18, 1854, and is now (1879) a locomotive engineer,
on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.

I)elaZ0ll-A. Riddle 6 (1), second son of Adoniram 5 (1), was born in
Aurora, 111., March 6, 1858, and is a book-keeper in the office of the super-
intendent of the locomotive and car department of the Chicago, Burling-
ton & Quincy Railroads.

Hiram-Arthur Riddle 6 (2), eldest son of Richard 5 (1), was born at
Farmington, Minn., Feb. 4, 1864.

Charles-Richard Riddle 6 (2), second son of Richard 5 (1), was born
at Sciota, Minn., Feb. 17, 1866.

Myrta-Betsey Riddle 6 (1), eldest daughter of Richard 5 (1), was born
at Farmington, *Minn., May 20, 1867.



RIDDELLS OF COLERAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NO. 1.

[Hugh Branch.]

Dea. Hugh Riddell 1 (1), supposed to be a son of John Riddel! and
Janet Gordon, of Ballymeath, Ireland, was born Sept. 20, 1692. (See
"Riddells of Ballymeath, Ireland," in this book.) The subject of this
notice came to America in the year 1718, in company with his brothers,
and first sat down at Londonderry, N. H. He married Mrs. Ann Aiken,
a lady of Scottish descent, of Concord, Mass. He continued his residence
in Londonderry until 1738, when he removed to Bedford, in the same
County, where he lived for many years.* He was a pew-owner in Lon-
donderry meeting-house in 1739, and signed an agreement for a division
of land there the third day of June the same year. His name appears on
a petition to the Colonial Assembly of New Hampshire about fishing at
Amoskeag. In 1750 he resigned a committeeship organized to secure
preaching there, and signed the resignation in presence of the town
clerk. In 1752, he was a committee to build a wall around the meet-
ing-house ; in 1754, a committee to build a frame for a meeting-house;
in 1756, a committee to give the Rev. John Houston a call to preach; in
1757, he had forty pounds sterling for underpinning the meeting-house ;
in 1759, a committee to build a bridge across the Piscataquog River ; and
in 1762, "Deacon Hugh Riddel" was a committee to get the pulpit built.
In 1763 he removed to Coleraine, Mass., a place settled by Scotch-Irish
emigrants, and named for their old home in the north of Ireland. He
died at Coleraine, Feb. 25, 1775, aged, — according to the record of his
birth, — eighty-three years. His widow died May 22, 1790 ; they were
buried in an ancient cemetery in Coleraine, and in 1852 their double head-
stone stood near the centre of the yard ; his inscription was on one side
of the stone, and that of the wife on the other. Children, of whom here-

* He owned the farm since known as the " MacAllister Place," esteemed one of
the best in town, and situated about one and a half miles north of Bedford Centre.
The site on which the house of Hugh stood was some forty rods northeast of the
modern buildings (1852) on this farm, and the location only distinguishable by an
indention in the ground where the cellar had been.



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