Nottingham Risdon


NOTTINGHAM RISDON, a prosperous coal miner and farmer of Steubenville township, was born September 3, 1830, in this township. His father, Solomon Risdon, for many years an esteemed resident of Steubenville, was born in New York and was the son of Nathaniel and Alice Risdon, both natives of Vermont. Solomon Risdon came to Ohio in 1818, and settled at Steubenville, remained there until his death, which occurred February 1, 1883, expecting two years which he spent in Pennsylvania. In about the year 1820 he was married to Elizabeth Messic, by whom he had four sons and two daughters, three of whom survive. Mrs. Risdon passed away December 31, 1872. The subject of this notice was reared in the township of Steubenville, and at sixteen years of age embarked in coal mining, a business which he has prosecuted with satisfactory results until the present time, also managing a farm. Mr. Risdon was married october 26, 1865, to Susan, daughter of Charles and Nancy Ferguson, who were natives of Ohio. To this union have been born three children: Bettie, Blanche and David. Mrs. Risdon died October 4, 1878. Mr. Risdon is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Mingo, and is counted as one of the worthy and valueable people of the township.

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