Osage Cemetery
Knox Township [Now known as Toronto], Jefferson County, Ohio

webpage by Paul Ridenour

The webpage includes the gravestones of my 2nd through my 4th great grandparents.

David and Margaret (Wiles) Ridenour's farm in Jefferson County, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania line, north of Wheeling, West Virginia. This is also the church he founded.  Photo sent to me by Layel Ridenour.

The Ridenours donated land for the Good Hope Lutheran Church. This is not the original building but it is the original location. The church may have changed its name to Osage Lutheran Church because this is the Osage Cemetery. Layel Ridenour's wife Nan, is talking to John Ridenour (I am assuming John Ridenour of Stone Creek, Ohio).  Photo sent to me by Layel Ridenour.

Layel Ridenour standing at David and Margaret's graves - his 3rd great grandparents and my 4th great grandparents. David's gravestone reads "RIDENOUR" while Margaret's reads "Wife of RIDENHOWER". She died seven years before David. Photo sent to me by Layel Ridenour.

David Ridenour Sr. (11/20/1775 Hagerstown, Maryland - 8/14/1854 Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio) - 4th great grandfather

Margaret Wiles, wife of D Ridenhower [David Ridenour Sr] (1774 - 2/4/1847) - 4th great grandmother

More Ridenour Pictures in Indiana and Ohio

L to R: Margaret Ridenour (leaning forward), David Ridenour Sr, daughters Susannah Ridenour Notestine and Eve Ridenour

Susannah Ridenour Notestine

Eve Ridenour

There is another David Ridenour buried in the Osage Cemetery but he is a nephew of David Sr. and Margaret Ridenour. His parents were Jacob Ridenour and Susanna Barbara Stemple of Aurora, West Virginia. He was not living in Knox Township, Ohio, but he came to visit relatives, got sick there and died.  I am pretty certain he came to visit my David and Margaret Wiles Ridenour family.  I believe his wife was Elizabeth Easterday and his Will is in the courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio.

David Sr. and Margaret Ridenour have another daughter buried in this cemetery.  Her name was Sarah Ridenour and she married J. C. Smith.  Some of their children are also buried here including Elizabeth Smith, Luther Smith, Harriett Smith, and John Smith and wife Emma Smith.

Photos below are by Dani Ryan

Siblings Luther and Harriet Ridenour

She was actually born August 16, 1816 and died Nov 4, 1862, thus making her aged 45 years.


Lutheran Cemetery
Wabash, Indiana

David Ridenour Jr. (my 3rd great grandfather) - Photo by Linda Jervis of Wabash County, Indiana, on 4/6/2007.

Sarah (Shauver) Ridenour (my 3rd great grandmother) - Photo by Linda Jervis of Wabash County, Indiana, on 4/6/2007.

Several Ridenours (18) buried at the Lutheran Cemetery near Wabash, Indiana.  Photo by Linda Jervis of Wabash County, Indiana, on 4/6/2007.

I am between David Ridenour Jr. and Sarah Shauver Ridenour - Photo by David Ridenour

Three of David Ridenour Jr.'s daughters married into the Roser family and thee sons married Bent sisters

Lydia Ridenour married Isaac Roser
Susannah Ridenour married Jeremiah Roser
Sarah Ridenour married Amos Roser
Barbara Ridenour married Samuel Unger
John Ridenour married Emma A. Bent
George T. Ridenour married Mary Ellen Bent [my 2nd great grandparents]
Samuel Ridenour's second wife was Augusta Bent

John Ridenour and Emma A Bent, a sister of George T. Ridenour's wife Mary Ellen Bent.  My dad is Robert Ridenour and my younger brother is David Ridenour.

Susannah Ridenour Roser and Barbara Ridenour Unger

Lydia Ridenour Roser


Buffalo Gap Cemetery
Buffalo Gap [near Abilene], Texas

George T. Ridenour, Buffalo Gap Cemetery, Buffalo Gap, Texas, my 2nd great grandfather, Private, Company E, 10th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.  After the Civil War, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then Texas.

Mary Ellen (Bent) Ridenour, 1st wife of George Ridenour and my 2nd great grandmother

Nancy Pimela (Ashford) Chapman Ridenour - 2nd wife of George Ridenour

Charles Edward Ridenour - son of George Ridenour

Ridenours buried in Buffalo Gap Cemetery, Buffalo Gap, Texas

L to R:  Nora Vilima Ridenour, Mary Ellen (Bent) Ridenour, Albert Ridenour, George T. Ridenour, Earl Thurlow Ridenour [Errol Thurlow Ridenour], ca 1880-82 Nebraska

George T. Ridenour, George T.'s second wife Nancy P. (Ashford) Chapman Ridenour, and George T.'s last three children - Charles Edward Ridenour born 1882 in Nebraska, Martha Ridenour born 1884 in Nebraska, and George Francis Ridenour was born in Texas in 1888.  Mary Ellen (Bent) Ridenour passed away in 1890 and George T. Ridenour married Nancy in 1891.  Photo in Abilene, TX, 1891 or after.


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

[Section 18 Grave 3638]

George Francis Ridenour, son of George T. Ridenour and Mary Ellen Bent Ridenour, died in WW I, just a few days before the Signing of the Armistice. Private, 359th Infantry, 90th Division, WW I.


Taylor County War Memorial
Abilene, Texas

George Francis Ridenour - WWI

My brother David Ridenour and family in 2010

George Francis Ridenour - World War I


Lost Creek Cemetery
Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio

All photos below by Kay Buckles

Buried at Lost Creek Cemetery are five children and spouses of David Ridenour Sr. and Margaret Wiles Ridenour

1. Samuel Ridenour and #1 Katharine Harshbarger and #2 Mary A. Stewart
2. Elizabeth Ridenour and Jacob Leiter and daughter Emma Leiter
3. John Ridenour and Susannah Hilbert and son Augustus L. Ridenour and wife Elizabeth Wipe
4. George Ridenour and Catharine Hilbert
5. Mary Ridenour

George Ridenour (1811 - 1891) founded Ney, Defiance County, Ohio. Digital photo of a photo from the Historical Atlas of the World Illustrated. George and wife Catharine Hilbert had 10 children:

Peter Ridenour - born 4/21/1834
Daniel Hilbert Ridenour - born 11/6/1836
[Civil War, Captain at Gettysburg, Adams Co. PA, wounded]
Elias Ridenour - born 9/19/1838
[Civil War in Ohio]
Mary A. Ridenour - born 10/5/1840
Isaac M. Ridenour - born 10/19/1842
Private, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K. Private, 48th Ohio Infantry Regiment, Company F. Private, Company E, 83rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry]
Susannah Ridenour - born 2/26/1845
Simon Ridenour - born 9/28/1847
Andrew P. Ridenour - born 5/28/1850
Hannah Ridenour - born 2/19/1853
Josiah Ridenour - born 10/1/1857

I am assuming that his brother and my 3rd great grandfather David Ridenour Jr. may have some of the same facial features.

The following children and George and Catharine Ridenour are buried in Lost Creek Cemetery unless stated otherwise:

Catherine Hilbert Ridenour and son Peter Ridenour [Photos by Mary Joan]

Peter Ridenour [Photo by Mary Joan]

Elias Ridenour and wife Delilah Hannah [Photo by Kay Beucler]

Hannah Ridenour who married a Hanna [Photo by Kay Beucler]

Andrew P. Ridenour and his wife Araminta Ewers [Photo by Kay Beucler]

Isaac M. Ridenour - Forest Home Cemetery [Photo by Eric Flint]

Daniel Hilbert Ridenour and wife
Elizabeth Jane Garlow - Fountain Grove Cemetery [Photo by Mary Joan]

Layel C. Ridenour [Photo by Kay Beucler]. August 12, 1910, Williams County, Ohio - August 16, 2008, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York. Layel is buried in the Lost Creek Cemetery and he helped me find the graves of my ancestors via email.  We emailed and sent Christmas cards for a few years.  He is at the top of this webpage.  I miss him.