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Can you help us identify the folks
in this picture?
Here is what is known, or thought to be correct:
2. Eva Ridgeway daughter of George and Henrietta
5. Possibly Elizabeth Washington Ridgeway
daughter of George and Henrietta
6. Henrietta Anderson Ridgeway
7. George Washington Ridgeway
13. Probably George W.W. Ridgeway - Willett
- father of George W. Ridgeway
14. Possibly John Thomas Ridgeway brother of
15. Probably Mary Ann Weaver Ridgeway Mother of
George W. Ridgeway
16. Possibly William Dallas Ridgeway son of
George and Henrietta
GEN #1: LEVI RIDGEWAY and wife, MATTIE(Y) DUCKETT RIDGEWAY
Per the Maryland
Marriages of 1655-1850 (Ancestry.com), Levi Ridgeway married Matty
Duckett on December 22, 1801 in Prince Georges County, Maryland; page 68
listings for Duckett:
A Levi Ridgway born 1780 in Maryland
is listed in American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
on Ancestry as Volume 146, page 391:
Private in British invasion of Md, 1812-1815. By Will. Matthew Marine.
Baltimore, 1913. (519p.):419
1780 is a possible birth time for
Levi as we know our Levi Ridgeway was married in 1801.
WAR OF 1812: The following is Levi's record from the
Maryland Militia during the WAR of 1812. Here his name is spelled
Ridgway and he is a Private in Capt. Thomas Brooke's Detachment of the
34 Reg't of Maryland Militia that was ordered into service on two
occasions: Aug 4, 1813 for 14 days at Annapolis and was
transferred to Capt. Richard L. Hall's Detachment of the 34th
Reg't. Then in 1814: July 22, 1814 for 9 days, ending July
30, 1814 with Capt. Brooke's Detachment. Levi would have been
about 34 years old.
GEN #2: GEORGE WASHINGTON WILLETT RIDGEWAY and
MARY ANN WEAVER RIDGEWAY
1860 Census Spaldings
District, Prince Georges, MD,
Long Olds Fields
Post Office. Dist. 6.
In this 1860 Census, G. W. W. (Willett) Ridgeway, is 52 (born about 1808).
He has $300 worth of real estate. No job is listed. Willett
and his wife Mary are unable to read or write, but the children John and
George can. Mary is 38 (born about 1822). Son John is 13,
George 10, daughter Martha is 7.
1880 Census for Spaldings
District, Prince Georges, MD, taken June 12, 1880.
Note: Willett Ridgeway family lives two doors from his son's family,
George and Henrietta Ridgeway:
Is this 1880 Census the right family??? Hummmm. All births
seem to be off by several years. Willett Ridgeway, Head of
Household, is listed as 66 years old (born 1814 instead of 1808) and is
working as a "farmhand" while his wife Mary D(?) Ridgeway is 64
(born 1816 instead of 1822) and keeps house. Their 30 year old son
John (born 1850 instead of 1847) is still living with them, as a
farmhand. All three of them are checked as "cannot read" and "cannot
write." All three were born in Maryland to Maryland-born parents.
The tombstone of Mary A. Wife of
Willett Ridgeway, "Died Augt. 11, 1889 at age 88 years."
Thanks to Donna Robertson for sharing this photo!
GEN #3: INCLUDES THREE CHILDREN
GEORGE WASHINGTON WILLETT RIDGEWAY
MARY ANN WEAVER RIDGEWAY:
1) OLDEST KNOWN CHILD: JOHN
George Washington Willett Ridgeway and Mary Ann
Weaver Ridgeway's oldest known son is John Thomas Ridgeway, born
28 Dec 1847 in Prince Georges County, MD. He was baptized there on
November 19, 1853 and was listed as the son of Wm. and Mary Ann
A John Thomas
Ridgeway is buried (burial 3/11/1921; age 76) in Range 7, Site 2 at St.
Barnabas Church Cemetery. It is strongly held that this is the
John Thomas Ridgeway living with our Cator family in 1880 Census for
Spaldings, Prince Georges, MD.
Per 1880 Census Spaldings,
Prince Georges County, MD:
THESE ARE OUR CATORS in the 1880 Census
Note: Those listed and their parents were all born
Thomas CATOR, 46 year old farmer and head of household
Sarah E. CATOR, his 34 year old wife who kept house.
William CATOR, 18 year old son.
Ella CATOR, 14 year old daughter.
Florence CATOR 6 year old niece.
John Thomas RIDGEWAY 32 year
old farmhand (born @ 1848).
1920 Census for Howard and Hattie Ridgeway Beall in PGC, MD on B
Road and Silver Hill Road; taken March 17, 1920, Spaldings
District, lists JOHN RIDGEWAY, UNCLE - this John Thomas Ridgeway.
Hattie, daughter of George and Harriett Anderson Ridgeway, is now
married to Howard Beal and has three children: Dorothy, age
10; Howard age 8; and Woodrow (?) age 7. Also living with
them is John Ridgeway, Hattie's uncle who is 73 (born in 1847) and
Widowed. Two other listings are for a Christianne Cook
(Aunt) and Raymond King (10 year old son of whom?).
Certificate of John Thomas Ridgeway 1921, reported by his
nephew-in-law, Howard Beall of Silver Hill, with whom John Thomas
was still living when he died.
From this we learn that John was "76" upon death per this record.
He was widowed (there is speculation he had married an Alice LNU).
John died in Silver Hill, MD, of chronic nephritis (kidney
disease), from which he had suffered 5 years. It suggests
that Hattie and Howard Beall cared for John Thomas Ridgeway in
their home for at least a year or so. His burial was
3/13/1921 in St. Barnabas Church Cemetery.
2) MIDDLE CHILD: GEORGE WASHINGTON RIDGEWAY
HENRIETTA ANDERSON RIDGEWAY
1880 (June 12) Census info for George and Henrietta
in Prince George's County, MD, Spalding Dist. #6:
George (28) and Henrietta (25) are raising several children in
their home in 1880. George cannot read or write and works in
farming; Henrietta cannot write and does not work outside the home.
Their daughter, Elizabeth is 11 and attends school. Son William is
6; son Henry is 5; son George W. is 2; and daughter Eva is 4. The
live two doors from George's parents and brother, Willett, Mary, and
Ridgeway was born June 2, 1852 and died on May 6th, 1931 of heart
disease (per her death certificate).
Daughter Elizabeth Washington Ridgeway was born Feb. 22, 1870, baptized
April 13, 1870 in Silver Hill Maryland (Prince Georges County)
Photograph: George and Henrietta Ridgeway. Notice the cane on the ground by
George. And that is a chicken in the background behind Henrietta. This
is taken at their daughter's Iva's home (Iva was married to Ernest
Pyles) on Middleton Lane, in Camp
Springs, where George and Henrietta resided until their deaths.
1900 Census info
for George and Henrietta who are living in Spaldings, Prince Georges
George and Henrietta are now 54 (May 1846?) and 45 (June
1854) respectively and have been married 31 years. Henrietta was
pregnant 10 times, with 9 living children. Living with them are
son Willie, age 28, born April 1872; daughter Hattie born September
1884 (age 15); Wilfred born in DC January 1887 (13) and Ivy born
August 1891 (8). Children were born in Maryland, other than
Wilfred. Living with them is Nancy Anderson, Henrietta's mother
in 1829 and is 70 years of age. She is listed as a widow who was
married only 4 years and had 4 children, 2 of whom are living.
Nancy is listed as born in Maryland but the places of birth of her
parents is listed as "UN" which I assume is unknown, as is the listing
for her month of birth. Interestingly, Willie who is 28 and is
father George (54) are listed as unable to read and write. George is
working as a "day laborer." George and Henrietta own their home
(not a farm) and it is free from any mortgage. Note:
Daughter Hattie grew up to marry Howard Beall.
1910 (4/21) Census info for George and Henrietta in PGC, MD 6th
George and Henrietta reported as 59 and 56, having been married for 42
years. Henrietta is said to have had 10 children, 8 of whom are
living in 1910. George is born in Maryland to Maryland-born parents
and Henrietta was born in DC to a DC-born father and a Maryland-born
mother. Living with them is their son Wilfred Ridgeway (21), who was
born in DC, and is an Ironworker in the Fire Escape industry.
Daughter Iva is 18 and not working outside the home. Their
address is Silver Hill Road. The first word is not clear.
George is working odd jobs as a laborer. He is listed as able to
read, but not write.
1920 (Jan. 24) Census info for George and Henrietta who are living with
their daughter Ivy Ridgeway Pyles'
family in Surrattsville:
Both Ernest and Ivy are 28 years old and both were born in Maryland.
Their daughter, Ellen J. Pyles was born in DC 6 years ago (1914); Harriet
Pyles was born in MD and is 5; Norman Pyles is 3 yrs 2 mos. old and born
in MD. George and Henrietta are now 70 and 68, respectively.
Henrietta is listed as born in DC, while George is listed as born in MD.
Ernest is the only one in family working outside of the home and he is a
"truck farmer." If I read the census correctly, they are
living in the Allentown and Ft. Washington Roads area.
1930 Census info for George and Henrietta who are living with
their daughter Ivy Ridgeway Pyles'
family in Surrattsville:
Ernest and Iva are now 39 and 38 respectively and
married when they were 21. They own their home which is valued at
$2000, and is a working farm. They also own a radio set.
Their sons are Harry (15) (is
this Harriet from the 1920 Census???), Norman (14) and Wallace (8). Living
with them are George and Henrietta Ridgeway, parents of Iva.
George is 80 (married at age 19) and Henrietta is 78 (married at age
16). They are living on the "road to Leonardtown." The
Census Taker has listed that these folks were all born in Maryland to
New York-born fathers and Maryland-born moms. Hummm.
May 6, 1931 of heart disease per her death certificate. She was buried in Site 26 St. Barnabas Church Cemetery, MD, on
May 9, 1931 at age 78. George now rests beside her in Site 27;
he was buried January 15, 1938 at the age of 87.
to their deaths, they lost their daughter Elizabeth (Mrs. Nagle)
who was buried on Site 24. She died at age 38 and was buried
October 26, 1906. And their 41 year old son George W.
Ridgeway was buried here in Site 25 just after Christmas on
12/29/1919; and their son William W. Ridgeway was buried in
Site 30 on 10/13/1925 at age 53; and son Henry Ridgeway was buried in
Site 29 on 1/3/1912, at age 38. So many died as adults...but too
Son Wilfred W.
Ridgeway (who was married to ??) born on January 3, 1886, died on
October 19, 1913 age
27 yrs 9 mos 18 days of typhoid fever. He had been an iron worker in
Washington DC per his death certificate. Wilfred is buried in Site 28.
Wilfred's funeral bill was paid for by Howard Beall, Hattie Ridgeway
Beall's husband: 6' grey casket $70.00, Embalming $10.00,
Blk Robe $5.00, Hears to St. Barnabas $9.00, 4 carriages to St.
Barnabas $24.00, Gloves $1.50. Total paid $119.50 for funeral.
3) YOUNGEST KNOWN CHILD:
MARTHA ANN RIDGEWAY married GEORGE LUSBY
Martha Ann Ridgeway was born about 1852; was baptized
on January 3, 1853, and died August 15, 1904. She married
George Lusby and had 4 known children. Martha Ann Lusby died of a
gallstone problem that last 8 months and caused her death, by
Lusby's middle initial is W, but his middle name is not yet known.
1880 Census: LUSBY HOUSEHOLD
George W. LUSBY
Self M Male W 33 MD Farm Hand MD MD
Martha LUSBY Wife M Female W 21 MD Keeping House MD MD
Mary A. LUSBY Dau S Female W 13 MD MD MD
Ada M. LUSBY Dau S Female W 11 MD MD MD
Mary Ellen LUSBY Dau S Female W 6 MD MD MD
James H. LUSBY Son S Male W 2 MD MD MD
Source Information: Census Place Spaldings,
Prince Georges, Maryland
Family History Library Film 1254513
NA Film Number T9-0513 Page Number 134B
1900 Census: Daughter ADA LUSBY & Son
JAMES H. LUSBY
From the 1900 DC census we learn that daughter ADA M.
LUSBY is now 32 and married to Walter P. Shipley, who is 33,
born in 1867 (either Jan or Jun). He works in a grocery.
Walter was born in Maryland to a Virginia-born father and a
Maryland-born mother. Ada and Walter are listed as being
married 12 years, or about 1887. Ada was born in April
1868. Walter and Ada have 5 children living; one died.
Their children are George W. Shipley born Dec. 1887 (12 years old);
Mary E. born June 1890 (10 years old); Edith I. Shipley born
November 1894 (6 years old); Beulah E. Shipley born December
1897 (3 years old); and Walker(?) L. Shipley born July 1899 (11
months old). Also living with them is Ada's brother JAMES
H. LUSBY, who is 21 years old, born in August 1878. James
is listed as a "Clerk."
WWII and WWI Draft Registration Cards for JAMES HARRIS LUSBY:
Richard Oliver "Ollie" DeVaughn and
MARGARET GENEVA "EVA" RIDGEWAY;
Son of: GEORGE WASHINGTON RIDGEWAY & HENRIETTA ANDERSON RIDGEWAY
Picture of Ollie DeVaughn
married "Eva". The son of Peyton Grant DeVaughn, Ollie was born
about two years before Eva, in 1874 and predeceased his wife.
Margaret "Eva" Ridgeway DeVaughn was born on 26 Mar 1876 in PGC, MD.
Per the SSDI and her obituary, she died February 22,1976. Just about
a month shy of 100 years old! Wow!!
She was dearly
loved by her family.
Picture of Eva DeVaughn
1900 Census for Prince George's County,
Spauldings District #3 Taken in June.
Eva and Richard "Ollie" DeVaughn have now been married 5 years and have
two children. Ollie was born in January 1874 and Eva in March 1876. Ollie
is working as a "Huckster."
1) Flora Stanley DeVaughn is listed as a daughter, but this is son per the 1910 census.
Stanley is listed as born Jan 1897 and is now 3.
Oliver DeVaughn is 1, having just been born
in 14 October 1898.
1910 Census for Prince George's County,
Spauldings District #65, Taken 5/3/1910
Ollie is an
iron worker, born in Maryland to Maryland-born parents. He is 39
years of age and he and Eva have been married 15 years. She has
been pregnant 7 times of which 5 children are still living. Eva
works in a grocery store as a retail worker. They live next door
to a William (a carpenter) and Goldie DeVaughn and their children,
Annie, David, and Beatrice.
1920 Census for Prince George's County,
Spauldings District #76 Taken 1/10/1920
The family is now living on Swan Road. Oliver is working, but I
can't make out what it is (see above). Stanley is now 22 and working as a
truck farm laborer. Russell, now 20 is working as a laborer for an
express company. And daughter Myrtle is 16 and working as a servant.
US Census 1850
United States Federal Census
Prince George's Spauldings taken 8/29/1850
Please share information.... Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Obituary of Russell DeVaughn, son
of Eva and Ollie DeVaughn. Washington Post 1964
Obituary for Nellie DeVaughn Catterton, dau of Eva and
Ollie DeVaughn. Washington Post 1962
Obituary for Ivy DeVaughn Redd, dau of Eva and Ollie
DeVaughn. Washington Post 1985
WWII Draft Reg. Card
for a George Washington Ridgeway born 2/5/1884 in Forestville MD;
Ridgeway Welding (Blacksmith)
WWII Draft Reg. Card
for a George Walker Ridgeway born 5/4/1896 in DC Works for US Bureau of
Printing and Engraving in DC; Lists: Mrs. Ethel R. Ridgeway as contact.
Arlington Cemetery Record for Russell Oliver DeVaughn
WWI Registration Card for William Dallas Ridgeway (Lillian Irene Ridgeway)
WWII Registration Card for William Dallas Ridgeway (Lillie Ridgeway). Per
SSDI he died Oct 1962 in Washington, DC