John T. Hidley

Brief Life History of John T.

When John T. Hidley was born on 31 March 1826, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer, New York, United States, his father, Michael J. Hidley, was 21 and his mother, Sara Sharp, was 17. He had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Theressa O Lifite. He died on 23 April 1891, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer, New York, United States, at the age of 65.

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John T. Hidley
Theressa O Lifite
Sarah Gertrude Hidley
Catherine Hidley
Michael J. Hidley
John William Hidley

Sources (9)

  • John I Hedly, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • John Hidely, "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"
  • John Hidly in entry for Sarah Gertrude Hidly, "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"

World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

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.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Ridley (Cheshire, Kent, Northumberland) or Ridley Hall in Terling (Essex). The Cheshire, Kent, and Northumberland placenames probably derive from Old English (ge)ryd(d) ‘cleared’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Essex placename may derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + lēah. A Northumberland family of this name included Bishop Nicholas Ridley, who was burned at the stake in 1555 for refusing to recant his Protestant beliefs.

Possibly also an altered form of Swiss German Riedle or Riedler (see Ridler ).

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

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