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Ridgell Family Home Page

Updated October 9, 2014

B P Ridgell

bpridgell@yahoo.com


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Some people want me to leave up Ridgell, Ridgel, Ridgill. Ridgdell, Ridgedell, Ridgdill, Ridgdedill, Rigell, Ridgle and Rigsdell and related files, even after Ancestry.com makes this page uneditable on September 30th 2014. After that, when errors are found they can no longer be corrected, just as at Ancestry.com, where you can find a plethera of inaccurate genealogy trees. I have worked hard for 25 years to get the Ridgell (and similar spellings) information correct, and I was continuing to add and correct information, as more families participated, but I will no longer be able to change or correct information, thanks to the internet genealogy monopoly of Ancestry.com.

Anyone needing Ridgell etc. files on your family, can email me at bpridgell@yahoo.com after September 30th,and I will send a printable word document by email if possible.

William Ridgell, also found as Ridgdell, landed in Virginia in 1634. He was originally from Yorkshire, where Ridgells flourished in the 1600's. Many variations of this name are found in both Great Britain and the United States today. I believe that William who landed in Virginia in 1634 is progenitor of most Ridgell, Ridgill, Ridgel,Ridgedell, Ridgedill, Ridgdell, Ridgdill, Rigsdell, and some of the Rigell and Ridgle familes, and possibly others.
I believe Richard Ridgell of Maryland, who transported to Maryland in the 1660's, could very well be a son of this William. And William Ridgell who is found in Boston, Massachusetts in 1690,is either a son or grandson of William Ridgell of 1634 Virginia. Another possible descendant of the aforesaid William Ridgell of 1634 Virginia, could be John Ridgdaile of Virginia, who's descendants today are Ridgels. Most of the information compiled below is from these men mentioned above, as well as free blacks and former slaves, who carry the Ridgell etc. name.

Also some information on English Ridgells and Ridgills, which I cannot make heads or tails out of, or really haven't taken the time. The ancestors of William Ridgell/Ridgdell, who came to America in 1634, continues to elude me. Maybe a younger researcher than I, will someday find the following information helpful in continuing to research these families.
---Brian Paul Ridgell

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