John William Riddle

Brief Life History of John William

When John William Riddle was born about 1808, in Bourbon, Kentucky, United States, his father, Lewis Riddle, was 57 and his mother, Elizabeth Barbee, was 27. He married Mary Adeline Myers on 24 December 1827, in Bath, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Bath, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years and Morehead, Rowan, Kentucky, United States in 1880. He died in 1887, in Rowan, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Riddle Cemetery, Owingsville, Bath, Kentucky, United States.

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John William Riddle
about 1808–1887
Mary Adeline Myers
Marriage: 24 December 1827
Ann Riddle
Lucinda Jane Riddle
Nathan Riddle
Lewis Henry Riddle Sr.
Mary Susan Riddle
Martha Ann Riddle
Georgiann Riddle
Comodore Riddle
Nancy Riddle
Sarah R. Riddle
John William Riddle

Sources (14)

  • John Riddle, "United States Census, 1840"
  • John Riddle, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • John William Riddle, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

about 1808

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1811 · Bath County Established

Bath County was established in 1811 from land given by Montgomery County, Kentucky. Its name is derived from natural springs said to have medicinal qualities.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning


habitational name probably chiefly from Ryedale, a river valley in North Yorkshire. The placename derives from the river name Rye (of uncertain etymology) + Old Norse dalr ‘valley’. There are, however, other places called Rydale (in Westmorland for example) which could have given rise to hereditary surnames.

of Norman origin, from an Old French personal name Ridel, perhaps a pet form of ancient Germanic names such as Ridbald and Ridhari(us).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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