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Biography for Samuel Riddle and family who lived in Washington County PA at one time but who moved to Jackson Township, Mahoning County, Ohio

Searched and typed by Judith Florian

Background of migration into Ohio via The Connecticut Land Company 


Note:  If you download the entire biography of either volume, the book page numbers do not match the PDF page numbers, but the webmaster gives both numbers on each biography.


Samuel RIDDLE, the subject of this sketch, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1794. His father, whose name was also Samuel, came to Jackson township, now Mahoning county, about the year 1803 or 1804. He settled on the Meander where he erected one of the first mills in that locality, which was long known as Riddle's mill. Samuel Riddle, our subject, was married June 18, 1818, to Polly CAMPBELL, daughter of William CAMPBELL, who was born in Pennsylvania March 28, 1792. By this marriage there were six children, viz: William C., Martha J., Margaret, Samuel, and a pair of twins that died in infancy. Both the daughters are now deceased. Margaret was the wife of Gibson EWING. Samuel RIDDlE died March 30, 1869, and his wife Polly November 2, 1854.

William C. RIDDLE, the oldest of the children of the subject of the preceding sketch, was born in Jackson township, Mahoning county, then Trumbull, May 13, 1819. He remained at home upon the farm until he was twenty-seven, when he married and settled upon a farm two miles southeast of North Jackson, where he lived until five years ago, when he moved to that village. June 27, 1848, he married Martha J., daughter of John and Margaret EWING, of Jackson township. She was born August 12, 1823. Through living in town Mr. RIDDLE superintends his farm, which is situated a short distance from his present residence. Himself [sic] and wife are members of the Presbyterian church.

Samuel RIDDLE, a younger brother of William C., was born in Jackson township, May 16, 1827. He derived his education at the district schools, which he attended for the most part during the winter season. When he was seventeen he taught his first school, and subsequently continued school teaching for six 
winters, and taught the school he formerly attended the winter after his marriage. Some six years after his marriage he bought the farm on which he now lives, east of North Jackson. He was united in marriage April 17, 1851, to Mary SPEAR. daughter of Alexander SPEAR, of Hartford, Trumbull county, who was born at Mount Jackson [Lawrence County], Pennsylvania, August 12, 1824. For over twenty years he and his wife have been members of the Presbyterian church of Ohltown and of North Jackson.

Williams, p. 157 [PDF 246]

Source for Background: Tract No. 96 Annual Report of The Western Reserve Historical Society (Inc. 1867).  "The Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers". October, 1916.  Parts I and II. Published Cleveland, Ohio: 1916   Sub-section:  Land Papers   Sub-section:  The Connecticut Land Company: A Study in the Beginnings of Colonization of the Western Reserve by Claude L. Shepard.

Sources for biographies: (book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 1 (Google eBook; History Category) H.Z. Williams & Bros.  H. Z. Williams, 1882.

(book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 2 (Google eBook; History Category ).  H. Z. Williams & Bros.  H.  Z. Williams, 1882.

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