Captain William Ridge, Thomas Ridge, and Elizabeth Ridge, of Surry and Wilkes County, North Carolina, Lee County Virginia, and White and Jackson Counties, Tennessee


Orphans of William Ridge (Tory) and Winnifred Combs of Surry County, North Carolina
updated 30 May 2013


Surry and Wilkes Counties, North Carolina


On August 6-7, 1780, William Ridge, Sr, died at the Battle of Hanging Rock under the command of Tory Colonel Samuel Bryan's North Carolina Militia Volunteers. William died intestate, with children from a first marriage, namely Nancy Ridge (married Captain John Fielder Jr), Godfrey Ridge (d. c1781), and a daughter (married Biram Combs). A working outline of this family is listed below, followed by records that may support this lineage:

Descendants of William Ridge
1 William Ridge b: Abt. 1735 in Spotsylvania Co., VA d: August 06, 1780 in Hanging Rock Battleground, Lancaster Co., SC
.. +unknown m: Bet. 1755 - 1762 in Rowan Co., NC
......... 2 Nancy Ridge b: Abt. 1755 in Rowan Co., NC d: Aft. November 20, 1797 in Walton Co., GA
............. +Capt. John Fielder Jr b: Abt. 1752 in VA d: Abt. 1844 in Walton Co., GA m: Abt. 1783 in Surry Co., NC Father: James Fielder Mother: Stuart
......... 2 Godfrey Ridge b: Bet. 1756 - 1762 d: Abt. 1781
......... 2 daughter Ridge
............. +Biram Combs b: Abt. 1763 in Frederick Co., VA d: Aft. 1830 in IN Father: John Combs Mother: Nancy Harding

*2nd Wife of William Ridge:
.. +Winneford Combs b: May 14, 1749 in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., VA m: Abt. 1770 in Surry Co., NC Father: Mason Combs Mother: Sarah
......... 2 Mary Ridge b: Abt. 1770 in Surry Co., NC
......... 2 Elizabeth Ridge b: Abt. 1771 in Surry Co., NC
............. +John Rose b: Abt. 1770 in Rowan Co., NC d: Abt. 1851 in White Co., TN Father: Bennett Rose Mother: Sarah Bradford
......... 2 Sythe Ridge b: Bet. 1773 - 1777 in Surry Co., NC
......... 2 Capt. William Ridge b: Bet. 1774 - 1776 in Surry Co., NC d: Abt. 1819 in White Co., TN
............. +Sarah Horn m: February 17, 1797 in Surry Co., NC Father: Richard Horn
......... 2 Thomas Ridge b: 25 December 1777 in Surry Co., NC
............. +?Rhoda
......... 2 Winneford Ridge b: Bet. 1776 - 1780 in Surry Co., NC

Record's of William Ridge's children are very few.  Son Godfrey Ridge was at least 18 year old in 1774 when he was listed on a tax roll in Surry County, placing his birth at about 1756.  In 1779, Godfrey Ridge was eligible to be drafted into the Surry County Militia, which he evaded when his father paid for a substitute.

1774 Surry County, North Carolina Tax List
Samuel Freeman District
Thomas Ridge
William Ridge, Godfrey Ridge, negros Hannah, Cato [Cate]
Godfrey Cody

1775 Surry County, Tax List
[undated, determined to be 1775] (CR 092.701.11), selected names
Richard Murphy List
Page 3
William Ridge fore Taxabels 4
Godery Codey one Taxabel 1

1779 Winter.
According to the 1804 Davidson County, Tennessee, deposition of Coll. Joel Lewis: "some time in the winter of the year one thousand seven hundred & eighty [sic] going to the House of Zachariah Ray was informed by said Ray that Godfrey Ridge has passed that day over the river to Mason Combs in the morning after he this deponant being a Continental Officer & said Godfrey being a delinquent from the nine months service went over the river & took him & brought him to said Rays. Shortly after his father William Ridge appeared & was Security for his Appearance at a certain time"

1780 March 25, John Moor delivered to William Terrell Lewis, Godfrey Ridge, a delinquent from the new levies called. (Petition to General Assembly by William T. Lewis, Surry Co., and Alexander Long, Rowan Co., for bounty payment for apprehending deserters to the American cause.)

1781 January 16, Surry Co, NC Will Book 2, p. 23. Winney Ridge, Godfrey Ridge and John Fielder to William Lewis 2 negro girls of mulatto complexion, Sall, 14, & Nana, 12. Witnesses: Jo. W. Lewis, Samuel Crutchfield. Rec. February Ct. 1781. (Surry Co NC Will Abstracts, Jo White Linn)

It is likely that son Godfrey Ridge was hanged for his part in the 1780 death of Sheriff Francis Bradley of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1781, during the return of Tory militia from action in South Carolina.

William Ridge also left six orphans from his second marriage to Winnefred Combs, daughter of Mason and Sarah Combs of Surry County, North Carolina. The six underage orphans were William, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, Sythe, and Winnefred Ridge.

Winnefred Combs, widow of William Ridge, married in 1784 to Nathan Allen. For a short period of time, he became the guardian of the underage orphans, and administrator of William Ridge's estate. He left the county, deserting the family by 1786. William Cook and Jonathan Haines then became the guardians and administrators.

1782 Tax List, Surry County, North Carolina, Captain Martin's District
Winney Ridge 1 tithe, 4 slaves
(Taylor R. J., B. Scates, M. R. McKinley. 1782 Tax List Of Surry County North Carolina, Cimarron, KS 67835, 1974)

1784 Surry County Tax List of Capt Lewis
Nathan Allen 1WP
Mason Comes, 400 acres 1WP
Winneford Ridge, 100 acres 1WP 2BP

1784 Dec 22 Surry County Marriage Bond. Nathan Allen to Winneford Ridge, Silvanus Pipes, bondsman.
(Surry County, North Carolina, Wills, 1771-1827, Annotated Genealogical Abstracts, Jo White Linn, GPC, Baltimore, 1992)

1785 May Term, Surry County, North Carolina. Guardian bond, May Term 1785, Surry Co; Elizabeth Ridge and Mary Ridge, orphans of William Ridge, deceased, came into court and chose Nathan Allen their guardian and at the same time the court appointed the said Nathan Allen guardian to Seth Ridge, Wm Ridge, Thomas Ridge and Winniford Ridge, orphans of the said deceased. Wm. T. Lewis, Mason Combs, John Pipes, Silvanus Pipes, Zenos Baldwin, Isham Thompson, and Wm N. Cook, securities. Jr. Williams CC.
(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

1786 Revolutionary War Public Claims Indents
Winifred Ridge, Morgan Dist, No. 3764, pds124-0 for public claim; Whitney to C, pds155-2-6, Rec'd from Wm Lewis, pds131-0-5 int[erest] 18th day of May, 1786

Winnifred Ridge, Morgan Dist, No. 2013, 80; Will. Lewis

1786 Surry County Court, May Term, Guardian bond.  Mary Ridge and Elizabeth Ridge, orphans of William Ridge, dec'd, came into court and chose William Cook and Jonathan Haynes as guardians. Joseph Winston, John Burch, Henry Spears, securities. J Williams, clerk
(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

1788. Surry County February Term. Court Order, The following persons take the following children into their possession and keep until next Court, to wit, Jonathan Haynes Thomas Ridge, William Cook Junior William Ridge, and William Cook Esq Winneford Ridge and that Winneford Allen be noted to appear and show cause...
(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

1789 Surry County List of Taxables in Meredith's District for the year 1789
John Allin  400 acres, 1 White Pole
Wm Cook Esq'r 750 acres 2 White Poles 4 Black Poles 1/2 of Stud Horses
ditto                      250 acres Ridges Orphins

1790 Census, Wilkes County, 1st Company
Geo Stacey 2mo16, 5f
Pierce Cody 1mo16, 2f
Thomas Ridge 1mo16 (Thomas), 2mu16 (?), 4f [Elizabeth, Sythe, Winny, Mary]

William Cook and Jonathan Haines were embroiled in a lawsuit against William Terrell Lewis Jr in order to secure the estate property of William Ridge, the Tory, slaves which had been confiscated and appropriated by Lewis. Cook and Haines won the lawsuit in 1791 and used some of the proceeds for the orphans, namely land for William and Thomas Ridge.

1791 August 06 Surry County Deed Book E, p. 143. William Cook, guardian to orphans of William Ridge, deceased to William and Thomas Ridge, two of said orphans, 150 pds, 200 acres on the south side Yadkin River opposite mouth of Fishers River; land formerly belonging to Nathaniel Woodruff. Acknowledged. Signed: William Cook.
(Surry County, North Carolina Deeds, Books D, E and F, 1779-1797, Mrs. W. O. Absher, Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, 1985)

William Terrell Lewis Jr appealed to the Court of Equity in Salisbury, tying up the estate for another 15 years.  Jonathan Haines gave a rebuttal to Lewis' charges, and gave approximate ages for the orphans, which were underestimates based upon a document date of 1792.

1792 To the Honourable the Judges of the Court of Equity for the District of Salisbury
Humbly complaining then unto your Honors your Orators and Oratrices William Ridge of Surry County in the District aforesaid an infant under the age of twenty one years that is to say of the age of fourteen years or thereabouts, Thomas Ridge of the same place an infant under the age of twenty one years to wit of the age of twelve years or thereabouts, Mary Ridge of the same place also an infant under the age of twenty one years that is to say of the age of twenty years or thereabouts, Elizabeth Ridge of the same place likewise an infant under the age of twenty one years (to wit) of the age of eighteen years or thereabouts, Sythe Ridge of the same place also an infant under the age of twenty one years (that is to say) of the age of sixteen years or thereabouts, and Winnefred Ridge likewise an infant of the same place and under the age of twenty one years (to wit) of the age of ten years or thereabouts by Jonathan Haynes their next friend. That William Ridge late of Surry County aforesaid Planter Deceased was in his lifetime and so the time of his death prossessed of or entitled unto a large personal estate consisting in particular of the following slaves, namely, Jack, Kate, Sall, Nan, Phillis, and Hannah, and the increase of the said several slaves and of the other goods and chattells to the amount in value of two thousand pounds and upwards.

And that being so possessed or entitled the same William Ridge did in or about the year 1780 depart this life intestate leaving Winnifred Ridge his widow and your Orators and Oratrices his children and only next of kin who thereupon became entitled to have his estate distributed amongst them in the manner and proportion following (that is to say) One equal third part thereof to the said Winnifred the late widow now the wife of Nathan Allen late of the county aforesaid but has removed to parts unknown to your Orators and Oratrices and out of the reach of the process of the honorable Court and the remaining two equal third parts thereof to and amongst your Orators and Oratrices his the intestate's only next of kin ...
(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

William Ridge, Jr, one of the orphans, married Sarah Horn in Surry County in 1797. She was the daughter of Richard Horn Sr, another Tory from Surry County.

1797 Surry County Marriage Bond. William Ridge to Sarah Horn, Moses Morse, bondsman.

1797  Surry County Tax List, Captain. Burches District
Wm Ridge 75 acres

In 1798, William and Thomas Ridge sold their land to Moses Moore, possibly the same man as the bondsman on William and Sarah's wedding bond (Moses Morse). In January 1799, Thomas' age was stated by his mother as "twenty-one years of age last Christmas day" (so he was born 25 December 1777) in a court record concerning the sale of this same land.

1798 May 15 Surry County Court of Pleas and Quarter Session, p. 149. A deed from Wm Ridge and Thomas Ridge to Moses Moore was proven in open court by the oath of James Jarvis and ordered to be registered. Enquire for fees.

1799 January 13. Surry County, North Carolina Will Book 2 (1783-1792). We William Ridge, and Thomas Ridge, both of the County of Surry and State of North Carolina do hereby absolutely say that we have either lost, or mislaid a certain bond between us and Moses Moor, of the County and State aforesaid in contest between us and the said Moore concerning land which we have received value for the 13th day of January 1799.
William Ridge and Thomas Ridge
Sworn to and subscribed in the presents of W Meridith 30 January 1799
The foregoing Receipt from William & Thomas Ridge to Moses Moore was proved by William Meridith and ordered to be recorded.
Recorded accordingly by Jo Williams CC

1799 January 27. Surry County, North Carolina Will Book 2 91783-1792). Twenty seventh January 1799 came Winnifred Allen before me and made oath that her son Thomas Ridge was twenty-one years of age last Christmas day.
Winnifred her+mark Allen
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day & date above.
W Meridith Justice of the Peace
North Carolina Surry County May Term AD 1799
The within Certificate from Winnifred Allen to Thomas Ridge was proved by William Meridith and orderd to be recorded
Recorded accordingly by Jo Williams CC.


Lee County, Virginia


William, Thomas and Elizabeth Ridge (possibly other siblings, too) moved from Wilkes County, North Carolina, to Lee County, Virginia.  William Ridge purchased land from Edward and Jane Elam on Christmas Day 1798 in Lee County.

1798 December 25, Deed Book 1, p.169, Edward Elam & wife Jane to William Ridge 130 acres north side of Wallen's Ridge on waters of Wallen's Creek.
(Duckworth, R. D., Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. __.)

Edward Elam (born 20 January 1769 Mecklenburg County, Virginia - died 15 February 1830 Williamson County, Tennessee) was the son of Joel Elam & Phoebe Hill of Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Edward Elam married Jane Pamplin, daughter of John Pamplin, Jr., on 12 May 1791 in Lunenburg County, Virginia.  Edward moved to Williamson County, Tennessee by 1804. Edward was a first cousin to Martin Elam of Charlotte County, Virginia, who was on the same tax list in 1737 Amelia County, Virginia, with John Combs   (married Frances Elam, 1750) and son George Combs. John Combs' sons William, John and George lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

William and Sarah sold some of this land to Merry McGuire of Lee County:

179_ Deed Book 1, p. 94. William Ridge & wife Sarah, to Mary [sic] McGuire
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. __.)

1799 January 28, Richard Horn and wife Milley deed.

1799 Tax List
Stephen Horn 1-0-0-1
Richard Horn 1-2-0-9
William Ridge 1-0-0-0
Bradford, David
Bradford, William 1-0-0-1

1799 June 11, Deed Book 1, p. 164, John Thompson & Thomas Gibbons of Hawkins County, Tennessee, to Richard Horn of Lee County, Virginia, for $550 for 50 acres on Wallings Creek. Signed: John Thompson, Thomas Gibbons; Witnesses: William Neill, William Erving, John Davice, Philip Nance; recorded 10 June 1800.
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1. 1793-1804, p. 28.)

The above records naming William Ridge's wife as Sarah, along with the presence in other records of the Horn family, are strong evidence that William and Sarah Horn Ridge moved to Lee County, Viginia, by 1799. Richard Horn Jr (married Amelia "Milly" __) was the brother of Sarah Horn Ridge.

Another family of importance is that of Bennett Rose of Stafford County, Virginia, later of Surry County, North Carolina. Bennett married Sarah Bradford, widow of William Taylor:

1800 Tax List
Zachariah Rose     1-0-0-0 April 9
William Ridge       1-0-0-1 March 14
Thomas Ridge     1-0-0-2 March 14
Richard Horn        2-2-0-5 March 25
Edward Horn          1-0-0-0 April 9

1800 September 22, Deed Book 1, p. 194. William Ridge & wife Sarah to Mary [sic] McGuire, all of Lee County, Virginia, for sum of $250 for 100 acres lying under Wallens Ridge between plantations of Robert Walker and Obed Gardner. Signed: William Ridge, Sarah Ridge; witnesses: Jacob Weaver, Joseph Denny, Elizabeth Ridge.
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. __.)

The above deed was witnessed by Elizabeth Ridge, likely one of the orphans of William Ridge, Sr. If this is correct, then Elizabeth was unmarried in 1800.

1800 October 11, Deed Book 1, p. 193, William Ridge & wife Sarah to Obed Gardner; all of Lee County, Virginia, for sum of $100 for 60 acres lying under Wallens Ridge between plantation of John McFarlane and Mary [sic] McQuire. Signed: William Ridge, Sarah Ridge; witnesses: Joseph Denney, Thomas Ridge, Letties Horn, Rhoda Ridge.
(Duckworth, R. D., Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1, 1793-1804, p. 34.)

This deed was witnessed by Letties (Lettice) Horn, another sister of Sarah Horn Ridge. Lettice married Bryant Breeding and later lived in White County, Tennessee, along with the Ridge, Horn and Elam families. Rhoda Ridge is as yet unidentified, but was possibly the wife of Thomas Ridge.

1800 November 8 Deed Book 1, p. 266, Thomas Shy to William Ridge 100 acres on north side of Wallen's Ridge; Witnesses: Thomas Poteet, Thomas Blakemore, Jas. Fulkerson
(Duckworth, R. D., Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1, 1793-1804, p. __.)

Thomas Poteet married Jane, born in 1777 in Virginia, and moved to Overton County, Tennessee. The relationship to the Poteet/Poteat/Pettit and Horn family of Surry County, North Carolina, is unknown.

1801 Tax List, Lee County, Virginia
Richard Horn, 1-2-1-4
William Ridge, 1-0-0-0
Thomas Ridge, 1-0-0-1

1802 Tax List
Richard Horn,  1-2-1-1
William Ridg, 1-0-0-1
Thomas Ridg, 1-0-0-2

1802 September 12, Deed book 1, p. __. Richard & Milly Horn to Thomas Scott, of Lee County, Virginia, for sum of �100 for 100 acres on Wallens Creek. Signed: Richard (his x mark) Horn, Milly Horne.
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County, VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. 49.)

1803 November 1, Deed Book 1, p. 318, William Ridge to Biram Breeding 100 acres north side Wallen's Ridge; Signed: William Ridge & Sarah Ridge; Witnesses: Merry McGuire, Joseph Denny, Richard Horn
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. _.)

William Ridge sold 100 acres to Biram Breeding, son of James and Sarah Breeding, and husband of Nancy Breeding. Nancy was Biram's first cousin, and sister to Bryant Breeding, who married Lettice Horn, sister of Sarah Horn Ridge. Bryant and Lettice Horn Breeding moved to White County, Tennessee, along with William and Sarah Horn Ridge. Richard Horn was a brother of Sarah Horn Ridge and Lettice Horn Breeding. The maiden name of his wife, Milly, is as yet unknown.

1803 Tax List
Richard Horn,  2-1-2-5
Thomas Ridge, 1-0-0-2
William Ridge, 1-0-0-2

1804 July 11, Deed Book 1, p. 335, Mery & Pricilla (?Drucilla) McGuire to William Ridge, all of Lee County, Virginia, for sum of $933 for 150 acres lying under Wallens Ridge between Robert Walker and Obed Gardner. Signed: Merry Maguire, Pricilla Maguire.
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 2 1793-1804, p. 60.)

1804 August 28, Deed Book 1, p. 331, William Ridge to Willoughby Randolph, both of Lee County, Virginia, for $340 for 116 acres on north side Wallen's Ridge on waters of Wallen's Creek, land part of survey to Edward Elm [Elam] to William Ridge 25 September 1798.
(Duckworth, R. D., Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 1 1793-1804, p. 60.)

1804 September 25 Deed Book 2, p. 175, Richard Horn to James Lang [Lane], both of Lee County, Virginia, for sum of $1,000 for 258 acres on Wallens Creek, part of 350 acres which said Horn purchased from Thompson and Thomas Gibbons by deed 11 June 1799. Signed: Richard (his x mark) Horn (seal), Milly (her x mark) Horn (seal) 25 September 1804, Milly Horn relinquished dower.
(Duckworth, R. D. , Lee County VA Abstracts. Deed Book No. 2 1805-1812, p. 23.)

1804 Tax List
Richard Horn, 2-1-2-3
William Ridge, 1-0-0-1
Thomas Ridge, 1-0-0-2

1805 Tax List VA Lee Co
William Ridge,  1-0-0-2
Thomas Ridge,  1-0-0-1

1806 Tax List VA Lee Co
Thomas Ridge,  1-0-0-1

1807 Tax List VA Lee Co
George Rose,  1-0-0-6

1810 Tax List
Jeremiah Breeding  6 Apr 1 0 5


White County, Tennessee


Thomas Ridge moved to White County, Tennessee, in 1806, where he signed a petition to form the new county. It is likely that William Ridge also moved with him from Lee County, Virginia, at this time.

1806 February 1.  Petitions to General Assembly of Tennessee. Legislative Petitions 1805-1812,
"This is a petition for a new county (not named) by "settlers of part of the new purches", bounded as follows: beginning on the old Endien boundary where the Walton Road crosses it and running with said road to the Standing Stone on top of the Tennessee Ridge, then west along said ridge to the head watters of Rocky River, then down said river to the main fork or Rock Island, and down said fork to the Endien boundary. We do expect that some of our name have bean maid use of to other petitions but it was without our apprebation. We also apoint the under named gentlemen as Justices. Some of them has fild the place with Respectibility and all men proberty and good Demeanyear. "
Name of Thomas Ridge in list of signers.

By 1808, William Ridge, Jr, Thomas Ridge, Mary Ridge and Sithe Ridge lived in White County.

1808 February 10. Mr Jonathan Haines: I shall also attend at the house of Robert Howard in White County in the State of Tennessee on the 24th day of March next say 1808 in order to take the Depositions of Wm Ridge Junr, Tho's Ridge, Mary Ridge, and perhaps others whose Testimony as aforesaid when taken I mean shall be read as evidence in the suit now depending in the Court of Equity for the County of Rowan in the State of North Carolina to be held for said County at the Courthouse on the 2nd Monday after the 4th Monday of March next say 1808 wherein you as the next friend of the Orphans of Wm Ridge is Plantiff and myself Wm Cook and others are Defendants when and where you may attend and cross examine said witnesses if you see cause
I am yours &c
Wm T. Lewis
(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

1808 September 08  Mr. Jonathan Haines: You will please to take notice that I shall attend...at the House of Robert Howard in White County in the State of Tennessee on the 8th day of September next say 1808 in order to take the depositions of Wm Ridge Jun'r, Thomas Ridge, Mary Ridge, Sitha Ridge, and perhaps others, in the suit now defending in the Court of Equity for Rowan County in the State of North Carolina, the suit formerly in the court of Equity for the District of Salisbury wherein you and myself William Cook & others are defendants, when and where you may attend and Cross examine said witnesses if you see cause.
I am yours,
Wm T. Lewis

(Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William Ridge 1785, CR085.508.136, North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, NC)

William Ridge purchased 120 acres of land on Cane Creek of Caney Fork in White County in 1808.

1808 May 10, Deed Book A, p. 212. Indenture 10 May 1808. Thomas K. Harris and Thomas Stone, $100 paid, 2500 acres granted to Robert King, assignee of James Williams, grant no. 341, being on Cane Creek a branch of Caney Fork of Cumberland River, after taking out of it 9 small tracts this day Conveyed by Deed to Following Persons, to wit: Stephen Austin, 309 acres, William Dyre 207 Acres, Joseph Parker, 207 acres, Pink Hudson, 170 acres, John Nelson, 81 acres, Richard Hill, 170 acres, said Thomas Stone, 386 acres, William Ridge _[120]_ acres, and Bryant Breeding __ acres. 684 acres hereby deeded to Thomas Stone.
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1808 May 10 Deed Book A, p. 225. Indenture Date and Grantor above, to William Ridge, $100 paid, 120 acres.
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

Bryant Breeding married Lettice Horn, sister of Sarah Horn Ridge, wife of  William Ridge. William Pink Hudson married Julia Ann Kettering, 2 July 1810 in Grayson County, Virginia. Thomas Stone was son of Enoch Stone of Surry County, North Carolina. Stephen [Fuller] Austin was renowned as the "Father of Texas". Richard Hill, born in 1760, Virginia, married Rebecca Robinson. Rebecca Robinson later married John Crook, Sr.

Thomas Ridge was appointed constable in 1809 in White County.

1809 August 14, Ordered by Court that Thomas Ridge act as constable he having given Bond and security as the law directs &/c.

William Ridge lived on Cherry Creek on the Calf Killer fork.

November 13, 1810, p. 199 Ordered by Court that William Ridge be allowed to erect and build a Grist Mill on Cherry Creek on the Calf Killer's fork where he lives, and the same is ordered accordingly.

In 1810, William Ridge was commissioned as a Captain in the White County, Tennessee militia, and can be found in extant county records through 1818.

1810 White County Militia Regiment, Commission of William Ridge as Captain of the 34th Regiment, Nov. 29, 1810
(Record of Commissions of Officers in the TN Militia 1796-1811 compiled by Mrs. John Trotwood, p. 104)

1811 May 16, Court Minutes 1806-1811, p. 266 John Dergan vs.. David McDaniel, In Debt. This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came a jury of good and lawful men to wit: ...William Ridge... John Crook Senr.

1810 January 2, Deed Book B. p. 141. Bill of Sale 2 Jan 1810 Charles Mitchell and Samuel Johnston, $400 paid, 1 Negro woman slave named Mary being 30 years, also 1 Negro child daughter of above named Nancy about 1 year. Witnesses: J. Taylor, Jnr., Wm Ridge
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1811 A List of Taxable Property and Polls in the Bounds of Captain William Ridge's Company of Militia for the year 1811.
Benjamin Rose  1WP
Rezia Rose  1WP
John Rose  1WP [married Elizabeth Ridge]

William Ridge 1WP, 1 stud horse [Capt Ridge's son?]

Several children of Bennett Rose (1732-1778) of Surry County, North Carolina, and their families, moved to White County, Tennessee, through Wilkes and Surry Counties, North Carolina, and Lee County, Virginia.  Susannah Rose (1768-1850) married Pierce Cody, son of Godfrey Cody, Tory, of Surry County, and relative of William Ridge, Tory, father of Capt. William Ridge Jr of White County, Tennessee.  John Rose (1770-1851) likely married Elizabeth Ridge,.one of the orphans of William Ridge, Tory.   Lucy Rose (c1755) married John Jarvis, son of Jabez and Elizabeth Jarvis of Surry County.  Abner Rose (1763-1841) married a daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth Jarvis. And Elizabeth Rose (c1760-Aft. 1820) married Reziah Jarvis, another son of Jabez and Elizabeth.

1811 November 8, Deed Book D., p. 24. Indenture 8 November 1811 Solomon Jordan, one part, and George Griffith and William Griffith, other part, $700 paid, tract in 3rd District on Cherry Creek, a branch of Calf Killers Fork, being 157 acres taken from Grant No. 2672 of 187 acres granted by Tennessee to Jordan on 17 November 1810, Warrant 1052, abutting tract of Robert Howard and Samuel Weaver. Witnesses: Elijah Chisum, Senr, W Ridge, James Howard
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1812 A List of Taxable Property and Polls- Capt. James Cole's Company, Little Caney Fork
Thomas Ridge 1 WP, 213 acres
Thomas Bounds
James Bounds
Christopher Catron
John Crook Senr
John Crook, Junr
John Goolsby,
Kirby Goolsby,
William Howard,
Thomas Lovelady
Thomas Stone
Carder Stone

1812 A List of Taxables and Polls- Capt. William Williams Company
Pierce Cody, 1WP

Pierce Cody was likely a son of Godfrey Cody from Surry County, North Carolina, a member of a Tory militia along with William Ridge, Sr. Evidence compiled by Carl York, Knoxville, Tennesse, points to Godfrey Cody as the father of Pierce.

1812 A List of Taxables and Polls- Captain William Ridge's Company taken by Benjamin Beaver
Jacob Catron
Elijah Chisum
Puck [Pink] Hutson
George Hudson

1812 Tax Property Returned to James Lane
Thomas Bounds,
Thomas Boutcher,
John Crim,
William
Crim, [previously from Stokes County, North Carolina]
Elijah Chisam,  Jr.
James Chisam,
James Chisam,
Robert Howard,

Capt. William Ridge sold the land that he first bought in 1808 when he arrived in White County to Christopher Catron.

1812 October 2 White County, Tennessee Deed Book E, p. 299. Indenture 2 October 1812 William Ridge to Christopher Catron, $100 paid, 120 acres on Cane Creek, part of tract of 2,500 acres originally granted by North Carolina to Robert King, assignee of James Williams, Jr, Grant No 341 dated 1 March 1797. Witnesses: Benjamin Griffith, James McCormack. Sworn by Ira Bedwell
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1813 June 16 William Ridge enters 19 acres in White County, north side of the road that leads from the Rock Island to White Plains 1-1/2 mile from the Rock Island (28/425/10940)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1813 A List of Taxables and Polls- Capt. William Ridge's Company
Jacob Catron,
Pearce Coody, 1WP
Elijah Chisum,
Eliphalett Jarvis,  1WP
William Jarvis,  1WP
Bennett Jarvis,  1WP
Zachariah Rose,  1WP, Sparta
Abner Rose, 1WP, 1 stud horse
Rozia Rose  1WP, 18 acres
William Ridge, 1WP, 100 acres,10 acres, 23 acres

1814 January 18, Deed Book E, p. 287. Indenture 18 Jan 1814 David Smyth, one part, to Alexander S. Simpson, Christian May and Thomas Harber, of other part, $100 paid, Lots 26 7 27 in town of Sparta. Witnesses: Andrew Burk, William Ridge
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1814 January 28 William Ridge enters 20 acres in White County, waters of Cane Creek to include 2 saplings between Abner Norris and Reuben Purkins (29/145/12067)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 May 14 William Ridge enters 50 acres in White County, mouth of Hutchins Creek adjoining John Crook, Bounds and Lovelady's (29/218/12627)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 August 6, Deed Book E., p. 429. Power of Attorney 6 Aug 1814 William Ridge, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, grants to John McBride power of my agent to make entries or transfer any plat, certificate, etc. Witnesses: Stephen Brindley, Charles Holloway, Thomas Ridge. Acknowledged in Bledsoe County before Joseph B. Porter.
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1814 October 31 Joseph Williams enters 20 acres in White County, Pigeon Roost Creek near the Widow Bullar's mill pond, to include improvement made by Thomas Ridge (29/403/13675)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 A List of Taxables and Polls- Capt. William Ridge's Company
Rezia Jarvis,  1WP
Stephen Palmer, 1WP [married a daughter of Thomas Cody of Surry County, North Carolina]
William Ridge, 1WP, 10 acres
James Chisum, 1WP, 80 acres including Marshal Duncan
Christopher Catron, 1WP, 150 acres
Benjamin Rose, 1WP
John Rose, 1WP, 37 acres [m. Elizabeth Ridge]

Stephen Palmer was likely the son-in-law of Capt. Thomas Cody, of Samuel Bryans Volunteer Militia (Tory), of Surry County, North Carolina. Thomas Cody was related to William Ridge, Tory, of Surry County, North Carolina (father of Captain William Ridge of White County, Tennessee), by marriage.

1814 A List of Taxables and Polls- Capt. James Cole's Company
Amos Ridge, 1WP [son of William or Thomas Ridge?]

1815 A List of Taxables and Polls- Capt. Daniel Parkinson's Company
Amos Ridge, 1 WP

1815 September 9, Deed Book E, p. 445. Bill of Sale (Tentative) 9 September 1815 Richard Horn to George Defr[eese], $150 paid, a 1/5 interest in Negroes that is yet undivided, the Negroes deeded by Richard Horn, Sr., to five of his children, namely Sarah Ridge, Lette Breeding, Richard Horn, Jr., Zacheus Horn, and Willy Horn (?), said being called for in Deed of Gift, man slave called Jim, Negro woman Amy, and her child Diley, 1 Negro woman Acts, and her child named Hannah. Witnesses: James Cope, John Warrin
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1815 August 4, Deed Book E., p. 446. Bill of Sale 4 August 1815 William Ridge and wife Sarah Ridge, to George Deprene [Defreese], $150 paid (as described on above page 445 sale). Witnesses: Wil McCann, James Perryman, Thomas Ridge. Acknowledged by Joseph B. Porter, CC (county illegible)
(Murray J. M. 1992, White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1801-1820. Abstracts of Deed Books Volumes A, B, C, D, E, and F., Dallas, TX)

1816 White Co TN Tax List Capt John Walkers Co
Peirce Coody,  0 WP, 20 acres (born no later than 1765)
Rezia Jarvis,  1 WP, 0 acres
John Jarvis,  1 WP, 0 acres
John Rose,  1 WP, 16 acres

1819 Tuesday 19 October, p. 19, Court Minutes. William Crim vs. Sarah Ridge, Admx. On Motion of William Ridge, Dec'd, the plaintiff by his attorney a Judicial attachment is awarded him against the good and chattle lands and tenements of the Defendant directed to the Sheriff of Overton County.
(White County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, 1819-1820, Transcription of the County Archives, WPA Project No. 93, TSLA, Nashville, Historical Records Survey, June 1940)

William Crim vs Sarah Ridge, Admx. This day came the plaintiff by Samuel Turner of William Ridge Dec'd Esqr his attorney and declares that he intends not farther prosecuting his suit against the Defendant. Neither is the same farther prosecuted. It is therefore considered by the Court that the defendant go hence and recover against the plaintiff her cost by her about her defence in this behalf expended
(White County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, 1819-1820, Transcription of the County Archives, WPA Project No. 93, TSLA, Nashville, Historical Records Survey, June 1940)

1820 US Census, White County, Tennessee
p. 351
John McGee  1m16-18, 1m45+  2f16-26, 1f45+

Robert Howard 1m10-16, 1m45+, 1f10-16, 1f26-45, 1f45+
p. 353
William G. Buller 3mu10, 1m26-45, 1f16-26
John Rose 2mu10, 1m10-16, 2m16-26,  1m45+, 1fu10, 2f10-16, 1f45+
[married Elizabeth Ridge]
Nicholas Cook 1mu10, 1f26-45, 1f16-26, 1f26-45
John Crook 1m45+, 1f45+
p. 361

Henry Lance 1m16-26, 1m26-45, 2fu10, 1f26-45
Samuel Lance 1m16-26, 2fu10, 1f16-26
Thomas Rignes
1m45+, 1f45+ [Thomas Ridge b. bef. 1775]
Pierce Cody 1mu10, 1m16-18, 1m16-26, 1m45+, 1f10-16, 1f16-26, 1f45+ [Pierce b. <1775]
p. 363
Jane Horn 1mu10, 1m16-26, 3fu10, 1f16-26
p. 366
Thomas Lovelady 2mu10, 2m10-16, 1m45+, 2fu10, 1f10-16, 1f45+

p. 368
William Crim 2mu10, 1m26-45 (b. 1775-1794), 3fu10, 1f26-45
Wade Goolsby 3mu10, 1m26-45, 1fu10, 2f16-26
John Crook 4m10, 1m10-16, 1m26-45, 1f10-16, 1f26-45

1846 April 23 White County, Tennessee, Marriage of William Goolsby to Nancy Ridge

1850 US Census, White County, Tennessee
William Goolsby 45 MW TN farming
Nancy 30 FW TN [Nancy ___ Ridge]
Sarah 11 FW TN
Isaac 8 MW TN
June 4 FW TN

1860 US Census, Putnam County, Tennessee
District 16
Wm Goolsby 57 MW TN Miller
Nancy 44 FW TN [Nancy ___ Ridge]
Jane 18 FW TN
John 10 MW TN
Elizabeth 6 FW TN

1880 US Census, White County, Tennessee
District No. 7
177/191 John L. Goolsby 29 MW TN/TN/TN laborer
Nancy J. 19 FW wife TN/TN/TN keeping house
Asker 11/12 WM son born-Nov 1879 TN/TN/TN

178/192 Robert Goodwin 26 MW TN/TN/TN farmer
Sarah 19 MW wife TN/TN/TN keeping house
Martha L. 8 FW daughter TN/TN/TN
Mary M. 2 FW daughter TN/TN/TN

179/193 Thomas Goodwin 20 MW TN/TN/TN laborer
Elizabeth 25 FW wife TN/TN/TN keeping house
Nancy J. 7/12 FW daughter born Nov 1879 TN/TN/TN
Edward Ridge 10 MW TN/TN/TN


Land Entries in White, Jackson & Smith Counties, Tennessee


Caney Fork of Cumberland River

1812 December 11 William Ridge 30 acres Smith County, north side of Caney Fork above where Spice Kentling now lives to include Spice Kentling's improvement. (28/86/9650)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1812 December 11 William Ridge 6 acres on a branch of Caney Fork on which Col. Ralston's mill is set and about 1-1/2 mile above same to include an improvement made by Chesley Wheeler (28/86/9652)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Mine Lick Creek (empties into Center Hill Lake in Dekalb County, flows southwest from Putnam County, Tennessee)

1812 December 11 William Ridge enters 30 acres waters of Mine Lick Creek to include Samuel Maxwell's improvement whereon he now lives (28/84/9643)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1812 December 11 William Ridge enters 30 acres on Mine Lick Creek to include Green Wood's improvement whereon Hubbard Brewer now lives. (28/84/9644)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1812 December 11 William Ridge enters 30 acres a part thereof in Jackson County on the south fork of Mine Creek to include whereon one Hartfield now lives (28/85/9648)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1812 December 11 William Ridge enters 30 acres on Mine Creek to include improvement made by Hubbard Brewer; Larkin Womack, Loc. (28/85/9649)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1812 December 11 William Ridge enters 20 acres on Mine Lick Creek to include improvement occupied and cultivated last summer by Henry Brewer (28/86/9651)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 December 26 William Ridge enters 30 acres on Mine Lick Creek to include improvement made by Hubbard Brewer (29/491/14134)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1815 February 18 William Ridge enters 12 acres waters of Mine Lick Creek to include improvement where Sally Womack used to live (30/9/14534)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Rock Island (White County)

1813 June 16 William Ridge enters 19 acres in White County, north side of the road that leads from the Rock Island to White Plains 1-1/2 mile from the Rock Island (28/425/10940)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Falling Water and Cane Forks (at east boundary of White, Putnam and DeKalb Counties, at Center Hill Lake)

1814 January 28 William Ridge enters 20 acres in White County, waters of Cane Creek to include 2 saplings between Abner Norris and Reuben Purkins (29/145/12067)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Hutchins Creek & Pigeon Roost Creek (part in White County; both flow southward from Cookeville in Putnam County to Falling Waters River just inside White County.)

1813 December 6 William Ridge enters 20 acres between Hutchins Creek & Pigeon Roost Creek about 1/4 mile west from Samuel Moore's (29/98/11821)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1813 December 22 William Ragland enters 30 acres Pigeon Roost Creek, Thomas Ridge's corner on the military line (29/114/11889)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 May 14 William Ridge enters 50 acres White County, mouth of Hutchins Creek adjoining John Crook, Bounds and Lovelady's (29/218/12627)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1814 October 31 Joseph Williams enters 20 acres White County, Pigeon Roost Creek near the Widow Bullar's mill pond, to include improvement made by Thomas Ridge (29/403/13675)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Indian Creek of Caney Fork River (flows east from Putnam County to where DeKalb & Smith Counties join at north side of Caney Fork River)

1812 February 29 William Ridge assignee of William P. Anderson, enters 3 acres north branch of Indian Creek of Caney Fork, to include a salt petre cave with a spring, 3/4 mile above Goodwin's; William Ridge, Loc.
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. (27/122/7709) Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1813 April 2 William Ridge enters 20 acres waters of Indian Creek; Robert Lee, Loc. (28/307/10512)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1813 April 2 William Ridge enters 20 acres waters of Indian Creek spring & improvement where Robert Lee now lives; Robert Lee, Loc. (28/307/10513)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

1815 February 18 William Ridge enters 6 acres waters of Indian Creek adjoining David Womack's field to Include Womack's improvement (30/9/14535)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)

Martin's Creek

1819 January 19. John Temple enters� Dry fork of Martin's Creek � to include where Nathan Allen now lives. Richard Clark, Loc. (31/303/20670)
(Building Neighborhoods, Jackson County, Tennessee, Prior to 1820. Abstractions from Record Group 50, Early Land Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives, by Betty Huff Bryant, 1992)


DeKalb County, Tennessee


1850 US Census, DeKalb Co., TN, 14th Civil District
Pg. 99, HH1205
Peter Goolsby 62
Mary 51
James Ridge 13

1860 US Census, DeKalb Co., TN 14th District
HH 1409 Martin Goolsby 42 MW TN blacksmith
Sarah 36 FW TN
James W. 16 MW TN
Emily 9 FW TN
Joshua 8 MW TN
Andrew B. 5 MW TN
Sarah L. 3 FW TN
Samuel L. 2 MW TN

HH 1410 James Ridge 23 TN wheel wright
Caladonia 26 TN
Isaac M. 1 TN
Mary Strong 74 FW widow VA
Nancy Strong 54 FW old maid VA

HH 1411 Peter Goolsby  75 NC Blacksmith [b. ca 1785]
Mary 61 NC ca 1799
Isaac Ridge  17 TN [b.c 1843]

James Ridge married Caldonia Strong. James Ridge enlisted in Company C, 23rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment (CSA). He died in service on July 26, 1863.

1870 US Census, Dekalb Co., TN
Caladonia Ridge 37
Isaac M 11
Frederick D 9
Nancy Strong 64


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