Archive for June, 2007

Looking for Riddles buried in Cedarville, Crawford Co., AR

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 19, 2007 by Ginger Smith

One of the Riddle researchers I am corresponding with said there were some Riddles buried in a cemetery in Cedarsville, Crawford Co., AR.

1) Today I looked at all the cemetery listings, one by one, in the Crawford Co., AR Cemetery page and found only one Riddle family buried in Macedonia Cemetery, Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR:

Frank Riddle, b. 23 Mar 1873, d. 28 Oct 1941
Ellen Riddle, b. 25 Aug 1884, d. 14 June 1920

2) I also perused the Crawford Co., AR rootsweb archives – No Riddle or Riddell stones

3) And I searched the Crawford Co., AR Tombstone Transcription Project as well – No Riddle or Riddell stones


Smith Family Vacation 2007

Posted in Surnames with tags on June 1, 2007 by Ginger Smith

Last week I visited with the SMITH side of my family. My grandfather, Darrel Smith, got me started in genealogy a couple of years ago when he handed me a printed version of his family tree maker file. It was over 100 pages long and went back to the year 600. Darrel has been working on genealogy for almost 40 years now. He caught the genealogy bug from his “Aunt Katie” (Catherine Smith Helms). She had been collecting information for many years and handed a lot of it down to my grandfather, who has handed it down to me. I only came home with one box of papers, but the information contained inside is invaluable.

Many of the papers were family group sheets of my grandfather’s siblings’ families and cousins, aunts and uncles.

The most important set of papers was the Civil War pension applications of Richard Smith, which told us that his parents were David and Sarah Smith of Tennessee. That’s as far as we have gotten on the Smith line.

I hope to be able to review, scan and post these pension applications before the end of the year. They will remain in the box, however, until after the move to Durham.

RIDDLE family researchers List

Posted in Surnames with tags , , on June 1, 2007 by Ginger Smith

I searched for “Riddle” in the Laurens Co., SC mailing list archives and contaced the following researchers:

Robin Franks – great great grandchild of Martha Carolina Riddle (Mattie), who was born June 22, 1854 and died 6 Feb 1915. Martha Riddle married Mills Todd. Robin posted a query in 1998 about the ancestry of Martha Riddle. Donald Tucker posted the ancestry of Martha Caroline Riddle (Landrum, William, John) here. Robin, in turn, posted his descendancy chart here. However, I had a hard time reading the information because the generations are not numbered. I emailed Robin for clarification on the people he mentioned.

Donald J. Tucker – not sure how he is descended from the Riddle family, however he has posted that he has a lot of information on the Riddle family of Laurens Co., SC. He also posted that researchers have been searching for the parents of John Riddle for 15 plus years and still there is no more information. He also posted ancestry information for Martha Caroline Riddle (Landrum, William, John) here.

Don sent me a genealogy report for John Riddle of Laurens Co., SC. John Riddle was the oldest Riddle in the county, so most Laurens Co., SC Riddles have been linked to him. To Do: Review and input data from Don’s report re: John and Mary Higgins Riddle.

Bruce Smith – Bruce did not post specific messages about the Riddle family, however, in his list of surnames, he has the Riddle name listed. I emailed himon 6/4 to see what his Riddle connection was. I emailed him again on 6/15 with my Riddle connection and my Smith family information as well. He was looking for Smith connection in South Carolina. I believe now that my Smiths are from TN.

RIDDLE family, Laurens Co., SC

Posted in Surnames with tags , , , on June 1, 2007 by Ginger Smith

Yesterday I stayed home from work while recovering from a cold / flu that was passed around my family during our family vacation last week in GA. While I was on vacation, I scanned a bunch of my grandfather’s old family photos. I found the photo of the Riddle family and posted that online for folks to look at. Although I didn’t get much response (The Riddle family mailing list is not currently active), I did spend the day looking through census reports for the Riddle family in Laurens Co., SC. I noticed that we did not have very much information on the Riddle family and I wanted to fill in the gaps.

The oldest Riddle family member that I located in Laurens Co., SC was John Riddle. He was enumerated on the 1800 Laurens Co., SC census report and supposedly married to a Mary Higgins. There were two other Riddle men, William Riddle, who married Levy Cheek; and James Riddle who married Lydia; These two men are thought to be sons of John and Mary Riddle, however they are not in John’s will, presumably because they were older and probably had already received their share of John’s personal property.

William and Levy Cheek Riddle had a son, William Marion Riddle, b. 23 Feb 1836 in Laurens Co., SC. William Marion Riddle married Pernecy Moore and they had a son named Greenlee Riddle, born in 1873 in Laurens Co., SC. I found census reports for Greenlee from 1900-1920 and I lost him in 1930.

I’ve made contact with two other Riddle researchers and have been able to share information on my Riddle family via emails this week. One researcher shared information on the family of William Marion Riddle (1836) with me. This researcher is a descendant of William Marion Riddle’s son, Marion Frank Riddle (younger brother to my Greenlee Riddle). I sent him my descendancy report on 6/5/07.

Here is a brief History of Laurens Co., SC:

South Carolina was first formed in 1682 as “proprietary colonies” of Berkeley, Colleton, and Craven.
In 1769, 6 or 7 “Districts” were formed including the 96th District on the North Western corner of the state.
In 1785, 34 “counties” were established within these districts
In 1800, The “districts” of Washington, 96th, Pickney, Camden, and Cheraws were abolished and the existing 34 counties renamed to “Districts” in their place.
In 1868, The “districts” were reassigned as “Counties