William Ridge

28 February 1819–15 July 1850 (Age 31)
Longton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Ridge was born on 28 February 1819, in Longton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Jarvis Ridge, was 21 and his mother, Ruth Mayer, was 23. He married Elizabeth Smallwood on 1 March 1840, in Stoke, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1841. In 1841, at the age of 22, his occupation is listed as potter in Longton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 15 July 1850, in Fort Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 31.

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Family Time Line

William Ridge
Elizabeth Smallwood
Marriage: 1 March 1840
Sarah Elizabeth Ridge
Rebecca Ridge
Ruth Ridge
Eliza Ridge
Ephraim Ridge

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 March 1840Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1820 · Making States Equal
    Age 1
    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
    Age 8
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    Age 11
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

    Name Meaning

    English:topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Middle English rigge (Old English hrycg) ‘ridge’, or a habitational name from any of the minor places so named. It is synonymous with West Midlands Rudge and northern Rigg . The surname is also fairly common in Ireland, in County Galway, having been taken to Connacht in the early 17th century. The name is sometimes Gaelicized as Mac Iomaire; iomaire being modern Irish for ‘ridge’. Compare Attridge .sometimes perhaps a variant of Rich with voicing of the formerly medial consonant.

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

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    Sources (23)

    • William Ridge in household of Ruth Soft, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • Wm. Ridge in entry for Ruth R. Moses, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • William Ridge, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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