Thursday, March 8, 2012

William Andrew Ridge 1886-1958

William Andrew Ridge
son of William & Sun Su Say Ridge
David Knapp says that these parents are wrong, and that William is the son of Susan Fazer - conflicting with our own families stories.  I'm researching, but have no idea what the truth is.  Mr Knapp's recollections involve kidnappings & scandals & are interesting, but I have not proven the connection. So many William Ridges in that area at that time!
Born July 25 1886 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Died June 6 1958 in Baltimore MD
Married 1910 in NJ
Ethel Emma Linderborn 
Born: March 23 1890 in NJ
Died: June 24 1959 in Baltimore MD

Harold Andrew Ridge 1910-1986
Ethel M Ridge
Ralph R Ridge
Nina F. Ridge
Mildred L Ridge
Lavalle W Ridge
Amanda L Ridge
Milvin C Ridge

Time Line

Baptism Record For Ethel Emma (Linderorn) Ridge
Name:Ethel Emma Linderborn
Birth Date:23 Mar 1890
Event Type:Baptism
Baptism Date:26 Apr 1891
Baptism Place:Camden, Camden, New Jersey
Father Name:Philip Linderborn
Mother Name:Amanda Linderborn
Organization Name:St Paul´s Episcopal Church
The first sponsor is Mary Smith, I cannot read the second name - but it is also a smith. Ethel's grandmother was Mary (Gregson) Smith.

Marriage To Ethel Emma Linderborn
Age: 24
Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, United States 
(the 1910 census shows them being married for 2 years)

Name: William A Ridge
Age in 1910: 23
Birth Year: 1887
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: Belleville Ward 1, Saint Clair, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Ridge 23
Ethel Ridge 20
Wilmer H Trieb 3 (listed as "son")
Mary C Dittmann 15 (listed as "cousin") 
*see research on Dittman at bottom of this post
I can find no relation to Wilmer Treib either - Wilmer is back with his actual parents in the following census.
Beside Ethel is says Children 1, Children living, 0.
Occupation for William is Coal Miner

1916 - lives in Peoria Ill

1919 - Traveled to Cuba for work
age 33

Employer - Davison Chemical Company

Established 1832
Davison Chemical Company
Sulphuric Acid
Baltimore MD, July 7th 1919

Secretary of State
Washington DC

Dear Sirs, 

Mr William Ridge, who is connected to this company as Mechanic, has made application for a passport fo permit him to go to Cuba on  very important matters for this Company in connection with the development of our pyrites property located near Cinefuegos, Cuba

Our Company have been dependent upon pyrites from Spain in making sulphuric acid, the delivery of which has been seriously interfered with on account of the U-Boat warfare.  The development of our Cuban property is of vial importance and it is in connection with that work that Mr Ridge is leaving for Cuba as soon as his passport is granted.

Yours Very Truly, 
Davison Chemical Company
A D Huntington

Vice President

William Ridge 
born in Indian Territory on the 25th of July
Father Andrew Ridge born in Rich Hill Mo, deceased 
is a resident of Curtis Bay, Maryland
Occupation Engineer
Asking to travel to Cuba, planning to return in 6 months, for the purpose of
"To assist in developing" and then I cannot read the writing.  Pyutes Nume?
Intends to leave on the P&O line, out of Key West, as soon as passport is approved
Signed William Ridge, July 8 1919

On the side is the following note - 
This party knows many old time residents of Bellville Ill (?) whom I know.  Ed
I'm not SURE the signature reads Ed, it actually looks more like "Edlo"

August 16 1919
States in her passport application that she is to be accompanied by her four infant children
Harold 8 yrs, Ethel 5 years, Ralph 2 years, Nina 10 months
Solemnly swears that she was born in Camden NY on the 23rd day of March 1890
and that her husband, William A Ridge, was born in Richfield Missouri, and is now residing in Cuba.

Purpose is to "join husband who is employed in Cuba"

1919, September
Returned, with his family, from Cuba To New York
Note - Nina is listed as Maria in the record above.

Draft Cards:

William Andrew Ridge
Born July 25 1886 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma
spouse Ethel M. Ridge
Employed by the Bethlehem Ship Building

height 5'5, weight 160, complexion light
I believe it says eyes are grey and hair is blonde, but the image is not clear enough for me to be sure
"On your blog you have a picture of Great Grandfather Ridge and two little girls. My mom said to tell you those little girls are your mother [not possible - emailing for clarification - more likely my grandmother, Nina] and your Aunt Susie (I think she said Susie….she was at the airport and the phone was breaking up but she wanted my to tell you that and also that she tried to email you). She has the same picture." - Rhonda

Name: William Wridge
Home in 1920: Baltimore Ward 25, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
[abt 1917] 
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Ethel Wridge
Father's Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother's Birth Place: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Wridge 33
Ethel Wridge 29
Harold Wridge 9
Ethel Wridge 6
Ralph Wridge 2   [2 4/12] 
Mina Wridge

Name: William A Ridge
Home in 1930: Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland
View Map
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name:  Ethel E Ridge
Race: White

Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Ridge 43
Ethel E Ridge 40
Harold A Ridge 18
Ethel M Ridge 16
Ralph R Ridge 12
Nina F Ridge 11
Mildred L Ridge 9
Lavalle W Ridge 7
Amanda L Ridge 6
Milvin C Ridge 1

Research Notes:

Andrew Ridge Sr - 
William Andrew Ridge (Running Bear)

Oklahoma territory did not keep records, look for records in Missouri
Look for Records under Rich Hill, Mo
"His grandparents were from N.C. ( we believe) and were on the Trail of Tears. My Gr-aunt told me her father had told her that when he was a boy of about 10, Buffulo Soldiers came to the village and killed many woman, children and old people. This was "on the Strip". She said it was hard to get him to talk. This is about all I know." Rhonda
Wife - Lalonnie Name means "Morning Star"
Full blood cherokee indian.

 in 1910 we find a Mary Dittman in the census with William & Ethel.  She is listed as a cousin.

Name: Mary C Dittmann
Age in 1910: 15
Birth Year: 1895
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1910: Belleville Ward 1, Saint Clair, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Cousin
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Ridge 23
Ethel Ridge 20
Wilmer H Trieb 3
Mary C Dittmann 15

in 1900 we find Mary with her mother Nelli, who is widowed

Name: Sid E Dittmann
[Nellie E Dittmann] 
Age: 32
Birth Date: Aug 1867
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1900: Richwoods, Peoria, Illinois
Race: White
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother: number of living children: 3
Mother: How many children: 3
Name Age
Sid E Dittmann 32
Fredrick Dittmann 9
Walter J Dittmann 8
Mary E Dittmann 4
Alonzo W Card 37 (boarder)
Jacob R Lirch 45 (boarder)
Bascom W Hopper 41 (boarder)
John Grince 53 (boarder)
David M Keever 51 (boarder)

I can't find any connections between the families.

1 comment:

  1. A lot of data to assimilate; we need to know more.