Isaac Ridenour

Submitted by Rich Sewell, Ridenour's GGG Grandson

George Ridenour surveyed and platted Georgetown (with the post office at Ney) in 1846. George and Harriet Ridenour raised their family and farmed in Georgetown, Defiance County, Ohio. They had eleven children; eight boys and three girls. Three of their sons served in the Union army during the War of the Rebellion: Elias in the 48th & 83rd, Isaac in the 21st, 48th, & 83rd, and Simon in the 111th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

The Ridenour children grew up on a typical farm in northwest Ohio. The 1860 Census lists the Ridenour household with brother Elias as 21 years old, born on September 19, 1838 in Harrison County, Ohio, while Isaac as 18 years old, born on October 19, 1842, and Simon as 13 years old, born 28 Sep 1847 in Washington Township, Defiance County, Ohio. Sheriff Virgil H. Moats signed the 1860 Census enumeration sheet and would become Captain Moats, the commander of their unit, Co. F in the 48th OVI.

But before Isaac would join the 48th, he joined Company K of the 21st O.V.I. as a private on April 24, 1861 in Defiance for a term of only three months because the War Department thought that the war would be short and sweet. He received a "flesh wound" while in the 21st Regiment at Scarey Creek, West Virginia and was "Honorably Discharged" at Camp Charles, Columbus, Ohio on August 12, 1861 and returned to their farm in Defiance County. Isaac was a Civil War veteran at the ripe old age of 18.

About two years after the 1860 Census, Captain Virgil H. Moats enlisted brothers Isaac and Elias Ridenour into the 48th O.V.I. at Camp Dennison, Ohio both with the rank of private. The older brother Elias joined the 48th on January 15, 1862 and Isaac followed his older brother into the 48th on February 15, 1862. The Regimental Descriptive Book of Co. F, 48th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry states that Isaac was 5 feet 5 inches tall with a fair complexion, gray eyes and black hair. His occupation was listed as "farmer." Isaac was re-enlisting in the army, but this time it was for a term of three years. Less than two months later on April 6, 1862, the Ridenour brothers were camped in southwest Tennessee with their regiment about a stone's throw from a little building known as Shiloh Church.

Less than three months after Isaac's discharge from the Union Army, Justice of the Peace Isaac Garner married Isaac Ridenour and Harriet WELKER in Georgetown, Ohio on August 1, 1865. In all, Isaac & Harriet had nine children; four girls and five boys.

Children: Birth
1. Alice May RIDENOUR 12 May 1866
2. William RIDENOUR "Willie" 17 Dec 1867
3. Angeline RIDENOUR "Linie" 13 Mar 1870
4. Mary Ann RIDENOUR "Mell" 17 Apr 1873
5. John W. RIDENOUR 7 Jun 1875
6. Bertha RIDENOUR 30 Apr 1877
7. David Motley RIDENOUR 18 Apr 1880
8. Henry Claud RIDENOUR 29 Nov 1883
9. George Wallis RIDENOUR 20 Jun 1887

8 children, 26 grandchildren were living on 11 Mar 1914 when Isaac's wife Harriet died; and a daughter, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren had also died by then.

The 1880 Census listed Isaac's occupation as a carpenter.

1890 Census, Ohio, Defiance Co, Farmer Twp, "Special Schedule.--Surviving
Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc." SD 1, ED 154.

Isaac applied for and received a Civil War pension.

Isaac Ridenour was a member of Donoway Post No. 52 G.A.R.
Department of Ohio at Hicksville Ohio

Isaac Ridenour died at age 79 on 21 January 1922, 99 East Washington Street, Coldwater, Branch Co, MI. He died at the home of daughter Mary Ann Ridenour Duncan. Cause of Death was listed as "paralysis & Senile decay."

He was buried in the Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, Ohio. Lot N 1/2 85, Section 6, grave #1 located on the south side of road. His grave is on left side of drive about 50 yards back and is buried next to wife Harriet. The gravestone is a white marble U.S. government issued headstone.


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