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Me., Nov. 4, 1805, and died young.

Robert Redlon 5 (4), third son of John 4 (5), was born in Newcastle,
Me., Sept. 27, 1806 ; became a mariner, and is sujiposed to have been lost
at sea, as nothing has been heard from him for many years. Is it not a
little singular that he could not have been traced to his destination or

Joseph Redlon 5 (3), fourth son of John 4 (5), was born in Newcastle,
Me., Aug. 4, 1808, and died young.

Elizabeth Redlon 5 (5), fifth daughter of John 4 (5), was born in New-
castle, Me., Oct. 6, 1810, was married to Daniel Paine, and is now (1880)
living in Thomaston, Me.

Nathan Redlon 5 (2), fifth son of John 4 (5), was born in Newcastle,
Me., Jan. 3, 1813; married Elizabeth Brown, and had issue, of whom
hereafter. He married, secondly, Mary Martin, by whom he also has
children. Mr. Redlon was "bound out" among strangers when a boy,
and never knew what it was to have a home till he owned one. He says,
"I had to scratch for myself, and have had a pretty hard scratch." He
was formerly a merchant in Thomaston, Me., and Boston, Mass., but is
now living on a beautiful farm in South China, in his native State. He
has acquired a handsome property, and is a prominent and highly re-
spected citizen, having filled positions of trust with the greatest accepta-
bility to his townsmen. Mr. Redlon is of medium height, has broad
shoulders, short neck, dark hair, and small, deep-set eyes. Children by
two wives, thirteen, of whom hereafter, I have his portrait.

James Redlon 5 (5), youngest son of John 4 (5), was bora in Newcastle,
Me., March 8, 1815, and died when young.

John Ridlon 5 (13), eldest son Magnus 4 (5), was born in Hollis, Me.,
April 10, 1800; married Lucy, daughter of Daniel Smith, of Hollis, Nov.
29, 1821, and had issue four children, of whom hereafter. He learned
the blacksmith's trade with his father, and followed that business through
life. He built him a house and shop at " Smith's Bridge," so called, in
Hollis, near his father-in-law's homestead, and worked there several years;
he subsequently moved his house to Bonnie Eagle, and carried on a busi-
ness there in company with William Tripp, their shop being at the Hollis
end of the bridge there. His house was afterwards purchased by John
Sawyer, and moved to the place where it now stands, at present owned
by Stephen Higgins. Mr. Ridlon was a first-class mechanic. He was of
medium height, had broad shoulders, and short, thick neck, gray eyes,
long, outstanding brows, regular features, and ruddy complexion. He died


in 18 — , and was buried in the "Old Ridlon Burying-ground," about one-half
mile from Bonnie Eagle, but there is no stone to mark his grave.

Polly Ridlon 5 (5), eldest daughter of Magnus 4 (5), was born in Hollis (or
Buxton), Me., in l s 04; was married to Isaac Townsend, and had issue.
"Aunt Polly" is still living in Hollis and is one of " the excellent of the
earth." I have her portrait in India-ink.

Hannah Ridlon 5 (4), second daughter of Magnus 4 (5), was born in
Buxton (or Hollis), Me., in 1807, and worked many years in Quincy,
Mass., and Portland, Me., as a maiden-lady, and accumulated consider-
able money. She was married to John Eaton, of Buxton, Jan. 27,
1853, and is now living alone in her house there (1880). Mr. Eaton
died in 1878.

Anil Ridlon 5 (1), third daughter of Magnus 4 (5), was born in Buxton,
Me., Feb. 19, 1812; was married to Noles Rand, of Gorham (brother of
the wife of Col. Nicholas Ridlon, of Hollis), and resided many years in
Standish, in that County. Mr. Rand died in January, 1872, and she lives
with her children and widowed sister Hannah. Draws a pension for a
son killed in the Rebellion (1880).

Magnus Ridlon 5 (8), second son of Magnus 4 (5), was born in Buxton,
Me., Aug. 5, 1814; married Emily, daughter of Col. Joshua Emery, of
Hollis, and has had issue seven children, of whom hereafter. He learned
the blacksmith's trade when young, and has followed that occupation
through life. He located at Kezar Falls, in Parsonfield, many years ago,
commenced business with John Sawyer, and has continued in the
same shop ever since. He has devoted himself closely to his business,
lived within his means, and acquired a good property. He has a fine
stand of buildings in the village opposite his shop, and owns land and
a wood-lot outside. An excellent mechanic, industrious, honest, quiet,
peaceful, a good neighbor, and useful citizen; can "mind his own busi-
ness" as well as any man living. He is genial, conversational, and jovial.
Of medium height, round-shouldered, and muscular ; has light complexion,
small, gray eyes, long brows, ruddy cheeks, and pleasant expression of
face. Mr. Ridlon was an officer in the military company known as "Hol-
lis Light Infantry," and was highly esteemed by his command ; is said to
have been an efficient and fine-looking soldier.

Thomas Ridlon 5 (4), third son of Magnus 4 (5), was born in Buxton,
Me., Feb. 4, 1«2(J, and was adopted after his mother's death by Judith
Ridlon, maiden-daughter of Thomas Ridlon, of Hollis, with whom he
lived until his death when a young lad. He was buried in the "Old Rid-
lon Burying-ground," on the Bonnie Eagle road, in the lot of Thomas
Ridlon, and next to Sarah Ridlon; a space was left, however, for the
grave of "Aunt Judy," between his grave and that of Sarah, and a wide
stone embedded in the ground as a warning to all sextons not to disc
there. The author saw the stone removed in 1880, and the grave of the
faithful guardian of "little Thomas" was then made.

James Ridlon 5 (6), youngest son of Magnus 4 (5), was born in Bux-
ton, Me., Dec. 3, 1822 (by a second wife), and died in infancy.

Harriet Ridlon 5 (1), youngest daughter of Magnus 4 (5), was born in
Buxton, Me., Feb. 4, 1825, and was married Aug. 9, 1845, to Harrison F.
O. Cram. Deceased.

Robert Redlon 5 (5), eldest son of Nathaniel 4 (2), was born in Bath,
Me., Aug. 4, 1798, and was lost at sea when a young man and unmarried.


MagllUS Retllon 5 (9), second son of Nathaniel 4 (2), was born in Bath,
Me., Oct. 10, 1799, and died in infancy.

Abigail Redlon 5 (2), eldest daughter of Nathaniel 4 (2), was born in
Bath, Me., Jan. 14, 1801 ; became the wife of Ai-ber Marson (now, 1875,
of Boothbay, Me.) in 1825, and died in 1839.

Catherine Redlon 5 (2), second daughter of Nathaniel 4 (2), was born
in Bath, Me., March 16, 1803 ; was married to Dennis Lines, and lived
sometime in South Boston, Mass. Dead.

Sally Ridley 5 (6), eldest daughter of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., Nov. 30, 1793; was married to Benjamin McKenney, Feb. 27, 1812, —
he was then of Scarborough, — and had issue. She died in the city of
Portland many years ago. Her husband went from home during the
excitement created by Jacob Cochran, and was absent many years. Mrs.
McKenney's portrait is in my collection.

Matthias Ridley 5 (5), eldest son of Daniel 4 (3), was bom in Saco,
Me., Feb. 29, 1795; married Feb. 4, 1818, to Nancy Pratt, of Leeds, Me.,
and settled in Wayne, to which town he went with his parents in 1814.
His house was about one-half mile north of where his brother Daniel
subsecjuently built his brick house, and was reached by a lane from the
main carriage-road. (I find he first sat down a little way east of his father's
homestead, and afterwards moved his house to its present location.) He
enlisted as a substitute for his father in the war of 1812, and received a
pension which is now drawn by his widow, who, in a somewhat demented
condition, continues on the old farm, living alone, but under the watch-
care of her son. Mr. Ridlon changed his name to Ridley, as did all the
Wayne family, and his descendants will stand thus recorded. He was
tall, broad-shouldered, massive of frame, and muscular ; had black hair,
dark eyes, regular features, and firm but pleasant expression of face ; his
head was high and well developed, but not bald. He was a great reader,
especially of the Scriptures, was well informed, possessed a remarkably
retentive memory, and was many years a devoted Christian. He was
nearly blind for some years, but recovered his sight before his death, which
took place in 1875, at the age of 80 years. He was buried in the ceme-
tery near the brick house of his brother Daniel, where so many of the
family rest. His children, of whom hereafter, were ten in number.

Martha Ridley 5 (3), second daughter of Daniel 4 (3), was born in
Saco, Me., Feb. 9, 1798, and died young.

Jonathan Ridley 5 (4), second son of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., Feb. 15, 1801; married Louisa Marston, of Fayette, and had issue
seven children, of whom hereafter. He went from Saco to Wayne in
1813-14, and lived in that town during his minority, working on a farm in
summer and attending or teaching school in winter. He changed the
spelling of his name to Ridley, and all the family in that section of the
State followed suit. He says, "Everybody called me Mr. Ridley, and I was
weary of correcting them, so I adopted a new orthography." Mr. Ridley
early manifested a taste for books, and has been a devoted reader all his
life. He took front-rank as a scholar in the town-schools, and at an early
age became an assistant teacher. He aspired to a thorough education,
but his situation and limited means in early life made it unavailable, and
he had to supplement what he acquired at the common school, by exten-
sive reading and study at home ; this he applied himself to with great
persistency until his mind was well stored with practical knowledge. Mr.


Ridley settled in Jay, Franklin County, many years ago, and has been a
leading, public-spirited man, filling many positions of responsibility,
always to the satisfaction of his townsmen, fully sustaining the confidence
reposed in him, and only declined to act in the capacity of a public ser-
vant, when advanced years and infirmities made it inconvenient for him to
discharge the obligations of office with that care and faithfulness which had
always characterized his administrative actions. Although he has retired
from public life, and to the comparative seclusion of a farm, remote from
popular society influences, he still uses the choicest language in conversa-
tion, and maintains the graceful carriage, address, suavity, and manners
of a gentleman of the old school. He is communicative, argumentative,
and positive, holding his principles with a peculiar tenacity of grasp; is
stable-minded, impulsive, high-tempered, a keen observer of human na-
ture discriminating in investigation, and cool in judgment. His word is
taken as authority by those best acquainted with him. His home is
among the mountains, surrounded by heavy woods ; cool brooks and
springs babble and send forth the sweetest water near his dwelling, and
the specimens of landscape viewed from his door, composed of mountains,
woodlands, rooky craigs, vales, green fields, and glimpses of the shining
Androscoggin, are picturesque and pleasing to every lover of nature.
Mr. Ridley is now in the winter of his days and past hard labor, but he
is kindly cared for in the family of his dutiful son ; pretty grandchildren
climb upon his knee and mingle their sunny curls with the patriarch's
silvery beard. He retains his faculties well, and spends nearly all his time,
especially in winter, over his books and newspapers. In summer he culti-
vates a nice garden and takes pride in its productions. In personal ap-
pearance he resembles the old Ridlon stock, and that of the family of
Field, from which he is descended maternally. He stands about the me-
dium height, has broad shoulders, and a compact, well-knit body. His
head is round, high-crowned, and intellectual, his hair (originally jet-
black) almost snow-white and worn long, beard heavy, long and nearly
white, falling like waves of water over his breast. His eyes are black
and piercing, brows long, features regular and of the Norman type, and
his facial expression calm, serious, and determined. His wife died in 1882.
Dea. Daniel Ridley 5 (7), third son of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., Sept. 27, 1802; married Sally Winter, and settled in the town of
Wayne, whither he had gone with his parents in 1814. His father failed
to meet the jmynients on his land purchased of Stephen Boothby, and
promised him one-half of the lot if he would pay what was then due;
consequently he engaged for a lumber company, entered the logging
swamp, and worked hard nearly a year, but lost all his pay by the failure
of his ermployers. He then commenced work for Mr. Boothby, and con-

* In a communication addressed to the author in 1872, Jonathan Ridley says :
" The Ridlon family, according to my best knowledge of them, are a moral, intel-
ligent, and hospitable people ; and if they have an) - fame, it has been purely adven-
titious, for they have never sought it. Thus it was with our common progenitor :
he took his life in his hands through a sturdy will and purpose to be free, to be a
man. And if our kindred have not won distinctions, it was owiug to their retiring
disposition more than their incapability. No man can question the courage of a
Ridlon when duty has called them to face danger ; so we And them upon the battle-
fields of the Revolution, and in the army in defence of their country in every war
since. But perhaps I have said enough about the male persuasion; though i ven-
erate them, it is the women of our family who have my adoration. I have known
many of them, who were too pure for sin to have any place in their hearts."


tinued till his land was paid for. He loved work from a boy, and, as soon
as he became a land-owner, commenced to clear him a farm ; and while
the other young men of his neighborhood were away at trainings, raisings,
and town-meetings, he was away in some rick, clearing new land. It
is said of him that when thirsty he would run to a spring in the woods,
drink, and run back to his work. Practising close economy, and turning
every dollar to good account, he acquired a handsome estate, but did not
live long to enjoy it; for, by overwork in building a new brick house, he
impaired his constitution, and died Feb. 20, 1850. Mr. Ridley had mai -
ried, for a second wife, Rebecca Graves, who brought one son into the
family, and died Feb. 27, 1871. Daniel was of medium stature, round,
and compactly made ; had broad shoulders, thick neck, black hair, coarse,
Scottish features, and by hard work became very much bowed over in
latter years. Children, of whom hereafter, eleven in number.

Capt. Benjamin Ridley 6 (3), fourth son of Daniel 4 (3), was born in
Saco, Me., June 20, 1804; married Eliza, daughter of Hamilton Jenkins,*
and settled in the town of Wayne, to which he went with his parents at
the age of ten. He built a house near that of his father-in-law, a few
rods toward Wayne Village, and lived there several years, but subse-
quently removed to the town of Leeds. He lived on a farm, but worked
as a stone-mason and contractor; laid the foundations for many mills,
built bridges for railroads, and whatever work he superintended was
done in the most thorough and workmanlike manner, as is proved by its
durability. He was a prominent man ; captain in the military, and rep-
resentative to the legislature of his State. He availed himself of every
advantage to acquire useful knowledge, and was considered a well-in-
formed, sound-minded man. Tall, broad-shouldered, full-chested, and
strong-framed, he was a man of remarkable physical powers; was a great
worker, and could endure almost any tax, apparently unfatigued and un-
impaired. He had dark hair and beard, gray eyes, high forehead, heavy,
outstanding brows, bald crown, and regular features. His first wife hav-
ing deceased when young, he married, secondly, Abiah , who died

Jan. 7, 1807. Mr. Ridley (as he spelt his name after going East) died
March 12, 1854. This family is buried in a beautiful, sequestered spot
near the old Jenkins homestead. Children, three in number.

Pelina Ridley 5 (1), second daughter of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., March 7, 1807; was married to Charles Graves, of Wayne, in 1827,
and died June 16, 1863, leaving issue.

Mary Ridley 5 (12), third daughter of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., April 4, 1809; was married to Naaman Bishop, of Wayne, and had
issue. She is now (1882) living; a good woman, and a complete type of
the old Ridlon family.

Betsey Ridley 5 (5), third daughter of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Saco,
Me., Aug. 20, 1811; was married to Hamilton Gould, of Wilton, and had
issue. Deceased.

Jannes Ridley 5 (1), fifth son of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Wayne (presum-
ably), July 27, 1814, and became an eccentric, roving character. He would

* Hamilton Jenkins, formerly from Saco, married a daughter of John Boothby,
of Saco, and settled on land purchased of Stephen Boothby, his brother-iu-law, who
was a brother of Rev. John Boothby, late of Saco, who, as well as Stephen who
died in Wayne or Leeds, lived to great age. Hamilton Jenkins was a brother of
Dennis Jenkins of Wayne, and Thomas Jenkins, the centenarian, late of Saco.
Sometimes Junkins.


leave home without giving any notice to his parents, and after an absence
of years return as unexpectedly, without giving any definite account of
his wanderings or adventures. He is supposed to have followed the sea
for many years. At one time he claimed to have a family in Xew Orleans,
but after a careful examination of the records of that city no mention of
such a man can be found, and if he has ever lived there it was under an
assumed name. Tradition says he started overland for California, with a
company raised at Cincinnati, O., and died somewhere about the Rocky
Mountains. But nothing has been heard from him for many years, and
he may still be living. He was a small man, but very agile and muscular ;
something of a pugilist.

Jerome Ridley 5 (1), sixth son of Daniel 4 (3), was born in Wayne,
Me., Dec. 29, 1816; married Anna Peacock, and had issue five children,
of whom hereafter. He married, secondly, in 1845, Mary Davis, of Pitt-
ston, and by her had ten children. He drove the mail-coach from Portland
to Augusta for manv vears, but latterlv settled on a lame farm in Rich-
rnond, Me. He was of nervous temperament, and subject to melancholy,
desponding moods. He was generally cheerful, jovial, and sarcastic ; con-
versational, rapid in speech, emphatic, determined, impulsive, and high-
tempered. A reader of general literature, and a deep thinker; a man of
quick perception and ready wit, humorous and argumentative, radical in
politics, firm in his religious and theological opinions, and a devoted be-
liever of the Second Adventist doctrine. In personal appearance he closely
resembled the Field family, from whom he was maternally descended. He
was of good height, broad across the shoulders, full-chested, round and com-
pact of body, and inclined to corpulency. His hair and beard were jet-
black, and the latter very coarse and thick; his head was large, forehead
broad, brows long and outstanding, eyes gray, features coarse, and upper-
lip especially long and thick. When he smiled there was a peculiarly
cunning expression about his eyes that I have never observed in any per-
son not connected with the Field family. He was a good man. Died in
1875, leaving a large family of children, of whom hereafter.

John Ridloil 5 (14), eldest son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., Nov. 10, 1804 ; married Martha, eldest daughter of Thomas and Pol-
ly (Decker) Ridlon, his cousin (she was born Sept. 20, 1805, and died
January, 1878), and settled in his own town, in a house near that of his
father-in-law, of whom he purchased land. He has always been a farmer,
but being an ingenious and capable man, has worked as a stone-mason,
joiner, and cooper. He has been an extensive reader, and possesses a
large fund of information. His memory is retentive, language copious,
and conversation animating. Having descended from the Rid Ions pater-
nally and maternally, he inherited a double share of the traits so peculiar
to the family, and stands a characteristic type of the old ancestral stock.
He is tall and round-built ; has very coarse Scottish features, dark hair,
small gray eyes, and a high, full forehead, ornamented with a pair of eye-
brows of remarkable length and shape. He is of quick movement ; ner-

* Since my visit at the home of Jerome Ridley (he spell his came Ridley, as did

his brothers), I have been informed that, assisted by another old stage-driver, he
once took an obnoxious fellow from his hotel, at Augusta, Me., put him into a hol-
low log in a pasture, closed the openings with large stones, and kept him thus im-
prisoned all night. He was certainly a determined, formidable man, and according
to stories told by his patrons was capable of wonderful feats.


vous, impulsive temperament; radical in his political views and expres-
sions ; a devoted and consistent communicant of the Freewill Baptist
Church, of which he has been a member for many years ; a good and
peaceful neighbor, useful citizen, and an honest man in every sense of the
word. He had the misfortune to destroy the sight of one eye, many years
ago, by the splinter of a nail, which flew from under his hammer and
struck the pupil. He cared for his mother from the time of his father's
death. His children were four in number — two sons and two daughters.

Ann Ridlon 5 (2), eldest daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., Sept. 4, 1806 ; was married to William Farr, had issue, and died
many years ago somewhere in eastern Maine.

Humphrey-Merrill Ridlon 5 (1), second son of Samuel 4 (1), was
born in Hollis, Me., Sept. 8, 1808 ; married and had issue four children,
of whom hereafter. He is a farmer, in Albion, Me. Great worker; very
ingenious ; a free talker ; small, round-shouldered, has light complexion,
coarse features, small gray eyes, long brows ; is quick-motioned, impul-
sive, passionate, radical, and determined. His powers of endurance were
stronger than most of the young men of his neighborhood, when living
in Hollis, and if his brothers complained of the back-ache, he used to say
they were born without any " tough-leather " in them.

Jane Ridlon 5 (4), second daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Hol-
lis, Me., Oct. 2, 1810 ; was married to Arnold Bowie, of Durham, but
died in Portland, leaving issue.

Patience Ridlon 5 (5), third daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me., May 23, 1813; was married to Nathaniel, eldest son of David
and Eunice (Ridlon) Martin, her cousin, and has issue. Now living in
her native town. Rightly named " Patience."

Rev. Ira-Gould Ridlon 5 (1), third son of Samuel 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me., July 15, 1815; married Mary Wagg, of Danville, May 3,
1833 (she was born in Danville, Me., Nov. 9, 1814), and had issue five
children, of whom hereafter. He lost his father when a boy, and with his
sister Patience, went to live with Magnus Ridlon, of Durham. He em-
braced religion in 1836, and commenced preaching in 1838 ; has bestowed
his labors as an itinerant and evangelist, in Durham, Freeport, Lisbon,
Green, Danville, Bowdoin, Brunswick, and Harpswell, — all in Maine. He
has not devoted all his time to the ministry, but has carried on a farm,
peddled shoes, patent medicines, and " Yankee notions." He now lives
in Lisbon, on a farm. He is a good singer, interesting conversationalist,
social, kind-hearted, and a pleasant exhorter in religious meeting ; but is
not considered a profound preacher. He is an earnest advocate of the
cause of temperance, and a radical politician of the Republican stamp.
Being descended from parents who were both Ridlons, he has shared
largely in the elements of character so conspicuous in his family. He is
tall, round, and compactly made ; has dark-brown hair, gray eyes, long,
outstanding brows, and regular features of face.

Roxanna-W. Ridlon 5 (1), fourth daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born
in Wayne, Me., Dec. 24, 1817 ; was married to Moses Grace, of Saco,
Oct. 25, 1844, had issue, and is now living in Saco.

Mary Ridlon 5 (13), fifth daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., in 1820; was married Aug. 29, 1843, to John Buzzell, and died when
a young woman, without issue. Buried in the enclosed garden of her
brother John, in Hollis, where her marble headstone was set by loving


Rebecca Ridlon 5 (3), sixth daughter of Samuel 4 (1), was born in Hol-

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