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some old Jacobite glasses, which are supposed to have been the property
of this John Ridley. He married Sarah Vincent, a sister of the Dean
of Westminster, a notice of which is found in White's History of Leices-
tershire, and had issue three children, of whom hereafter. Died in 1786.

SECOND GENERATION.

Rev. John-Vincent Ridley 2 (2), eldest son of John 1 (1), died in 1785,
aged 40 years. No information of his family.



BIDLEYS OF ARTHERSTONE, ENGLAND. 479

James-Francis-Edward Ridley' 2 (1), second son of John 1 (1), had
the family estates of Sheepy Magna, and the record of his death stands
on the church-register there. He married Jane Fairfield, and had issue
ten children, of whom hereafter. He died in 1814, aged 55; his wife in
1820, aged 50. He is said to have been named for the "Pretender,"*
whose cause his father had so ardently espoused, and for which he lost his
estates.

Sarah Ridley 2 (1), only daughter of John 1 (1), died in 1788.

THIRD GENERATION.

James Ridley 8 (2), eldest son of James 2 (1), died unmarried 1818.

William-Vincent Ridley 3 (1), second son of James 2 (1), married and
nad a family of eight children of whom hereafter. He and wife (whose
name does not appear) were buried at Sheepy Magna, and probably lived
there.

Anne Ridley 3 (1), eldest daughter of James 2 (1), died unmarried at
Sheepy Magna in 1874.

Edward Ridley 8 (1), third son of James 2 (1), married Eliza Eagles-
field, and had issue four children, of whom hereafter. He bought the
shares of his brothers in the estate at Sheepy Magna, and became the
vh'tual representative of the family. Unfortunately owing to discord the
estate was thrown into chancery, and in oi*der to clear off an incumbrance
the house and lands were sold in 1878-9, and the family went to War-
wick and subsequently to Liverpool, where Mr. Ridley is still (1884) living.

Louisa Ridley 3 (1), second daughter of James 2 (1), was married to
John Ashford, surgeon, Hinckley, and still lives there. She had five
children.

Caroline Ridley 8 (1), third daughter of James 2 (1), died unmarried
t Sheepy Magna.

Dr. Charles Ridley 3 (1), fourth son of James 2 (1), was twice married,

t left no children. He died at London. A skillful surgeon.

Christiana Ridley 3 (1), fourth daughter of James 2 (1), was married
to Edward Baker, and with her husband was buried at Sheepy Magna.

Dr. Robert Ridley 3 (1), fifth son of James 2 (1), married Sarah Walk-
er, and died in Melbourne, Australia, issueless.

Henry Ridley 3 (1), sixth son of James 2 (1), married and had issue, of
whom hereafter. He lives at Hockley, Birmingham.

FOURTH GENERATION.

Charles Ridley 4 (2), eldest son of William 3 (1), married and lived
at Artherstone ; children living there.

Sophia Ridley 4 (1), eldest daughter of William 3 (1).
William-Vincent Ridley 4 (2), second son of William 3 (1).
Joseph Ridley 4 (1), third son of William 3 (1).
James Ridley 4 (4), fourth son of William 3 (1).
Jane Ridley 4 (1), second daughter of William 3 (1).

* James-Francis-Edward Stuart, son of James II. By the forced abdication
and flight of James II, in 1688, the crown of England passed to William, Prince
of Orange. The "Pretender" made some vain attempts to recover the kingdom,
but surrendered his claims in 1743 to his son, Charles-Edward, the "Younger Pre-
tender," who in 1744 invaded Great Britain from France, and fought gallantly for
the throne of his ancestors, but was defeated at Culloden, in 1746, and compelled
to escape to the continent.



480



BID LEY LAND-OWNERS IN EXGLAXD.



Christiana Ridley 4 (2), third daughter of William 3 (1).
John Ridley 4 (3), fifth son of William 3 (1), had issue.



Ada-Jane Ridley 4 (1), eldest daughter of Edward 3 (1), born at Sheepy
Magna, Eng., and is now (1884) living with her sister at Gateshead-on-
Tyne. Miss Ridley has provided family records, etc.

Eliza-Adelaid Ridley 4 (1), second daughter of Edward 3 (1).

Alfred-Edwin Ridley 4 (1), eldest son of Edward 3 (1), married Nora
Patterson, a relative of Bishojj Patterson who was murdered in the South
Sea Islands, in 1880, and has two children. Mr. Ridley lives at Sparta,
Ontario, Can.

Louisa-Fanny Ridley 4 (2), third daughter of Edward 3 (1), was mar-
ried to Thomas Day, of Dublin, Ireland, and has issue.



Edward-Daniel Ridley 4 (2), a son of Henry 3 (1).

FIFTH GENERATION.

Joseph Ridley 5 (2), a son of Charles 4 (2).
Lizzie Ridley 5 (1), a daughter of Charles 4 (2).



Minnie Ridley 5 (1), a daughter of John 4 (3).
Christiana Ridley 5 (3), a daughter of John 4 (3).



Hilda Ridley 5 (1), a daughter of Alfred 4 (1).
Sarah-Adelaid Ridley 5 (2), a daughter of Alfred 4 (1).



RIDLEY LAND-OWNERS IN GREAT BRITAIN.

This table shows the number of acres of land accredited to the Ridleys
and Bidlers in England, Scotland, and Wales, and the gross estimate of
rental for 1873, as found in the "Returns of the Owners of Land," pub-
lished by the Government in 1875.



Name of Owner.



Residence of Owner.



Extent of Land. Rental.



Sir Matthew W. Ridley,

Thomas Ridley, Esq.,

John M. Ridley, Esq.,

Samuel Ridley, Esq.,

George Ridley.

Rev. Nicholas J. Ridlev,

W. W. Ridlev.

Rev. Wm. H. Ridley,

Elizabeth Ridley,

John Ridley,

Andrew Ridley,

John Ridley,

John Ridley,

Miss Mary Ridley,



A

Blagden, Northumberland, 9,096
Parkend, Northumberland, 10,367

Hexham, Kent,
Bridgeworth. Salop.
Winkfield, Berks.
East Woodhay, Berks.
Early, Reeding, Berks.
Hambleden, Bucks,
Market Draydon,
Cheade, Cheshire,
Newcastle-on-Tyne,
Roughsyke, Cumberland,
Greystoke, Cumberland.
Beaumont. Cumberland,




£


S.


31,349


5


4,171


3


1,215


17


565


8


32


12


12




60




211


s


11


4


108




77




8




9




39


6



RIDLEY LAND-OWNERS IN ENGLAND.



481



Name of Owner.


Residence of Owner.


Extent of Land.


Rental.


Mrs. Mary Ridley,


Berrier Head, Cumberland,


a.
66


R.

2


p.
36


£ s.
56


Richard Ridley,


Field Head, Cumberland,


31


3


38


31


Thomas Ridley,


Staiuton, Cumberland,


19


1




19


George Ridley,


Norton, Durham,


362






378


Rev. John Ridley,


Norton, Durham,


362






378


John Ridley,


Frosterly, Durham,


30


2


20


51 10


Mrs. Margaret Ridley,


Yarm, Durham,


3






18


William Ridley,


Frosterly, Durham,


30


2


20


51 10


Christopher Ridley,


Chingford, Essex,


3


1


12


18


John Ridley,


Damerham, Wilts,


57


2


26


130 16


Errington Ridley,


Hexham, Northumberland,


19


1


38


222


George Ridley,


Bellingham, Northum'land,


189






81 10


Henry Ridley,


Ballington (Ireland),


39






40


John Ridley,


Hexham, Northumberland,


7


2


30


216 5


Matthew Ridley,


Keepwick, Northum'land,


191


2


7


190


Mrs. Ridley,


Falstone, Northumberland,


834






240


Sarah Ridley,


Hayden Bridge, No'm'land,


46






75


Thomas Ridley,


Acomb Hill, Northum'land,


18


3


30


50


Thomas D. Ridley,


Hencoats, Northum'land,


1


3




12


Thompson Ridley,


Simonburn, Northum'land,


130






135


William Ridley,


Ridley Stoke, No'm'land,


475






215


Mrs. — - Ridley,


Cambdenton, Nottingham,


3


3


7


17 17


Rev. Hy T. Ridley,


Bruton, Somerset,


5


3




101


Rev. T. Ridley,


Michialdevor, Southamp'n,


1






16


Samuel W. Ridley,


St. Helens, Southampton,


7






15


Rev. Thomas Ridley,


Prestou, Caudover, S'h'ton,


15






13 5


Rev. W. J. Ridley,*


E Woodhay, Southampton,


171




20


262 5


Jane Ridley,


Pattingham, Stafford,


5


2


28


18 16


Phebe Ridley,


Tipton, Stafford,


20






29 18


Sarah Ridley,


Pattingham, Stafford,


6


1


7


36 2


Henry Ridley,


Ipswich, Suffolk,


5


1


6


119 6


John Ridley,


Bury St. Edmond's, Suf'lk,


5


2


20


238 12


Owen Ridley,


Ipswich, Suffolk,


3


1


15


511 10


Charles Ridley,


Nutly, Sussex,


4


1


8


18


John Ridley,


Fletching, Sussex,


14


2


30


59


Joseph Ridley,


Millbrook, Sussex,


12




14


45 10


S. Ridley,


Hemelheptead, Sussex,


18


1


2


36 16


Samuel Ridley,


Brighton, Sussex,


3


2


1


155 10


Samuel Ridley,


The Forest, Sussex,


1


Q


33


14


Rev. George Ridley,


Crosby Garett, Westm'laud,


87






89 10


Mrs. Ridley,


Stainton, Westmoreland,


83




36


122 10


Rev. W. Ridley,


Preston Richard, W'm'land,


78


1


19


106 5


Ann Ridley,


Richmond, County York,


15




7


57


Edward Ridley,


Whitby, County York,


73


1




35 15


RIDLER.












John Ridler,


Brendon, Devon,


4


1


27


5


T. W. Ridler,


fclinchiuham, Gloucester,


2


20


20


20


William Ridler,


Eastcomb, Gloucester,


2


1


26


12 14


William Ridler,


Pitchcomb, Gloucester,


12




33


81 10


John Ridler,


Minehead, Somerset,


150


1


29


68 8


Joshua H. Ridler,


Felton, Somerset,


44




13


139 18


Robert Ridler,


Stogursey, Somerset,


2


3


25


30 10


William Ridler,


Malvern, Somerset,


4




35 |


252



31



482 BIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VlBGItflA.



RIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA.

Robert Ridley 1 (1), supposed to have been a son of Christopher Rid-
ley of Battersea, in the County of York, Eng., came to America in 1635,
with his wife, Elizabeth Abridgton, to whom he was married previous to
his embarkation for the New World. The record gives his age as twenty-
three years, and that of his wife as twenty-eight. He came on the ship
"Dorset," Captain Flowers master, and brought a certificate from a Jus-
tice of the Peace proving himself conformable to the Church of England
and "no subsidy man." Mr. Ridley settled in Isle of Wight County, in the
south-eastern section of Virginia, and became a wealthy land-owner and
extensive planter there. He is said to have died about sixty years before
the Revolution, which would make his age one hundred and three years,
which is presumably incorrect, for his wife survived him and married,
secondly, to Matthew Jones,* a gentleman of Welsh descent, and by him

* Abridgton Jones, son of Matthew Jones and Elizabeth (Abridgton) Ridley, was
born Sept. 22, 1720, and was married to Elizabeth Simmons, June 17, 1744, and by her
had nine children; one died in infancy, one in early manhood, and of some others I
have little knowledge. Mary, the eldest child, was married to a Mr. Jarrel, who
died in a few years, leaving her in charge of three children, a son and two daughters,
of which charge she most faithfully acquitted herself. Few women have displayed
the same sound judgment and energy of character, that were visible in all the duties
devolved on Mrs. Jarrel. More than sixty years of her life were spent in training
her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she descended to the tomb
beloved by all who knew her. Matthew Jones, the eldest surviving son, had one
son and a daughter, both of whom married and moved to the West. Agatha
Jones, the second daughter, married in North Carolina, and was the mother of Dr.
Simmons Baker, who was extensively known for his intelligence, usefulness, and
great personal worth. Col. Abridgton Jones was the youngest of his father's
children, and had just completed his twentieth year at the Declaration of Indepen-
dence, yet he had already buckled on his armor and gone forth to the battle-field.
He and his kinsman Ridley fought side by side throughout the Revolution, and at
its close received the grateful approval of their country, the soldier's richest meed.
After the toils of war Colonel Joues settled down in the old family-mansion, and
being in temperament social, gathered around him a band of ardent friends. For
his militaiy services he was assigned a considerable tract of land in the State of
Ohio, — joining the Ridley grant, — but in consequence of neglect, neither he nor
his realized anything from it. Colonel Jones left two daughters and one son;
the son has been some years dead. The eldest daughter was everything that a fond
father could wish. She was united in marriage to Griffin Stith, and by a joyous
sunlight of a cloudless disposition, dispensed as much happiness around her as is
compatible with this fallible world. Mr. Stith was a profound lawyer and one of
the most eloquent men of his day ; was promoted at an early day to the circuit
court bench. When on the steady march to fame he was suddenly cut down by death ;
and to show the inscrutable vicissitudes of time the wife of his bosom in two short
years meekly bowed to the same fell destroyer. Of Colonel Jones' second daughter
I will only say, she was an emblem of purity and was possessed of a charity that
" sutfereth long and is kind, envieth not, and thinketh no evil." In the forty-fourth
year of her age she was called to enter her Father's Mansion, to receive the reward
of her labors of love. Sarah Jones, the youngest daughter of the elder Abridgton,
was of a cheerful disposition, disposed to look on the bright side of things, and
with great felicity imparted to others her own happy mood. She married Parson
Burgess, a distinguished Protestant Episcopal minister, who kept a classical school,
and who, no doubt, educated more young men of lofty bearing and usefulness, in-
cluding William Henry Harrison, late President of the United States, than any
other man in Eastern Virginia. Mrs. Burgess had one daughter, who was the wife
of Capt. Richard Kello, and their esteemed descendants are now resident in Vir-
ginia, their only surviving son, Dr. Samuel Kello, being present presiding justice
of Southampton County Court. Mrs. Burgess had a son, Dr. Abridgton S. H.



itIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIBGINIA. 483

had a son who became ancestor of a distinguished family now numerously
represented in the Southern States. Mr. Ridley left issue two (some say
three) sons and a daughter, of whom hereafter. It seems a little strange
to me, that there is no record of a grant of land to this man in the registers
at Richmond.

Capt. Nathaniel Ridley 1 (1), a younger brother of Robert 1 (1), came
to Virginia many years subsequent to the settlement of that gentleman,
and became a wealthy land-owner and planter in the County Isle of Wight
in that State, as the following grants, copied from the records in the land
registry at Richmond, prove: "June 16, 1714, Capt. Nathaniel Ridley
815 acres Isle of Wight." It is presumed that Captain Ridley came to
Virginia but little anterior to the date of the above-mentioned grant of
land, unless he came over as an indentured servant, in which case his
name would appear in connection with some grant to which it gave a con-
stituent heir right., in legal virtue, of fifty acres, — the names of such,
called "transports," always appearing in conjunction with grants of land.
I have not found the name of Nathaniel Ridley's wife, and only know
that he left two sons, whose names will hereafter appear.

William Ridley 1 (1), a brother of Robert 1 (1) and Nathaniel 1 (1),
came to Virginia and settled near his brothers in what was then Isle of
Wight, but now Southampton County. The only record found of this man
is of his will, dated the 1st of April and recorded the 19th of October,
1671. In his will he does not mention a single person of the Ridley
name, but gives his small property, consisting mainly in chattels, to the
relatives of his wife, whose maiden-name has not reached me.

SECOND GENERATION.

James Ridley' 2 (1), eldest son of Robert 1 (1) and his wife, Elizabeth
Abridgton, was born in County Isle of Wight, now Southampton County,
Va. ; married, and had issue two sons, and perhaps other issue. He re-
sided on a farm in Southampton County, west of Angelica Creek, and
two or three miles south of the road leading from Jerusalem to Hicks-
ford, which, in 1802, was in the possession of a Mrs. Taylor; the buildings
had been good, but were then much dilapidated. There were two daugh-
ters in this family, of whom, with the sons, hereafter. I have no other
information ; no mention of the maiden-name of his wife, nor of the death
of either.

William Ridley 2 (2), second son of Robert 1 (1) and his wife, Elizabeth
Abridgton, was born in Southampton County, Va. ; married, and had issue,



Burgess, who, after graduating in medicine, settled in Raleigh, N. C, where he
married and commanded an extensive practice. Though instinctively shunning no-
toriety, taking some interest in politics to while away his leisure hours, he com-
menced writing political essays, and such was the potency of his pen, that it acquired
great notoriety, and among others attracted the particular attention of him, who by
way of eminence has been called ''the great Carolinian," John C. Calhoun. Dr. Bur-
gess having lost his wife, his great desire was retirement, in search of which he
returned to his native County, to reside with his sister at the paternal abode ; but
his light could not be hid under a bushel. He was again drawn into an extensive
practice of medicine, and without the first ettbrt on his part to procure personal
popularity. When it was determined to new-model the frame-work of the State
government, the public eye was turned toward him as a suitable representative
in the convention, and the public voice ratified the selection, and his labors in that
distinguished body were highly creditable to himself and cordially approved by his
constituents. This note shows how the family of Ridley was allied with some of
the most respectable families of the South.



484 BIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA.

of whom hereafter. He is supposed to have resided on the farm now in
the possession of Francis Ridley ; I have no account of his marriage or
his death. Was this William the father of William Ridley who settled
in North Carolina, and grandfather of Col. Howell Ridley of that State?
(See "Ridleys of Wake County, North Carolina.") If the foregoing query
can be answered in the affirmative then the tradition in the other branch
which claimed Col. Howell Ridley and Dr. James Ridley, of Oxford,
Granville County, N. C, to be second cousins, is proved true. He had
issue three sons, of whom hereafter.



James Ridley" (2), a son of Nathaniel 1 (1), was probably born in
Virginia ; but nothing is known of his family or descendants — if he had
any. His name is found in the land registers at Richmond as follows:
"July 10, 1740, James Ridley 820 acres." His name also appears in the
Isle of Wight records, in a deed which passed between him and his
brother Nathaniel in 1714, conveying land lying south of Notoway River,
now in Southampton County, Va.

Nathaniel Ridley 2 (2), a son of Nathaniel 1 (1), presumably born in
Virginia, is mentioned in the land register as having received two
grants, as follows: "July 5, 1746, 340 acres in Isle of Wight County," and
"June 13, 1755, 47 acres in Southampton County," Va. The last-named
County was taken from the Isle of Wight, and the two grants of land
probably joined. I can find no record of family or descendants.

THIRD GENERATION.

Dr. Jailies-Day Ridley 3 (3), eldest son of James 2 (1), was born in
Southampton County, Va., about 1735. He obtained a considerable repu-
tation as a physician, and died in the prime of life, leaving one son and
two daughters, of whom hereafter.

Bromfield Ridley 3 (1), second son of James 2 (1), born in Southamp-
ton County, Va. ; settled in Granville County, N. C, and became an
eminent lawyer and the ancestor of a numerous and highly respectable
posterity, now scattered through the Southern States. See " Ridleys of
North Carolina."

Mary Ridley 3 (1), a daughter of James' 2 (1), married to John Blount,*

♦The family of Blount, or Blunt, is one of very long standing in England, and
its representatives have figured conspicuously in history during many centuries.
The family is of Norman origin, and the earliest in England came at the Conquest,
1066. A branch of this family has long been seated at Mapledurham, being inter-
married with the Riddells of Felton Park, Northumberland, and the Ridleys of the
same County, and now represented by Michael-Charles Blount, Esq., Lord of the
Manor of Mapledurham. Members of the English family came early to Virginia,
became wealthy land-owners, and took high rank in public matters. John Blount,
who married Mary Ridley, was the father of six sons and one daughter; the young-
est son, Richard-Augustus Blount, who married Mary-Edmunds Dawson, had a
daughter, Marianna-Ridley Blount, who was carried to Georgia when an infant,
became the wife of John W. A. Sanford, who became distinguished in the public
affairs of his State, — being commander of the Georgian troops in the Creek war as
major-general, — and had issue John-William-Augustus Sanford, who was a colonel
in the Confederate army during the Rebellion, and since the war was repeatedly
elected attorney-general of the State of Georgia ; Eugene-Mandeville Sanford, now
Brigadier-General Sanford, of California, and Theodore-Gordon Sanford. now a
resident of Milledgeville, Ga. These descendants of Mary-Ridley Blount, are all
highly respectable, wealthy, and well allied by marriage with the best families of
their States.



RIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA. 485

of Southampton County, Va., and became the ancestress of a distinguished
family.

Sarah Ridley 3 (1), a daughter of James' 2 (1), was married to her
cousin, Dr. James Ridley, and had issue one son, of whom, with his father,
more hereafter. After the death of her first husband Mrs. Ridley was

married to Drew, or Drewry, and died in 1807, having been many

years a widow.

Dr. James Ridley 3 (4), a son of William' 2 (2), was born in South-
ampton County, Va. ; married his cousin Sarah, daughter of James Rid-
ley' 2 (1), before mentioned, and had issue one son, of whom hereafter.
Dr. Ridley was a surgeon in the Revolutionary army.

Ridley 3 (?), a son of William' 2 (2), was born in Southampton

County, Va. ; married, and had issue three children, of whom hereafter.

Col. Thomas Ridley 3 (1), youngest son of William' 2 (2), was born
in Southampton County, Va., say about 1740. He early obtained a com-
mission in the Continental army, and proved himself a gallant soldier in
the hour " which tried men's souls," serving with great distinction through
the Revolutionary war. For meritorious conduct he was promoted to a
colonelcy, and fought side by side with his kinsman, Col. Abridgton Jones,
during many severe engagements. He was at the battle of Brandywine,
and tradition has preserved an anecdote, which on that memorable occa-
sion illustrated his chivalrous bearing. The day was intensely hot, and
men were falling under the rays of a vertical sun as well as by the shot
of the enemy. Still the battle raged, and the sound of the artillery be-
came overwhelming. A poor soldier belonging to the Virginia regiment,
catching the eye of Colonel Ridley, said in tremulous accents, " The earth
is gaping and will swallow us." "Let it open," stormed Ridley, "we will
sink together; to your post!" After one of the battles in which he had
been engaged, he came across a wounded British officer, to whom he ex-
tended an act of kindness. The soldier drew from his pocket a gold
watch, and asked Colonel Ridley to accept it as a token of his dying
gratitude. That watch is now in the possession of his grandson, Francis
T. Ridley. Colonel Ridley married Amy Scott, and left two sons, of
whom hereafter. On retiring from the services of his country Colonel
Ridley received, as the meed of his patriotic achievements, a bounty in
land lying in the territory northwest of the Ohio River, — now in the
State of Ohio, — from which his heirs realized the sum of forty thousand
dollars. No record of his death.

FOURTH GENERATION.

Jollll Ridley 4 (1), a son of James 3 (3), was born in Southampton
County, Va., and died without issue.

Ridley 4 (?), a daughter of James 3 (3), was born in Southampton

County, Va. ; was married and had issue sons and daughters.

Ridley 4 (?), a daughter of James 3 (3), was born in Southampton

County, Va. ; was married and had issue sons and daughters.



Matthew Ridley 4 (1), only son of James 3 (4) and his wife, Sarah Rid-
ley, was born in Southampton County, Va., and lived to attain his
majority; died without issue.



Timothy Ridley 4 (1), a son of 3 (?), was born in Southampton



486 BIDLEYS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY. VIRGINIA.

County, Va. ; removed to Hertford County, N. C, and died without



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