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Ridley family papers

Ridley family papers, 1840-1842
Ridley family papers
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Letters, 1840-1842, from A. Jones and others of Wilmington, Ohio, to Francis T. Ridley (1817-1898), Robert Ridley (1811-1852), and Thomas Ridley (1809-1875) of Southampton County, Virginia, regarding their suit as heirs of Thomas Ridley (ca. 1750-1815) against John Heltman and others for lands in Ohio granted to the first Thomas Ridley through military warrants for Revolutionary War service. Letter, 17 November 1840, from A. Jones, John Jones, and Daniel Jones, to Robert and Thomas Ridley and Samuel Blount [Blunt] (1804-1884) contains form for depositions to be used in the Ridleys' suit in the Clermont County, Ohio, Supreme Court and requests that the Ridleys and Blunt take depositions. Letter, 12 April 1842, from A. Jones to Francis, Robert, and Thomas Ridley concerning the outcome of their suit
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  • Thomas Ridley I (ca. 1750-5 February 1815) married Amey Scott (d. 1815) 9 April 1778. He was a justice in Southampton County, Virginia, served in the House of Delegates, 1785-1787, and served in the state senate, 1790-1800. Ridley was a captain in the 4th Virginia Regiment and a major in the 10th Virginia Regiment during the American Revolution and received bounty warrants for 6887 acres in the Ohio Military District. One of his sons, Thomas Ridley II (8 November 1778-10 December 1839) was a planter in Southampton County. He married Mary Wright (d. 1815) in 1801, and they had three sons. After her death, he married Ann Gilliam Wilkinson on 14 July 1816. Thomas Ridley II still possessed some of his father's Ohio lands.
  • Ridley's first son died young and unmarried. His second son, Thomas Ridley III (22 August 1809-7 March 1875) was a colonel in the Southampton militia and a justice on the court. He resided at "Bonnie Doon" and was the wealthiest man in Southampton County. He married Margaret Ann Bynum (1819-1906) and they had eight children. Thomas II's second son Robert Ridley (3 November 1811-8 August 1852) attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. He served in the House of Delegates from 1839 to 1841 and in the state senate in 1843-1844. Robert Ridley was a delegate the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851. He married Ann Eliza Blunt (1825-1862) and they had four children.
  • Another son of Thomas Ridley I was Francis Ridley (1 August 1785-1822) who resided at "Rotherwood." He married Louisa Rebecca Blunt (b. 1796) and they had two sons. The first son died young and unmarried. The second son, Francis T. Ridley (5 September 1817-March 1898) attended the University of Virginia and inherited "Rotherwood." He married Elizabeth Norfleet Goodwyn and they had six children.
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Ridley family papers
Accessions 44545 and 44571 are filed jointly under accession 44545
  • The Library of Virginia
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  • Volz, Carl M.
  • Petrela, Joe
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