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E lizabeth, Permelia, Amanda, Ulysses, and Perry, five of the children of Samuel and Barbara Ridge, all settled in northeastern Kansas. From Pulaski County, Kentucky, they progressed across Missouri with their parents and the rest of their family through Scotland and Holt Counties, before finally crossing into Brown County, Kansas.

Elizabeth Ridge

Elizabeth Ridge was the eldest daughter, born 07 May 1832, and the first of these children known to marry after arriving in Missouri. Although her obituary states that Elizabeth was married three times, records clearly show that there were four husbands. The first of these was Mansford Norton (who may have gone by Stephen) who married Elizabeth on 4 Aug 1850. She married for the second time on 21 Oct 1857 to Isaac Crouch in Holt County, Missouri. Her third marriage occurred in the same county on 23 Feb 1862 to Joshua Gullett, a man who was fifteen years her senior.

By 1865, Elizabeth and Joshua had moved to Claytonville Township, Brown County, Kansas, where various members of Elizabeth's family would reside with her over the next forty years. Joshua died 16 Mar 1879, and Elizabeth remarried for the final time on 11 Jan 1880 to Henry W. Shoup. Henry died 23 Jan 1894, and Elizabeth died 01 Mar 1908 in Robinson, Brown County, Kansas. They were buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery south of Robinson. Elizabeth had no known children, but she often had nieces and nephews living with her.

Sarah Ridge

Sarah Ann Ridge was the next eldest daughter, born 06 Apr 1834. She married Grovenor Norton (probably a relative of Mansford Norton) 19 Oct 1851 in Scotland County, Missouri. Their first child was born in Missouri in 1853, but they then must have temporarily lived in Lawrence, Kansas, where a son was born in September 1855. This was at the beginning of a particularly turbulent time to be living in Lawrence where many of the coming events of "Bleeding Kansas" would be centered. The Wakarusa War took place there immediately afterward in November and December of that year. For about a week, the citizens of the overwhelmingly anti-slavery town of Lawrence were under siege by 1500 members of the Kansas Militia, which was actually made up of and led by mostly pro-slavery Missourians. In May 1856, the town was sacked by many of the same pro-slavery men, and in 1863, the town was burned by a bushwhacker named William Quantrill and his men for supporting abolition. Understandably, the Nortons were back in Missouri when their third child was born in 1857. On 22 Mar 1862, Grovenor enlisted in Company B, 4th Missouri State Militia Cavalry in Forest City, Holt County, Missouri, and he was mustered in the next day at the age of 43. According to his service records, he was soon detached from his company and working as a teamster in Springfield, Missouri. Only weeks after returning to his own company, he deserted on 19 Mar 1863. The same month, President Lincoln issued a proclamation allowing all soldiers who were absent without leave to return by 1 April without punishment, other than not receiving their pay during their absence. Whoever did not return could be arrested. Grovenor returned, but unfortunately, he was shot and killed in action on 30 July 1863 at Callaway Prairie in Saline County, Missouri. Sarah applied for a widow's pension in December. Grovenor and Sarah had the following children:

  1. Maria Norton (1853-1928) who married Benjamin R. Lyons 24 Feb 1876 in Holt County. They first moved to Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska, and later to Lincoln, Nebraska.
  2. Giles Norton (1855-1927) who was a barber.
  3. Richard M. Norton (1857-1929) who was a carpenter.
  4. Samuel Norton (1860-1930).
  5. Grovener Norton (1862-) who was known to be living in 1867 but never appeared on any census records.

Sarah never remarried and died in Forest City on 26 Feb 1916. None of her sons ever married, and all three who lived to adulthood continued to live here together until their deaths.

Permelia Ridge

Amelia "Permelia" Ridgenote1 was born in June 1836 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Permelia first married a plasterer named William W. Hilton (or Hinton) on 3 Jul 1852 in Scotland County, Missouri. They probably moved to Holt County, Missouri, at the same time as other family members before William showed up on the 1859 territorial census of Kansas. It shows that they had moved to Irving Township in Brown County in May 1859. Kansas obviously wasn’t to their liking, however, since they appeared back in Holt County where much of Permelia's family was living during the 1860 census. By 1870, William was no longer with the family. Since their youngest child was born c.1862, he probably died or disappeared within a few years of this date.

The names are inconsistent in records, but Permelia and William seem to have had at least five children. Unfortunately, Permelia would lose at least two of them by 1870. The three who remained would be listed in subsequent census records as "idiotic", or mentally handicapped. It is not known if there was a specific cause for this, but the family or community seemed to think there was. A newspaper article from Dec 1899 listed the occupants of the County Farm in Brown County, Kansas, with a brief description of their reasons for being there. One of their children, Ed, was among them. The reason given for him was "inherited disabilities on account of drunken father". Whether or not this is possible, it does give some insight into the family's situation. Their five known children are the following:

  1. William Minor "Minor" Hilton (c.1853-1917) who by 1880, began living with the family of his aunt, Elizabeth Ridge. Minor remained with her family through about 1911. He then began living at the County Farm in Nemaha County, Kansas, where he died 31 May 1917. He was buried in the Seneca Cemetery.
  2. Rebecca Hilton (c.1855-) who was only found on the 1860 census. Because Rebecca was listed in both households, she was probably living with the same aunt that Minor lived with later.
  3. Stephen N. Hilton (c.1856-) who was also found only on the 1860 census.
  4. John Hilton (c.1858-) who was admitted to the County Farm in Brown County, Kansas, in 1903. This was the same year that his mother died. He lived here until at least 1925.
  5. James Edward "Ed" Hilton (c.1862-) who was admitted to the County Farm in Brown County, Kansas, in 1888. He lived here until at least 1925.

Permelia remarried to James Lee Wilson on 24 Feb 1870 in Brown County. They lived on his farm near Robinson where he already had five children from a previous marriage to add to Permelia's three. James died in 1894, and Permelia remained here with their children until passing away on 16 Apr 1903. She was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery next to James and near several other members of the Ridge family. Additional details of their lives together as well as their following children, including two sets of twins, were previously discussed in the "Wilson Family History":

  1. Henry Lee Wilson (1870-1923).
  2. Sarah Ellen Wilson (1870-1933).
  3. Frank Gordon Wilson (1873-1949).
  4. Emma Alice Wilson (1874-1968).
  5. Warren D. Wilson (1877-1937).
  6. Charles Ervin "Charley" Wilson (1877-1958) previously discussed in the "Paternal Branch within Kansas".
  7. Hattie May Wilson (1879-).

Amanda Jane Ridge

Amanda Jane "Mandy" Ridge was born 22 Oct 1837. She first married James E. Gannon 24 Mar 1858 in Holt County, Missouri. James enlisted in Company B, 5th Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Old) as a Corporal and was mustered in on 21 Mar 1862, but he deserted on 20 October of the same year. This was the same company as several of the Wilson family members. He was not with the family in 1865, so Amanda and her children were living in Kansas at this time with her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Joshua Gullett. Amanda and James had two children:

  1. Samuel R. Gannon (1860-1943) who first married Mary Elizabeth Trapp 27 Feb 1883 in Brown County. He later married Mrs. Sarah Stewart in 1918.
  2. Barbara Elizabeth Gannon (1862-1953) who married John W. Baker 29 Dec 1881 in Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, and relocated to Canadian County, Oklahoma.

Amanda remained with her sister until remarrying to Charles Ben Cowley, Sr., in March 1878. Charles was about 17 years older than Amanda with several children from a previous marriage. They had one child together when Amanda was about 45 years of age:

  1. George Frank "Frank" (1882-1960) Cowley who first married Irene Gould but they soon divorced on 18 May 1903 in Brown County. In 1920, he was a horseshoer for the U.S. Army in Calexico, California. He then married a woman named Ethelind c.1924. Both died in Monterey County, California.

Amanda died 16 Dec 1915 in Lewiston, Nebraska, while living with Frank.

Ulysses and Perry Ridge

The two youngest siblings were Ulysses S. Ridge, born January 1843, and Perry M. Ridge, born 08 May 1846. Both were living in Holt County with their parents in 1860, but they must have been residents of Kansas when they were drafted into the Kansas State Militia on 27 Sep 1864. This was to defend against the rebel invasion led by General Price during the Civil War. Ulysses was credited with serving 20 days, but Perry was absent from the state when they were to begin active service in mid-October. In 1865, both were living in Kansas with the family of their sister, named Elizabeth Gullett at this time, along with Amanda and their mother.

On 29 Oct 1868, Perry married Elizabeth Jane Pitchford in Brown County. They moved back to Missouri by 1870 taking Ulysses and their mother with them. Perry died 16 Nov 1878 at the age of 35, and was buried in Forbes Cemetery in Holt County. He and Jane had two children:

  1. Jesse Ridge (1869-) who is last found on the 1880 census with his mother and step-father.
  2. Ulysses Ridge (1871-1935) who relocated to McLoud, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

Perry’s wife remarried to David Balm 8 Feb 1880 in Holt County, and he died of pneumonia 3 Jun 1884. She again remarried to Zeb Williams 18 Feb 1886 in Brown County. They moved to McLoud, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, in 1918 where she died 2 Mar 1925.

By 1875, Ulysses had gone back to Kansas again. Although not living in the same household during the state census, Ulysses was listed as the guardian of his nephew, Minor Hilton. He then married Phoebe Gamble 25 Oct 1876 back in Holt County, but they were to live in Brown County. Ulysses died 03 Feb 1885 at the age of 39, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Robinson. There appears to have been an inquest into his death, since the county made payments to witnesses and jurors in the case, but the findings are unknown. Ulysses and Phoebe had the following children:

  1. Nellie Ridge (1877-1913) who married Horace Greeley "Greeley" Trapp, a sister of Mary Elizabeth Trapp, 20 Dec 1893 in Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, and moved to Monte Vista, Colorado.
  2. Elizabeth Ridge (1880-1938) who married Albert Byron "Byron" Cheal 01 Feb 1899 in Hiawatha.
  3. Ulysses Grant "Ulley" Ridge (1881-1972) who married Louise Kopplin c.1907 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  4. Maud Ridge (1884-1972) who married Maj. Harry Harrison Cheal 08 Jan 1902 in Hiawatha. They lived in Manilla, the Panama Canal Zone, and Washington D.C. while Harry was in the U.S. Army. They were buried in the National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 1886, Ulysses’ wife, Phoebe, remarried to John Franklin "Frank" Trapp who was a brother of Mary and Greeley Trapp. A fourth sibling was Martin Edwin Trapp, Governor of Oklahoma 1923-1927. Their father was Charles Franklin Trapp. Phoebe died 23 Nov 1899 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Robinson.

Samuel Ridge

The parents of these children were Samuel R. Ridge who was born c.1800 in Randolph County, North Carolina, and Barbara Aker who was born January 1807 in Virginia. The two married 15 Aug 1826 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, where all of their children were born. Samuel last appears on the tax rolls here in 1848 before they removed to Miller Township, Scotland County, Missouri. A plat map from 1858 shows that Samuel owned 40 acres of land here and a William Ridge (probably his son) owned an adjoining 80 acres.note2 Samuel is last found in 1860, after he had moved to Holt County along with most of the other members of their family. Barbara was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, and her tombstone shows her date of death to be 25 Mar 1870. She was then inexplicably listed on the census in June as living with her youngest sons, Ulysses and Perry, back in Missouri.

Samuel and Barbara had up to ten children, the first two of whom are known only from early census records which do not list individual names:

  1. male (1) Ridge who is only known on the 1830 census.
  2. male (2) Ridge who is only known on the 1830 census.
  3. William A. Ridge (c.1830-1873) who married Melvina Turnham 29 Mar 1860 in Holt County. William was a Civil War veteran.
  4. Elizabeth Ridge (1832-1908) previously discussed.
  5. Sarah Ann Ridge (1834-1916) previously discussed.
  6. Amelia "Permelia" Ridge (1836-1903) previously discussed.
  7. Amanda Jane Ridge (1837-1915) previously discussed.
  8. Samuel R. Ridge (c.1840-) who married Bartha E. Turremnote3 01 Jan 1862 in Holt County.
  9. Ulysses S. Ridge (1843-1885) previously discussed.
  10. Perry M. Ridge (1846-1878) also previously discussed.

Robertson Ridge

Samuel's father was Robertson Ridge, sometimes spelled Roberson, who was born about 1774 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He appears here as a head of household on the U.S. Census of 1800. He then relocated to Pulaski County, Kentucky. His name first appears on the tax rolls of this county in 1810, and he is listed here on the census of the same year. On 23 Aug 1813, Robertson enlisted as a private in the Kentucky Militia during the War of 1812 against the British. He was first in Capt. Samuel Tate's Company of Col. Michael Taul's Regiment. His initial enlistment was due to expire less than three months later on 14 Nov 1813. He next enlisted in Capt. John Evans' Company of Lt. Col. Gabriel Slaughter's Regiment for a period of six months from his enlistment date of 14 Nov 1814. During this period, Slaughter's Regiment was present at the last major battle of the war, The Battle of New Orleans, which occurred from 14 Dec 1814 - 18 Jan 1815. When Slaughter's regiment arrived on January 4, General Andrew Jackson noted that they were very poorly armed with only one of every three soldiers having any weapons at all. Apparently, the citizens of New Orleans provided arms to equip the rest of the men. Although vastly outnumbered by the well-armed British, the Americans managed to decisively win the battle.

In 1826, back in Kentucky, Robertson co-signed the marriage bond for his son, Samuel, to marry Barbara Aker. He continued to appear on the county tax records through 1828. He was never shown to have owned any land in these records, and the most personal property he was ever taxed on was 3 horses. Robertson died about May 1829, since on 15 Jun 1829, an inventory and appraisement of his property was recorded for his probate. This inventory listed items reserved for his unnamed widow that could not be sold to pay his debts. In this year, the tax roll now included a new Sarah Ridge who also appears on the 1830 census as a head of household. Sarah is undoubtedly the widow of Robertson, but it is not as definite that she is the mother of his older children, including Samuel. Due to inconsistencies in the 1800-1830 census records, it seems that Sarah could be a second wife, marrying Robertson between 1800-1810.note4 Robertson had at least the following children, but the birth order is not definitive. There were also possibly up to 3 others born after the 1820 census:

  1. Curtis Ridge who was born between c.1795-1800 in North Carolina. He is on the 1800-1820 censuses, but his name appears only on the tax roll of 1828, listed next to his father and brothers.
  2. Samuel R. Ridge (c.1800-) previously discussed.
  3. David R. Ridge (c.1805-) who was born in North Carolina. David married America "Mary" Newby 30 Sep 1830 in Pulaski County. Their youngest child was born 1854, and David is last listed on the Pulaski County tax rolls in 1855.
  4. William Ridge who was born c.1805-1807 in North Carolina. William married Matilda Purvis 18 Feb 1832 in Pulaski County.
  5. female (5) Ridge who was born c.1805-1810.
  6. Nancy Ridge who was born c.1805-1809. Nancy married Hudson Newby 8 Feb 1830 in Pulaski County. He was probably a brother of Mary Newby, because John Newby, Sr., provided the bonds for both of their marriages. Nancy must have died before 31 Mar 1844, since Hudson remarried on this date.
  7. Frances J. "Franky" Ridge who was born c.1815. Franky married Nathan K. Acre 21 Jan 1837 in Pulaski County. He was probably related to Barbara Aker. Nathan was a tinner by trade, and they were living in Adair County, Kentucky, in 1850. In 1860, they were in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. Nathan is last found in Green County, Kentucky, in 1870, and Frances was still living there with a son in 1880.
  8. female (8) Ridge who was born c.1811-1820.
  9. Serenia Ridge who was born c.1812-1817. Serenia married Samuel D. Murray 24 Sep 1833 in Pulaski County. This was Samuel's second marriage.
  10. male (10) Ridge who was born c.1816-1820.
  11. Sarah Ridge who was born c.1816-1823. Sarah married Thomas McClure 25 Dec 1844 in Pulaski County.

Ridge Selected Documents

Census Records

'United States Federal Census Records, 1790-1940', U.S. Census Bureau.

4 Aug 1800, Hillsboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, p.336.

Robertson Ridge household:
2 males 0-9 yrs [b.1791-1800: Curtis, Samuel].
1 male 16-25 yrs [b.1775-1784: Robertson].
1 female 26-44 yrs [b.1756-1774: Robertson's 1st wife?].

6 Aug 1810, Pulaski County, Kentucky, p.141.

Robertson Ridge household:
3 male 0-9 yrs [b.1801-1810: Samuel, David, William].
1 male 10-15 yrs [b.1795-1800: Curtis].
1 male 27-44 yrs [b.1766-1783: Robertson].
2 female 0-9 yrs [b.1801-1810: female (5), Nancy].
2 female 16-25 yrs [b.1785-1794: Sarah?, unknown?].

7 Aug 1820, Somerset P.O., Pulaski County, Kentucky, p.57.

Robertson Ridge household: 1 male 0-9 yrs [b.1811-1820: male (10)].
2 male 10-15 yrs [b.1805-1810: David, William].
1 male 16-18 yrs [b.1802-1804: maybe David? or William?].
2 male 16-25 yrs [b.1795-1804: Curtis, Samuel].
1 male 26-44 yrs [b.1776-1794: Robertson].
4 female 0-9 yrs [b.1811-1820: Frances, female (8), Serenia, Sarah (unless even younger)].
2 female 10-15 yrs [b.1805-1810: female (5), Nancy].
1 female 26-44 yrs [b.1776-1794: Sarah].

1 Jun 1830, Pulaski County, Kentucky, p.37.

Samuel Ridge household:
3 male 0-4 yrs [b.1826-1830: male (1), male (2), William (son of Samuel)].
1 male 20-29 yrs [b.1801-1810: Samuel].
1 female 20-29 yrs [b.1801-1810: Barbara].

Sarah Ridge household:
1 male 0-4 yrs [b.1826-1830) grandson?].
1 male 10-14 yrs [b.1816-1820: male (10)].
1 male 20-29 yrs [b.1801-1810: David?].
2 female 5-9 yrs [b.1821-1825: Sarah? or unknown daughters? or granddaughter(s)?].
1 female 10-14 yrs [b.1816-1820: Frances?, female (8)?, Serenia?, Sarah?, or unknown?].
4 female 15-19 yrs [b.1811-1815) Frances?, female (8)?, Serenia?, Sarah?, and/or unknown?].
1 female 40-49 yrs [b.1781-1790: Sarah].

1 Jun 1840, Pulaski City, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

p.311.

Samuel Ridge household:
1 male 10-14 yrs [b.1826-1830: William (son of Samuel)].
1 male 20-29 yrs [b.1811-1820: unknown?].
1 male 40-49 yrs [b.1791-1800: Samuel].
2 female 0-4 yrs [b.1836-1840: Amanda, Amelia].
2 female 10-14 yrs [b.1826-1830: unknown?, unknown?].
1 female 30-39 yrs [b.1801-1810: Barbara].

p.324.

David Ridge household:
2 male 0-4 yrs [b.1836-1840: Robinson, Perry].
1 male 5-9 yrs [b.1831-1835: John].
1 male 20-29 yrs [b.1811-1820: David].
1 female 0-4 yrs [b.1836-1840: Martha].
1 female 20-29 yrs [b.1811-1820: America].

Tax Records

'Tax books, 1799-1875', Pulaski County, Kentucky Tax Assessor.

1810, p.36.

Robertson Ridge, 1 white male over 21, 1 horse.
[Did not own any land.]

1828, p.63.

Robertson Ridge, 1 white male over 21, 1 horse.
Samuel Ridge, 1 white male over 21.
William Ridge, 1 white male over 21, 1 horse.
Curtis Ridge, 1 white male over 21, 1 horse.
David Ridge, 1 white male over 21.
[None owned any land.]

Civil War Payroll

Kansas Militia in the Civil War, Adjutant General's Office, 1908.

Co. C, Brown County Battalion attached to 22nd Regiment, Vol.8, pp.47-48.

Name: Penny [Perry] Ridge, private
Joined and sworn in 27 Sept 1864 at Robinson by Capt. Swayze.
Ordered into active service 14 Oct 1864 to Atchison by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry.
Relieved from duty 29 Oct 1864 by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry
Number of Days in Actual Service: 20
Names Present: Perry Ridge
Remarks: absent from state, not mustered

Name: Ulysis Ridge, private
Joined and sworn in 27 Sept 1864 at Robinson by Capt. Swayze.
Ordered into active service 14 Oct 1864 to Atchison by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry.
Relieved from duty 29 Oct 1864 by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry
Number of Days in Actual Service: 20
Names Present: Ulysas Ridge

Name: C. F. Trapp, Corporal
Joined and sworn in 15 Sept 1863 at Robinson by G. M. Bush.
Ordered into active service 14 Oct 1864 to Atchison by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry.
Relieved from duty 29 Oct 1864 by Brig. Gen. Byron Sherry
Number of Days in Actual Service: 20
Horses in Service: 1
Names Present: C. F. Trapp
[Charles Franklin Trapp is the father of Mary E. and Horace G. Trapp.]

Article

Brown County World, Hiawatha, Kansas.

29 Dec 1899, p.4.

Poor Farm

There are twelve charges at the poor farm:
Wm. Winters, 60, crippled.
Mrs. Borten, 41, simple-minded.
Geo. Borten, 13, simple-minded.
Ed Hilton, inherited disabilities on account of drunken father.
Thos. Tarwater, 62, paralyzed.
John Jones, 41, physically disabled.
Bill Wright, 50, wrecked by drink.
Sam Banister, alcoholic disease.
Aug. Klesholder, 68, disabled.
John Lyons, 60, feeble.
Mrs. Kaufmann, 44, crazy.
Aunt Rose, 100-year-old darkey.

Obituaries

Robinson Index, Robinson, Kansas.

16 Apr 1903.

Died.

Mrs. Amelia Wilson died at the home of John Ridge this morning at 2 o'clock of a complication of diseases incident to old age. She will be buried at the Rose Hill cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Rev. Boyer will conduct the services. Mrs. Wilson was 66 years old, and was the sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Shoup and Mrs. Amanda Cowley.

23 Apr 1903.

Obituary.

Permelia Wilson was born in Pulaska [Pulaski] county, Kentucky, in the year 1836, and departed this life April 16, being 66 years 11 months and 15 days old. She leaves to mourn the loss of a mother, seven sons and three daughters. Mrs. Wilson and family have for many years been citizens of Brown county. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F.C. Hill, of Willis, assisted by Rev. Mrs. Boyer. Text used, Rev. 21:7, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things." Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

5 Mar 1908.

Mrs. Elizabeth Shoup died at her home south of town Sunday, aged seventy-five years. Her death was the result of a complication of diseases. The funeral was held at the United Brethren church Tuesday with interment in Rose Hill cemetery. Elizabeth Ridge was born in Polaska [Pulaski] Co., KY, May 7, 1832 and died March 1, 1908. She moved with her parents in 1849 to Scotland Co., MO, and in 1850 was married to Stephen Norton, who died soon afterwards. In 1864 she was married to Joshua Gullet, who died in March, 1879. She was married for the third time to Henry Shoup, January 11, 1880. His death occurred in 1894. She leaves two sisters and a number of nephews and nieces to mourn her loss.

Article

Brown County World, Hiawatha, Kansas.

21 Dec 1923, p.1.

200 Horton Citizens Hold Christmas Party at Co. Farm

...The first inmate of the Brown county home was W. H. B. Wright. He came to the home from Robinson April 20, 1885. He stayed a year. In July, the same year, William Thomas was admitted to the home. Records show that he was discharged and went to the soldiers home, Leavenworth. Ed Hilton has been at the home since 1888. In 1903 John Hilton, a brother, was admitted. They are 62 and 65 years old, respectively....

Notes

  1. [Permelia may have been considered a nickname for the name Amelia, but it was also an entirely separate name in use at the time.]
  2. [Scotland County, Missouri, property records show that William Ridge sold the SE¼ and NE¼ of the SE¼ of S16 in Miller Township on 15 May 1851. However, this is the same property that is shown on the 1858 plat map as still being owned by him. There is no record of Samuel Ridge buying the NW¼ of the SE¼ of the same section which is shown to be owned by him on the same plat map.]
  3. [Bartha E. Turrem must be Tabitha Elizabeth Turnham, a younger sister of Melvina Turnham and a daughter of George Turnham. Documented proof that they are the same individual has not yet been found.]
  4. [The woman who must have been the wife of Robertson Ridge on the census of 1800 was born between 1755-1773, making her a year or more older than Robertson. Taking into account the years that overlap in the age ranges of the 1810-1830 censuses, his wife during these years should have been born between 1784-1790. Sarah was listed by name in 1830 with the birthyear range of 1780-1790.]

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