Elam Dempsey Simpson Riddle

27 February 1836–27 December 1923 (Age 87)
Weakley, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Elam Dempsey Simpson

When Elam Dempsey Simpson Riddle was born on 27 February 1836, in Weakley, Tennessee, United States, his father, John Thomas Riddle, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth Wilson Stewart, was 32. He married Martha Ann McMillen on 4 March 1858, in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Little Walnut Township, Butler, Kansas, United States in 1910 and El Dorado, Butler, Kansas, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1865. He died on 27 December 1923, in Leon, Butler, Kansas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Leon Cemetery, Leon, Butler, Kansas, United States.

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Elam Dempsey Simpson Riddle
Martha Ann McMillen
Marriage: 4 March 1858
Henry Riddle
John Riddle
George Riddle
Isaac Riddle
Zula Riddle

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  • Marriage
    4 March 1858Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1838 · Lord Reveals the Name of His Chruch
    Age 2
    On April 26, 1838, The Lord reveals that the name of His Church should be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This revelation was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. in Far West, Missouri.
    Age 10
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 24
    Historical Boundaries: 1860: Hunter, Kansas Territory, United States 1860: Irving, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Irving, Kansas, United States 1864: Butler, Kansas, United States

    Name Meaning

    English: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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    Sources (20)

    • Simpson Riddle in household of Willard S Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Simpson Riddle, "Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1962"
    • Simpson Riddle in household of Effie F Gains, "United States Census, 1910"

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