Saturday, July 09, 2011

Who Do I Think I am? Wow! part 95

BEN KASH6 RIDLEY was born 17 May 1911 in Fabius, Jackson, Al, and died 18 Apr 1945 in le Shima, , , Japan. He married GEORGIA IOLA PARRIS48 13 May 1932 in Trion, Chattooga, Ga, daughter of MONROE PARRIS and ARTIE CARVER. She was born 25 Jan 1914 in Albertville, Marshall Co, Al.

Due to the economical condition during the late 1920's and early 1930's, the hardships of farming and poor health of his father, Ben had to leave school and find work. He went to Trion, Ga., where his sister Lillie and her husband Marvin Jones were living. Ben got a job with Trion Cotton Mills and boarded with Marvin's mother, Mrs. Fallas.
While attending a social in the 'Frogtown' community of Trion, Ben met Iola Parris, who held the title of "Miss Trion" at the time.
He and Iola raised their family in Trion. When their family got larger they built a larger house and Iola's aunt Allie (Carver) CHANDLER came to live with them and kept the children while Iola and Ben worked.
On April 10, 1942, Ben was inducted into the United States Army at Fort McPherson, Georiga. He was in Company "G", 306th Infantry, Seventy-seventh Division, under the command of Captain Buckner M. CREEL, III.
At the time of his death, Ben was a first scout in the third platoon of Company "G" of 306 Infantry. During the night on the Island of Ie Shima, Ryukyus in the Pacidic Ben was wounded by enemy mortal shell while in the battle with the Japanese (well known war correspondent Ernie Pyle, died in the same battle). His body was exhumed on March 15 1949 and sent back to the U.S and buried in the National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.
-excerpted from the book "Ridley Genealogy of Elisha Asa RIDLEY" by Charlotte Ridley Traylor.

Burial: National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb Co., Ga
Military service: WWII - Pacific

Iola was "Miss Trion".
She worked at the Trion Cotton Mill.
When Ben went into the Army Iola and the children moved in with her parents, who had left Trion and moved to Atlanta and now lived in Austell, Cobb County, Georgia. Iola and her father went to work at he Bell Aircraft Plant in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia.
In 1943, Iola and her father bought a farm with two houses in Douglas County, Ga., just outside of the Austell city limits.
In 1944, Iola bought a new house on Arlington Circle, Grove Park Community, in Atlanta, Georgia. She rented out her house on the farm. Since Iola did not drive at that time she would be on a trolley line. She and the children were living on Arlington Circle when Ben's death happened in the war (1945).
After the war, Iola and her four daughters moved back to the farm in Douglas County, Georgia, close to her family where they remained util their marriages.
-excerpted from the book "Ridley Genealogy of Elisha Asa RIDLEY" by Charlotte Ridley Traylor.

Children of BEN RIDLEY and GEORGIA PARRIS are:
243. i. CHARLOTTE ANN7 RIDLEY, b. 14 Mar 1933, Trion, Chattooga, Ga.
244. ii. KATHERINE YVONNE RIDLEY, b. 24 Nov 1935, Trion, Chattooga, Ga.
245. iii. BILLIE JOYCE RIDLEY, b. 13 Apr 1938, Trion, Chattooga, Ga.
246. iv. JIMMIE LEE RIDLEY, b. 08 Dec 1941, Austell, Cobb, Ga.


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