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ticelve children, of whom hereafter. He emigrated to Boston, Mass., in
1848, with his wife and five children, the other seven having died in Ire-
land. He died in Boston, April 24, 1882, aged 81 years, and was buried
by his wife, — who died in Boston, Aug. 6, 1-878, aged 72, — in Calvary

Jollll Riddel 2 (1), son of John 1 (1), was a baker by trade; married,
had a family, and was living in Dublin, Ireland, when last heard from. If
living, is about 72 years of age.

Margaret Riddel 2 (1), daughter of John 1 (1), emigrated to America
in 1849, and is supposed to be dead ; unmarried.

Sarah Riddel 3 (1), married William Cromer, and had seven children.
John Riddel 3 (8). { See 267 _ 68 .

Kate Riddel 3 (1). \ l °

Mary Riddel 3 (1), married Thomas Dolan, and had one son.
Patrick-E. Riddel 8 (2). > See 267 _ 68>

Richard Riddel 3 (2). j 1 °


William Ridley 1 (1), supposed to have been a son of Walter Ridley,
was a resident of a small village called Shincliffe, about one mile east of
Durham,* Eng., where his children were born and settled. He used to fol-
low his son with the game-bag, during the shooting season, when old.


William Ridley 2 (2), a son of William 1 (1), was born at Shincliffe;
married Elizabeth Robinson, of Durham, and had issue four children, of
whom hereafter. He was a gardener and gamekeeper. Emigrated to
Wisconsin, many years ago, and when last heard from was living with a
grandson, in Illinois.

Alice Ridlev 2 (1), a daughter of William 1 (1).

Rose Ridley 2 (1), a daughter of William 1 (1).


Walter Ridley 3 (2), a son of William 2 (2), was born at Shincliffe,
Durham, Eng., about the year 1826, and emigrated to the United States
in 1844. He married Mary- Ann Frost, from Devonshire, Eng., in Wis-
consin, — where he then resided, — and by her had issue five children, of
whom hereafter. He is now living at Lamar, Barton County, Mo.

* There were other familes of Ridley living in the same neighborhood, in some
way connected with this family, closely resembling them, who frequently visited
Durham and Shincliffe.


William Ridley 3 (3), a son of William 2 (2), was born in Shincliffe,
Eng. ; emigrated to the United States, and when last heard from was in
Texas or Missouri.

Jollll-Gr. Ridley s (1), a son of William 2 (2), was born in the County
of Durham, Eng., and emigrated to the United States, many years ago;
present residence not known, but supposed to be St. Joseph, Mo.

Alice Ridley 3 (1), only daughter of William 2 (2), was born in County
Durham, Eng., and died in Wisconsin, U. S., soon after the emigration to
that State.


Alice Ridley 4 (2), eldest daughter of Walter 8 (2), was born April 12
1857; was married to Byron Fast, of Barton County, Mo.

Emilia Ridley 4 (1), second daughter of Walter 3 (2), was born April
12, 1859, and wns married to Charles H. Chace.

Walter Ridley 4 (3), only son of Walter 3 (2), was born April 26, 1861,
and married Eddy-Ann Millard, daughter of John Millard, of Barton
County, Mo

Mary Ridley 4 (1), third daughter of Walter 3 (2), was born Nov. 5,

Jaiie Ridley 4 (1), fourth daughter of Walter 3 (2), was born Dec. 5,


John Ridley 1 (1), descended from the ancient family in Tynedale,
Northumberland, was a native of the parish of East Grinstid, County of
Sussex, Eng., but lived many years in a seaport town, called Hastings,
where he was the superintendent of a large poor-house. Wife's name not
known ; she predeceased her husband at the age of ninety-five. Mr. Rid-
ley died at the home of his son in Frant, Sussex, about the year 1810,
aged ninety-eight. He was a large man, weighing two hundred and fifty
pounds, with light complexion and dark hair. There were four children.


William Ridley 2 (1), a son of John 1 (1), was born at East Grinstid, Sux-
sex, Aug. 26, 1790; married Hannah Eridge, — she was born at Eastbourne,
Sussex, Oct. 5, 1795, — and had issue several children, of whom hereafter.
He had dark hair, but fair complexion ; weighed one hundred and seventy-
five pounds. Emigrated from London to Canada in 1837; thence moved
to the States in 1840. Carpenter by trade. Died at Rochester, N. Y.,
aged one hundred and eight years. Eight children, of whom hereafter.

James Ridley 2 (1), a son of John 1 (1), was born at East Grinstid,
Sussex, and lived in a seaport town in County Sussex, named East-
bourne. He was many years employed by the English government.

John Ridley 2 (2), a son of John 1 (1), was born in the County of Sus-
sex, married, and resided at Frant, in his native shire, till 1837, when he
emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in company with the family of his brother
William. He settled in Canada and died there some twenty years ago,
say 1864, leaving his widow Mary, since deceased, and six children, of
whom hereafter.


Elizabeth Ridley 2 (1), a daughter of John 1 (1), of whom no other


William Ridley 3 (2), a son of William 2 (1), was born in Frant, Sus-
sex, Dec. 16, 1816; married a Scotch lady from Berwick-on-Tweed, by
whom he had issue (she died at Rochester, X. Y., in 1847), and secondly,
to Lucy-Ann Graves (she was born in Oneida, N. Y.), by whom issue.
Resides at Binghamton, N. Y. Carpenter by trade.

Esther Ridley 3 (1), eldest daughter of William 2 (1), born Dec. 12,
1817 ; was married to Thomas Martin (from Briton, Sussex, Eng.) in Canada,
in 1838, and had children. She died in Rochester, N. Y., in 1874.

Elizabeth Ridley 3 (2), second daughter of William 2 (1), was born at
Frant, Sussex, June 4, 1819 ; was married to Calvin Buckley, and died at
Mount Morris, X. Y., in 1860. Husband also deceased.

Lucy Ridley 3 (1), third daughter of William 2 (1), was born at Frant,
Sussex, Jan. 11, 1820; was married to Joseph T. Cox, an Englishman, in
Rochester, 1ST. Y., in 1842, and has Jive children.

Abigail Ridley 3 (1), fourth daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
County Sussex, June 20, 1822; was married at Mount Morris, N. Y., to
John Buckley, in 1850, and has removed to the West.

Barzilla Ridley 3 (1), second son of William 2 (1), was born in County
Sussex, June 5, 1827; married Elizabeth Sperry, of Oswego, X. Y., and
has a daughter. He resides at Elmira, X. Y. Carpenter by trade.

Benjamin Ridley 3 (1), third son of William 2 (1), was born in County
Sussex, Dec. 22, 1834; married an Irish woman, and had one son. Mr.
Ridley died in Rochester, X. Y., in September, 1880.

Mary Ridley 3 (1), youngest daughter of William 2 (1), was born Dec.
12, 1836, in Sussex County, Eng.; was married to an American farmer,
and lives in the West. Xo children.

John Ridley 3 (3).

v^n^nmSm Children of John ' 2 W> a11 born in En s land '

w D-ii "/ox j " > and > with the exception of the eldest, came

u- Fy S*£*K$) m to Canada in 1837.

Mira Ridley (1).

Sarah Ridley 3 (1). J


Henry Ridley 4 (1), eldest son of William 8 (2), was born in Rochester
N. Y., in 1841, and was killed in Oil City in 1868.

Violet-Lewis Ridley 4 (1), eldest daughter of William 3 (2), was born
in Rochester, X. Y., in 1848, and was married to an engineer of the Xew
York Central Railroad.

Hannah Ridley 4 (1), second daughter of William 3 (2), was born in
Rochester, X. Y., in 1844, and was married to a boiler-maker.

Anna Ridley 4 (1), third daughter of William 3 (2), was born in Roch-
ester, X. Y., and is married.

William Ridley 4 (3), a son of William 3 (2) by his second wife, died
at the age of seven, in Binghamton, X. Y.

Lafayette Ridley 4 (1), a son of William 3 (2) by his second wife, died
at Binghamton, X. Y., aged 5 years.

Dora Ridley 4 (1), a daughter of William 3 (2) by his second wife, was


born iu Bingharaton, N. Y., and (now 25 years of age) was married to
Alonzo Strong, of Ithaca, N. Y., and has issue.

Elizabeth Ridley 4 (3), a daughter of Barzilla 8 (1).

Beiljamill Ridley 4 (2), a son of Benjamin 8 (1).


[From Ridley's " Piteous Lamentation or the Miserable Estate of the Church in


" Of God's gracious aid in extreme perils toward them that put their
trust in Him, all Scripture is full, both old and new. What dangers were
the patriarchs often brought into, as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but of
all others, Joseph ; and how mercifully were they delivered again ! In
what perils was Moses when he was fain to fly for the safeguard of his
life! And when was he sent again to deliver the Israelites from the servile
bondage? And when did the Lord mightily deliver his people from
Pharaoh's sword? Not before they were brought into such straits that
they were compassed on every side (the main sea on the one side, and the
main host on the other), that they could look for no other (yea, what did
they else look for, then?) but either to have been drowned in the sea, or
else to have fallen on the edge of Pharaoh his sword. Those Judges, which
wrought most wonderful things in delivery of the people, were ever given
when the people were brought to most misery before ; as Othniel, Aioth
[Ehud], Sangar, Gedeon, Jepthah, and Samson. And so was Saul endued
with strength and boldness from above, against the Ammonites, Philis-
tines, and Amalechites, for the defence of the people of God. David, like-
wise, felt God's help, most sensibly ever in his extreme persecutions.

"What shall I speak of the Prophets of God, whom God suffered so oft
to be brought into extreme perils, and so mightily delivered them again;
as Helias, Heremy, Daniel, Micheas, and Jonas, and many others, whom
it were too long to rehearse and set out at large ? And did the Lord use
his servants otherwise in the new law after Christ's incarnation? Read
the Acts of the Apostles and you shall see, no. Were not the Apostles
cast into prison, and brought out by the mighty hand of God? Did not
the angel deliver Peter out of the strong prison, and bring him out by the
iron gates of the city and set him free? And when, I pray you? Even the
same night before Herod appointed to have brought him in judgment for to
have slain him, as he had a little before killed James, the brother of John.
Paul and Silas, when after they had been sore scourged, and were put into
the inner prison, and there were held fast in stocks; I pray you, what ap-
pearance was there that the magistrates should be glad to come the next
day themselves to them, to desire them to be content, and to depart in
peace? Who provided for Paul, that he should be safely conducted out
of all dangers, and brought to Felix, the Emperor's deputy, — when, as
both the high priests, the Pharesees, and rulers of the Jews had conspired

*The spelling and composition of this sermon are just as in original, and show
the quaint style of the time, — say 1550 A. D.


to require judgment of death against him, he being fast in prison, and also
more than forty men had sworn each one to other that they would never
eat nor drink until they had slain Paul ! A thing wonderful, that no
reason could have invented, or man could have looked for: God provided
Paul his own sister's son, a young man, that disappointed that conspiracy
and all their former conjuration. The manner how the thing came to
pass, thou mayest read in the twenty-third of the Acts ; I will not be
tedious unto thee here with the rehearsal thereof.

" Now, to descend from the Apostles to the Martyrs that followed next
in Christ's church, and in them likewise to declare how gracious our good
God ever hath been to work wonderfully with them which in His cause
have been in extreme perils, it were a matter enough to write a long book.
I will here name but one man and woman, that is, Athanasias, the great
clerk and godly man, stoutly standing in Christ's cause against the Arians;
and that holy woman, Blandina, so constantly in all extreme pains, in the
simple confession of Christ. If thou wilt have examples of more, look
and thou shalt have both these and a hundred more in Ecclesiastica His-
toria of Eusebius, and in Tripartita Historia. But for all these examples,
both of holy Scriptures and of other histories, I fear me the weak man of
God, encumbered with the frailty and infirmity of the flesh, will have now
and then such thoughts and qualms (as they call them) to run over his
heart, and think thus: All these things which are rehearsed out of the
Scriptures I believe to be true, and of the rest truly I do think well, and
can believe them also to be true; but all these we must needs grant were
special miricles of God, which now in our hands are ceased, we see; and
to require them of God's hands, were it not to tempt God ?

"Well-beloved brother, I grant such were great "wonderful works of
God, and we have not seen many of such miricles in our time; either for
that our sight is not clear (for truly God worketh with us his part in all
times), or else because we have not the like faith of them for whose cause
God wrought such things, or because after that he had set forth the truth
of his doctrine by such miricles then sufficiently, the time of so many
miricles to be done was expired withal. Which of these is the most
special cause of all other, or whether there be any other, God knoweth ;
I leave that to God. But know thou this, my well-beloved in God, that
God's hand is as strong as ever it was; he may do what His gracious
pleasure is, and He is as good and gracious as ever he was. Man chang-
eth as the garment cloth; but God, our heavenly Father, is even the same
now that he was, and shall be for evermore.

" The world without doubt (this I do believe, and therefore say) draw-
eth toward an end, and in all ages God hath had his own manner, after
his secret unsearchable wisdom, to use his elect : sometimes to deliver
them, and to keep them safe ; and sometimes to suffer them to drink of
Christ's cup, that is, to feel the smart, and to feel of the whip. And
though the flesh smarteth at the one, and feeleth ease in the other, is glad
of the one, and sore vexed in the other ; yet the Lord is all one toward
them in both, and loveth them no less when he suffereth them to be
beaten, yea, and to be put to bodily death, than when he worketh won-
ders for their marvelous delivery. Nay, rather he doth more for them,
when in anguish of the torments he standeth by them, and strengtheneth
them in their faith, to suffer in the confession of the truth and his faith
the bitter pains of death, than when he openeth the prison doors and
letteth them go loose : for here he doth but respite them to another time,


and leaveth them in danger to fall in like peril again ; and there he raak-
eth them perfect, to be without danger, pain, or peril, after that for ever-
more. But this his love toward them, howsoever the world doth judge
of it, it is all one, both when he delivereth and when he suffereth them
to be put to death. He loveth as well Peter and Paul, when (after
they had, according to his blessed will, pleasure, and providence, finished
their courses, and done their services appointed them by him here in
preaching his Gospel), the one was beheaded, and the other was hanged
or crucified of the cruel tyrant Nero (as the Ecclesiastical History saith),
as when he sent the angel to bring Peter out of prison, and for Paul's
delivery, He made all the doors of the prison to fly wide open, and the
foundation of the same, like an earthquake, to tremble and shake.

"Thinkest thou, O man of God, that Christ, our Savior, had less affec-
tion to the first martyr, Stephen, because he suffered his enemies, even at
the first conflict, to stone him to death? No, surely; nor James, John's
brother, which was one of the three that Paul calleth primates or princi-
pals amongst the Apostles of Christ. He loved him never a whit the
worse than he did the other, although he suffered Herod the tyrant's sword
to cut off his head. Nay, doth not Daniel say, speaking of the cruelty of
Anti-Christ in his time: 'And the learned [he meaneth truly learned in
God's law] shall teach many, and shall fall upon the sword, and in the
flame [that is, shall be burnt in the flaming fire], and in captivity [that is,
shall be in prison], and be spoiled and robbed of their goods for a long
season.' And after a little, in the same place of Daniel, it followeth : 'And
of the learned there be which shall fall or be overthrown, that they may
lie known, tried, chosen, and be made white,' — he meaneth, be banished
and scourged anew, picked and chosen, and made fresh and lusty. If
that, then, was foreseen for to be done to the godly learned, and for so
gracious causes, let every one to whom any such thing by the will of God
doth chance, be merry in God and rejoice, for it is to God's glory and to
his own everlasting wealth. Wherefore well is he that ever he was born,
for whom thus graciously God hath provided, having grace of God, and
strength of the Holy Ghost, to stand steadfastly in the height of the storm.
Happy is he that ever he was born, whom God, his heavenly Father, hath
vouchsafed to appoint to glorify him, and to edify his church by the effu-
sion of his blood.

"To die in Christ's cause is an high honor, to which no man certainly
shall or can aspire, but to whom God vouchsafeth that dignity; for no man
is allowed to presume for to take unto himself any office of honour but
he which is thereunto called of God. Therefore John saith well, speaking
of them which have obtained the victory by the blood of the Lamb, and
by the word of his testimony, that they" loved not their own lives even
unto death."



John Riddle born in Morristown, N. J., in 1760. While residing- in
Dutchess County, N. Y., he was drafted for six months, in May, 1778, under
Captain Dodge, in the regiment of Colonel Wisonpett, and marched in that
command from Fishkill to Xewbnrgh, N. Y. ; thence to Albany, where he
remained in garrison some time; thence fifteen miles up the Mohawk River;
thence to Johnston, where he was under the command of General Sulli-
van, in the battle of that place with Canadians and Indians. He then
returned to be stationed at Saratoga during the remainder of his service,
and was employed in erecting a block-house. In 1779 he re-entered for
three months, rendezvousing at Fishkill, under Colonel Stark, and remained
in garrison until the end of his term of service ; he then re-enlisted for
and during the war under Captain Savage, and was conducted to Xcw
Windsor, where he received a bounty of sixteen dollars in silver money.
He was now marched to West Point, where he was in garrison until the
end of the war, in 1783, attached to the artillery under Colonel Lamb ;
the garrison was commanded by General Putnam. He went back to Mor-
ristown, N. J., after the war, where he lived only a few years, and removed
to the State of Pennsylvania ; thence to Frederick County, Va., where he
resided two years; thence to Lexington, Ky., for one year, when he re-
turned to Morristown, N. J., where he lived eight years; thence to Shelby
and Henry Counties, Ky., and was living in the latter subsequent to 1816.

Johx Riddle, born in Hanover County, Va., in 1762, enlisted in Gooch-
land County, in the fall of 1779, to guard the prisoners at Albemarle
barracks, in Albemarle County, Va. Served under Capt. Elisha Leake,
Capt. Josiah Leake, and Capt. Humphrey Parrish, about four months ;
also one month in guarding prisoners from Goochland County to Win-
chester, under Capt. Elisha Leake ; also three months under Capt. Stokely
Fowles, when Arnold burnt Manchester warehouses, and for a time at
Richmond, stationed at Morbin Hills, below the town. He also volun-
teered for six months under Capt. Jonathan Price, in command of Col.
Holt Richardson, and marched south, joining General Gates at the time
of his defeat, Aug. 16, 1780, and was then wounded in the foot; retreated to
Hillsborough, N. C, where, after remaining some time, he was discharged
by Col. Nathaniel Morris. He served in another tour under Capt.
Stokely Fowles, when Lord Cornwallis invaded Virginia, and was present
at his surrender; also guarded prisoners Avho were conveyed to Win-


Chester. He resided, after the war of the Revolution, in Goochland County,
Va. In 1858 his son, John Kiddle, was living in Jefferson County, O.,
probably at Steubenville.

John Riddle, born Oct. 11, 1760, in Virginia, enlisted in February,
1779, for one month, under Capt. Josiah Leake, rendering service as guard
at Albemarle barracks. In January, 1780, he served one month under
Ted Curd, at the same barracks, under Colonels Lewis and Taylor. At
the time of Arnold's invasion, he was drafted for three months, and served
under Gideon Hollister, in the regiment of Col. Charles Flemming, going
to Richmond, thence down the river, crossing to Smithfield and Isle of
Wight Counties; thence to Petersburgh, where he was discharged. Soon
after his return home he went into Captain Curd's company (who was suc-
ceeded by Robert Bradshaw) for six weeks ; marched down into the lower
country, crossing the James River near Williamsburgh, and was discharged
at Cabin Point. He lived many years at Lickinghole Creek, Goochland
County, Va., but early in 1838 moved to Monroe County, Ga., where he
owned land, and where many relatives resided.

John Riddle was born near Flat River, N. C. (probably in Orange
County), and in September, 1833, was residing in the north-west corner of
Rockingham County, N. C, a few perches north-east from Stoke County,
and stated his age to be 83. He enlisted in 1776, in Grayson County, Va.,
under Capt. John Cox, near Chisels Lead Mines, on New River; marched
to Long Islands, of the Holston River, against the Cherokee Indians, serv-
ing over four months. He again entered the army in Henry County, Va.,
in September, 1781, under Captain Hill ; marched to York, and engaged in
the siege of that place until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, after which
he served as guard when the British prisoners were taken to Winchester.

William Riddell died at Selkirk, Scotland, in 1780, aged 116 years.
This man was, in early life, a considerable smuggler, and remarkable for
his love of brandy, which he drank in large quantities. He was always
so fond of good ale, that he frequently declared that he could not remem-
ber that he ever drank water. He was not a regular drunkard, but had
frequent paroxysms of drinking, which lasted several successive days.
After his ninetieth year he at one time drank for a fortnight together,
with only a few intervals of sleep in his chair. He married his third wife
when ninety-five years old. For the last two years he subsisted on bread
infused with spirit and ale. He retained his faculties till death.

James W. Riddle, ensign United States Infantry, April 5, 1814; sec-
ond lieutenant, Nov. 14, 1814; appointed from District of Columbia;
resigned March 4, 1815. Aged 77 in March, 1871. His company took
twenty " 44-pounders " from a French vessel commanded by Commodore
Barney, and by orders of Commodore Rogers, mounted the guns in Fort
McHenry, near Baltimore, which rendered efficient aid in repulsing and
bombarding the attack of the British fleet in 1814. He married, Nov.
22, 1824, Eliza Goain, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Resided in 1871 at corner
of Carondolet and Calliope Streets, New Orleans. Had a family. Drew
a pension.

Alexander Riddle, a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, settled at

Hollinwood, near Oldham, Eng., and had two or more children. A

daughter was married to a Mr. Burgess, and in 1871-3 was living at Fall

River, Mass. Her brother was killed and left a son, John Middle, brought



up in the family of his grandfather, before mentioned, who came to
America, but his place of residence was unknown in 1873. This family
is probably connected with the Riddels of Mill of Cull or Moneymusk,
Aberdeenshire (whose records see in this book), as there were relatives
said to have settled in England.

Jeremiah Riddle enlisted from Randolph County, Va., serving in the
militia from Sept. 13, 1814, to Feb. 13, 1815, at Norfolk, under Capt. Jona-
than Wbrmsby. He married, in Randolph County, May 11, 1811, to
Margaret Hardman, and died at Cedar Creek, Lawson County, Va., Oct.
17, 1818. His widow was living at Grass Run, Gilmore County, W. Va.,
in May, 1871, aged 81. This man had issue three sons and a daughter
(possibly others), who were living in Virginia in 1878, named as follows : —

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