Monday, May 30, 2011

Who Do You Think I Am? Wow! Part 65

My earliest known Ridley ancestor:

WILLIAM1 RIDLEY was born 1739 in , , , England, and died Abt. 1825 in ,Burke , N. C.. He married JANE PURSLEY in , Burke, NC, daughter of JAMES PURSLEY and JANE MCMAHAN. She was born Abt. 1750 in , , , Ireland, and died Unknown.

Before the Revolutionary War he lived in or near Boston, Ma..
William said that he had volunteered and enlisted in the summer of 1778 from the "Area of Dan River in North Carolina" and had served with Capt Micajah Lewis, 4th Battalion, NC, and fought the battles of Stono, Rocky Mount, and Kings Mountain. He was discharged by Major John Armstrong on 10 Aug 1779 in South Carolina. Pension payments were canceled 5 Mar 1825, presumably at the time of William's death.
After his discharge, William resided in Tyron County, NC, where he met Jane PURSLEY, his future wife.
- Charlotte Ridley Traylor
Lincoln County, NC, Deed Feb 2, 1780, John Wells of Lincoln County to James Wilson of same' WITNESS: William Ridley... land on Crowder's Creek (Note - now in present day Gaston County).
Lincoln County, NC, Deed Book 1, page 434, No. 977, Jul 2 1791, John Sloan of SC to McCagley Smith of Rutherford Co., land on Big Hickory Creek. WITNESS: William Ridely.

Fact 6: 25 Sep 1823, Applied for pension from Burke Co., NC, @ age 84
Fact 7: 11 Nov 1823, Pension started $95 annual
Military service: Enlisted on Dans River, NC
Occupation: School teacher & shoe repair& Tailor
Residence: Revolutionary War: fought at Kings Mtn, NC



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