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THE RIDENOUR (Reitenauer) FAMILY GENEALOGY
THE GEORGE T. RIDENOUR FAMILY OF TEXAS
Table of Contents
Introductory Article Page i
The Ridenour Family Genealogy
Anton Reitnower (9th
great grandfather) Page 1
Hans Reitenauer (8th) Page 2
Nicholas "Klaus" Reitenauer (7th) Page 3
Nicholas Ridenour II (6th) Page 5
Mathias Ridenour (5th) Page 6
David Ridenour (4th) Page 7
David Ridenour, Jr. (3rd) Page 8
Genealogy of the George T. Ridenour Family of Texas
George T. Ridenour (2nd)
Errol "Earl" Thurlow Ridenour (1st) Page 11
Geneva Lenora Ridenour Page 12
Hugh Stanley Ridenour (grandfather) Page 13
Jefferson Davis Ridenour Page 15
Lee Earl Ridenour Page 16
Family and Cherokee History
(Ancestors of Dorothy Louise (Doyen) Ridenour)
Contributed by George Fredric Ridenour
Edited by Paul Ridenour
A record of the Reidenauer Family and its line of descent and branches, according to the authentic account (ex Bibl Vien) of the Vienna Library:
The origin of the Reidenauer Family is to be sought among the wild cliffs of the Rhine. Pertinax Reidenauer is the first Reidenauer of recorded history. He probably built the Shadeneck castle in the Rugesian Mountains. They were a warlike people. Five hundred men died while building the castle. The castle is a few miles from Koblenz. The injuries which were wrought by them in the country gave the castle its name. The castle ruins can still be seen today.
Pertinax married Fredegunde Von Ekenen. Together they laid waste the surrounding territory. He was killed accidentally by an arrow on a hunt in 893 A.D.
The early Reidenauer made fun of the Crusades to the Holy Land. A German King, Rudolph of Hapsburg, destroyed sixty castles along the Rhine but took the family into his protection, because a knight, George Reidenauer, with his men at arms, had taken sides with him against his enemy in brave service.
In the year 1300, George Reidenauer was the only man in his family still living. He married Isabella Fontenay, a French countess. They had three sons. One was Bernhard Reidenauer. Bernhard married Anna Von Bauerheim, the beautiful daughter of Herrman Von Bauerheim, the Mayor of the city on the Rhine. She died at the birth of her son, Nicholas Reidenauer. Bernhard died in 1374. Nicholas died in 1386 in the battle of Sempach.
Nicholas married twice and had four sons. One son, Robert, was a warrior in a foreign land and there is no more knowledge of the man. Another son, Rudolph, lived at Shadeneck, where in 1525 he took part in the suppression of the Peasant Revolt. This turned out happily for the family at Shadeneck. The peasants, however, killed many of the inhabitants.
We hear of an Ignacious Reidenauer who seems to be the only representative of the family. He settled near Heidelberg. Following the waste wrought by the French troops in the Palatinate toward the end of the Seventeenth century, the survivors were mostly workers, farmers, and craftsman.
The Ridenours came to America for religious freedom. They followed the teachings of Martin Luther and had to escape the tyranny and persecution of the Catholic kings.
They came to America on three ships:
Robert and Alice
The ships were packed with people where disease and death were common.
A man named Rupp took care of the ship's list of passengers in Philadelphia, where most of the Ridenours are presumed to have landed. In not one case did he produce the lists exactly as he found them in the originals. Therefore, he changed the spellings of the names. Of course, no man living can decipher with certainty the awful scribbles of some of the writers.
Below is some of the exact spellings given in Rupp's book:
Renhowser, Redinhower, Reitenhower, Reytenaar, Reithnauer, Reidenar, Reudnauer, and Reitenauer.
Most of the Ridenours settled in Washington County, Maryland.
B means Birthdate
D means Date of Death
= means Married
M means Wedding Date
(*City*) means Birthplace
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THE RIDENOUR FAMILY GENEALOGY
Brian Paul Ridenour
The following information on pages 1 and 2 were provided by Melvin O. Ridenour of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This information has not been verified.
(ca 1586- )
(Condiswill, Aargau, Switzerland)
(9th Great grandfather)
-------------- |---Hans Reitenauer
Margaret Christen | (circa 1612 - )
(circa 1590 - ) | (8th Great grandfather)
M 9/24/1611 |
| (3/13/1614 - )
| (circa 1614 - )
| (circa 1616 - )
(circa 1618 - )
(circa 1612 - )
(Condiswell. |---Hans Jacob Reitenauer
Aargau, Switzerland) | (6/2/1634 - )
(8th Great | (Condiswell, Swit)
= ------------------------ | (2/3/1637 - )
Katherina Schor |---Anton Reitenauer
(circa 1614 - ) | (2/17/1641 - )
M 2/10/1634 |
|---Balthasar Ulrich Reitenauer
| (3/17/1643 - 8/3/1715)
| (3/2/1644 - )
| (8/1/1647 - )
| (8/29/1649 - )
|---Nicholas "Klaus" Reitenauer
(8/7/1651 - 2/17/1717)
(7th Great grandfather)
The information on this page was provided by Ken Ridenour of Phoenix, Arizona. He is a retired history teacher and is probably the most knowledgeable person on the Ridenour families. He has volumes of information on Ridenours, Ritenours, Ridenhours, etc.
|---Johann Nicholas (Nicholas II)
| (1683 - )
| (Rosenthal, France)
| (6th Great grandfather)
Nicholas "Claus" |---Johann Michael Reitenauer
Reitenauer | (1670- )
(Reitnau, |---Hans Ludwig Reitenauer
Switzerland) | (3/29/1685- )
(7th Great |
grandfather) |---Catharina Margaret Reitenauer
= ------------------------- | (10/31/1687- )
Susanna Windstein |
(1652-3/28/1713) |---Catharina Elisabeth Reitenauer
| (10/31/1687- )
| (came to America on the ship
| "Lydia", landing 12/11/1739)
| (believed to have lived in Berks,
|---Anna Christina Reitenauer
| (5/8/1692- )
|---Hans Baltzsar Reitenauer
Nicholas "Klaus" Reitenauer died in Tieffenbach, Alsace, France.
The following information from pages 4 - 8 was obtained from a book titled "The Ridenour Family History and Genealogy", by John Ridenour, Stone Creek, Ohio, 1973. The book goes into greater detail and has family pictures. On page 80 of that book, my second great grandfather George T. Ridenour and his children are listed but there is no more information on them. I have the rest of that information in this booklet from pages 9 - 16.
Nicholas Ridenour II and his family (see page 5) came to America on 9/3/1739 on the British ship “Robert and Alice".
Nicholas II and brother-in-law, John Hager, settled 6 miles south of Prince George County, Maryland. This site became Hagerstown, Maryland. There used to be a pond called "Ridenours Pond" in Hagerstown. Nicholas II and sons, Henry and Mathias, founded the First St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church with sixty others in Hagerstown. Today, the church membership is 1,200.
The Ridenours of early recorded history were known as ruthless people. It is interesting that the Ridenours in America were quite the opposite. They donated land and money to build several Lutheran churches.
| Ridenour, III
| (Alsace, France)
Nicholas |---Henry Ridenour (1725-6/23/1781)
Ridenour, II | (Alsace, France)
(Alsace, France) |---Mathias Ridenour (1/11/1727-3/3/1792)
(6th Great | (Alsace, France)
grandfather) | (5th Great grandfather)
= ------------------------ |
Rosina Kershner |---George Ridenour (1729-1759)
( - ) | (Alsace, France)
M 1722 |
|---Peter Ridenour (1731-1786)
Note: Nicholas Ridenour II’s first wife was Anna Magdalena Arnet
Mathias Ridenour was too old to carry a gun in the Revolutionary War, but he served his country by furnishing grain for the army. All his descendants are eligible for D.A.R. and S.A.R. membership. Mathias took up 3,000 acres of land in Hagerstown.
Nicholas II died in Hagerstown, Maryland. All his children died in Hagerstown. George was killed by Indians and may not have died in Hagerstown.
Alsace was part of Germany until the French army seized the area in 1685 under King Louis XIV.
|---John Nicholas Ridenour
| (Cavetown, MD)
Mathias Ridenour |---John Ridenour
(1/11/1727-3/3/1792) | (5/5/1762-4/16/1801)
(Alsace, France) | (Hagerstown, MD)
(5th Great |
grandfather) |---Eva Ridenour
| (12/24/1764- )
= ------------------------- | (Hagerstown, MD)
Eve |---Rosina Ridenour
| (3/30/1766- )
| (Hagerstown, MD)
Other sources |
indicate Mathias |---Mathias Ridenour, Jr.
died in 1793. | (3/11/1770-1803)
| (Hagerstown, MD)
| (10/5/1773- )
| (Hagerstown, MD)
(4th Great grandfather)
Another source indicates John Nicholas born 1752.
Another source indicates Henry born 1756.
Other sources indicate Henry died 3/10/1810 or 5/20/1810.
Another source indicates Mathias, Jr., born 4/11/1770.
Interesting Note: Daniel Ridenour (page 7), son of David and Margaret (Wiles), married Susannah Shauver in Ohio on 3/2/1820. With help, Daniel started the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Zion Lutheran Church in Stone Creek, Ohio. Daniel and Susannah had twelve children.
One son, John, married Lydia Elwood in Ohio, and came to Wabash County, Indiana, in 1851. John and Lydia had nine children. Three daughters married Stouffers. They are:
Mary Ann Ridenour who married Jacob Stouffer.
Ida Ridenour who married William Stouffer.
Sarah Catherine Ridenour who married John Stouffer.
A Lillie Stouffer married a Mont Ridenour.
A Harriett Stouffer married a Loy Ridenour.
William, Lillie, and Harriett Stouffer are brothers and sisters.
Source: A STOUFFER LINE OF DESCENT THAT ORIGINATED IN LANCASTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, compiled by Charles H. Cory, Jr., St. Petersburg, Florida, 1951.
|---Susannah Ridenour (1797-12/8/1862)
| (Aurora, Preston County, Virginia) (lived in Jefferson County, Ohio)
|---Daniel Ridenour (1799-3/6/1859)
| (Aurora, Virginia)
| (lived at Stone Creek, Ohio)
| (lived at Bakersville, Ohio)
|---David Brewer Ridenour, Jr. (2/7/1802-8/13/1874)
| (lived in Wabash, Indiana)
| (3rd Great grandfather)
|---Samuel Ridenour (2/17/1804-7/5/1883)
| (Jefferson County, Ohio)
| (lived in Defiance County, Ohio)
Ridenour |---Mary Ridenour (1806-1891)
B 11/20/1775 | (Jefferson County, Ohio)
D 8/14/1854 | (lived in Defiance County, Ohio)
(Hagerstown, MD) |
(4th Great |---John Ridenour (2/14/1807-11/11/1860)
grandfather) | (Jefferson County)
= ------------------------ - | (lived in Defiance County, Ohio)
Margaret Wiles |
B 1774 |---Jacob Ridenour (5/16/1808-10/25/1890)
D 2/4/1847 | (Jefferson County)
M 6/20/1795 | (lived in Wabash, Indiana)
David and Margaret |
contributed money |---Eve Ridenour (3/20/1810-11/2/1863)
and land to start | (Jefferson County)
the Good Hope | (lived in Jefferson County, Ohio)
Lutheran Church |
in Jefferson |---George Ridenour (10/6/1811-4/3/1891)
County, Ohio. The | (Jefferson County)
church is still | (lived in Defiance County, Ohio)
being used today. |
|---Mathias Ridenour (11/20/1813- )
They are both | (Jefferson County, Ohio)
buried at the |
Osage Cemetery, |---Sarah Ridenour (8/16/1816-11/4/1861)
Knox Township, | (Jefferson County)
Jefferson County, | (lived in Jefferson County, Ohio)
|---Elizabeth Ridenour (8/2/1821-1888)
(Jefferson County, Ohio) (lived in Defiance County, Ohio)
Another source indicates Margaret Ridenour died 3/6/1888.
Another source indicates Elizabeth Ridenour born 8/21/1821.
| (4/13/1827- )
| (5/29/1831- )
Ridenour, Jr. |---Isaiah Ridenour
B 2/7/1802 | (3/7/1836-9/25/1931)
D 8/13/1874 | (Tuscarawas County, Ohio)
(Great-great-great |---Sarah A. Ridenour
grandfather) | (6/21/1838-12/6/1901)
= -------------- |---John Benjamin Ridenour
Sarah Shauver | (9/29/1840-1/3/1894)
B 1806 | (Tuscarawas County, Ohio)
D 1874 |
(Jefferson County, |---David Christopher Ridenour
Ohio) | (4/1/1842-Circa. 1915)
| (Wabash, IN)
|---George T. Ridenour
| (Wabash, IN)
| (Great-great grandfather)
|---Daniel A. Ridenour
David and Sarah (Shauver) Ridenour took up 160 acres in Wabash, IN. He ran a sawmill on his farm for a time but the creek was scarce in water. They are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery near Wabash.
One source indicates Samuel died in 1860.
One source indicates David Christopher born 4/1/1843.
Catherine married Jonas Wiles, probably related to Margaret Wiles.
Lydia married Isaac Roser.
Susannah married Jeremiah Roser.
Sarah married Amos Roser.
John Benjamin married Emma A. Bent, sister of George's wife, Mary Ellen Bent.
Samuel's second wife was Augusta Bent, probably related to the Bent's above.
The Genealogy of the George T. Ridenour Family of Texas
Lincoln G. Bent = Mary
B Circa. 1818 B Circa 1820 |
(Ohio) (Maryland) |
Nancy P. Chapman = George T. Ridenour = Mary Ellen Bent
B B 3/28/1845 | B 2/7/1848
D 7/6/1932 D 12/29/1911 | D 1/21/1889
M 9/10/1891 (Waltz Township, | M 10/17/1867
(Mississippi) Wabash, IN) | (Wabash, IN)
| | | |
Albert Newton | Errol Thurlow | Martha George Frances
Ridenour | Ridenour | Ridenour Ridenour
B 12/13/1870 | B 8/9/1876 | B 7/14/1884 B 4/25/1888
D | D 4/19/1961 | D 10/4/1982 D 11/8/1918
(Indiana) | (Nebraska) | (Nebraska) (Texas)
| (Great grand- |
| father) |
Nora Vilima Charles Edward
B 12/31/1874 B 7/8/1882
D 1961 D 7/14/1900
George T. Ridenour served with the Indiana Volunteers, Company E, 10th Regiment, during the Civil War 1863-1865. He moved his family to Nebraska around 1874. The winters were too cold and his wife had failing health, so he left Nebraska in 1884. They traveled by covered wagon through Kansas and Oklahoma (Indian territory) and settled in Buffalo Gap, Texas. We believe that his middle name is Thurlow. George was raised Lutheran as a small boy but became a Methodist with his second wife, Nancy Pimela (Ashford) Chapman. George lived in Buffalo Gap for 30 years before he died in the house of his daughter, Martha (Ridenour) Proctor. He is buried next to his first wife in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery.
Nancy P. Ridenour was a resident of Buffalo Gap for over 35 years before she died. She is also buried in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery, close to George.
Lincoln G. Bent was a farmer. Mary Ellen Bent had a brother named George (B Circa. 1844) and a sister named Emma (1844-1905).
Errol "Earl" Thurlow Ridenour, my great grandfather, owned Blue Moon Dairy in north Dallas, TX., during the 1920's. He sold the dairy and bought a gas station in downtown Dallas. The dairy was located on the property where St. Paul and Parkland hospitals now stand.
Nora Vilima Ridenour married Claude M. Robinson on 11/4/1903, in Abilene, TX. They moved to California in 1910. They had two children, Lois and Alvin. Claude died in 1959. Lois died in 1960. Nora died in 1961.
Martha Ridenour married Robert Oscar Proctor of Abilene, TX, on 10/21/1903. She was a baby when her family moved from Nebraska to Texas. She said "I have been in a covered wagon and a jet airplane." Together they had five daughters and a son. The son is Oscar Bruce Proctor, a Church of Christ Minister in Abilene. One daughter, Mabel (Proctor) Hawkins, lived in Abilene. The other children are Ruth (Proctor) Meek, Louise Proctor, Tomi Doris (Proctor) Foster, and Ada Lee Proctor.
Robert Oscar Proctor's dad served in the Civil War for the South. Martha's father served for the North. When Martha and Robert married, a few eyebrows were raised. George, his son Charles Edward, and both his wives are buried on the south side of the cemetery and some Proctors are buried on the north side, separated by a road, at Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Martha Ridenour kept an extensive diary and wrote numerous poems. Martha, Robert Oscar, Ruth Meek, Louise, and Tomi Doris Foster, and husband Charles Clarence Foster are buried in the Hamlin Cemetery, Lane 2, about 40 miles north of Abilene, TX.
George Frances Ridenour died in WWI, just two days before the signing of the Armistice of 1918. He wanted to be a preacher.
Albert Newton Ridenour was a Presbyterian minister in East Texas.
Alfred Jackson Horn = Rachel Lenora Horn
(Georgia) | (Alabama)
Errol "Earl" Thurlow Ridenour = Clara Lela Horn
B 8/9/1876 | B 1/2/1887
D 4/20/1961 | D 1/25/1952
(Great grandfather) | M 4/21/1907
(Nebraska) | (Athens, TX)
| | | |
Geneva Lenora Hugh Stanley Jefferson Davis Lee Earl
Ridenour Ridenour Ridenour Ridenour
B 9/2/1909 B 6/19/1912 B 5/31/1914 B 8/19/1917
D 9/18/1968 D 10/20/1976 D Circa. 1978 D 11/23/1975
(Roscoe, TX) (Grandfather) (Dallas, TX) (Dallas, TX)
See page 12 See pages See page
15 See page 16
Earl Thurlow Ridenour lived in Yucaipa, California, for 24 years before he died in San Bernardino, California. He is buried in the Hills Memorial Park in Yucaipa.
Harry C Panner = Geneva Lenora Ridenour = Morris A
B 8/31/1894 (PA) | B 9/2/1909 (Dallas) | B
D 9/9/1940 | D 9/18/ (Redlands. CA) | D
M 10/25/1930 | (Roscoe, TX) | M 1946
| Kenneth L Wilson
| B 6/3/1952
| D 10/23/1985
| (Redlands, CA)
Richard Porter Adams = Marjorie Jean Panner = Alvin D Tockstein
B 9/6/1929 (Hollywood) | B 1/6/1932 (Yucaipa, CA) B
D | D 11/26/1987 (St. Louis, MO) D
M 1950 | M
Raymond Glen Adams = Deborah* | Donald Alan Adams = Susan Daniels
B 4/5/1953 (Redlands, CA) | B 4/7/1955 B 12/20/1959 (Palo Alto, CA)
M | (Redlands, CA)
| M 1/31/1981(Bellevue, WA)
Teresa Jean Adams** = James Suire ***Christina Lee Adams = Steven Ray McGraw
B 7/18/1956 B 7/25/1957
M 7/22/1978 M 9/7/1975
Geneva Lenora (Ridenour) Wilson lived in the Redlands, California area for 38 years before she died. Her cremation was in the Mt. View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA.
Kenneth Wilson was a native of Redlands and died in Phoenix, Arizona. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Donald and Susan (Daniels) Adams children:
Mary Adams B 11/26/1981 Coeur D’ Alene, ID married
Jayson Nolan Wiser on 12/13/2003, children
Elizabeth Wiser and
Maxine Adams B 11/26/1981 Coeur D’ Alene, ID married to William Lo, children Teah Ming-Wai Lo and Timothy Siu-Juen Lo
Richard Daniels Adams B 12/26/1985 Alpena, MI
Ted Porter Adams B 12/14/1988 Seattle, WA
Alberta Bess Adams B 11/5/1991 Spokane, WA
*Raymond Glen Adams and Deborah Maxine Walters had Raymond Adams.
**Teresa Jean Adams is now married to Thomas Gibbon
***Christina Lee Adams is now single
Florence Clara = Hugh Stanley Ridenour = Laura
(Leivas) Arroqui | B 6/19/1912 |Singleton
B 4/19/1913 | D 10/20/1976 | B 10/24/1914 Aubrey
D | (West, TX) | D 11/15/2010 Winnsboro
M 12/6/1947 | (Grandfather) | M 10/6/1932
(Redlands, CA) | | (Dallas, TX)
(living in Bryn | | (living in
Mawr, CA) | | Dallas, TX)
Pat Meehan = Linda Sue Robert Stanley = Mary Alice
Pfiffner | Ridenour Ridenour | Joines
B 3/19/1948 | B 9/19/1948 B 9/16/1936 |B 10/9/1936
D | D D |D
(Stephens | M 8/6/1972 (Dallas, TX) |M 11/18/1955
Point, |(Redlands, CA) (Father) |(Palmer, TX)
Wisconsin) | (living in Dallas, | TX)
James Stanley Jeffrey Allen
B 12/15/1974 B 12/29/1977
(Lakeside, CA) (Lakeside, CA)
(living in Lakeside, CA)
Hugh Stanley Ridenour is buried near Redlands, CA.
My father, Robert Stanley Ridenour, was the president of The Ridenour Company, a plumbing, heating, and air conditioning company in Dallas, TX.
Brother Robert Dale Ridenour is a mechanic at Freeman Oldsmobile in Irving, TX. Dale was one of the top tennis players in Dallas between 1975 - 1977.
I am Brian Paul Ridenour. I worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Plano, TX for 24 years and then HP bought us. So as of 2013, I have 28 years at HP. I was in a Contemporary Christian band that toured Russia between June 20th - July 7th, 1991. I played the drums for Lake Pointe Baptist in Rockwall, TX, between 1991 – 2000. You can visit my web site at www.paulridenour.com/ridfam.htm for information on the Ridenours.
Brother David Carl Ridenour, after 12 years at Texas Instruments and one year at Perot Systems, is now a computer programmer for HP [formerly EDS] in Plano, TX.
Mother Mary Alice (Joines) Ridenour, daughter of Leonard Melvy (L. M.) Joines (1901-1989 Baptist minister) and Alice Lorraine (Hurst) Joines (1904-1986). Mary Alice Ridenour worked as a receptionist for several law firms and is a Baptist who currently works at the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
My wife, Dorothy Louise (Doyen) Ridenour, is a 4th great granddaughter of Cherokee Chief, Major Ridge. See pages 17 - 19 for information on Dorothy Ridenour's ancestors or www.paulridenour.com/mrmain.htm. Dorothy was self-employed as a technical writer. Her company was "Ridenour Documentation Services," located in Garland, TX. She now works for Alcatel-Lucent as a Sr. Technical Writer/Project Manager.
My father's half-sister, Linda Ridenour, is married to Pat Pfiffner who has his family tree traced back to the "Mayflower."
My family grew up as members of East Grand Baptist Church, Dallas, TX., where my parents were still members until 2007, when they joined First Baptist in Rockwall, TX. My brothers and our spouses are members of other Baptist churches.
Jefferson Davis Ridenour
(J.D.) = Elizabeth Whiting Genet
B 5/31/1914 B
D Circa. 6/1978 D
(West or Dallas, TX)
J. D. Ridenour was from Yucaipa, California, and was last seen at the Grand Canyon in May of 1978. On May 25, 1978, he sent a postcard to Edith Martin, his girlfriend of four years, stating that he was taking a three day hike (26 miles). A message pinned to his bike said he would return in the late afternoon on May 28th. Authorities found no trace of him or his clothes. Canyon Rangers do not suspect criminal activity in his disappearance. His glasses, epilepsy medicine, bike, and Bible were found at his campsite. Authorities searched for over two weeks using helicopters at the cost of $10,000. JD most likely had a seizure due to his epilepsy and fell off a cliff. JD was officially pronounced dead six months later.
"The Ridenour Family Genealogy to the George T. Ridenour Family of Texas" was written by Brian Paul Ridenour with the help of information sent by J. D. Ridenour in 1974, Linda Sue (Ridenour) Pfiffner, Ken Ridenour, various newspaper clippings, and the John Ridenour book.
Lee Earl Ridenour = Mary Lucille Lane
B 8/19/1917 | B 12/20/1916
D 11/23/1975 | D circa 1995
M Summer 1936 | (lived in Venus, TX)
(Dallas, TX) |
Gail June = Charles Ernest Daryl Lee = Sanae Tsukuda
Ridenour | Kirksey Ridenour | B 6/21/1946
B 5/25/1940 | B 5/21/1939 B 2/6/1944 | D
D 2/2000 | D 2001 D 1/11/2008 | (Nagano, Japan)
M 10/26/1963 | (Bowie, TX) M 12/17/1967 |
(Dallas, TX) | (Corpus |
(lived in Midlothian, TX) Christi, TX) |
| | | |
Scott Allen Mike Clayton Makizo Lee Dawn Sanae
Kirksey Kirksey Ridenour Ridenour
B 6/30/1964 B 12/15/1970 B 4/25/1975 B 12/19/1968
D D D D
(Dallas, TX) (Dallas, TX) (Orange, TX) (Yokashka Naval Base)
Lee Earl Ridenour was with the Dallas Police Dept. for over 20 years. He is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park (Veterans Garden II, Space 1 of 322) in Oak Cliff, TX. A gravestone is reserved for his third wife, Jo Helen Unknown (1930 - ). His second wife was May.
Daryl Lee Ridenour did three tours of Vietnam. He retired from 30 years of service in the Navy. He and his son Makizo (Maki) were living with his mom in Venus, TX, before Daryl moved to Ft. Worth. Maki lives with his sister Dawn Sanae Ridenour in Oregon. Daryl Lee Ridenour is buried at the Dallas - Ft. Worth National Cemetery, Columbarium B, 4.B.18.
Dawn Sanae Ridenour was living with her mom in Japan but is now living in Oregon with her husband Ryan Loffel and three children.
Gail June Ridenour was a nurse for several years at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, TX, and then worked in education at the hospital until she died.
Scott Allen Kirksey married Julieanne Furney (Born 7/4/1965) on 9/14/1985. They divorced 1/18/1989. Julieanne lives with daughter Jennifer Leigh Kirksey (Born 11/30/1986) and her mother in St. Louis, Michigan.
President Andrew Jackson told the Ridge family he wanted the Cherokees out of Georgia, even though the Georgia Supreme Court said they could stay.
Cherokee Chief Major Ridge was a God-fearing and patriotic man. He did what he thought was best for the Cherokee people, therefore, he, son John Ridge, nephews Elias Boudinot (changed his name from "Buck" Watie) and Stand Watie (Major Ridge's brother was David Oo-watie), and other Cherokees signed the Treaty of New Echota, which traded Indian lands in Georgia for acreage in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The treaty was signed and dated December 29, 1835, in Elias Boudinot's home in New Echota, Georgia. Stand and John signed the treaty on 3/1/1836 in DC. New Echota was the Cherokee capital from 1825-1839.
John Ridge wrote the Cherokee law that called for treason if an Indian sold his land. After signing the treaty, Major Ridge said, "I have signed my death warrant". Five months later, Major Ridge also said, "I expect to die for it".
The Ridge/Watie Family and the treaty party moved west comfortably under the protection of the US Government. The rest of the Cherokee people were expected to do the same.
The Cherokee people were upset because the treaty was not voted on by the majority. They also did not want to leave Georgia. Principle Chief John Ross stalled and asked the government for more money and provisions. The treaty had a final removal date and that forced the rest of the Cherokees to leave. The treaty led to the infamous "Trail of Tears." Five thousand out of twenty thousand died on the journey including Mrs. Ross.
After the Cherokees were relocated to Oklahoma, a band of Cherokees assassinated Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot on June 22, 1839. A Choctaw, who saw Elias assassinated, rode Samuel Worcester's horse "Comet" to warn Stand Watie. Stand escaped on the horse.
For years, Cherokees were divided by those that followed the Ridge/Treaty party and those that followed Principle Chief John Ross. Many believed that John Ross had them assassinated but it was never proven. The assassins were never brought to trial. When John Ross heard of Major Ridge's fate, he said "Once I saved Ridge at Red Clay, and would have done so again had I known of the plot." The feud went on for years, even after Oklahoma became a state in 1907. John's own brother Andrew Ross signed the treaty but was not assassinated.
The Civil War did as much damage to the Cherokees as did the "Trail of Tears." Eighty percent of the Cherokee people wanted to fight for the Confederates. John Ross was a northern sympathizer. Cherokees fought against each other.
Past historians have always had unkind words for the Ridge Family and treaty party. Historians are now saying that the treaty may have saved the Cherokee people from total destruction. If interested in learning more about the Cherokee Nation, read "Cherokee Tragedy: The Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People," by Thurman Wilkins, University of Oklahoma Press, 1988.
Cherokee Chief Major Ridge (1771-1839) is buried at Polson Cemetery in South West City, Missouri. John Ridge (1802-1839), is buried next to him. Major Ridge's home in Rome, Georgia, is the Chieftains Museum. His Indian name is KA-NUN-TLA-CLA-GEH, meaning "The Lion Who Walks on the Mountain Top." The white man shortened it to Ridge. General Andrew Jackson of the United States Army gave Ridge his name "Major" after Ridge led a force of Cherokees in the Battle of the Horseshoe against the Creeks. Major Ridge's and John Ridge's portraits are in the Smithsonian Archives.
Sequoyah is believed to be related to the Ridge/Watie Family but it has not been proven. He spent 12 years writing the Cherokee alphabet which consisted of 86 English and German letters. Cherokees learned the language in just a few weeks. Sequoyah was highly praised and the Cherokee language is the only language in the world that was written by one person.
Sequoyah was also known as George Gist (Guess).
Elias Boudinot is Stand Watie's brother. He was born Kilakeena "Buck" Watie (1802-1839) and later changed his name. Elias was the first editor of the first Indian newspaper in the country, the "Cherokee Phoenix." The newspaper was a four page weekly paper written in English and Cherokee. With the help of missionary Samuel Worcester, he translated the New Testament and several hymns into Cherokee. "Amazing Grace" was sung so often on the "Trails of Tears" that it almost became the Cherokee national anthem.
Elias is buried close to Samuel Worcester in the Worcester Mission Cemetery at Park Hill, near Tahlequah, OK., the current capital of the Cherokee Nation. A historical marker is by his grave. When Samuel Worcester saw the slain body of Elias, he said, "They have cut off my right hand!" Elias was hit in the head six or seven times with a tomahawk.
Stand Watie was born Degataga Oo-watie (12/12/1806-9/9/1871) and was the first Indian found innocent of killing a white man (in self-defense) in a white man's court. The man he killed was James Foreman, who boasted of having bushwhacked Major Ridge and wanted to kill Stand. His lawyer was George Washington Paschal. George was married to Major Ridge's daughter, Sarah Ridge.
Stand was the only Indian to become a general and also the last Confederate general to surrender an army. Stand's historical marker and grave are located in the Polson Cemetery, near the Ridge's.
Dorothy Louise (Doyen) Ridenour is a descendant of Major Ridge's daughter, Sarah Ridge (1814-1891). Sarah's historical marker and grave are located in Smith Point, TX. As a child, Sarah became good friends with Major Ridge's friend, Sam Houston.
Several Cherokees did not make the journey to Oklahoma. Instead, they hid in the mountains of North Carolina. They didn't follow Major Ridge or John Ross. The play "Unto these Hills" is an account of their journey north and is performed in Qualla Boundary, North Carolina, several times a year. "Unto these hills" comes from Psalms 121, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and Earth" (KJV). Qualla Boundary is west of Asheville, NC. The alcohol rate among Cherokees in North Carolina is about 90 percent.
Dorothy Ridenour's mother's maiden name was McNeir. The names Ridge and Watie have been passed down through the years in several descendants. Dorothy has an uncle named Ridge Watie McNeir.
Dorothy, upon visiting the Polson Cemetery in 1990, met Nancy Brown. Nancy is a descendant of John Ridge's daughter, Flora Ridge, who married Dr. William Davis Polson. Nancy has a son named Ridge Brown.
"The Ridge/Watie Family and Cherokee History" was written by Brian Paul Ridenour with the help of his wife, Dorothy Louise Ridenour, along with various newspaper clippings, Ridge/Watie Family tree, and several books about the Cherokee people.