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lis, Me., in 1822, and died young, unmarried.

Betsey Ridlon 5 (6), eldest daughter of John 4 (6), was born in Claren-
don, Vt.* May 21, 1804, and was married, Oct. 29, 1822, to Alfred Colvin,
a farmer of Clarendon.

Jonathail-F. Ridlon 5 (5), eldest son of John 4 (6), was born in Claren-
don, Vt., May 20, 1*06; married Rosetta B., daughter of Benjamin and
Elizabeth Colvin, in November, 1830, and had issue five children, of whom
hereafter. Mr. Ridlon was a farmer in his native town. He was tall,
broad-shouldered, and had a gigantic frame, knit with powerful muscles.
His hair was black, and his beard heavy, long, and silvered with gray.
He was a real mountaineer and hunter, a man of unwavering courage and
fortitude, possessed of a vigor of constitution that could endure great
strain. He was nervous, impulsive, quick-tempered, eccentric, and as
firm as the granitic hills among which he lived. His eyes were light gray
and piercing, the expression of his face determined, and his general as-
pect formidable and aggressive. All the peculiar traits so conspicuous in
the old Ridlons seemed to be concentrated in this man.* The first sen-
tence spoken to me when introduced to him was, " Well, sir, I can han-
dle any Ridlon that was ever born "; at the same time he straightened
himself to his greatest height, shut his mouth firmly, and looked as de-
iiant as a Jehu. But with all his seeming coldness and sternness, he
had a very kind and tender heart. He died Feb. 2, 1875, and was buried
near his home. His portrait is in my collection.

Alma Ridloil' 5 (1), second daughter of John 4 (6), was born in Claren-
don, Vt., in 1808, and died unmarried.

Thomas Ridloil 5 (5), second son of John 4 (6), was born in Clarendon,
Vt., March 20, 1810; married Hildee Baxter, in 1834, settled in his native
town, and cultivated a farm there. He married a second wife, whose
name does not appear. Children by both wives, of whom hereafter. Mr.
Ridlon sold his estate in Vermont, many years ago, and emigrated to
Minnesota, where he is supposed to be living at present, but nothing has
been heard from this family for a long time. Mr. Ridlon is said to be tall
and well formed ; had black hair and beard, regular features, nervous

* To show the peculiar style of the man, I append the following story, told me by
Jonathan Ridley, of Vermont, as an apology, when I asked him to favor us with a
song. " When I was a boy ray voice was the most wonderful that was ever known
in the State, and people came from far and near to hear me sing. I was so bash-
ful I could never do my best in company, but always knew there was something al-
most divine about my voice. Well, sir, one morning father sent me out to the
pasture for the horse, and as the air was clear and balmy, and no one near to hear
me, I thought I would do my best and brim; ray voice to the test; so, I climbed
upon the gate and commenced, and ray singing SO filled me with astonishment that
I became spell-bound and lost myself in the rapture of my own music. How long
I sang I cannot tell, but when the spell was broken, behold ! the birds of all kinds
had gathered around me by hundreds upon the gate, and were still descending from
the air in every direction; they seemed to be idled witli wonder, and looked at me
in complete silence; this state of things tilled me with fear, and I hastened on my
errand, wondering what it all meant. Well, sir, from that hour those birds have
never sung, — nor have I." This was related with soberness and apparent good
faith; not a smile could be detected on his face, and when he was done he looked
me earnestly in the eye and asked, -'And now do you blame me because I do not
sing?" Of course this was a story, but it was told as but few men could have
told it.


temperament, firm and settled convictions, all tempered with a very kind
and generons heart.

Noel-P. Ridlon 5 (1), third son of John 4 (6), was born in Clarendon,
Vt., Nov. 4, 1813 ; married Nancy B. Hallett, of Powlet, Rutland County,
Nov. 3, 1849, and settled on a farm in his native town. He was killed by
the cars, Oct. 12, 1866, while driving across the railroad-track with his
horse-team. He had issue three children, of whom hereafter.

Amanda Ridloil 5 (1), third daughter of John 4 (6), was born in Clar-
endon, Vt., Feb. 1, 1815; was married to Ira Davis, Jan. 15, 1846 ; second-
ly, to M. W. Hutchinson, of Andover, Windsor County, Feb. 14, 1859.

Jollll-Hollis Ridlon 5 (13), fourth son of John 4 (6), was born in Clar-
endon, Vt., in 1817 ; married Zerinda Dean, and had issue three children,
of whom hereafter. He settled in his native town and lived there many
years, but subsequently removed to Ohio, where, in 1876, he was living.
He may have additional children since his settlement in the West. He
once visited Hollis,* — the town for which he was named, — and spent
some weeks with his Ridlon relatives there ; he is spoken of by them as
an eccentric character.

Loretta-P. Ridlon 5 (1), fourth daughter of John 4 (6), was born in
Clarendon, Vt., Jan. 2, 1821 ; was married July 4, 1855, to Lester Jones,
of Sudbury, and resides in her native town. No issue.

Rebecca Ridlon 5 (4), youngest daughter of John 4 (6), was born in
Clarendon, Vt., July 19, 1824; was married Jan. 1, 1852, to George R.
Davis, of Sudbury, and lives on a farm in her native town. She is a real
Ridlon of the old type.

Orrin Ridley 5 (1), eldest son of David 4 (2), was born in Wayne, Me.,
June 8, 1814, and died in Bangor, Sept. 21, 1833.

Aphia-G. Ridley 5 (1), eldest daughter of David 4 (2), was born in
Wayne, Me., Aug. 26, 1818; was married to Stephen H. Worth, Dec. 3,
1840, and lives on a farm in East Corinth, Me.

Rev. IsaaC-G. Ridley 5 (5), second son of David 4 (2), was born in
Wayne, Me., April 12, 1822; married Dec. 16, 1841, Harriet, daughter of
Rev. Stephen Dexter, of East Corinth, and settled in that town as a car-
penter. No children. His first wife, a most amiable woman, died in
1874, and he married a second wife, whose name has not reached me.
Mr. Ridley embraced religion when young, and was chosen a deacon of
the Baptist church in Corinth ; in this sacred office, and that of a lay-
minister, he served faithfully many years. In 1870 he was sent into
Aroostook County, Me., as colporteur, by the Baptist Association, and in
1873 he moved to the town of Easton, in that County. He has since re-
ceived ordination as an evangelist, and continues his labors as a mission-
ary in the County, proving himself a faithful and efficient minister of the
Gospel. He is tall and large, weighing, say, two hundred and twenty
pounds ; his head is large and bald, hair and beard nearly white, features
of the family type, — withal a noble-looking man. He is social, conver-
sational, and generous-spirited ; a plain, practical preacher, who holds
the confidence and esteem of the people. See portrait in this book.

David Ridley 5 (3), third son of David 4 (2), was born in Wayne or
Abbot, March 4, 1824; married Dec. 29, 1846, Sarah Crowell, of Bangor,

* The town of Hollis, In York County, Me., was once called Phillipsburgh, but
was probably changed in honor of the Rev. John Hollis.


and had issue seven children, of whom hereafter. He was a carpenter and
builder, and resided at Xewton Falls, Mass., where he died June 14, 1869,
leaving a widow and five children. Mr. Ridley was tall and well formed;
had light complexion, regular features, and pleasant expression of face ;
judging from his photograph, I should not think he resembled the Ridlon
family. He was a competent mechanic, and an honest, quiet, unobtrusive
young man. His widow has since married a Mr. Blaisdell, of Bangor, Me.

William-G. Ridley 5 (5), third son of David 4 (2), was born in Abbot,
Me., Dec. 3, 1827, and died the same year.

Mary-G. Ridley 5 (14), second daughter of David 4 (2), was born in
Abbot,* Me., Dec. 3, 1828; was married to Elijah J. Clement, a wheel-
wright, Dec. 10, 1848, and resides at East Corinth, where she, like Dorcas
of the Bible, "makes coats and garments," being a tailoress by trade.

Catharine Ridloil 5 (3), only daughter of James 4 (2), was born in Hol-
lis, Me., May 29, 1803; was married to Elder, of Gorhani or Stan-
dish, and lived many years in Limington. Her husband died many years
a«"o, and she, having become insane, was placed on the town-farm, in
Standish, where she still remains, and is a complete mental wreck. She
was born without a palate, and could never articulate distinctly. Her
bodily health, in 1880, was good.

Jacob Ridloil 5 (4), only son of James 4 (2), was born in Hollis, Me.,
Jan. 3, 1806, and died when young, unmarried. He was buried at his
father's side, in the lot near the homestead of his uncle Robert. A young
gentleman of amiable disposition and noble character, beloved by all his
acquaintances. He was tall, erect, with fair complexion and stately ad-

James-Hopkinson Ridlon 5 (7), eldest son of Joseph 4 (1), was born
in Hollis, Me., Jan. 20, 1813 ; married June 8, 1843, Susan Small, of Lim-
ington, and had issue three sons, of whom hereafter. He acquired a good
education, in the common schools and academy, and taught in winter in
his native town. Served several years on the Superintending School Com-
mittee ; was justice of the peace and selectman; also land-surveyor.
Kept store at Bonnie Eagle Village, and engaged in the manufacture of
clothing. He embraced religion while a student in Parsonsville Semi-
nary, and on returning home united with the Freewill Baptist church at
West Buxton ; was many years clerk of that communion, and a member
of the choir. Mr. Ridlon was a public-spirited, progressive man, manifest-
ing a deep interest in every movement and institution calculated to en-
lighten and elevate his fellow-men ; a useful citizen and public servant,
kind and devoted husband, valued neighbor, and exemplary Christian.
He was moderate, candid, serious, considerate, and generally exhibited
sound judgment. He was always so absorbed in thought that he fre-
quently passed people on the road without seeing them. Tall, broad-
shouldered, and well formed; had dark-brown hair and beard, full, jutting
forehead, high crown, and a deeply wrinkled face. His mouth was broad
and full, chin receding, and his general features of the old Ridlon mould.
He died Sept. 16, 1855, and was buried near his father's homestead, in the
"Old Ridlon Burying-ground," so called, where his monument, contain-
ing his miniature, is now standing.

Dea. Joseph Ridlon 5 (4), second son of Joseph 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me., in 1»L5; married March 5, 1815, Sarah, daughter of Abijah aud


Susan (Nason) Usher, of Hollis, and has two children, of whom hereafter.
He was employed as clerk in the store of Colonel Robie when young, and
subsequently engaged in trade for himself in Gorham Village. He is a
man of excellent business capacity, and by application and good manage-
ment has built up a large trade, and is now in affluent circumstances. He
has been the recipient of many honors bestowed by his townsmen ; presi-
dent of Gorham Bank, president of Gorham Seminary, selectman, repre-
sentative, deacon of Congregational church, and has filled many other
positions of trust in town and County. He is a Republican, and an out-
spoken advocate of the cause of temperance. Progressive and public-
spirited, he is one of the foremost in all movements designed to bless his
fellow-creatures, and exerts a wide and healthy influence in his community.
His height is about six feet; his frame large and well-knit; his movements
moderate, features regular, complexion fair, and his hair and beard now
nearly white. In disposition thoughtful, serious, and straight-forward ;
kind of heart, courteous, graceful in his carriage, and at times conversa-
tional. He is sagacious, discriminating, far-seeing, and careful in all
things. Since the death of his father he has owned the homestead farm
in Hollis, now carried on by his nephew, Greenleaf Ridlon.

Dea. Jesse-Hopkinson Ridlon 5 (1), third son of Joseph 4 (1), was
born in Hollis, Me., in 1818; married Sarah B. Hopkinson, of Limington, —
his cousin, — and resided for many years in the northern part of that town.
He learned the trade of carpenter and builder, and carried on farming at
times. He moved to the city of Portland, and during his latter years was
in the employ of Staples & Son, machinists, in their pattern-shop. He
was many years a prominent member of the Calvinistic Baptist Church,
and served in the office of deacon while resident in Portland. Mr. Rid-
lon was of medium height, round, compact build, and inclined to corpu-
lency ; his features regular, face oval, and complexion fair ; hair and beard
nearly white in later years. He was social, pleasant, and unassuming in
manners ; peaceful and honest in all his relations in life. He was in every
sense a model, Christian gentleman, and was held in the highest esteem
by all who knew him. He died in Portland in May, 1873, leaving a
widow, by whom he had issue an only child long ago deceased.

Lieut. Jolm-M. Ridlon 5 (16), fourth son of Joseph 4 (1), was born
in Hollis, Me., May 16,1822; married Sarah M. Phelps, of Oshkosh, Wis.,
and settled as a merchant at Lawrence, Mich. He carried on business in
two stores at the same time, and was considered a successful trader, but
he subsequently gave up merchandising and removed to other parts. His
present place of residence (1884) is Lawrence, Mich. Mr. Ridlon was
an officer in the Federal army during the war of the Rebellion, and
proved a good soldier. He is quite tall, round, solid, and well porpor-
tioned ; has black hair and beard, and in his features and facial expression
resembled his brothers before mentioned ; called a handsome man. He
has issue three children, of whom hereafter.

AlpheilS-0. Ridlon 5 (1), fifth son of Joseph 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., Jan. 8, 1822; married Sarah Stiles of Gorham, and has had issue
three children, of whom hereafter. He has spent the most of his clays on
the railroad. Drove a locomotive on the Eastern Railroad between Bos-
ton and Portland, until he became a proficient engineer, then went West
and found employment on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which was
under the management of New England men. He was thrown from a
trestle-work with his locomotive, while running between Cincinnati and'


Marietta, O., and sustained serious injuries; two limbs were fractured, his
head badly cut, and his whole body bruised. He was so highly esteemed
by the company in whose employ he was injured, that his pay was con-
tinued during his long illness, his expenses paid, and a valuable gold-
watch was presented him, within the case of which is a beautifully com-
posed inscription, which epitomizes his courage, fidelity, and disinterested-
ness as a man and engineer. On his recovery he was pi*omoted to the
position of conductor, and has filled that responsible station ever since, —
a period of some twenty years, — to the entire satisfaction of the company,
and with the highest approval of the traveling public. Mr. Ridlon has
been a member of the Baptist Church from early life, and illustrates in
his daily example the qualities of a true Christian. He is an excellent
singer, and when in Maine was a member of the choir in the Freewill
Baptist church at West Buxton. He has a fine residence at Norwood,
O., about ten miles from the city of Cincinnati, and only a few rods from
the railway-station. His house is situated someway back from the public
street, and surrounded by beautiful grounds, ornamented with trees and
shrubbery; here, with his pleasant family, he leads a quiet and happy life.
His height is about five feet ten inches, shoulders broad, hair and beard
nearly black, eyes hazel, features like his eldest brother, expression seri-
ous; in movement moderate, in disposition quiet, unobtrusive, and retir-
ing. He is considered by all classes as an honest, straight-forward man.

Col. Nicholas Ridlon 5 (3), only son of Robert 4 (3), was born in Hol-
lis, Me., April 18, 1815; married Mary F., daughter of John and Ruth
(Blake) Rand, of Gorham, and is now (1883) living on the homestead
farm where he was born. He early developed a military taste, became
a commissioned officer in an independent company known as " Hollis Light
Infantry," and ascended in the scale of promotions to lieutenant-colonel
when a young man; he commanded a brigade, when about thirty years of
age, at a general muster. Colonel Ridlon was a handsome, efficient, and
respected soldier, and was held in the highest esteem by his command. His
Aoice was clear and powerful, and could be heard at a great distance; he
was equipped with splendor, was an expert rider, and when gracefully
mounted upon a rampant horse he presented a grand and imposing appear-
ance ; indeed, he was as much at home in saddle, as a " Tartar of the
Plains," always sitting erect, and apparently indifferent to the antic
movements of his horse, the use of which, when hired, sometimes cost him
ten dollars a day. He carried a sword formerly owned by Col. Joshua
Emery, of Hollis, which he was always proud of; but, at the importuni-
ties of the descendants of its former owner, who desired to preserve it in
their family as an heir-loom, he has sold it. Subsequent to his military
career he became proprietor and landlord of a public house at North Hol-
lis, known as the " Sweat Tavern " or " Brick Tavern," which he kept for
many years, and sustained a larger patronage than any of his successors.
Colonel Ridlon is about six feet in height, weighs one hundred and ninety
pounds, has bald crown, sandy complexion, deeply-wrinkled face, and in
features resembles the Cousens family, of which his mother and grand-
mother were members. He is genial, conversational, and enjoys com-
pany ; has a fancy for a fine team of oxen, carries on a small farm, and

* The author feels uuder obligation to record his acknowledgments due Alpheus
G. Ridlon, for his great kindness bestowed, while visiting the West, to collect data
for this book, and especially for his devoted care and sacrificing attention to my
•needs, while sick at Webb's Prairie, 111., — a kindness never-to-be-forgotten.


lives a peaceful, contented life. He embraced religion in 1876, and is a
member of the Advent Church at Bonnie Eagle Village. No children.

Lydia Ridlon 5 (6), only daughter of Robert 4 (3), was born in Hollis,
Me., June 24, 1818; was married Nov. 12, 1841 to John Sawyer, and has
had ten children. She resembled her father, and was a kind-hearted,
peaceful woman. She died at Rochester, N. H., Aug. 21, 1878.

Robert Ridloil 5 (6), eldest son of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., Sept. 20, 1820; married March 28, 1842, Susan, daughter of Peter
and Sarah (Nason) Graffum, of Limington, and has lived on a farm in
Standish, near Steep Falls, for many years. He is a carpenter and sash
and blind maker by trade, and has worked much in the lumber-mills on
Saco River during winters. He was the inventor of the first machine
and concave circular-saw for cutting barrel and hogshead heading, but
has realized but little money from its use. He embraced religion in 1843,
and united with the Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Ridlon is of medium
height, has dark, curly hair and beard, gray eyes, and in features resem-
bles the Hancock family. He is moderate, honest, peaceful, and respected.
Three children.

Mary Ridloil 5 (15), eldest daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in Hol-
lis, Me., and died Dec. 7, 1824, aged 2 years and 6 months. Buried in
"Old Ridlon Burying-ground.'"

Mary Ridlon 5 (16), second daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me., May 31, 1826; was married to Marshall McLucas, and has
issue. Resides in Casco.

Priscilla Ridlon 5 (3), third daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me., April 20, 1829 ; was married to George Jones, of Casco, Cum-
berland County, and is now dead.

Isaac-H. Ridlon 5 (6), second son of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in Hollis,
Me., Dec. 25, 1833 ; married May 16, 1857, Hannah J., daughter of James
and Climelia (Lovejoy) Hobson, of Standish, and settled in Limington,
near the village of Steep Falls ; farmer by occupation. Has issue Jive
children, of whom hereafter. Mr. Ridlon is tall, has black hair and beard,
and is a free talker. Was in the army during the Rebellion, and receives
a pension.

Etlierlillda Ridlon 5 (1), fourth daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born
in Hollis, Me., and died in Casco, Dec. 6, 1834, aged 2 years and 6
months. Buried in Hollis.

Hannah Ridlon 5 (5), fifth daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in
Hollis, Me. (presumed), May 20, 1840, and was married Feb. 14, 1858, to
Cyrus Plummer, of Raymond, Cumberland County, where she now resides.

Etlierlillda Ridlon 5 (2), sixth daughter of Nicholas 4 (1), was born in
Casco, Me., Jan. 9, 1843; was married to Daniel Mann, of Casco, and
lives in that town.

Snsail Ridlon 5 (4), only daughter of Magnus 4 (6), was born in Hollis,
Me. ; was married to the Rev. Dudley Holt, a Methodist preacher, and,
at last accounts, was living at Mechanics' Falls, Minot, Me.

Moses Ridlon 5 (2), eldest son of Magnus 4 (6), was born in Hollis, Me.,
and died when young.

James Ridlon 5 (8), second son of Magnus 4 (6), was born in Hollis,
Me., in 1824, and was never married. He was an eccentric character from
his childhood, and his humorous sayings will not soon be forgotten. He


spent many winters in the backwoods of Maine and New Hampshire,
"swamping roads " for the lumbermen, or acting as cook in their camps.
In summer he worked on the farms of his relations, or went to the " Grand
Banks" on board fishing-vessels. He almost always left his home or board-
ing-places unexpectedly ; sometimes rising before daylight, and returning
as unlooked-for after years of absence. He was several times supposed to
be dead, but afterwards came back safe and sound. He enlisted in the
Nineteenth Massachusetts Infantry, April 21, 1864, and was killed in bat-
tle only a few hours after he reached the army. It was only a few months
before his enlistment that he was heard to say, "'Uncle Sam' must give
me a very strong invitation (meaning a draft) before I shall enter the
army." James was a noble-hearted, generous-souled man ; honest, gentle,
and harmless as a child. He was always watching for opportunities to do
good, in cases of sickness was a ready helper, and was never a burden to
any one. A welcome guest in the homes of his relatives, he kept all hearts
cheerful, and being able to turn his hand to any kind of farm-work,
always more than paid his way. Poor fellow! he has left a host of friends,
who will never cease to remember his pleasant face and kind words. He
was small, but well formed ; had black hair and beard, hazel eyes, deeply-
wrinkled face, and regular features of the family type.

Martha Ridlon 5 (4), eldest daughter of Thomas 4 (2), was born in Hol-
lis, Me., Sept. 20, 1805; was married to John Ridlon, — her cousin, — and
lived only a few rods from her father's house nearly all her days. She
was a woman of great excellence, possessing every virtue that distinguishes
the wife, mother, and Christian. She was the first to reach and last to
leave the sick bed of her neighbors ; always bestowing her sympathy upon
the afflicted, and giving substantial blessings to the poor and destitute.
Her mantle of charity was spread over the failings of others, and her great
tenderness of heart would not admit of her speaking unkindly of any one.
She was called " Aunt Martha" by old and young, relatives and acquaint-
ances; and her loving words, gentle ministries, and pure life will not, can-
not, be forgotten by any who came within the range of her heaven-born
influence. She was long in feeble health, and endured her sufferings with
remarkable patience and Christian fortitude. Departed to her rest on Jan.
21, 1878, aged 73 years (she had four children), and was buried in the vil-
lage cemetery at Moderation Mills.

Joshua-Decker Ridloil 5 (1), eldest son of Thomas 4 (2), was born in
Hollis, Me., April 4, 1807 (?), and died at the age of 18 years, unmarried.
He was fond of hunting and trapping, and spent much of his time in the
late autumn days in the woods; and only a few months before his death
caught a large, brown eagle in his fox-trap. This bird measured nearly
eight feet from tip to tip across the wings ; all the aged people, with the

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