|8. ||John "R" Ridenour was born 1745, Maryland (son of Henry Reitenauer and Anna Catherina Fuhrer); died Abt 1827, Tennessee. |
John Ridenour served in the Revolution. As a young man he left his Hagerstown, Maryland home and plunged into the wilderness. John Ridenour and his family moved to Berkeley County, Virginia in 1794 then to Tennessee before 1800.
He is found with his family in 1797 in Montgomery County, Virginia where, on 29 June, Caty (Noe) and John "Ridennour" gave consent for their son, Joseph "Ridenhour" to marry Mary Sharp. Mary's father, John Sharp, consented to the marriage and Peter Harmon, Martin Ritennour, William Sharp and George Sharp were witnesses and provided security.
Two months later, on 11 August 1797, John "Ritenour" consented to the marriage of his son, John "Ritennour," to Mary "Harloss." These names are spelled as they appear in the original records. Henry Harless and Mary Havin, parents of Mary, gave their consent to the marriage, while Peter Harmon and Thomas Smith were witnesses and provided security. Both John and Joseph Ridenauer were under age at the time of their marriages and thus parental consent was required.
John Ridenour Senior with his two sons, John Jr. and Martin, were pioneers at Grantsborough and followed the river traffic for more than forty years. Leading a life of a hunter and trapper he floated his furs to New Orleans. He roved through the middle west with the Indians, learning two or three Indian dialects. He knew many of the famous hunters of pioneer times.
There is a John Ridenour listed in the 1830 Anderson County, Tennessee census with 3 males 40-50, 1 male 30-40, 2 males 20-30, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 0-5, 1 female 70-80, 1 female 50-60, 1 female 15-20, and 1 female 0-5 years old.
Will of John Ridenour Probated 10 January 1828
In the Name of God Amen, I John Ridenour Senior of Campbell County and State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say, principally, first of all, I give and bequeath my body to earth to be buried in a Christian like manner and my soul to God, secondly I give and bequeath to my son John Ridenour a piece of land lying on Indian Creek below John Sharp's mill containing 20 acres. Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son Martin Ridenour my chestnut sorrel mare, and my cow and all my notes and accounts that I have in my hands now and all my tools and my trunk and one little wheel and one small oven and one check real, three pewter plates and one dish and one bed stead and I ordain my son Martin my executer of this my last will and testament, signed, sealed and pronounced by said John Ridenour as his last will and testament in the presence of us.
George Sharp His
Her John R Ridenour Mar Her
Nancy X Scaggs Mark
State Of Tennessee, Campbell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
10 January 1828
"One-From-Two letter", 31 July 1992, Melvin Otho Ridenour p 2.
"One-From-Two", 20 January 1991, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 28, 39, 45, 54, 76.
"Ancestors Are Forever letter", 5 October 1992, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 2.
"Ancestors Are Forever", 17 September 1991, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 386.
Melvin Otho Ridenour Letter, 21 Jan 1995, p 2.
"The Noe/Noey/Noah Family", Elizabeth (Noah) Yost, August 1993, p 15.
John married Catherine "Caty" Noe 1770/1779, , Maryland. Catherine (daughter of Peter Noe and Hannah) was born Abt 1746, Orange County, North Carolina; died Aft 1782. [Group Sheet]