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Descendants of William Ridley

Generation No. 4

4. JAMES TAYLOR4 RIDLEY (JAMES3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)61,62,63 was born 01 Feb 1838 in Alabama64,65,66, and died 26 May 1901 in Dunningham, Yolo Co. California USA. He married VIANNA POPE 25 Dec 1859 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, daughter of JOHN POPE and JANE SHOEMAKE. She was born 1836 in Tennessee, and died 05 Jan 1934 in Sacramento, California.

Notes for J
He was buried in Mary's Cemetery, Yolo Co., CA. Census: 1850 Arkansas Washington Co., Vineyard Twp, p. 852, lines 23-30 FHL film #442877. James aged 35, living with wife "Louiza", sons Taylor (12), Thomas (11), William(9), and 3 dtrs. marriage, to Eliza Shoemake Alabama. Census: 1880 CA Yolo Co. Dunnigan FHLfilm#1254806/p. 378 D: James born 1819 TN aged 61, farmer, father bplc TN, mother bpic unk; Louisa wife 60 TN white fbpic TN, mbpic unk; Lewis son 20 AR; Ella dtr 17 CA; also Karie Corners aged 9 CA no relation BLM Land Patents AR, Washington Co., August 1, 1857. LENW sec. 21/, twp 14-N, range 33-W Meridian 5th PM. 40 acres. Authority of April 24, 1820: Sale-cash entry 3 stat. 566). Bledsoe Co. TN formed 1808, formerly Roane. Roane formed 1801, formerly Indian Lands, 1805 Cherokees surrendered claims to Bledsoe area. 1838 Trail of Tears crossed Bledsoe Co. 5 mi south of Pikeville, the county seat. TN statehood 1796 1807 Petition for a Grist Mill signed by including: James Ridley, Thos Riddle, and John Shumake Notes re: Connections between Ridley, Pope, Shumate Oxendine, Maxwell, and Gibson families: see 1850 AR Federal Census Vineyard Township., family numbers: 90, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100. Family #90: James Ridley and Louiza (Shumate) Ridley, and children Family#93: Thos. Maxwell, wife and children. This Thomas could be related to James through his mother Margaret (Maxwell) Ridley, a cousin or uncle? Thomas was in AL in 1836 (see birth of children) Martha and Robert) when James was there (see marriage of James and Louiza). Charles and Martha (Shumate) alternate spelling Shoemake, Oxendine were also in AL in 1836-37 (see birth of children Ednue and Levi). Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California. p. 670: "James Ridley, a farmer, north of Blacks Yolo County, was born May 27, 1818, in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, a son of William and Margaret (Maxwell) Ridley, natives also of that State. At the age of sixteen years he went to Alabama, and resided there until 1835, when he moved to the northern part of Missouri. In 1861, he came with ox teams to California, locating immediately in Yolo County and renting land of Charles Barnes, the first year, and the next year (1863) he purchased the place where he now resides, three miles north of Black's. It embracess 163 acres of excellent land. He was married in 1835 to Miss louisa Shumate, a native of Tennessee. Their ten children are: James T., Thomas, William, Margaret, Louisa, Francis, Mary, Larate (Lafayette), Ella and Susie.
Children of J
  i.   MARY5 RIDLEY, b. 1861, AR.
  ii.   ALICE RIDLEY, b. 1864, California USA.
  iii.   JAMES RIDLEY, b. 1865, California USA.
  iv.   CLARICA RIDLEY, b. 1868, California USA.
  v.   ANN RIDLEY, b. 1871, California USA.
  Notes for ANN RIDLEY:
Residence in 1880 Dunningham Yolo, California.

  vi.   CORA RIDLEY, b. 1872, California USA.
  vii.   EMERY RIDLEY, b. Jul 1875, California USA.
  viii.   JOHN LEO RIDLEY, b. 17 Mar 1876, California USA; d. 1958, Solano Co. CA.
  Notes for JOHN LEO RIDLEY:
Military Service 12 Sep 1918 WW1.

  ix.   LAWFEYETT RIDLEY, b. Mar 1880, Califfornia USA.
Obit of Lafayette Ridley, in History of California, p. 1347, states, mother's maiden name "Gibson" , Obit of husband, James Ridley in Woodland Daily Democrat 10 June, 1903, states wife's maiden name "Shoemate." Headstone is shared with Sara Gibson. Census, 1850 Arkansas, Washington Co., Vineyard Township, family #100 shows Sarah Gibson 49, with husband, George, age 50 and mother in law,(?) Delilah age 90, located next to family, #99, of Thomas, J. Pope, and Mourning (West) Pope, next to families of Oxendines, Shoemakes, other spellings Shumates, and Ridley's. Is Gibson a second marriage, for Sara? Is Sara related to Jane Shumate or Shoemake? Who married John Henry Pope? Shumate surname was common among Lumbee and Cherokee Indians.

  x.   BERT LESTER RIDLEY, b. 01 Apr 1880, California USA.
Census 1910 Dunnigan, Yolo Co., CA Military Service: 12 Sep 1918, WW1

  xi.   EDWARD RIDLEY, b. Dec 1882, California USA.
  Notes for EDWARD RIDLEY:
Yolo-Tehama County CA Archives Biographies...... Ridley, Edward 1882- copyright. All rights reserved File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by: Joy Fisher January 18, 2006, 4:45 pm Author: Tom Gregory (1913) Edward Ridley Not long after gold had been discovered in California and throngs of fortune-seekers had begun to seek the western coast, the family of James Ridley crossed the plains with wagons and ox-teams, taking with them such absolute necessities as the arduous trip demanded. With the caravan traveled a small boy, James Taylor Ridley, a son of James, Sr., and a native of Missouri. Agirl, Vianna Pope, also came with the same expedition, having joined her parents in removing from her native Missouri to the unknown regions of the west. Destiny later united the fortunes of the young people, who married during the pioneer period of our state history and settling at Dunningan, where the wife, who survives her husband, still makes her home. The head of the emigrating expedition, James Ridley, Sr., developed a large tract of raw land near Black's station and remained in Yolo county throughout the balance of his life. There were 13 children in the family of James T. and vianna Ridley and all but two of these are still living. The youngest, Edward, was born in Tehama county, this state, September 3 1882, and at the age of six years accompanied his parents to Yolo county, where he attended the Dunnigan public schools. While yet a mere lad his business tendencies began to assert themselves. With an eager desire to earn a livelihood he took up any occupation that offered a moneyed recompense, but from the first, his inclinations were toward the care and management of horses. He can scarcely remember when he first began to be interested in equine flesh. Few men are more competent than he to judge their merits or discover their blemishes. No dedfect escapes his keen glance. On the contrary no good point is overlooked, with such tastes as these it is natural that he should embark in the livery business. When only eighteen he started aconsideralble period. Desiring to avail himself of the enlarged business opportunities afforded by woodland, during 1907, Mr. Ridley removed hither, having sold his livery outfit, at Dunningan and rented the barn there. Shortly after his arrival here he started the Pacific stable on Main Stret, and remained in theat place for two years, after which in July of 1909, he bought the Fashion stable. Since them he has devoted his attention to a general livery business and has maintained the excellent reputation held by the concern of which he is the proprietor. With exacting scrupulousness he gives himself to the work at hand, neglecting no small detail, but carefully overseeing the horses, caring for the large equipment of vehicles and keeping the harness in first-class condition. As yet he has devoted his time to business to the exclusion of politics and has taken no part in public affairs other than voting the Republican ticket, but he keeps posted concerning questions of vital importance to the country and is particularly zealous regarding the progress of the commonwealth. His wife, like himself, has the proud distiction of being a native Californian. She bore the maiden name of Amanda Hiatt and was born in Sutter County, California, but during girlhood lived near Dunnigan She received the educational advantages of that section, being a graduae of the Woodland highschool and the Woodland Business College. Their marriage was solemized in Sacramento and has been blessed with one daughter, Velma Ellen. The family has a high social standing among the people of Woodland and contributes to many of the movements for the upbuilding and permanent welfare of the city. Additional Comments: Extracted from History of Yolo County California With Biographical Sketches Of The leading Men and Women of the County who have been indentified with it's growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present History by Tom Gregory and Other Well Known Writers Illustrated complete in one volume Historic Record Company Los Angeles, California [1913]

5. WILLIAM4 RIDLEY (JAMES3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)67,68,69,70,71 was born Dec 1843 in Vineyard, Washington Co. Arkansas72,73,74, and died 18 Oct 1914 in CA. He married ANN ELIZA POPE75 24 Sep 1867 in San Joaquin CA, daughter of THOMAS POPE and MOURNING WEST. She was born 15 Aug 1850 in Vineyard Washington Co. Arkansas76, and died 18 Sep 1936 in San Joaquin Co. CA77.

Notes for W
James and Louiza lived in Newton County Missouri. He was a rancher, in Stockton California. William Ridley died in a car crash.

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Residence: 1850, Vineyard, Washington, Arkansas78

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Residence: 1850, Vineyard, Washington, Arkansas79
Children of W
  i.   EMMA5 RIDLEY80, b. 1869, California80.
  More About EMMA RIDLEY:
Residence: 1880, Center, Linn, Oregon, United States80

  ii.   ALVIN RIDLEY80, b. 09 Mar 1870, California80.
  More About ALVIN RIDLEY:
Residence: 1880, Center, Linn, Oregon, United States80

6. iii.   ELBERT ALIS RIDLEY, b. 15 Nov 1871, Stockton California; d. 10 Sep 1963, Placer Co., California.
7. iv.   JOSEPH WILLIAM RIDLEY, b. Sep 1873, California.
  v.   ARTHUR RIDLEY80,81, b. 1878, California82,83.
Residence: 1880, Center, Linn, Oregon, United States84

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