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Benjamin Franklin Riddle, Sr.[1]

Male 1765 - 1855  (90 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Franklin Riddle 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1765  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1855  Gilmer Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10573  Family
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 

    Father James Clinton Riddle,   b. 10 Dec 1740, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1816, Cheat River, Tucker, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Anne Welsh,   b. Abt 1744, Prince George's Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Cheat River, Tucker, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1760  Georgetown, Cecil Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F3683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Ann Goff,   b. 1785, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Gilmer Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 14 Jan 1805  Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • now Tucker Co., West Virginia. In Randolph Co., WV Marriages of 1787-1816.
    Children 
     1. Hiram Riddle,   b. 11 Oct 1806, Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1877, Cherokee, Neosho, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Dorcas Riddle,   b. Abt 1808, Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Goff Riddle,   b. 1810, Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Dr. Richard Welsh Riddle,   b. 1810, Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Benjamin Riddle, Jr.,   b. 18 Jul 1811, Randolph Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1887, Ceresco, Saunders Co., Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. Salathiel Riddle,   b. 4 Feb 1817, Harrison Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907, Roane Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. George Washington Riddle,   b. 4 Mar 1819, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1891, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     8. William Riddle,   b. Abt 1821
     9. William Slavens Riddle,   b. Abt 1823, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. James S. Riddle,   b. Abt 1825
     11. Silas T. Riddle,   b. 12 Oct 1826, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913  (Age 86 years)
     12. Sheridan Riddle,   b. 8 Nov 1829, Lewis Co., West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F3714  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1765 - Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1855 - Gilmer Co., West Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "Sims Index"
      Lewis Co., Benjamin Riddle, 50 Wts. Lit. Kan. 1836 1 276; 100 Tanner's Fork 1838 1 341; 83 Tanner's Fork 18 38 1 342; 100 Farmer's Fork 1838 1404; 180 Leading Cr. 1826 1 100; 100 Stink Stinking Cr. 1844 2 222; 100 Leading Cr. 1840 2 35

      Justice of the Peace 1811, History of Randolph Co., W. VA. from it's earliest exploration & settlement to the present time. Ancestry.com, Ritchie County, West Virginia History, Chapter XIX, Grass Run Settled: Benjamin Riddel married Miss Nancy Anne Goff, daughter of Salathiel Goff, and settled at Hollow Meadows, on the Cheat River, in Randolph (now Tucker) County; but near the close of the war of 1812, he sold his possessions there, and removed to Gilmer county, and became one of the pioneers, at the mouth of Leading Creek. Here he passed from earth, and here his ashes lie. He was the father of ten sons and one daughter; Salatheil, died in Roane County, in 1907, at the age of ninety years; Silas T., the youngest son and the only survivor of the family, resides near Washburn, in this county; and the others were Hiram, Richard Welsh, John Goff, Benjamin Junior, George Washington, William (died in infancy), William Slavens, James S. and Dorcas, who married William Holbert, of Gilmer County.


      Benjamin Riddle (alt. Riddel, Riddell) was the son of James Riddle and Ann Welsh. He was born in (most likely) Prince George's Co, Md near present-day Georgetown, DC, circa 1765.

      He married Ann Goff in Randolph Co. on Jan. 14, 1805. They relocated to present-day Gilmer Co. (then Lewis) soon after close of the War of 1812. Together with Henry Bush and George Goff, Benjamin built the area's first lime kiln for cementing bricks. He also built a mill dam and water mill. His primary occupation was farmer.

      The children of Benjamin and Ann Goff Riddle include:
      Hiram, Dr. Richard Welsh, John Goff, Benjamin Jr., Doracs (Holbert), Salathiel, George Washington, William, William Slavens, Silas Talbott, and James Sheridan "Shurd" Riddel/Riddle.

      He died between 1850-1860. This estimate is based on his appearance in/disappearance from census records after 1850 when he was farming in the DeKalb district of Gilmer County.

      Benjamin Riddle is buried in Gilmer County. Historical references (eg Lowther) state generally, "at the mouth of Leading Creek" in Gilmer County suggesting several possible spots, but no legible marker has been found. His stone may have been left unmarked.

      His father is known to be buried at the mouth of Leading Creek in Gilmer County per an entry in a family Bible. The Riddles farmed at a site above the mouth and overlooking the Little Kanawha River. [3, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2013] Census, 1850 Gilmer Co., Virginia - Benjamin F Riddlee, (US Government 26 Aug 1850).

    2. [S554] FamilyHistory.com, Subject: Riddle Family, Listserve: Ancestry.com, Paula Rousselle - mrouss@verizon.net.

    3. [S274] Leila Walsh E-mail, Leila Walsh XKMAX50@hotmail.com, (17 May 2002).

    4. [S1521] Find A Grave.