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Descendants of Dennis Levi SMITH

Journal by CathieRR

Descendants of Dennis Levi Smith
prepared especially for Cathie Ridenour Rockwood by her 5th cousin

Generation No. 1
1. DENNIS LEVI1 SMITH was born Abt. 1783 in Washington, DC, and died Bet. Sep - Oct 1833 in Delhi, Greene {became Jersey} Co, IL. He married MARY ANN "NANCY" SHAW Abt. 1803 in near Washington, DC or Baltimore, Baltimore Co, MD. She was born 29 Feb 1788 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co, MD, and died 29 Dec 1872 in Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL, buried in Bunker Hill Cem, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL. Dennis's father's name was possibly Levi Smith; Dennis was b. in the Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area; died Sep or Oct 1833 in Greene Co, IL of epizootic (cholera); farmer, master Carpenter and cabinetmaker. During the War of 1812 they were living near Washington, DC.

Dennis took his wife and family to his father-in-law's in Baltimore and returned to help defend the capitol city. He helped rebuild the Capitol Building after the British burned it in August of 1814. {Family tradition} Military Archives does not credit him with service. Abt 1816 they moved to Ohio. In 1820 and 1830 census they are in Wayne Twp, Scioto Co, OH. Living nearby was David Smith (probably a brother) in Union Twp, Scioto Co, OH.

In February or March of 1833 Dennis removed by keelboat to St Louis, MO, then north through Alton to Delhi, Jersey Co, IL, probably tagging along with their married children and their families. Their son Levi was already there. The DeLongs, Weddings and Crulls also moved with them. Maybe had a son Thomas who was born and died in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL - the youngest child, and another son Dennis who assisted Elizabeth Callaway with her family when her husband George was out preaching abolition - from Katherine (Smith) Agee's records.

Dennis Smith and his father-in-law, Mr. Shaw, were drafted to help repair the White House after the British burned it in 1812. I do not know what Shaw's given name was. This story was told by Sarah Ellen Callaway VanCleve. When asked if she knew Nancy Ann's father's name she said Dennis, but not sure she understood the question.

Proof of military service for Dennis Smith: Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 National Archives and Records Administration. War of 1812 Service Records, Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812, Roll M602, 192 roll. Washington, DC, Name: Dennis Snith, Company: 2 Regt (Brent's) District of Columbia Militia. Rank - Induction: Pvt; Rank - Discharge: Pvt. Dennis was prob buried in Bunker Hill Cem, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL

Someone paid for a new tombstone for Nancy in 2010; claimed her birth was 20 Feb 1787. Nancy married 2nd Joseph Piggott 24 Aug 1834 in Carrollton, Greene Co, IL; yet her obit is about Nancy Smith. Joseph died before 1860. Nancy was a seamstress; her father was a retired sailor. Family tradition claims Nancy attended George Washington's funeral in 1799 and placed flowers on his grave. She died at her daughter Elizabeth's home at age 85 years 10 months 0 days; could not read or write. Bunker Hill Cemetery reading says she died 30 Dec 1877, aged 90 years - buried as Nancy Smith, not Piggott.

In the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses Nancy is listed as Nancy Smith living with her eldest daughter, Elizabeth Callaway. Nancy's father poss named Dennis Shaw. Obit from Bunker Hill Gazette dated 02 Jan 1873, p. 3: "Died. On Saturday last, Mrs. Mary [Nancy] A. Smith, mother-in-law of Mr. George Callaway, aged 96 years. The funeral services took place at Corrington Chapel, Rev. J. W. Lane officiating, and the remains of the deceased were interred in the cemetery at this place. The deceased was born during the process of the revolutionary war, one year after the declaration of independence, in the District of Columbia. She was a wife and mother when she attended the funeral of President Washington in 1799; and she was living in Washington when that city was occupied by the Redcoats, and the government building burned. Her memory of the olden timed remained until within a few months of her death; and she would relate many interesting incidents connected with the history of her county, from her own recollection."

Children of DENNIS SMITH and MARY SHAW are:
i. ROBERT LEVI2 SMITH SR., b. 30 Apr 1804 in Washington, DC, Columbia, Howard Co, MD or Alexandria, Alexandria City Co, VA; d. 13 Sep 1858, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. (1) MARGARET ANN "ANN" CARROLL, 21 Jun 1827, Scioto Co, OH; b. 1804, OH; d. 1836; m. (2) MARTHA MATILDA WEDDING, 22 Aug 1835, St Charles, St Charles Co, MO; b. 1815, St Charles Co, MO; d. 24 Dec 1839, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. (3) MARIA A. FOLSOM, Abt. 1844, Greene Co, IL; b. Abt. 1820, OH; d. 11 Sep 1875, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Robert was a farmer. Ann left her husband and young son. Robert and Margaret were married by John Noel, JP. Robert and Martha were married by Archibald McLusky, JP in a double wedding with James A. Piggott and Luceriel McCowall.
ii. WILLIAM HENRY "HENRY" SMITH, b. 1806, Columbia, Howard Co, MD or the Washington, DC area; d. 07 Mar 1870, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; m. MARY MARIAH CARROLL, 28 Feb 1828, Scioto Co, OH; b. 1810, DC; d. 23 Dec 1878, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. William and Mary were married by John Noel, JP.
iii. LEVI JOSIAH SMITH SR., b. 23 Nov 1808, Alexandria, Alexandria City Co, VA; d. 23 Dec 1863, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Fuller Twitchell Cem, Batchtown, Calhoun Co, IL; m. MARY ELVIRA DELONG, 09 Feb 1829, Scioto Co, OH; b. 23 Nov 1811, NY; d. 20 Aug 1885, Calhoun Co, IL, buried in Hardin Cem, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL. Smith siblings married DeLong siblings. Levi was a 2nd generation carpenter; probably learned from his father; also worked in the lumber trade and was a farmer. Article from a Jersey County IL history c. bef 1896, p. 671: "Levi Smith was a son of Dennis Smith and Nancy Ann Shaw. He was born on November 23, 1808 in New York State. He is a brother to Mary Ann (Smith) DeLong.

In fact, Dennis and Mary[sic - Nancy] Ann (Shaw) Smith were parents of Robert, William Henry, Levi, James, Wesley, Eleanor, Elizabeth Ann and Mary Ann Smith. Levi Smith married Mary Elvira DeLong February 9, 1829 in Scioto, Ohio. She was born in New York, and a grand niece of DeWitt Clinton, the first Governor of New York State. He learned the carpenter trade and continued the trade until he moved to Illinois. He first came to Alton before it was a village, and the country around was very primitive, very heavy timber. He lived there one year, engaged in the lumber business. From there he moved to Jersey County where he was one of the pioneers. He bought a tract of land near Delhi, where he lived until 1853, then he moved to Calhoun Co.

In 1863 he moved to Jerseyville and died there in the fall of the same year. Levi Smith and Mary E. (DeLong) Smith were parents of twelve children, ten of whom grew to maturity: Sarah, William, George, Sarah, Harriette, David, Samuel, Nancy, Jersey, Catherine, Amanda, and Levi. Sarah (1) and David died young. First Sarah died young so they named another child Sarah. Levi J. Smith, son of Levi and Mary E. (DeLong) Smith, their last child, was born in Richwoods Precinct, Calhoun Co., on October 16, 1855. He married Miss Matilda Wiegand, the daughter of Henry and Martha Wiegand in 1877. They were blessed with two children, Della and Nancy.

Levi J. Smith learned the carpenter's trade at the age of 13. His farm contained 205 acres near Richwoods precinct." Mary married 2nd in the 1880's; buried as Mary Smith. Her parents may have been John DeLong and Mary Porter; or Simon DeLong of NY and Catherine Hammett; purported to be the grandniece of the 1st Gov. of NY - DeWitt Clinton. In 1880 census she was living as a boarder with Bart & Katrina Pillican. Levi and Mary were married by A. D. or G. Fose, MG

Levi and Mary
iv. JAMES SMITH, b. Abt. 1810, Washington, DC area; d. Abt. 1833, Greene Co, IL.
v. WESLEY SMITH, b. 1812, MD or DC; d. 1820, Scioto Co, OH. Wesley died in an accident.
vi. ELEANOR ANN SMITH, b. 18 Aug 1815, Scioto Co, OH; d. 1838, Portsmouth, Scioto Co, OH; m. THOMAS JEFFERSON "JEFFERSON" CRULL, 25 Sep 1834, Greene Co, IL; b. 31 Jan 1812, Monongalia Co, WV; d. 31 Mar 1887, Calhoun Co, IL, buried in Fuller Twitchell Cem, Batchtown, Calhoun Co, IL. Jefferson married 2nd Louisa Noel on 28 Mar 1839 in Scioto Co, OH. Louisa was the mother of 1 daughter, Julia Waddle, from an earlier marriage. Jefferson and Louisa moved to Jersey Co, IL and were the parents of Louisa Crull and Thomas Jefferson Crull, Jr. Louisa died about 1851. Jefferson m. 3rd Mary Ann (nee Squier) Twichell on 22 Dec 1852 in Calhoun Co, IL. She was the mother of a Elvira Candace Twichell and Harrison Twichell from her marriage to Joseph Twichell. Jefferson and Mary were the parents of Laura Ann Crull and Mary Matilda Crull. Jefferson worked as a carpenter, deputy sheriff, judge and farmer.
vii. ELIZABETH ANN "LIZZIE" SMITH, b. 02 Feb 1820, Portsmouth, Scioto Co, OH; d. 24 Oct 1903, Gillespie, Macoupin Co, IL, buried 26 Oct 1903, Bunker Hill Cem, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON CALLAWAY, 20 Apr 1838, Greene Co, IL; b. 04 Oct 1810, Peterstown, Monroe Co, VA {became WV}; d. 07 Feb 1893, Gillespie Twp, Macoupin Co, IL, buried in Bunker Hill Cem, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL.

Elizabeth was born at home; died aged 83 years 8 months 22 days at her dau Anna's home of senility and dyspepsia (calculates to b. Jan 2, 1820) Obituary possibly from the Carlinville Democrat or a religious publication - copied from article saved in William VanCleve's Bible in 1972 (owned by Gilbert VanCleve of Olney, IL in 2006): "Mrs. Elizabeth Callaway, widow of Rev. George Washington Callaway (local preacher) - She died at the home of her daughter Mrs. A. M. Burdsal in Gillespie, Illinois October 24, 1903. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Scioto County Feb. 2, 1820. She moved with her parents to Jersey Co., Illinois in 1933.

In 1838 she was united in marriage to G. W. Callaway who died in 1893. She was converted at the age of 13 and at the age of 14 united with the United Methodist Episcopal Church. Her parents lived near the old Gillum Camp Ground. It was there that she became acquainted with Peter Cartwright, Peter Akers and many other early preachers of Illinois. Her husband built a house near Delhi where preaching services were held and a church organized. It was at this time that Norman Allen - then a young minister conducted a revival of religion in which about 70 persons were converted. Sister Callaway removed from this place to Macoupin Co., Illinois in 1851.

Again their home was opened for preaching until a schoolhouse was built. J. A. Scarritt, one of the charter members of the southern Illinois Conference, preached some of his first services in his house. This was the origin of Corrington Chapel Society, one of the best country churches. Sister Callaway was the mother of 14 children, six of whom survive her. Among that number is the widow of Rev. William VanCleve and she is the mother of J. W. VanCleve, D. D. and the Rev. Samuel VanCleve, both of the Illinois conference. She was a woman of great piety, well informed and knew her Bible and hymnbook well. Her mind was clear to the last and she often said, "I am only waiting for the Lord to call me." Her prayer just before she died was "Now I lay me down to sleep." - E. Barnes Funeral service at Hilyard Twp, N of Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co, IL.

In 1900 she was living with her son George. Elizabeth's marriage permit signed April 18, 1838, permission was given by her brother Levi. George m. 1st Keziah Ray on 21 or 26 Jun 1828. George was an abolitionist and farmer-turned-Methodist minister in IL and MO (and maybe KS) helped run an underground railroad for escaping slaves; came to Jersey Co, IL (then part of Greene Co) in 1837, and in 1852 they moved to Macoupin Co, IL; married by Aaron Cox, JP.

Obit from Bunker Hill [IL] Gazette, February 8, 1893, pg. 5: "Deaths. George W. Callaway died yesterday, aged 82 years and four months. He was born in Virginia; when about 22 years of age he came to Edgar county in this state; for two years he lived in Jersey county; about 1852 he went on the farm which was his home until his death. He was left a widower in his early manhood; four children were born of that marriage are dead. The wife who survives him bore him thirteen children, of whom four sons and four daughters are living. He was a Methodist for early life, and was long ago licensed as a local preacher. He was universally respected as a man and neighbor. The funeral has not been arranged for."

Obit found in William VanCleve's Bible (in 1972 the Bible was owned by Gilbert VanCleve of Olney, IL): "George W. Callaway was born near Guyandot, VA. Oct. 4, 1810. He was married in 1829 to Keziah Ray. He removed with his family to Edgar County, Illinois in 1832. From this place he started in 1837 to Missouri, but got no further than Jersey Co, Illinois where his wife and three children died.

On April 29, 1838 he was married to Elizabeth Ann Smith who survives him. During his stay in Edgar County he was converted under the labors of Rev. P. N. Maurer (?) and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. About the year 1848 he received license as a local preacher. In 1850 he removed from Jersey County [IL] to Macoupin County [IL]. He was ordained as a local deacon at Belleville, Illinois in 1864 by Bishop Janes.

In 1884 he went with his family to Redfield [Bourbon Co], Kansas where he lived five years returning at the end of that time to Macoupin County [IL]. He died at the residence of his son, James L. Callaway on February 7, 1893, aged 82 years 4 months and 3 days. He leaves to mourn him the companion of more than 50 years of wedded life together with the four sons and three daughters. The funeral services were held at the M E Church yesterday at 2 PM, Rev. G.W. Scanthon officiating." In 1850 census George was a farmer.

His mother-in-law, Nancy Ann Shaw Smith, aged 60 (born MD), was living with them. In 1850 so was Jacob Compton, aged 22, a farmer from OH. In 1860 census (Macoupin Co, IL) he was a farmer; his mother-in-law Nancy [age 73] was still with them. So were farmers: John Reathford, age 19 from Scotland; Thomas Clark, aged 24 from VA; Alexander Wood, aged 19 from OH.

Article found in Gilbert Theodore "Gig" VanCleve's Bible: "Local Preachers - License certifies that George W. Calaway[sic] - examination covering his gifts, grace and usefullness and is suitable for a local preacher of this Methodist Church. License is renewed for Gillespie Circuit in the Alton District June 18, 1864. - J. A. Scarrett." Keziah died 2 weeks after the birth of her 5th daughter. Keziah was possibly the daughter of Benjamin Ray; 4 of her 5 daughters died of Cholera. George and Keziah applied for a marriage license in Cabell Co, WV - Book 1 page 42; record of 1st marriage found in Cabell Co, WV Book 1, page 37 - minister Stephen Spurlock. George and Elizabeth were married by Aaron Cox, JP; their marriage license was printed on green paper. They are my direct ancestors - MVGiera.

4-generation photo clockwise from rt:
Elizabeth Smith Callaway, Maria VanCleve Hume,
Sarah Callaway VanCleve, Charlotte Grace Hume

Lizzie
2. viii. MARY ANN SMITH (see below)
ix. DENNIS or HOWARD SMITH, b. Abt. 1824; d. 1833, Delhi, Greene {became Jersey} Co, IL.
x. THOMAS SMITH, b. Abt. 1826; d. Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL.

Generation No. 2
2. MARY ANN2 SMITH (DENNIS LEVI1) was born 01 Nov 1822 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co, OH, and died 27 Jun 1904 in Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. She was married (1) by Aaron Cox, JP to LUTHER B. DELONG 23 Nov 1838 in Greene {became Jersey} Co, IL, son of SIMON DELONG and CATHERINE MOORE. He was born 20 Nov 1817 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co, OH, and died 20 May 1850 in Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. She married (2) ISOM MATHEWS 24 Apr 1851 in Jersey Co, IL, son of MARK MATHEWS. He was born 28 Jul 1825 in Boone Co, MO, and died 19 Oct 1891 in Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Mary Ann was barely 15 when she married. Delong siblings married Smith siblings. His mother was poss Mary Potter. Luther built a cabin 5 miles south of Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL in 1835; carpenter in winters - farmer in season; died of consumption.

Article from The History of Rosedale Township, gleaned from the 1994 Spring Prairie Schooner, published by Jersey Co, IL Historical Society: "Isom Mathews was born in Boone County, Mo., July 28, 1825. When he was five years of age his father removed to Calhoun Co., IL, where the subject of this sketch resided until 1837. Since that time he has been, a portion of the time, a resident of Rosedale Twp., Jersey Co. He owned 365 acres of land in Calhoun Co., which he sold in 1861, at which date he owned 80 acres here.

In early life he ran upon the river nine years, first as a cabin boy, on board a steamboat, and afterwards as cook. In 1851 about a year after he left the river, he was married to Mary Ann Smith, who was born Nov. 1, 1822. Mr. Matthews' farm is in a high state of cultivation. He is the owner of the oldest ferry on the Illinois River, known as Jones' Ferry, which is in the best running condition of any ferry on that river. He owns, also, a large warehouse, 22 x 42 feet in dimensions, and two stories high, the upper story being used for a granary, and having a capacity for 7,000 bushels of wheat. Mr. Matthews was for a number of years, a member of the board of supervisors, and has been school director one year." Isom and Mary Ann were m. by John L. Johnson, JP.

Children of MARY SMITH and LUTHER DELONG are:
i. MARY MATILDA3 DELONG, b. 11 Jun 1841, Jersey Co, IL; d. 01 Mar 1916, Columbia Falls, Flathead Co, MT, buried in Woodlawn Cem, Columbia Falls, Flathead Co, MT; m. WILLIAM LEE ARNETT, 12 Apr 1857, Calhoun Co, IL; b. 17 Aug 1835, Des Moines, Polk Co, IA; d. 21 Nov 1910, Columbia Falls, Flathead Co, MT, buried in Woodlawn Cem, Columbia Falls, Flathead Co, MT. William served with distinction from IA during the Civil War; enlisted as a Private on 23 Feb 1864 at the age of 28 in Company M, 3rd IA Cavalry Regiment; mustered out Company M, 3rd IA Cavalry Regiment on 09 August 1865 in Atlanta, GA.

Obit from The Kalispell Bee (MT) dated 25 Nov 1910: "William Lee Arnett, an old-time resident of the valley who has lived for many years near Columbia Falls, died Monday morning from the infirmities of old age, at the age of 75. Deceased leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter, both sons living in this county, one at Columbia Falls and the other on a ranch in the national park, and the daughter in Pullman, Wash. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the family residence, and the remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery."
ii. ANNA BELLE "ANN" DELONG, b. Apr 1842, OH; d. Bet. 1930 - 1940, Custer Co, SD; m. (1) CALVIN LESTER NEWELL, 05 Jul 1863, Macoupin Co, IL [Source: Macoupin Co, IL Marriage Records, Book 5 page 10, 4319]; b. 14 Sep 1836, Calhoun Co, IL; d. 11 Nov 1919, Spokane Co, WA; m. (2) WILLIAM DUKE, 11 Nov 1873, Jersey Co, IL; b. 09 Nov 1833, Jersey Co, IL; m. (3) HENRY RICHARDSON, 20 Jul 1874, Jersey Co, IL [Source: Jersey Co, IL Marriage Book A p. 165]; b. Mar 1838, TN; m. (4) ISAAC DOWNING, Abt. 1904, Custer Co, SD; b. 1853, Hancock Co, OH; d. 07 Dec 1930, Yankton Co, SD. Ann's father b. in MD, mother in NY. Ann married 1st Calvin Newell, 2nd married and divorced William Duke, 3rd Henry Richardson, 4th she remarried William Duke and 5th Mr. Downing.

In 1870 her half-sister Laura Mathews was living with them. By 1900 (census) 3 of her 5 children were living. Calvin was a house carpenter, farmer; Calvin must have divorced Ann and kept the children. Calvin married 2nd Mary C. Myers on 06 Nov 1873. Mary was living with him in Jersey Co, IL (Nora was not.); in 1870 but not 1880) they raised Ella Rowden (b. abt 1869-70 in Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL, d/o John Rowden & Emma Varble) and Blanche Minnie Callaway after her father Daniel Blodgett Callaway died. William was a farmer. He m. 1st Mary Bethel in 1861; had 2 children. William and Mary divorced c1874, and each remarried in 1874.

In 1880 Henry and Ann were living in Unorganized territory that became NE; by 1900 they were in Custer Co, SD. His father was b. in Scotland; mother in TN. Isaac was a farmer. He lived in Morris Co, KS, 1865 - 1880; was a miner in 1880. In 1930 he and his wife Anna listed with Tweed Barker in Custer, Custer Co, SD but their daughter Vesta Richardson Barker wasn't listed with them on the census.
iii. LUTHER ALLEN DELONG, b. 26 Feb 1844, Coon Creek, Jersey Co, IL; d. 11 May 1905, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL, buried in Hardin Cem, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL; m. MARY ANN EARLY, 23 Jan 1866, Calhoun Co, IL [Source: Calhoun Co, IL Marriages Book 2 p. 190]; b. 12 Dec 1847, Hawk Point, Lincoln Co, MO; d. 24 Nov 1928, Calhoun Co, IL, buried in Hardin Cem, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL. Luther served during the civil war in Company G - 42nd Illinois Infantry as a private - winter after enlisting he was captured and remained in Andersonville (GA) prison until the end of the war; mustered out at Springfield, IL June 30, 1865; farmer. Article from Calhoun, Ill, News dated 21 Sep 1859 by Larry Underwood: "Luther Allen Delong, and the Civil War - Luther Allen Delong, who farmed in Gilead Precinct in later years, was born Feb. 26, 1846 on Coon Creek, south of Fieldon in Jersey Co. He came to Calhoun Co. about 1862, looking for farm work. On Oct 10, 1864 Delong enlisted in Co G, 42d Ill. Inf. One source claims 'He fought in several battles and displayed excellent soldierly qualities, being always brave, cool and collected in time of danger'.

Delong was captured in Dec. 1864, was sent to the prison at Andersonville, Ga, and spent the remainder of the war living there amid the horrors of the war's most dreadful prison camp. When the war ended, Delong was released from Andersonville and came to Springfield, Ill. where he was mustered out of the service on June 30, 1865. On Jan. 23, 1866 he md., Mary Early. He belonged to the Hardin GAR Post, Calhoun Post No. 44B. Delong died on May 11, 1905, and is buried in Hardin City cem." Article from "Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois" c. 1891; pages 628-631): "Luther Allen DeLong, a veteran of the late war, is associated with the agricultural interests of Calhoun County, owning and occupying a good farm on section 16, in the northwestern part of Gilead Precinct. He was born on Coon Creek, five miles south of Fielden, Jersey County, Ill., on the 26th of February, 1846.

His father, Luther B. Delong, was a native of Ohio, and his birthplace was near Portsmouth. He was a son of John Delong, who was either born in France or in this country, of French parentage. He was a pioneer farmer of Ohio but finally came to Illinois and located near Peoria where he died. The father of our subject was reared and married in Ohio and there learned the trade of a house carpenter. He came to Illinois about 1840 with teams, and settled in Jersey County, where he established himself at his trade. He bought a tract of Government land, and on it erected a log house in which our subject was born. He continued to work at carpentering in the winter and engaged in farming the rest of the year, making his home there the remainder of his life. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Ann Smith, and she was also born near Portsmouth, Ohio, and is still living on the home farm in Jersey County.

Luther Delong was reared and educated in his native county, and lived with his parents until he was sixteen years of age. He then started out in life for himself, and coming to Calhoun County was employed on a farm until October 10, 1864. That was the date of his enlistment in the army, when he became a member of Company G, Forty-second Illinois Infantry. He fought in several battles and displayed excellent soldierly qualities, being always brave, cool and collected in time of danger. In the month of December following his entrance into the army, he was unfortunately taken prisoner and during the remainder of the war suffered all the horrors of life at Andersonville. After the close of hostilities he was released from that prison, and was mustered out at Springfield, June 30, 1865. After his experience of life on Southern battlefields and in a rebel prison, our subject returned to this county, and gladly took up his old pursuit. He was engaged as a farmer on rented land some seventeen years, until he bought his present farm in 1880. It is under admirable tillage and he has greatly increased its value since it came in his possession by the many improvements he has placed upon it, making it one of the most desirable farms in the neighborhood. A view of the fine homestead is presented on another page.

Mr. Delong and Miss Mary Early, were married January 23, 1866. Mrs. Delong was a native of Lincoln County, Mo., and a daughter of John Early, who was born and reared in the State of Virginia. He went to Missouri in the early days of the settlement of Lincoln County, and there bought a tract of land near Troy, on which he resided until his death. His [John Early's] wife survives him and makes her home with her children in this county. In her maiden days she was Mary Holcomb, and she is a native of Kentucky.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Delong has been blessed to them by the following children: James H., William A., Winnie E. and Carl Logan.

Mrs. Delong is a sincere Christian and an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Delong is a true Republican in his political views. His war record is commemorated by his connection with Calhoun Post, No. 448, G. A. R., of which he was a charter member, and he is Commander of the post. He is also identified with the A. F. & A. M., belonging to Calhoun Lodge, No. 792. He is an intelligent, upright man, and is highly regarded by the entire community."
iv. WILLIAM HENRY DELONG, b. 05 Feb 1846, Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL; d. 09 Mar 1944, Roodhouse, Greene Co, IL, buried 12 Mar 1944, Fernwood Cem, Roodhouse, Greene Co, IL; m. (1) MARY D. or E. GARDINER, 22 Sep 1869, Greene Co, IL [Source: Greene Co, IL Marriage records Book E page 264]; d. Jun 1870, Greene Co, IL; m. (2) MARY ALICE "ALICE" WATSON, 02 Apr 1879, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL [Source: Calhoun Co, IL Marriages Book 3 p. 136]; b. 15 Apr 1860, Calhoun Co, IL; d. 29 Nov 1949, Roodhouse, Greene Co, IL, buried in Fernwood Cem, Roodhouse, Greene Co, IL. On July 30, 1870 census was taken for Jersey Co, IL - William was living with Harvey & Orphelia C. Cutter. In 1900 he was a teamster; in 1910 he was a laborer; in 1920 was a sexton in a cemetery - Greene Co, IL. Some records claim be was b. in 1843 (he was a different age every census - not just by 10 years each time); if he was b. in 1843, he died at age 101.
v. DENNIS S. DELONG, b. 20 Dec 1849, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 13 Mar 1851, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL.
Children of MARY SMITH and ISOM MATHEWS are:
vi. LAURA JANE3 MATHEWS, b. 20 Jan 1852, Coon Creek, Jersey Co, IL; d. 21 Jan 1909, Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL, buried 23 Jan 1909, Fieldon Cem, Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL; m. CHARLES EDWARD "CHARLIE" SCHAAF SR., 14 Mar 1873, Jersey Co, IL [Source: Jersey Co, IL Marriage Book A p. 182]; b. Abt. 1850, Jersey Co, IL; d. 26 Jul 1923, Richwood Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Fieldon Cem, Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL. In 1870 Laura could neither read nor write and was living with Calvin Lester Newell and his wife Anna Delong Newell, Laura's half-sister. From 1880 at least they raised Ella Rowden, b. abt 1869-70 in Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL, d/o John Rowden & Emma Varble; farmer; his mother b. in Prussia; Charlie could not read or write.
vii. GEORGE WASHINGTON MATTHEWS, b. 19 Nov 1853, Coon Creek, Jersey Co, IL; d. 26 Jul 1932, Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried 28 Jul 1932, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. (1) ELIZABETH MAUDE MAUK, 27 Aug 1879, Jersey Co, IL; b. Abt. 1859, OH; d. Abt. 1881, Jersey Co, IL; m. (2) MARY ELIDA "LYDA" MAUK, 28 Dec 1881, Jersey Co, IL; b. 26 Sep 1858, IL; d. Bef. 1900. George married Mauk sisters. By 1910 he was divorced from Lyda. George was a farmer and a ferryman. Obit from Jersey County News dated 4 Aug 1932: "The funeral of G. W. Matthews was held at the Rosedale M. E. church last Thursday at 2:30 p.m. A large crowd attended. Rev. Reuben Russell of Fieldon conducted the service. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery."
viii. NANCY E. MATHEWS, b. 26 Sep 1858, Coon Creek, Jersey Co, IL; d. 01 Feb 1889, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. CHARLES MILLER, 02 Nov 1876, Jersey Co, IL; b. 03 Oct 1850, IL; d. 17 Feb 1922, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL, buried Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. One researcher claimed her name was Mary, not Nancy. Charles was a farmer. Charles and 2nd wife Henrietta Schlansker had 2 children - both died before 1900. Charles and Henrietta married on 21 Jan 1890 in Jersey Co, IL. Henrietta was b. in Dec 1852.
ix. THOMAS LEVI "HOOK" MATHEWS, b. 02 Feb 1861, Coon Creek, Jersey Co, IL; d. 22 Jul 1938, Hardin, Calhoun Co, IL, buried in Carrico Plummer Cem, Gilead, Calhoun Co, IL; m. SOPHIA E. or I. "SOPHIE" KRAUT, 20 May 1883, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; b. 10 Feb 1866, East St Louis, St Clair Co, IL; d. 04 Feb 1942, Alton, Madison Co, IL, buried 06 Feb 1942, Carrico Plummer Cem, Gilead, Calhoun Co, IL. They had no issue. His tombstone says Levi Mathews.

Obit: "Levi Matthews Dies - Hardin [IL] - Levi (Hook) Mathews, 77, died suddenly at the home of Charles Kraut, with whom he and his wife made their home, three miles southwest of Hardin, about noon Friday. Mathews had just returned from gathering blackberries about the Kraut farm and sat down on the front porch of the home to rest. When he was called for the noonday meal, it was discovered that he had died. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sophie Mathews, and a number of relatives. For a number of years he conducted the Gilead Club on the Mississippi river west of Hardin, and later carried on a hotel business here. He was well-known in St. Louis and Central IL, occasioned by the management of the club grounds and hotel. For the last few years he and his wife have lived in retirement at the home of Mrs. Mathews' borther, Charles Kraut." Sophie worked as a housekeeper for a clubhouse. Sophia passed away 6 days before her 76th birthday. She was survived by 1 sister, Martha Kress of St. Louis, MO; and 4 brothers, John, Charlie, William and Herman Kraut, all of Calhoun Co, IL.

Obit from a Calhoun County [IL] newspaper: "Mrs. Sophia Mathews Dies In Alton Hospital - Mrs. Sophia Mathews of Batchtown died at St. Joseph's Hospital on Wednesday, February 4, 1942, after a short illness. Mrs. Mathews was born February 10, 1866 at East St. Louis. Mrs. Mathews, the former Sophia Kraut, was married to Thomas L. Mathews in Jersey County on May 20, 1883, who preceded his wife in death in 1938. There were no children. Surviving Mrs. Mathews are five brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews." Bio: "The oldest child of John Kraut and Mariah Dallas Pate, Sophia married Thomas Levi Mathews on 20 May 1883 in Rosedale, Jersey County, Illinois. The couple did not have any children. Sophia passed away 6 days before her 76th birthday. She was survived by 1 sister, Martha Kress of St. Louis, Missouri; and 4 brothers, John, Charlie, William and Herman Kraut, all of Calhoun County, Illinois. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas. He died in 1938. Funeral services were conducted on 06 Feb 1942 at the Hanks Funeral Home. They were officiated by the pastor of the Hamburg Methodist Church."
3. x. ALICE ELVIRA MATHEWS (see below)
xi. CATHERINE "KATIE" MATHEWS, b. 22 Dec 1866, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 20 Sep 1934, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried 23 Sep 1934, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. DANIEL BOONE "BOONE" GRETHER, 15 Apr 1883, Jersey Co, IL [Source: Jersey Co, IL Marriage Book 2 p. 799]; b. 13 Feb 1861, New Haven, Franklin Co, MO; d. 24 Aug 1941, Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried in 27 Aug 1941, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Katie died in the malaria epidemic in Sep 1934 at home; contributiong factor - ulcer colitis. Article from Daily Democrat dated 15 Aug 1906: "Mrs. D. B. Grether injured in a runaway." Article from Jerseyville Republican dated 24 Sep 1925: "Mrs. Kate Grether is able to be out again after a week's illness."

Obit: "Jersey County News {1934}: "Rites Held Sunday for Mrs. D. B. Grether - Funeral rites were held from the Rosedale church Sunday morning, Sep 23, at eleven o'clock for Mrs. Catherine Grether, 67, wife of D. B. Grether, whose death occurred Thursday morning, Sep 20, at nine o'clock at her home in Rosedale following a several weeks' illness. Rev. L. L. Hampton of Jerseyville officiated at the services and interment was in the Rosedale Cemetery. Mrs. Grether was the daughter of the late Isham and Mary Ann DeLong Mathews and was born in Rosedale on Dec. 22, 1866. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Lester Grether of Chicago; five daughters, Mrs. {Tessie} Elmer Holden of Jerseyville, Mrs. {Anna} Curtis Henry of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. {Nettie} Eugene Schaaf of San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. {Vesta} Warren Widaman of Alton and Mrs. {Effie} Dean Cox of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Robert Ridenour of Rosedale and one brother, Levi Mathews of Calhoun County. Boone shot himself with a shotgun because he was told he had cancer. When he died the house and land were to go to his grandson Robert. Robert's wife Eva wouldn't live there because she said she could see his ghost. He was a head feeder (ran a threshing machine); apple farmer.

Article from Alton Evening Telegraph dated 12 Mar 1940: "Jersey County Man Known for His Duck-Callers - Hand-Made Product Is in Great Demand by Hunters - Jerseyville [IL] - Jersey County has an industry which has attracted little attention except from a select group. The industry consists of the manufacture of duck callers, and the sole owner of the industry is Daniel Boone Grether of Rosedale. In the fall of the year when the mallards come winging their way from the north, orders for duck callers made by Grether come from sportsmen in the vicinity of Chicago and other cities where the fame of the Grether duck-caller has spread. The Rosedale resident finds little time to do as much duck-hunting as he would like to on account of filling orders. Grether has a technique of his own in making and tuning up the callers. The basis is a brass shot gun shell plus the necessary equipment added and tuned as Grether alone knows how to do. A relative of Grether reported Saturday afternoon that the old duck-hunter gets as much as seven dollars and a half each for the duck-callers. Grether celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday anniversary February 13. He was born in Franklin County, Mo., but came to the Rosedale vicinity with his father’s family in 1881. Since that year, Grether has never missed killing his share of wild ducks and other water fowl, and he had a successful duck hunting season last fall. He shot his first deer in Franklin County, MO, when he was a boy of 11 years. He was riding a horse through a timber of blackjacks and shot the deer from his horse. He was too small to load the carcass and had to go for help to bring back the venison."

Article from Alton Telegraph dated 22 Jan 1941: "Whistling Swans Extinct - Jerseyville [IL] - The whistling swan has disappeared from this part of the country, according to Daniel Boone Grether of the Rosedale vicinity. Grether had hunted ducks and other waterfowl for more than 50 years without missing a season, but in all that time he never shot one of the swans. 'I haven't seen one of them for a number of years,' Grether stated during a visit to Jerseyville. 'They must be about gone, like the wild pigeon and some of our other native birds. I never did shoot at one of the swans, they were too pretty a bird to kill.' "

Obit: "Aged Rosedale Resident Dies of Gun Wound - Daniel Boone Grether, Retired Farmer Ends Life Sunday Night - Funeral Wednesday - Daniel Boone Grether, eighty year old resident of Rosedale, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at nine-thirty o'clock Sunday night at his home. An inquest was conducted at the Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, Monday afternoon, by Coroner B. M. Brewster and a verdict of suicide was returned by the jury composed of Judge Fred W. Howell, Melvin Johnson, Edward Rohlfing, A. J. Dabbs, L. R. Thatcher, and S. E Stroud. It developed that the aged retired farmer had been in ill health for some time and Mrs. Cora Spangle was residing at the Grether home to care for him. Mrs. Spangle testified that after she had retired Sunday night she heard a shot gun report from the room occupied by Grether. When she went to investigate she found that he had used an automatic shotgun to inflict a wound in the heart region. Death was instantaneous. - Native of Missouri - Grether was born in New Haven, Missouri, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Grether, on February 18, 1861. At the time of his death he was aged eighty years, six months and eleven days. For many years he engaged in farming in the Rosedale vicinity. He is survived by one son, Lester, of Chicago; four daughters, Mrs. Ana Henry of Hammond, Indiana, Mrs. Dean Cox of Chicago, Mrs. Warren Widaman of Nutwood, Mrs. Elmer Holden of Jerseyville and Mrs. E. Schaaf of San Francisco, California; seventeen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. His wife and one son, Wm. Grether, died several years ago. Funeral services were held at the Rosedale church, Wednesday morning, August 27th, at ten o'clock. Reverand Dale Harmon officiated and interment was in the Rosedale Cemetery."

Obit poss from Alton Telegraph dated Tuesday, 26 Aug 1941: "Suicide Verdict in Death of Aged Jersey Resident - Daniel Boone Grether, 80, was widely known as hunter. - Jerseyville [IL] - Death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound was the verdith of the coroner's jury investigating the death of Daniel Boone Grether, aged Rosedale township resident, at an inquest held Monday afternoon by Coroner B. M. Brewster. Grether died almost instantly from the effects of a gunshot wound beneath the heart inflicted about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at his home in the Rosedale vicinity. Ill health was ascribed as the motive of his action. Grether was 80 years of age in February, and was known to many residents of Jersey and Madison counties. He was particularly fond of hunting and had never missed killing his quota of wild ducks every season from the time he came to IL in 1881. Grether was born in Franklin County, MO, and when 11 years of age shot his first wild deer. 'I can remember that first deer distinctly,' he often told local hunters. 'I was 11 years old at the time, and was riding through the backjack timber. I was wearing buckskin breeches and had a muzzle-loading rifle. I caught sight of a deer a long way from me and drew a bead on him. I shot that first deer, but was too small to bring in the venison I had shot, so I had to go for help to bring in the meat.' When Grether first came to IL, wild ducks and other game were plentiful. He described the waterfowl as more numerous that sparrows and blackbirds are today. Grether was known to many sportsmen, and his abililty to make a certain superior type of duck caller brought him many orders from distant cities. The body was brought from Rosedale to the Gubser funeral home in Jerseyville, where funeral arrangements were incomplete late Monday afternoon. At the inquest Monday the jury conducting the investigation consisted of County Judge Fred W. Howell, foreman Edward Rohlfing, A. J. Dabbs, L. R. Thatcher, S. E. Strough, and Melvin Johnson. It was revealed that he had been depressed by ill health."

Generation No. 3
3. ALICE ELVIRA3 MATHEWS (ISOM2, MARK1) was born 21 Nov 1862 in Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, and died 20 Jun 1937 in Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. She married ROBERT SINGLETON "BOB" RIDENOUR 15 May 1881 in Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, son of FREDERICK RIDENOUR and DELILA CONNER. He was born 16 Feb 1860 in Carrollton, Greene Co, IL, and died 01 Dec 1951 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 04 Dec 1951, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Bob was a farmer; his mother was part Cherokee. Obit: "Ridenour. 01-12-1951. Robert Singleton Ridenour, 91, resident of Rosedale, died Saturday Dec. 1, at 10:10 pm at Mary's Nursing Home in Jerseyville. Mr. Ridenour was a son of the late Frederick & Delilah (Connors) Ridenour and was born in Greene Co. on Feb. 15, 1860. He had spent practically all his life in Jersey County where he engaged in farming. He is survived by 68 descendants including 3 dau: Mrs. Ollie Ontis of Alton, Mrs. David Armstrong of Everett, WA, and Mrs. Clarence Griesemeir of Grafton, and 2 sons: Dr. Leo Ridenour of Zion, IL, and Elmer Ridenour of Grafton. He also leaves 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at Rosedale Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4, at 2 pm with Rev. Harry M. Fish of Grafton officiating. Interment was in Rosedale cem."


Bob & Alice
Children of ALICE MATHEWS and ROBERT RIDENOUR are:
i. FREDERICK SINGLETON "FRED"4 RIDENOUR, b. 21 Aug 1881, Jersey Co, IL; d. 30 Dec 1914, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. NELLIE HACKETT, 29 Nov 1900, Snoqualmie, King Co, WA; b. Aug 1878, Freedom, Sauk Co, WI. In 1900 he worked as a day laborer in Fall City, King Co, WA; boarded with Leonard A. McMillan. In 1903 Fred and Nellie moved to SD. In 1910 he was a drayman (teamster with a wagon?) in Marshall Co, SD living with his sister Lula (age 23) (not Nellie and family). In 1900 Nellie was a housework servant with the Jacob & Rhoda Cooper family in Snoqualmie, King Co, WA. In 1910 Nellie and her children had left SD and were living with her mother and brother Fletcher in Pierce Co, WA.
ii. OLLIE RIDENOUR, b. 22 Jan 1883, Jersey Co, IL; d. 15 Oct 1974, Godfrey, Madison Co, IL, buried in Hartford Cem, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL; m. CHARLES "CHARLIE" "TAD" ONTIS {twin}, 17 Oct 1900, Jersey Co, IL [Source: Jersey Co, IL Marriage Book B p. 223]; b. 27 Sep 1881, Greene Co, IL; d. 24 Mar 1927, Alton, Madison Co, IL, buried in Hartford Cem, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL. Tad was a twin of Nancy who died as an infant. His nickname "Tad" was pronounced Todd. Charlie worked as a farmer in Jersey Co, IL and as a teamster doing general hauling. Obit from Alton Evening Telegraph dated Friday, 25 Mar 1927, p. 2: "East Alton Man Dies at Hospital - Charles Ontis of East Alton, aged 75, died last evening at 6 o'clock at St., Joseph's hospital. Mr Ontis was taken to the hospital February 14 for treatment. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later."
4. iii. LEO LEROY "LEE" RIDENOUR (see below)
iv. LULA ELVA "LULU" RIDENOUR, b. 07 May 1887, Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL; d. 16 Nov 1932, Rosedale Twp, Jersey Co, IL, buried 19 Nov 1932, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. (1) WILLIAM F. OVERMEYER, 14 Mar 1906, Jersey Co, IL, divorced; b. 08 Dec 1876, Jersey Co, IL; d. 11 Mar 1950, Madison Co, IL, buried in Fieldon Cem, Fieldon, Jersey Co, IL; m. (2) FRANK W. WARREN, 23 Jun 1915, Jersey Co, IL; b. 02 May 1862, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; d. 14 Aug 1923, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 17 Aug 1923, Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. In 1910 she lived with her brother Fred; worked as his housekeeper. In 1930 census she was widowed and lived with her parents. Incomplete obit from Alton Evening Telegraph dated 18 Nov 1932, p. 6: "Funeral services for Mrs. Lulu Warren, widow for Frank Warren, will be..." Obit: "Lulu E. Warren, 44, d/o Robert S. Ridenour b. Carrollton IL, & Alice E. Matthews b. Rosedale IL, was b. 07 May 1888 Rosedale Twp., IL, and died 15 Nov 1932 Rosedale, Jersey Co., IL. common house work. sp-Frank Warren. burial 19 Nov 1932 Rosedale Cem., Jersey Co., IL." Obit: "Mrs. Lulu E. Warren, widow of the late Frank Warren, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ridenour, near Rosedale Wednesday morning, November 16, at 12:45 a.m. She had been in ill health for some time. Mrs. Warren was born in Rosedale township, being the daughter of Robert S. and Alice E. Matthews Ridenour. Besides her parents, she is survived by one son, Curtis Warren of East Alton; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Ontis of Alton, Mrs. David Armstrong of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Clarence Gresmier of Rosedale, and two brothers, Lee Ridenour of Wisconsin and Elmer Ridenour of Otterville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete." William completed 7th grade; worked as a stationary engineer in 1915 in Des Moines Co, IA; was single. His father was b. in Germany; mother b. in OH. In 1940 he was divorced; the census was taken on a river show boat as that was where he was living; had no occupation; had a 5th grade education. In 1942 he was a farmer in Miranda, Faulk Co, SD; worked for William Byrne; was of medium height, stout with blue eyes and brown hair; person who would always know how to contact him was Minnie Johnson (sister) in Jerseyville, IL. Frank was a farmer (live stock); house salesman; parents b. in RI. He m. 1st May E. Barnett on 18 Jun 1902 Jersey Co, IL. By 1910 he was widowed.

Obit: "Frank W. Warren, 64, s/o Geo. E. Warren b. OH & Harriet S. Allen b. Bristol, RI, was b. 02 May 1859 Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL, and died 14 Aug 1923 Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL. stock dealer. wife-Lula Warren. burial 17 Aug 1923 Oak Grove."
v. MYRTLE LEOTA RIDENOUR, b. 21 Dec 1890, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 30 Dec 1961, Tacoma, Pierce Co, WA, buried in Evergreen Cem, Everett, Snohomish Co, WA; m. (1) DANIEL MARK MCCAFFERTY, 14 Apr 1908, divorced before 1913; b. 10 Feb 1888, Montgomery, Montgomery Co, MO; d. 16 Jan 1959; m. (2) DAVID HARRISON "DAVE" ARMSTRONG, Bef. 1923; b. 21 Oct 1888, Seattle, King Co, WA; d. 30 Oct 1955, Everett, Snohomish Co, WA, buried in Evergreen Cem, Everett, Snohomish Co, WA. Myrtle completed 2 years of high school; in 1940 worked as a hosiery saleslady. Daniel and Mytle's son Robert lived with Daniel's sister, Lucille Moxley. Daniel m. 2nd Frances Emma Alvis in 1913 in Madison Co, IL (b. in WV); had 5 children with her, 2 bef 1917. Children: James, Vincent, John, Ethelyn and Doris. In 1917 he lived in Kansas City, MO; worked as a janitor for the Ntl Biscuit Co was of medium height, slender with dark brown hair and eyes. In 1920 he was a washing machine assembler in Kansas City, MO. In 1930 he (no wife or children) lived with his brother-in-law Bower (and Lucille A. nee McCafferty) Moxley in St Ferdinand, St. Louis Co, MO; worked as a painter. Frances and children lived in Kansas City, MO; listed as married; she worked as a typist. In 1917 he was married; lived in Bellingham, WA; worked as a bookkeeper for the Ryan Fruit Co; was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. David earned a college degree (4-year); worked as an accountant in 1940 for the WPA Administration. Obit from The Herald, Everett, WA dated 2 Nov 1955.
vi. ELMER RIDENOUR, b. 04 Feb 1892, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 01 Mar 1971, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. NEVA JEWELL BETHEL, 23 Aug 1913, Jersey Co, IL; b. 14 Jun 1897, Chesterfield, Macoupin Co, IL; d. 19 Mar 1981, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 21 Mar 1981, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Elmer was a farmer; truck driver; blacksmith; veteran of WWI. Elmer and Neva were 2nd cousins once removed. Obit: "Mrs. Neva J. Ridenour - Died 19-03-1981. Neva J. Ridenour, 83, of Otterville died at 1 pm March 19, at Jersey Community hospital. Services were conducted Saturday pm at Otterville Baptist church by Rev. Joy Settles, with burial in Rosedale cemetery. The daughter of Rollin Henry & Elizabeth (White) Bethel, she was born in Chesterfield June 14, 1897. Her husband, Elmer Ridenour, died March 1, 1971. Her survivors are 2 sons, Wayne of Grafton and Keith of Alton; 4 daughters, Irma McCoy and Madge Reynolds of Grafton, Lucille Pace of Jerseyville and Joyce Moran of Granite City; 36 grandchildren, 85 g-grandchildren, and 32 g-g-grandchildren. Also surviving are 5 sisters, Tessie Spangle of Jerseyville, Lula Hutchinson of Grafton, Jean Bethel, Jane Bethel and Enid Bolin all of Granite City. Memorials may be given to Otterville Baptist church."

Elmer & Neva
vii. BLANCHE AGNES RIDENOUR, b. 14 Oct 1896, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 02 Feb 1897, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Blanche died of the croup.
viii. BEULAH GERTRUDE RIDENOUR, b. 09 Feb 1898, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; d. 14 Jan 1905, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Hartford Cem, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL.
ix. ALMA RIDENOUR, b. 06 Mar 1904, Williams Hollow, Jersey Co, IL; d. 19 Aug 1991, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 24 Aug 1991, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL; m. CLARENCE EDWIN GRIESEMER, 30 Jan 1924 in Methodist parsonage,, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; b. 14 Oct 1904, Cowling, Wabash Co, IN; d. 11 Sep 1976, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, buried 14 Sep 1976, Rosedale Cem, Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL. Obit: "Alma Griesemer, 87, formerly of Rosedale, d. August 19, at Greenwood Manor [Nursing Home] in Jerseyville. Born in Rosedale March 6, 1904, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. & Alice E. (Matthews) Ridenour. On January 30, 1924, she married Clarence Edwin Griesmer in Rosedale. He died September 11, 1976. Surviving are 3 sons, Robert Edwin, Godfrey, Clarence Wilbur of Lincoln, CA, and Herbert E Griesemer of Cadiz, KY; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were one son, Charles Paul Griesemer; 5 sisters, Ollie Ontis, Lula E. Warren, Myrtle Armstrong and Blanch and Beulah Ridenour; and 3 brothers, Frederick S., Thomas Levi and Elmer Ridenour. Visitation was at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral from Rosedale United Methodist church. Rev. Dan Harry officiated and burial was in Rosedale cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church where she was a member." Clarence was a farmer.

Obit: "Clarence Edwin Griesemer, 71, of R1 Grafton was found dead at his farm home Sat. He suffered an apparent heart attack and fell from the tractor he was riding. He was found lying beside the tractor which had gone down an embankment and caught on some trees and was still running, according to coroner's report. He was born at Cowling, son of Charles William & Grace (Siebert) Griesemer on October 14, 1904. He married Alma (Ridenour) Griesemer on January 30, 1924. She survives, as do 3 sons, Robert Edwin of Godfrey, Clarence Wilbur, of Lincoln, CA and Herbert of Kankakee; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Paul, in 1968. Visitation was from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Robert Patterson of United Methodist church Grafton officiated. Burial in Rosedale cemetery. He was a member of Fieldon Masonic Lodge 592."

Generation No. 4
4. LEO LEROY "LEE"3 RIDENOUR (ROBERT SINGLETON "BOB"2, FREDERICK1) was born 23 Jan 1885 in Rosedale, Jersey Co, IL, and died 27 Jan 1975 in Sunland, Los Angeles Co, CA. He married (1) ETHEL LOUISE "LULU" BURNETT 12 or 22 Jul 1904 in St Charles, St Charles Co, MO, daughter of HARVEY BURNETT and MARY ONTIS or CULES. She was born 10 Sep 1888 in Grafton, Jersey Co, IL, and died 13 Feb 1915 in Jersey Co, IL, buried in Hartford Cem, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL. He married (2) MAUD MAE FELTER Bef. 1918, divorced, daughter of WILLIAM FELTER and EMMA RUSK. She was born 07 Feb 1887 in Jersey Co, IL, and died 14 Feb 1985 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Grimes Neeley Cem, Jersey Co, IL. He married (3) VIOLA JOSEPHINE LOUISE KASTEN 02 Jul 1929 in Wood Co, OH, daughter of FREDERICK KASTEN and MARY KEMME. She was born 24 Apr 1900 in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co, WI, and died Sep 1957. Leo and Maud had no issue. Leo's SS card issued in WI; worked as a cooper - made hoops; graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic; was a chiropractic doctor (ca 1928 in Detroit, MI); fished for clams in the Manitowoc River which he sold to the local button factory.

About 1943 they moved to Zion, IL where he worked as a chiropractor and raised thousands of chickens. Maud married 2nd Charles August "Charley" Mackeldon. On Charles Mackeldon's WWII draft registration card he wrote his wife's name clearly - Maude (not Maud). Her tombstone says Maud (no "e").

Obit: "Mackelden. Died 14-02-1985. The funeral of Maud May Mackelden, 98, of Jerseyville who died at 10:20 a.m. February 14 at Jersey Community hospital, was conducted at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home with the Rev. V. Clay Noah officiating. She was born February 7, 1887 in Jersey County to the late William W. and Emma C. Rusk Felter, and married Charles A. Mackelden on January 18, 1924 in St. Louis. He died July 18, 1953. She is survived by a stepson, Leo C. Mackelden of Pensacola, FL, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Hattie Mourning [Charles's sister], Jerseyville, nieces and nephews. Burial was in Grimes cemetery. The First Baptist church of which she was a member has been named as a memorial." Viola worked as county clerk in Manitowoc, WI; went on vacation where she met Lee; had a whirlwind courtship and married.

Leo
Children of LEO RIDENOUR and ETHEL BURNETT are:
5. i. CLAYTON EUGENE "CLATE"4 RIDENOUR SR. (see below)
ii. ALICE CORNELIA RIDENOUR, b. 03 Feb 1907, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL; d. 18 Jul 1932, Alton, Madison Co, IL, buried 20 Jul 1932, St Patrick Cem, Godfrey, Madison Co, IL; m. WILLIAM BERG CONLEY, 18 Jul 1928, Alton, Madison Co, IL; b. 22 Apr 1906, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co, PA; d. Aug 1979, Alton, Madison Co, IL, buried in St Patrick Cem, Godfrey, Madison Co, IL. Alice was named for her 2 grandmothers. She learned could not have children; was depressed; committed suicide by drinking embalming fluid; took several days to die; was in agony.

Obit from Alton Evening Telegraph dated Monday, 18 Jul 1932, p. 1: "Mrs. Conley Dies on Her Anniversary - Wife of William Conley, age 25, Succumbs at Hospital - Funeral Wednesday - Death Comes Four Years to the Day After Marriage - Mrs. Alice Conley died today at St. Joseph's Hospital on the fourth anniversary of her wedding. She was 25 years old and the wife of William B. Conley. Mrs. Conley was taken to the hospital last Friday at noon after swallowing deadly poison. Because some had entered the throat, surgeons had replace a tube below the point of contact to facilitate her breathing. Her condition from the first had been critical and only slight hope had been held for her recovery. Sunday she seemed to grow weaker and this morning it was known death must come soon. She died at 10:35 a.m. - Born in Grafton - Her father, L. L. Ridenour of Green Bay, Wisc., arrived in Alton Sunday night. In addition to her husband she is survived by her father and two brothers, Raymond and Clayton Ridenour, both of Jerseyville. Her mother died when she was eight years old. Mrs. Conley was born in Grafton and spent her early childhood in the Fieldon area in Jersey county. She came to Alton 12 years ago. She attended school here, and later was employed at downtown stores. - To Hold Inquest - The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. with services in the Old Cathedral where she was married four years ago today. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery [aka St. Patrick Cem]. The body will be taken to the Klunk funeral home on Court street where it may be viewed from 7 p.m. today until time of the funeral. The case has been referred to Deputy Coroner Streeper who will conduct an inquest."

Obit from Alton Evening Telegraph dated Wednesday, 20 Jul 1932, p. 6: "Funeral Services for Mrs. Alice Conley - Mrs. Alice Conley, wife of William B. Conley, was buried this morning in Greenwood cemetery after rites held at 9 a.m. at the Old Cathedral. The Reverend Father W. B. Whalen was celebrant of the requiem mass and also conducted rites at the graveside. Mrs. Elizabeth Duffy sang. The services were largely attended by relatives from Jerseyville, Fieldon, Roseville and other nearby towns. There was an unusual large number of floral pieces. Pallbearers were Paul Davey, Leo Ford, Bern Degenhardt, Anthony Crivello, Martin King and Gene St. Cin. Among the relatives here from out-of-town were he father, Dr. L. L. Ridenour of Green Bay, Wis.; her brothers, Clayton and Raymond Ridenour of Jerseyville; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ridenour of Rosedale; Mr and Mrs. Elbert Ridenour of Otterville; and Miss Margaret Lind of St. Louis." After Alice's death he married 2nd Zelphia Bell Petty on 05 Sep 1935 in Godfrey, Madison Co, IL. William owned a funeral home; died in St. Anthony's Hosp.
iii. RAYMOND LEROY "RAY" RIDENOUR, b. 02 Mar 1909, Grafton, Jersey Co, IL; d. 08 Apr 2004, CA, buried 10 Apr 2004, Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; m. EDNA BONETTA COOPER, 27 Apr 1935, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; b. 17 Jan 1913, Richwood Precinct, Calhoun Co, IL; d. 22 May 2000, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL.

Raymond & Edna
In 1920 he and his brother Clayton (but not sister) lived with paternal grandparents. Obit from St Louis Dispatch dated Friday 9 Apr 2004, p. B5: "Raymond L. Ridenour, 95, shoe cutter, Jersey County game warden and retired machinist for Owns-Illinois Glass Co., died Thursday. Visitation 4-8 p.m. today and funeral 10:30 a.m. Saturday, both at Crawford Funeral Home. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials to Peace United Church of Christ." Ray and Edna (Cooper) Ridenour were married in a double ceremony at Presbyterian Manse with Otis Leonard Cooper (Edna's brother) and Dorothy (Croppel) Cooper.
Child of LEO RIDENOUR and VIOLA KASTEN is:
iv. FREDERICK ROBERT "FRITZ"4 RIDENOUR, b. 19 Jan 1932, Waukegan, Lake Co, IL; m. JACQUELIN LOIS "JACKIE" COSMAN, 06 Sep 1953, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA; b. 08 Jan 1930; d. 19 Dec 2009, Goleta, Santa Barbara Co, CA. Fritz attended college on a football scholarship; was a religious man; worked 20 years in a Christian publishing house (editor?). Jackie graduated from the same college as Fritz. She died of cancer of the peritoneum. Her obit was published in Santa Barbara News-Press dated 6 Jan 2010.

Generation No. 5
5. CLAYTON EUGENE "CLATE"4 RIDENOUR SR. (LEO LEROY "LEE"3, ROBERT SINGLETON "BOB"2, FREDERICK1) was born 31 May 1905 in Grafton, Jersey Co, IL, and died 18 Jan 1969 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 21 Jan 1969, Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. He married MARY JULIA ELLEN "JULIA" SKINNER 31 Jan 1925 in Edwardsville, Madison Co, IL, daughter of EDWARD SKINNER and CASSANDRA HOOTS. She was born 10 Sep 1905 in Batchtown, Calhoun Co, IL, and died 14 Feb 1994 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried 17 Feb 1994, Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. In 1920 he and his brother Raymond (but not sister) lived with paternal grandparents.

Obit: "Ridenour. Died 18-01-1969. Clayton Eugene Ridenour, Sr., 63 years, 7 months, 17 days, a heavy equipment operating engineer, died unexpectedly at his home on W. Spruce St. at 11:55 a.m. Saturday. He had been in ill health for some time. Services were held Tuesday January 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were conducted by Rev. Carlton Christenson, pastor of First Baptist church, and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Visitation was held at the Funeral Home.

Mr. Ridenour was a son of Dr. Leo Ridenour & the late Lula (Burnett) Ridenour and was born May 31, 1905, at Grafton. He had been a resident of Jerseyville for 46 years. He was married January 31, 1925, in Alton to Julia (Skinner) Ridenour who survives. Mr. Ridenour was employed at International Shoe Company for 18 years, and he and his wife were engaged in the restaurant business in Jerseyville for 18 years. He also owned and operated a recreation hall in this city for 5 years. He also played a saxophone and had his own orchestra for several years. The group played for dances throughout the area. He was a member of Local 520 Operating Engineers, Granite City.

Surviving Mr. Ridenour are: his wife, 1 son Clayton Ridenour, Jr., 4 grandchildren, and 1 brother, Ray Ridenour, all of Jerseyville and his father who resides in California. He was preceded in death by his mother, (which occurred when he was 9 years old), and 1 sister Mrs. Alice Connely [sic - Conley]."

Obit: "Died 18-01-1969. Clayton Eugene Ridenour, Sr., 63 years, 7 months, and 17 days, a heavy equipment operating engineer, died Saturday at 11:55 am at his home. He had been in ill health for a couple of months, but his death was unexpected. Services were held Tuesday, January 21, at 1:30 pm at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The services were conducted by Rev. Carlton Christenson, pastor of First Baptist church, and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Visitation was held at the funeral home. Mr. Ridenour was a son of Dr. Leo Ridenour & the late Lula (Burnett) Ridenour and was born May 31, 1905, at Grafton. He had been a resident of Jerseyville for 46 years."

From granddaughter Cathie: "Clayton had been suffering from cancer. He told his wife Julia he needed to lay down before they drove to the farm to feed the livestock. He died the minute he laid on the bed. His feet were still on the floor."

One researcher claimed Julia was b. in Troy, Lincoln Co, MO.

Obit from Alton Telegraph dated 16 Feb 1994, p. 19: "Jerseyville - Julia M. Ridenour, 88, died at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 1994 qt Garnet;s Chateau in Jerseyville. She worked for more than 20 years at International Shoe Factory of Jerseyville and was owner and operator of Ridenour Cafe of Jerseyville.

After her retiement, she was a child-care provider in the Jerseyville area. She was born in Batchtown, Sept. 10, 1905, a daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Hoots) Skinner. She married Clayton Ridenour, Sr. Jan. 31, 1925 in Edwardsville. He died in 1969.

Surviving are a son, Clayton 'Bunk' Ridenour, Jr. of Jerseyville; three grandchildren, Cathie Rockwood of Jupiter, Fla., Cindy Burch of Jerseyville and Patti VanWalleghen of Wichita, Kan.; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jame Ridenour; a sister, Alice Larsen; and seven brothers, Charles, Morrison, Frank, John, Pearly, Toot and Lester Skinner. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to Peach United Church of Christ of Jerseyville where she was a member."

Clayton & Julia
Child of CLAYTON RIDENOUR and MARY SKINNER is:
6. i. CLAYTON EUGENE "BUNK"5 RIDENOUR JR. (see below)

Generation No. 6
6. CLAYTON EUGENE "BUNK"5 RIDENOUR JR. (CLAYTON EUGENE "CLATE"4, LEO LEROY "LEE"3, ROBERT SINGLETON "BOB"2, FREDERICK1) was born 13 Feb 1926 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, and died 31 Jan 1998 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, buried in Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. He met (1) VIOLET KOONTZ or COONTZ Bef. 1950. She was born in Carrollton, Greene Co, IL. He married (2) EDNA HULBERT "SNOOKS" BETTS, divorced in 1965, son of CHARLES BETTS and GARNET TUCKER. He was born 31 May 1930 in St Louis, St Louis City Co, MO, and died 11 Jul 1988 in St Louis, St Louis City Co, MO, buried in Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. As a child Clayton resembled a cartoon character named Bunkie; the nickname Bunk stuck. Edna m. 2nd Emmett Earl "Pee Wee" Collins in 1971 in Hannibal, Marion Co, MO. When she was small Fanny Brice protrayed the character "Baby Snooks" on radio. The nickname Snooks stuck. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis; only steroids helped the pain, but they eventually shut down her internal organs causing her death.

Clayton, Cathie & Edna
Child of CLAYTON RIDENOUR and VIOLET KOONTZ is:
i. MARY AGNES6 RIDENOUR, b. Bef. 1950. Mary may not have had the surname Ridenour.
Children of CLAYTON RIDENOUR and EDNA BETTS are:
ii. PATTI RIDENOUR, m. MR VANWALLEGHEN.
7. iii. CATHIE RENÉ RIDENOUR (see below)
iv. CINDY KAY RIDENOUR, b. 15 Sep 1955, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; m. RANDALL E. "RANDY" BURCH; b. 01 Aug 1952, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL.
v. JAMES EUGENE RIDENOUR, b. 10 Sep 1959, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; d. 25 Nov 1992, Wichita, Sedgwick Co, KS, buried in Oak Grove Cem, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL; m. DARLENE K. RIDENOUR; b. 01 Sep 1958. Tombstone says "Beloved son and brother - Forever in our hearts" (no mention of husband).

Generation No. 7
7. CATHIE RENÉ6 RIDENOUR (CLAYTON EUGENE "BUNK"5, CLAYTON EUGENE "CLATE"4, LEO LEROY "LEE"3, ROBERT SINGLETON "BOB"2, FREDERICK1) was born 06 Jun 1954 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. She married (1) MICHAEL R. "MIKE" CARPUNKY Abt. 1974, divorced. He was born 21 Nov 1952 in Carrollton, Greene Co, IL. She married (2) HAROLD "HAL" ROTH JR. 01 Sep 1979 in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL, divorced in Nov 1979, son of HAROLD ROTH and HELENE ROTH. She married (3) RICHARD THOMAS "RICK" ROCKWOOD 24 Oct 1987 in Jupiter, Palm Beach Co, FL, divorced 21 Aug 1995 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co, FL, son of RICHARD ROCKWOOD and BEVERLY WALSH. He was born 26 Jun 1958 in Framingham, Middlesex Co, MA, and died 14 Mar 2010 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co, FL.

Cathie attended college, but didn't graduate; worked at the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis, MO and in West Palm Beach, FL; earned a 220 Property & Casualty Insurance Agent License in 1998; enjoyed knitting, genealogy, scrapbooking, painting, writing, stenciling, bicycling and walking on the beach. Cathie assisted at shelters for battered women. In 2015 she was an insurance agent in Vero Beach, FL; lived on the beach.

Mike married 2nd Doris Myers ca 1984. He m. 3rd Diana L. (___). Mike served in the Army for 2 years in Germany as a medic; worked as a butcher.

Rick m. Aura Isabel Nohs on 07 Jun 1997 in Stuart, Martin Co, FL. Rick died 2 weeks after having a stroke; was cremated; his daughter Danica had his ashes.

Obit from Milford Daily News: "Richard T. Rockwood, 51, died March 14 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach from complications of a heart attack suffered on January 4 of this year. He is survived by a son Blake Rockwood and a daughter Danica Rockwood, both of Jupiter, a brother David Rockwood of Palm Beach, two sisters Gail Mazzarelli of Mendon, MA & Kerri; Lynn Rockwood of Gaston, SC; a step daughter Toni Pupo, two grandchildren, nieces & nephews. He was born in Framingham, MA, son of the late Richard F. Rockwood & Beverly A. (Walsh) Studley. He was raised in Milford, MA and attended St. Mary's School and was a graduate of Milford High School, class of 1976. He was also a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester where he earned an associates degree in accounting. In 1983 he moved to Stuart, FL to assist his mother with the operation of "The Galley" restaurant. He then became associated with Albatross Sprinkler Supply where he served as a sales representative. Not long after that he established R & D Irrigation in Palm Beach along with his brother David. In 1985 he became the sole owner of the business until the time of his death. He will be deeply missed for he was a wonderful dad, brother and friend. We are all grateful and fortunate to have had him in our lives no matter how short his time with us. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 1701 Indian Creek Parkway, Jupiter, Florida, 33458, 561-575-0837. There are no calling hours. Burial of cremains will be at the convenience of the family. Another memorial service in Rick's memory will be held at the Watson Colonial Funeral Home in Milford, MA at a later date at a time and date to be announced (they never had one). Donations in Rick's memory may be made to Jupiter Community High School, Drama Society, 500 North Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458, attn. Peggy Groh or James Hilliker."

Obit from TC Palm dated 27 Mar 2010: "Richard T. Rockwood, 51, of Jupiter died Sunday, March 14 in Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He was born in Framingham, Mass., and was raised in Milford, Mass., before moving to Stuart in 1983. He assisted his mother with the operation of The Galley restaurant before becoming associated with Albatross Sprinkler Supply as a sales representative. Not long after that he established R&D Irrigation in Palm Beach with his brother, David. He became the sole owner of the business in 1985 and served there until his death. Survivors include a son, Blake Rockwood, and a daughter, Danica Rockwood, both of Jupiter; a brother, David Rockwood and wife Anne of Palm Beach; two sisters, Gail Mazzarelli and husband Rick of Mendon, MA, and Kerri-Lynn Rockwood of Gaston, SC; a stepdaughter Toni Pupo; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was Friday, March 26 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Jupiter. Another memorial service will be at a later date to be announced in the Watson Colonial Funeral Home, 24 Congress St., Milford, Mass (never happened). Memorial donations may be made to Jupiter High School Drama Society, 500 N. Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458. Attn. Peggy Groh or James Hilliker."


Child of CATHIE RIDENOUR and MICHAEL CARPUNKY is:
i. TODD JOSEPH7 CARPUNKY, b. 19 Jan 1975, Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL. Todd graduated suma cum laude from FL State Univ; completed law school Univ of MI in Ann Arbor, MI; was a Catholic priest for 5 years before law school. In 2015 he was an international attorney in London, England.

Children of CATHIE RIDENOUR and RICHARD ROCKWOOD are:
ii. BLAKE COLLINS7 ROCKWOOD, b. 27 Jun 1989, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Co, FL. Blake graduated from FL State Univ in 2014.
iii. DANICA MARIE ROCKWOOD, b. 28 Aug 1991, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Co, FL. Danica attended a college in Gainesville, FL; was a model.

Picture below: Clayton "Bunk", Cathie and Edna "Snooks" Betts Ridenour ~ July 1955

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