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James Ridley
s/o
d/o


DAR: A096552 
Service: MASSACHUSETTS 
Service Source: Wheeler, Hist of Brunswick, Topsham & Harpswell, ME,Vol 1, p169 
Service Desc: Member of Committee of Inspection, Correspondence,Safety & Supply, Harpswell 
Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE 

DOCUMENTS 
1718 Massachusetts Vital Record, Birth 
1735 Marriage Record with Ruth Small 
1738 Marriage Record with Ruth Small 
1753 Marriage record with Mary Small 
1790 Federal Census 

JAMES RIDLEY came from Truro to Harpswell before the Revolution, butprecisely when is not known. He m. Mary, dau. of Samuel Small ofTruro. Ch. were:- Mark, b. 1757; Daniel, b. 1759; Rachael, b. 1763. 

James Ridley b Truro, MA. 06 Febuary, 1717/18 son of Thomas and Mary(Strout) Ridley: d Harpswell 14 July 1797 killed by lightning: m (1)30 March 1738 Ruth (Smalley), b Truro, MA. January 1718/19 dau ofDaniel and Sarah Smalley m (2) 17 September 1753 Mary (Smalley) Bowie,b Truro, MA. October 1721 dau of Samuel and Isabel (Dyer) Smalley. Hemoved to Great Island, Harpswell in 1752. 

Ridley, James   Moca 7056  Order # 1302 
He is buried  in Old Great Island, Harpswell, Maine 
Service  none listed 

Children: Births of seven in Truro, MA. 
Ann .........b 28 December 1740. A son John Monroe, b "Indian Island"1761. The father d when John was just a baby and Ann moved back toTruro, MA. John was bound to Capt. James Lombard of Athol, MA. livingwith the until age 17 when he enlisted in the Revolutionary War. Heremoved to Pennfield N.B. Revolutionary War Pention (#W24022). 
Sarah ......b 13 April 1743, m: Truro, MA. 12 April 1863 James, b 21August 1755 Harpswell 
James ......b 25 June 1745, m (1): Harpswell 13 April 1761 IsabelBowie his stepsister m (2): 15 November 1788/89 Elizabeth "Betsey"Bridges. 
Ambrose ...b 16 March 1747/48: d Alfred 1834: m _____ (Trafton) 
David .......b 30 April 1750 
Ruth .........b 28 March 1752, m: Crawford Stables of Prospect 

Children by second wife; all but Mary b Harpswell 
Mary .......b Truro, MA. 23 April 1754, m: Harpswell 22 November 1770Kingbury Eastman. 
David ......b 21 August 1755 
Mark .......b 24 April, Harpswell m: Harpswell 10 May 1778 AbigailWebber, d 09 May 1818 Harpswell 
Daniel .....b 04 April 1759, m: 27 November 1781 Hanna Bridges, d May1818 Bowdoin 
George ....b 1761 m: 13, December 1785 Molly Hopkins, d 31 October1818 Bowdoin 
Rachel .....b 26 March 1763, m: 18 April 1782 Jonathan Williams, dProspect 
Mary .......b 1767, d Prospect 

Isabelle .. ..b 1769 ( It is suggested that George, Mary and Isabelleare the children of James Jr., not James Sr.) 

FIRST FAMILY George BOWIE - Mary SMALLEY (cousin to RuthS) Children:Isabel b. 1744 Jane b. 1745 George b. 1747 Alexander b. 1748 or 49 

SECOND FAMILY James RIDLEY - Ruth SMALLEY (cousin to MaryS) Children:Ann b. 28 Dec. 1740 Sarah b. 13 Apr. 1743 James b. 25 June 1745Ambrose b. 16 Mar 1747 David b. 30 Apr. 1750 Ruth b. 28 Mar 1752 

THIRD FAMILY James RIDLEY - Mary SMALLEY BOWIE Children: Mary b. 23Apr. 1754 Davis b. 21 Aug. 1755 Mark b. 1757 Daniel b. 4 Apr 1759George b. 1761 Rachel b. 1765 

James RIDLEY was born 1717 and was married to Mary SMALLEY, widow ofGeorge BOWIE, on 17 Sept. 1753. James was widower of Ruth SMALLEY(cousin to Mary SMALLEY). 

James was the son of Thomas RIDLEY and Mary STROUT. Thomas was b. ca.1685; Thomas' father, CAPT. MARK RIDLEY is FATHER of this RIDLEYfamily in this country, Capt. Mark's first records in this countrywere in the 1660s; he is located in Barnstable, Plymouth Colony, MA 

James RIDLEY-Mary SMALLEY BOWIE, THEIR SON Mark RIDLEY b. 1757 andwife Abigail WEBBER; 

THEN their second child/second son William RIDLEY b.1783 30 Jan. d. 19Oct. 1860, and second wife Mary BOWIE (d.1875) m. 19 May 1807; 

THEN their fifth child/third son Moses Linscott RIDLEY b.Bowdoinham,ME 17 Sept 1814 and wife Huldah Olive ROBINSON ( CumberlandCo., Windham Meeting House b. 15 Jly 1813, d. 1854); 

THEN their fifth child/third son Alvah Kimball RIDLEY, b, 1840 ME(Civil War Vet.), d. 1889 and wife Mary Elizabeth DAY (desc. Ralph DAYimm., Dedham,MA) of MN; 

THEN their fifthchild, son Bert Arthur RIDLEY, MN>CO>WA, b. 1877 d.1951 and wife Edna Electa HENDERSON(IA>CO>WA) B. 1887 D. 1978; 

THEN daughter Evelyn Blanche RIDLEY b. CO 1912, d. WA 1994 and husbandJames Forrest RANKIN b. KS 1906, d. WA 1992; 

THEN daughter Nola Lois RANKIN b. Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA 1935 m. 1959Sheridan Lewis PAYNE (b. 1933 Wenatchee, Chelan Co., WA) Issue fivechildren, desc. one grandchild--dated Nov 1999, residing Wenatchee,Chelan Co., WA. 

Spouse George BOWIE of first family listed below and spouse RuthSMALLEY of second family listed below both deceased---following whichremaining spouses James RIDLEY and Mary SMALLEY BOWIE married,combined families plus new issue totals sixteen. 

FIRST FAMILY George BOWIE - Mary SMALLEY (cousin to RuthS) Children:Isabel b. 1744 Jane b. 1745 George b. 1747 Alexander b. 1748 or 49 

SECOND FAMILY James RIDLEY - Ruth SMALLEY (cousin to MaryS) Children:Ann b. 28 Dec. 1740 Sarah b. 13 Apr. 1743 James b. 25 June 1745Ambrose b. 16 Mar 1747 David b. 30 Apr. 1750 Ruth b. 28 Mar 1752 

THIRD FAMILY James RIDLEY - Mary SMALLEY BOWIE Children: Mary b. 23Apr. 1754 Davis b. 21 Aug. 1755 Mark b. 1757 Daniel b. 4 Apr 1759George b. 1761 Rachel b. 1765 

James RIDLEY was born 1717 and was married to Mary SMALLEY, widow ofGeorge BOWIE, on 17 Sept. 1753. James was widower of Ruth SMALLEY(cousin to Mary SMALLEY). 

James was the son of Thomas RIDLEY and Mary STROUT. Thomas was b. ca.1685; Thomas' father, CAPT. MARK RIDLEY is FATHER of this RIDLEYfamily in this country, Capt. Mark's first records in this countrywere in the 1660s; he is located in Barnstable, Plymouth Colony, MA 

My descendency is through of James RIDLEY-Mary SMALLEY BOWIE, THEIRSON Mark RIDLEY b. 1757 and wife Abigail WEBBER; 

THEN their second child/second son William RIDLEY b.1783 30 Jan. d. 19Oct. 1860, and second wife Mary BOWIE (d.1875) m. 19 May 1807; THENtheir fifth child/third son Moses Linscott RIDLEY b. Bowdoinham,ME 17Sept 1814 and wife Huldah Olive ROBINSON ( Cumberland Co., WindhamMeeting House b. 15 Jly 1813, d. 1854); 

THEN their fifth child/third son Alvah Kimball RIDLEY, b, 1840 ME(Civil War Vet.), d. 1889 and wife Mary Elizabeth DAY (desc. Ralph DAYimm., Dedham,MA) of MN; 

THEN their fifthchild, son Bert Arthur RIDLEY, MN>CO>WA, b. 1877 d.1951 and wife Edna Electa HENDERSON(IA>CO>WA) B. 1887 D. 1978; 

THEN daughter Evelyn Blanche RIDLEY b. CO 1912, d. WA 1994 and husbandJames Forrest RANKIN b. KS 1906, d. WA 1992; 

THEN daughter Nola Lois RANKIN b. Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA 1935 m. 1959Sheridan Lewis PAYNE (b. 1933 Wenatchee, Chelan Co., WA) Issue fivechildren, desc. one grandchild--dated Nov 1999, residing Wenatchee,Chelan Co., WA. 

Bowman, George Ernest, and Massachusetts Society of MayflowerDescendants. Vital Records of the Town of Truro, Massachusetts, to theEnd of the Year 1849. (Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Society ofMayflower Descendants, 1933), p 7 (p. 21 orig). 
"James Ridley the son of Thomas and mary Ridley was Born in Truroe thethird day of december in ye year 1717/18" 

James Ridley and Ruth Smalley married March 30 1738. "He resided inhis native town till the year 1752, when he removed to Great Island,Harpswell, Me. (then colony of Massachusetts), where he settled andbecame the progenitor of the numerous families of the name in thatState, except a small branch of the Ridlon family who now spell theirname identical with this family, and hence great confusion wasoccasioned between the two. Mr. Ridley located at a place on theisland since called "Ridley Point," near CundyÃs Harbor, ME. He ownedextensive lands, and carried on farming and fishing. He was a daringwoodman and bold hunter; spent much of his time trapping along theeastern rivers, and could find his way through a trackless wildernessin any direction. He married, secondly, Sept. 1753, to Mary Bocey orBacey. He was killled by lightning at Harpswell." -- History of theAncient Ryedales and their descendants in Normandy, Great Britain,Ireland, and America from 860 to 1884 Comprising the Genealogy andBiography for about one thousand years for the Families of Riddell,Riddle, Ridlon, Ridley, Etc. 

History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell, by George Agustus WheelerPage 850, Ridley: James Ridley came from Truro to Harpswell before theRevolution, but precisely when is not known. He married Mary, daughterof Samuel Small of Truro. Children were: Mark, b. 1757; Daniel, b.1759; Rachael b. 1763 [?]. Lived in Truro until about 1752 when heremoved to Harpswell, ME, 

Ridley Family History has birth year 1717; History of Ancient Rydaleshas 1718 Occupation: Farmer and Fisherman. Residence: 1752 Harpswell,Cumberland, ME. 

Vital Records of Truro, Barnstable County, MA to 1850: James Ridleythe son of Thomas and mary Ridley was Born in Truroe the: 6th offebruary in ye year 1718/19. 

Children by Ruth Smalley: Births of seven in Truro, MA. 
Ann .........b 28 December 1740. 
A son John Monroe, b "Indian Island" 1761. The father d when John wasjust a baby and Ann moved back to Truro, MA. John was bound to Capt.James Lombard of Athol, MA. living with the until age 17 when heenlisted in the Revolutionary War. He removed to Pennfield N.B.Revolutionary War Pension (#W24022). 
Sarah ......b 13 April 1743, m: Truro, MA. 12 April 1863 James, b 21August 1755 Harpswell 
James ......b 25 June 1745, m (1): Harpswell 13 April 1761 IsabelBowie his stepsister m (2): 15 November 1788/89 Elizabeth "Betsey"Bridges. 
Ambrose ...b 16 March 1747/48: d Alfred 1834: m _____ (Trafton) 
David .......b 30 April 1750 
Ruth .........b 28 March 1752, m: Crawford Stables of Prospect 

Children by second wife; all but Mary b Harpswell 
Mary .......b Truro, MA. 23 April 1754, m: Harpswell 22 November 1770Kingbury Eastman. 
David ......b 21 August 1755 
Mark .......b 24 April, Harpswell m: Harpswell 10 May 1778 AbigailWebbe r, d 09 May 1818 Harpswell 
Daniel .....b 04 April 1759, m: 27 November 1781 Hanna Bridges, d May1818 Bowdoin 
George ....b 1761 m: 13, December 1785 Molly Hopkins, d 31 October1818 Bowdoin 
Rachel .....b 26 March 1763, m: 18 April 1782 Jonathan Williams, dProspect 
Mary .......b 1767, d Prospect 
Isabelle .. ..b 1769 It is suggested that George, Mary and Isabelleare the children of James Jr., not James Sr.) 

JAMES RIDLEY came from Truro to Harpswell before the Revolution, butprecisely when is not known. 

"He resided in his native town till the year 1752, when he removed toGreat Island, Harpswell, Me. (then colony of Massachusetts), where hesettled and became the progenitor of the numerous families of the namein that State, except a small branch of the Ridlon family who nowspell their name identical with this family, and hence great confusionwas occasioned between the two. Mr. Ridley located at a place on theisland since called "Ridley Point." He owned extensive lands, andcarried on farming and fishing. He was a daring woodman and boldhunter; spent much of his time trapping along the eastern rivers, andcould find his way through a trackless wilderness in any direction. Hemarried, secondly, Sept. 1753, to Mary Bocey or Bacey. He was killledby lightning at Harpswell." 
(History of the Ancient Ryedales and their descendants in Normandy,Great Britain, Ireland, and America from 860 to 1884 Comprising theGenealogy and Biography for about one thousand years for the Familiesof Riddell, Riddle, Ridlon, Ridley, Etc. 
Author: Ridlon, G. T. 
Publication: Manchester, N.H., Published by the author, 1884 
Page: p. 537, via Rootsweb :3243943) 
Marriage Notes (Ruth Small) 
Lived in Truro till 1752, removed to Harpswell, Maine. 

Ridley, James                          Moca 7056  Order # 1302 
He is buried  in Old Great Island, Harpswell, Maine 
Service  none listed






DOCUMENTS 
1743 Marriage Record with George Bowie 
1753 Marriage Record with James Ridley 

Mary Small 285 286 (Isabel Dyer43, William10, Samuel3, William1) wasborn in Oct 1721 in Truro, Barnstable, Ma and died on an unknown date. 
Mary married George "Bowacy" Bowie 285 on 26 Jul 1743 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma.275 694 George was born of Boston, Suffolk, Ma and diedon an unknown date. 
Children from this marriage were: 
+ 677 F    i. Sarah Bowie 221 was born after 1743 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma and died on an unknown date. 
+ 678 F    ii. Isabel Bowie 519 was born after 30 Sep 1744 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma519 and died on an unknown date. 
+ 679 F    iii. Jane Bowie 538 was born before 29 Sep 1745 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma and died on an unknown date. 
+ 680 M    iv. George Bowie 221 was born before 16 Aug 1747 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma520 and died on an unknown date. 
Mary next married James Ridley 286 695 on 17 Sep 1753 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me.,275 696 son of Thomas Ridley and Mary Strout. Jameswas born on 6 Feb 1717/18 in Truro, Barnstable, Ma and died on 14 Jul1797 in Harpswell, Cumberland, Me at age 79. 
Children from this marriage were: 
+ 681 F    i. Mary Ridley 598 was born on 23 Apr 1754 in Truro,Barnstable, Ma and died on an unknown date. 
+ 682 M    ii. David Ridley 598 was born on 21 Aug 1755 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died on an unknown date. 
+ 683 M    iii. Mark Ridley 598 was born on 24 Apr 1757 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died on 9 May 1818 in Harpswell, Cumberland, Me atage 61. 
+ 684 M    iv. Daniel Ridley 598 was born on 4 Apr 1759 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died in May 1818 in Bowdoin, Sagadahoc, Me at age59. 
+ 685 M    v. George Ridley 598 was born in 1761 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died on 31 Oct 1818 at age 57. 
+ 686 F    vi. Rachel Ridley 598 was born in 1765 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died on an unknown date. 
+ 687 F    vii. Isabelle Ridley 598 was born in 1769 in Harpswell,Cumberland, Me and died on an unknown date. 

Mary SMALLEY, widow of George BOWIE and second wife of James RIDLEYof1717 Birth, is the daughter of Samuel SMALLEY b. 1690 Kittery ME orDover, NH m. 1713 to Isabel DYER dau of Wiliam & Mary (TAYLOR) DYER 

Samuel is my third generation of SMALL/SMALLEYS, second son of FrancisSMALL/SMALLEY b. 1659 Falmouth, Cumberland, MA/ME m. ca. 1785 toElizabeth HICKS, dau. of Samuel & Lydia (DOAN) Hicks. Francis d. bef.6 July 1710 Truro, Barnstable, MA 

Samuel [No. 2 below] (b. ca 1690) has three brothers and onesister.... 

1. Francis b. ? ME/NH m. 17 Sept 1711 at Easthm, Sarah Young, dau ofJoseph and Sarah (DAVIS) YOUNG of Eastham, MA. Francis d ? resided inTruro 1720 

2. Samuel b. ca 1690 Kittery ME or Dover, NH m. ca 1713 Isabel DYER,dau of William & Mary (TAYLOR) DYER. Samuel d. between 1727 and 1729Truro, Barnstable MA (could have died at sea) 

3. Daniel b. ca 1693 Kittery, ME or Dover NH, m. Sarah ?, d. ? Truro,Barnstable. MA THIS COUPLE ARE THE PARENTS of Ruth (SMALL) RIDLEY,first wife of James RIDLEY, b. 1717 Truro and cousin to James secondwife Mary SMALLEY BOWIE, dau of Samuel above. 

4. Joseph b. ca 1696 prob. Dover, NH m. 1: 24 April 1717 at Eastham,Priscilla YOUNG, dau of David & Anne (DOANE) YOUNG m. 2: 9 Jly 1719 atEastham, Mercy YOUNG (cousin to lst wife Priscilla,) dau of Nathaniel& Mercy (DAVIS) YOUNG m. 3: 16 May 1734 at Eastham, (Mrs.) Jane GROSS,dau of William & Hannah (SNOW) COLE; widow of Thomas GROSS Joseph d. 3Jan 1773 age 77 Truro, Barnstable MA 

5. Alice, b. NH or MA, m. 16 Nov. 1725 at Boston, John YOUNG, d. ? 

Bowman, George Ernest, and Massachusetts Society of MayflowerDescendants. Vital Records of the Town of Truro, Massachusetts, to theEnd of the Year 1849. (Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Society ofMayflower Descendants, 1933), p. 34. 
from p. 59 of the original records: "Mary Smalley the daughter ofSamll: and Issable Smalley was Born in Truro in october 1721" 

Birth: Oct 1721 - Truro, Massachusetts 
Death: 13 Apr 1798 - Harpswell, Maine 

Parents 
Father: Samuel Smalley (Abt 1690-Abt 1729) 
Mother: Isabel Dyer (1695-      ) 
Spouses and Children 
1. *Christopher Dyer (29 Dec 1722 - 2 Oct 1759) 
Marriage: 27 Aug 1741 - Truro, Massachusetts 
Children: 
1. Mercy Dyer (Cir 1742-      ) 
2. Christopher Dyer (Cir 1744-      ) 
3. Joshua Dyer (Cir 1747-1825) 
4. Peter Dyer (1748-      ) 
5. Captain Nathaniel Dyer (1750-1823) 
6. Captain Jonah Dyer (1755-1831) 
7. Hannah Dyer (1756-      ) 

2. George Boway (Est 1720 - Bef Sep 1753) 
Marriage: 26 Jul 1743 - Truro, Massachusetts 
Children: 
1. Isabel Boway (1744-      ) 
2. George Boway (1747-      ) 
3. Alexander Boway (1749-      ) 

3. James Ridley (6 Feb 1717 - 14 Jul 1797) 
Marriage: 17 Sep 1753 - Truro, Massachusetts 
Children: 
1. Mary Ridley (1754-      ) 
2. David Ridley (1755-      ) 
3. Mark Ridley (1757-1818) 
4. Daniel Ridley (1759-1818) 
5. Captain George Ridley (1761-1818) 
6. Rachel Ridley (1765-1803) 
7. Isabelle Ridley (1769-      ) 

Mary Small, born Oct 1721 in Truro, Barnstable, Ma. She married (1)George Bowie 26 Jul 1743 in Truro, Barnstable, Ma. She married (2)James Ridley 17 Sep 1753 in Harpswell, Cumberland, Me 

Children of Mary Bowie and James Ridley 
Mary Ridley b. 23 Apr 1754 
David Ridley b. 21 Aug 1755 
Daniel Ridley b. 4 Apr 1759 
George Ridley b. 1761, d. 31 Oct 1818 
Mark Ridley b. 1763, d. 9 May 1818 
Rachel Ridley b. 1765 
Mary Ridley b. 1767 
Isabelle Ridley b. 1769 

Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850 
James Ridley/Ruth Smalley 
30 Mar 1738, Truro 
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0945516. 

Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850 
Mary Smalley/George Bowoey 
26 Jun 1743,Truro 
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0945516. 

Mary Small Ridley 
Birth Date: 
Oct 1721 
Age at Death: 

Death Date: 
Apr 1798 
Burial Place: 
East Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine, USA 
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