John F. Ridgway
From: Howard County, Missouri Biographies (Moniteau Township) (USGENWEB)
John F. Ridgway. On the farm where he now lives, John F. Ridgway was born January 16, 1834. He was the seventh of a family of eleven children born to Thomas Ridgway and wife, previously Miss Sarah Staniford -- the father a native of Kentucky, but the mother originally from South Carolina. However, they both came to this state early in life, where they met and married, and then reared their family in this county. Thomas Ridgway was a successful farmer and died at an advanced age at his homestead, where his son, John F., now lives in 1872. His wife followed him to the grave in 1875. Of their family of children besides John F., seven are now living, Luvena, wife of Colonel Minor; Lurano, wife of Frank Tolson; Eliza A., wife of Oscar Rawlings; George, Mary J., wife of John Burreughs; Enoch C. of Macon City, and William. John F., was married in October 1861 to Miss Virginia B., daughter of Dr. J. W. Redmon, and then went to Linn county, this state, where he lived until 1877, when he returned to the old family homestead on which he has since lived. It contains 400 acres and he is one of the well-to-do farmers of the county. He has been running a threshing machine for several years and has met with excellent success. Mr. and Mrs. Ridgway has four children: Charles, Willia, Mertil and Greta.
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