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Riddle Genealogy

Riddle Family Crest

Descendants of Robert Riddell

Generation No. 1

Robert Riddell (1) was born Bef. 1730, possibly County Derry, Ireland. He married (1) Margaret Wilson and (2) Unknown.

Children of Robert Riddell and Margaret Wilson are:

  • Margaret Riddell
  • John Riddell, Abt. 1760, Ireland.
  • Robert Riddell, b. Abt. 1763, Ireland.
  • Molly Riddell, b. Abt. 1764, Ireland.
  • Peggy Riddell, b. Abt. 1766, Ireland.
  • Charles Riddell, b. 1768, County Donegal, Ireland; d. 1825, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
  • Jane Riddell, b. Unknown, County Donegal, Ireland; m. Reid, Ireland.
  • Kate Riddell, b. Unknown, County Donegal, Ireland.
  • Nancy Riddell, b. Unknown, Ireland; m. Unknown, Ireland.
  • William Riddell, b. Unknown, Ireland, County Derry or Donegal.

Children of Robert Riddell and Unknown are:

  • Frank Riddell, b. Unknown, County Donegal, Ireland.
  • James Riddell, b. Unknown, County Donegal, Ireland.
  • Rachel Riddell, b. Unknown, Ireland.

Generation No. 2

Margaret Riddell 2 (Robert 1) She married Alexander Riddle, son of Unknown Riddle. He was born in Vallskill, Calldoff, Eneshone, County Donegal, Ulster Province, Ireland, and died Abt. 1812.

Child of Margaret Riddell and Alexander Riddle is:

  • John Riddle, Sr., b. June 10, 1775, Ereshome, County Donegal, Ireland; d. July 26, 1863, Fulton County, Ohio.

Charles Riddell 2, (Robert 1) was born 1768 in County Donegal, Ireland8, and died 1825 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Beard, 1798.

Children of Charles Riddell and Mary Beard are:

  • Robert Riddell, b. 1788, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; d. 181710.
  • Nancy Riddell, b. 1790, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1873; m. Unknown Donnelly.
  • James Riddell, b. 1793, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania10; d. 1843; m. Mattie Wilson.
  • Charles Riddell, b. 1796, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania10; d. 1859.
  • William Riddell, b. April 1796, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
  • Strawbridge Riddell, b. 1797, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; d. 1845.
  • John Riddell, b. 1799.
  • Margery G. Riddell, b. 1800, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; m. Alexander Guffy.
  • Francis Riddell, b. 1802, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; d. 1860.
  • Alexander Riddell, b. 1804, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Generation No. 3

John Riddle, Sr. 3 (Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born June 10, 1775 in Ereshome, County Donegal, Ireland, and died July 26, 1863 in Fulton County, Ohio. He married Jane Steel October 28, 1808. She was born October 11, 1783 in Mifflin County, Penn., and died November 16, 1856 in Fulton County, Ohio.

Children of John Riddle and Jane Steel are:

  • Sarah Riddle.
  • Alexander Riddle, b. August 16, 1810, Pittsburg, Penn.; d. Abt. 1811.
  • Nathaniel Riddle, b. August 16, 1810, Pittsburg, Penn.; d. October 13, 1900, Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio.
  • Thomas Riddle, b. 1812, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; d. 1813, Pennsylvania12.
  • James Steele Riddle, b. June 29, 1812, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; d. January 14, 1902, Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio.
  • John Riddle, b. August 23, 1815, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1833.
  • Charles Riddle, b. August 24, 1823, Pennsylvania.
  • Margaret Riddle, b. August 24, 1823, Pennsylvania; m. Unknown.

William Riddell 3 (Charles 2, Robert 1) was born April 1796 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Berryhill.

Children of William Riddell and MARY BERRYHILL are:

  • Anna E. Riddell, b. June 09, 1828, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; m. William H. Rinegar.
  • John Q. Riddell, b. July 06, 1830, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; m. NANCY J. SMITH.
  • Sarah J. M. Riddell, b. March 23, 1836, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; m. John Blackwell; b. of Philadelphia.
  • William W. Riddell, b. April 10, 1838, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
  • Charles B. Riddell, b. September 07, 1840, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania13; m. Maria Marshall.
  • Mary B. Riddell, b. January 24, 1843, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; m. J. Florence Solado.

John Riddell 3 (Charles 2, Robert 1) was born 1799. He married Laura Haynes. She was born Abt. 1810, and died March 26, 1873.

Child of John Riddell and Laura Haynes is:

  • William Braley Riddell, b. Abt. 1830, York Township, Scioto County, Ohio; m. Barbary Cupp.

Francis Riddell 3 (Charles 2, Robert 1) was born 1802 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 1860. He married Susan Bastian, 1849.

Child of Francis Riddell and Susan Bastian is:

  • Charles S. Riddell, b. March 24, 1851, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Generation No. 4

Nathaniel Riddle 4 (John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born August 16, 1810 in Pittsburg, Penn., and died October 13, 1900 in Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio. He married (1) Rachel Clark, daughter of Ebenezer Clark and Mary Dye. She was born May 30, 1831 in Allegany County, MD, and died November 21, 1878 in Clinton Twp, Fulton County, OH. He married (2) Sarah Armstrong. She was born 1819, and died October 15, 1846.

Children of Nathaniel Riddle and Rachel Clark are:

  • Sarah Jane Riddle, b. July 04, 1848, Fulton County, Ohio; d. September 24, 1885.
  • Mary Ann Riddle, b. January 07, 1850, Fulton County, Ohio; d. October 17, 1850.
  • Martin Riddle, b. August 30, 1851, Fulton County, OH; d. January 15, 1940, Terre Haute, IN.
  • Mary Ellen Riddle, b. February 23, 1854, Fulton County, OH; d. October 28, 1887.
  • John Emmet Riddle, b. November 30, 1855, Fulton County, OH; d. March 04, 1954, Chesterfield Twp., Fulton County, OH.
  • Nancy Emma Riddle, b. October 23, 1857, Fulton County, OH; d. March 08, 1890, Tedrow, OH.
  • James Albert Riddle, b. November 29, 1859, Fulton County, OH; d. December 12, 1943, Probably Morenci, MI.
  • Charles Riddle, b. February 15, 1877; d. August 02, 1893.

James Steele Riddle (John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born June 29, 1812 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and died January 14, 1902 in Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio. He married Matilda Siddons November 21, 1833 in Shreve, Holmes County, Ohio. She was born September 11, 1811 in Washington, Pennsylvania, and died November 24, 1897 in Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio.

James Riddle, 1850 census

Detail from 1850 Ohio Federal Census for Franklin Township, Fulton County,
showing the James Riddle, his wife Matilda, and their children.
For some reason, the enumerator wrote down that Matilda was from Virginia, not Pennsylvania.
Later census enumerations show her state of birth as Pennsylvania.

Matilda Siddons Riddle

Matilda Siddons Riddle -- Undated picture taken at Wauseon, Ohio.

Picture taken at Riddle Farm

Picture Taken on the Riddle Farm ca. 1903,
Both pictures courtesy Fulton County Historical Society, Wauseon, Ohio

This is a transcription of a hand written autobiography submitted by James to the Fulton County Pioneer Society Established in 1883. It was written by him sometime between 1887 and 1902, likely after his wife died in 1897. Transcription provided by Mark Lozer of the Fulton County Historical Society, with corrections in punctuation and spelling to help with ease in reading. The original document is among the FCHS's collections. Information on the Riddles of Fulton County can be found on the FCHS website: The Fulton County Riddle Family.

James S. Riddle was born at Pittsburgh, PA June 29, 1812; Moved with his parents to Ohio in 1819 into what was then called Coshocton County, Hardy Township. The county was very new and thinly inhabited. Hardy Township at that time was 12 miles long and 6 miles wide and in 1820 polled 24 votes at the state election. Bears and wolves were very plentiful and it was very common for hunters to kill several bears through hunting season, and wolves we could hear frequently at night; seen also a plenty. Not a sawmill within 15 or 20 miles of us. Not a grist mill nearer than the same distance. The first wheat we raised, my father cut with a sickle and dryed part of it in the sun; scraped a place of (off) on the ground and thrashed it with a flale and cleaned it up with a sheet folded at the ends, one at each end and made wind to blow the chaff out.

My father and I took it on horse back up to Jones log cabbin mill in Wayne Co., 15 miles, and when we got there the mill was shut down and the miller (Mr Jones) gone. But we went to the house and told Mrs Jones and she came down and (a word missing?) the grist. (That was John Jones' mother and Polly Mikesels' mother near Wauseon.) We got home after dark and mother baked some cakes for supper we thought it was good (as we had lived mostly on potatoes for than a week).

Schools were scarce in those days. My father used to teach in the winter in some log cabbin that they would fix up and the scholars would come from one to four miles to school.

Holmes County was formed (I think in 1825) and was composed of one tier of townships six miles wide off of Wayne County, and two tiers off of Coshocton County, and a strip off of the west side of Tuscarawas County and a strip off the east side of Richland County. Soon after the organization of the county the commisioners divided the townships and made 14 out of 8, and we was struck off into Monroe Township. My father was elected JP clerk at the first election and held the office for several years.

I was married in Wayne County, Ohio to Matilda Siddons, on the 22nd of November 1833 by Wm Jewell. Served several years as constable and Deputy Sheriff, was elected Captain of the Nashvill guards (a rifle company), served 7 years as such.

Moved to Lucas County (Now Fulton) in 1845; had one shilling in my jacket when we landed. Had no house. Hhad five chickens. Got my cabbin raised and got into it on the 16th of April. Cooked by a log in front of the house (had no stove no money to buy one). Mister Swartzentruver (Switzentriver in 1850 census and Swartzendruber in later marriage records) lent us a tin plate stove to keep us warm; had it all summer until we got a fireplace and chimney then we cooked in the fire place for several years.

My neighbors were all good to furnish me provisions, but when I was working for them I could not clear land (as my land was all very heavy timbered). I went up to Wm. Richards in Chesterfield and cut and split rails for fourty cents one bushel, and a peck for a hundred rails.

I used to go to old Jacob Wilden’s and chop cord wood (hard wood) for 31 cts a cord & pile the brush and board myself and took my pay in denums at 44 cts for yard and sheeting at 22 cts ft.

I used to make lap shingles 28 inches long for $4 per M find my own timber and board my self. I frequently would ???? (looks like “nive”) out 200 and fetch them into the house and shave at night by fire place and made light by burning the ???? (no word there, probably something that means the scrap wood -- this line was written up the side margin)

In April 1847 I was elected Twp assessor constable and justice of peace and supervision. They nominated me for assessor and Doctor Kendall for JP and asked me if I would not serve as constable as they nominated J J Clark and he said he could not do the buisneys (business). I said I did not care.

Mr Darby and I were at the table as clerks and knew nothing of their plans and when we went to count out the Justice box the 1st ballot was James S. Riddle. We though it was a mistake but the next one was the same and so on for several votes and some for Kendall and when we got through Riddle was 27 votes ahead. Served 4 terms as JP 4 or 5 assessor one as appraiser 6 years as Infirmary Director.

The 3 years after I came here I had a long spell of sicnys (sickness) first the fever then the augue (Ague - Malarial fever) was pretty bad for two seasons (as I never had any sicknes before).

My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in Nov 1883. Our children were all present that were alive (C C having died March 18th 1876). We have 6 children 4 boys & 2 girls. J Q the oldest born in Holmes County Oct 1835 C C Jany 1838, Thos H May 1840, Mary Jane 1842, Louisa Oct 1844, J Irving 1847 (in this county). Thos H has been in Terre Haute IA since 1868 at present land agent for R R Lands and other lands. Also loans money for Eastern firms. J Irving is there since 73 is Insurance agent for the Phenix of Brooklin for the whole state of IA.

Ayers Cemetery

Grave of Jonathan Riddle and Wife Grave of James S. Riddle and Wife

Graves of Jonathan Riddle, Sr and wife Jane Steele Riddle (left), and James Steele Riddle and wife Matilda Siddons Riddle (right), taken at Ayers Cemetery, Fulton County's oldest cemetery.

Children of James Riddle and Matilda Siddons are:

  • John Quimby Riddle, b. October 24, 1835, Holmes County, Ohio19; d. December 20, 1912; m. Mary Seeple, February 09, 1863.
  • Charles Riddle, b. January 14, 1838, Holmes County, Ohio; m. PHoebe Ely.
  • Thomas Harrison Riddle, b. May 24, 1840, Holmes County, Ohio20.
  • Mary Jane Riddle, b. July 11, 1842, Ripley Twp., Holmes County, Ohio; d. 1922, Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio.
  • Louisa Riddle, b. 1844, Holmes County, Ohio; m. Willard Letcher.
  • James Irving Riddle, b. September 07, 1847.

John Q Riddle Riddle Hardward

John Quimby Riddle (left) and the J Q Riddle Hardware store in Wauseon, Ohio.

Courtesy Fulton County Historical Society, Wauseon, Ohio

Generation No. 5

Sarah Jane Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born July 04, 1848 in Fulton County, Ohio, and died September 24, 1885. She married Samuel Borton.

Children of Sarah Riddle and Samuel Borton are:

  • Lillie Belle Borton, m. George Cook; b. Fayette, OH.
  • Clemma Borton.
  • James Wesley Borton, m. Florence Blair; b. Wauseon, OH.
  • Levi Borton, m. Jeanette "Nettie" Campbell; b. Tedrow, OH.
  • Birdsey Borton, m. Kathryn Becker; b. Spokane, WA.

Martin Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born August 30, 1851 in Fulton County, OH, and died January 15, 1940 in Terre Haute, IN. He married Delilah Golden.

Child of Martin Riddle and Delilah Golden is:

  • Henry Judson Riddle, b. August 03, 1878, Wauseon, OH; d. July 30, 1964, Terre Haute, IN.

Mary Ellen Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born February 23, 1854 in Fulton County, OH, and died October 28, 1887. She married George Whittaker.

Children of Mary Riddle and George Whittaker are:

  • Maud Whittaker.
  • George Emmet Whittaker.
  • Rachel E. Whittaker.

John Emmet Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born November 30, 1855 in Fulton County, OH, and died March 04, 1954 in Chesterfield Twp., Fulton County, OH. He married Florence Mercy Mason, February 22, 1885, daughter of Abraham Mason and Mary Borton. She was born December 27, 1861 in Thelma, Gorham Twp., Fulton County, OH, and died April 06, 1960 in Alvordton Rest Home, Alvordton, OH.

Children of John Riddle and Florence Mason are:

  • Fred E. Riddle, b. June 29, 1888, Tedrow, OH; d. September 23, 1966, Adrian, MI.
  • George Guy Riddle, b. October 15, 1890, Fayette, OH.
  • Mary Ann Riddle, b. July 10, 1894, Chesterfield Twp., Fulton County, OH.

Nancy Emma Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born October 23, 1857 in Fulton County, OH, and died March 08, 1890 in Tedrow, OH. She married George J. Buckmaster.

Children of Nancy Riddle and George Buckmaster are:

  • Chloe Buckmaster, m. Fred Vogelson.
  • Herbert Buckmaster.
  • Ross Buckmaster.

James Albert Riddle 5 (Nathaniel 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born November 29, 1859 in Fulton County, OH, and died December 12, 1943 in Probably Morenci, MI. He married Lelia Mason, daughter of Abraham Mason and Mary Borton.

Children of James Riddle and Lelia Mason are:

  • James Carey Riddle, m. Leona Frame.
  • Clive J. Riddle, m. Bessie Swarner.

Mary Jane Riddle 5 (James Steele 4, John 3, Margaret Riddell 2, Robert 1) was born July 11, 1842 in Ripley Twp., Holmes County, Ohio, and died 1922 in Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio. She married Charles Ambrose Hibbard September 12, 1867 in Bryan, Williams County, Ohio, son of Mortimer Dormer Hibbard and Mary Greene. He was born July 16, 1841 in Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio, and died February 06, 1914 in Spring Hill (now Tedrow), Fulton County, Ohio.

Mary Jane (Riddle) Hibbard's Obituary

Children of Mary Riddle and Charles Hibbard are:

  • Lowell Earle Hibbard, b. September 07, 1868, Spring Hill (now Tedrow), Fulton County, Ohio; d. January 22, 1917, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Maude Lenore Hibbard, b. May 27, 1871, Dover Township, Fulton County, OH38; d. 1956, Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio; m. James A. Carroll, March 11, 1933; b. 1868, California?; d. 1938, Texas.
  • Helen Louise Hibbard, b. January 18, 1874, Dover Township, Fulton County, OH; d. August 01, 1930, Lyons, Fulton County, Ohio.
  • Clark Dudley Hibbard, b. May 18, 1877, Isabell County, Michigan; d. October 29, 1935, Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio.
  • James Rice Hibbard, b. November 12, 1879, Dover Township, Fulton County, OH45; d. May 1970, Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio; m. Elizabeth Kaempfer, December 28, 1904; b. 1879, Ohio; d. October 1973, Tedrow, Fulton County, Ohio.

See Hibbard Genealogy for genealogy of Charles Ambrose Hibbard.

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