Continuing to look for information regarding Simon Ryder. They came over in 1861 according to immigartion lists. Mary (Bower ?) Ryder is buried in Newell Cemetery in Deville, La. I was told that Simon's headstone was stolen around 1970's. Newell Cemetery was vandalized in mind 2000's and a lot of the headstones were broken. I posted a picture of Mary's headstone I took (you can see where it was reconnected).
Does anyone know if the Catholic Cemetery in Deville has records back into the late 1800's. Some of their children where buried in the Catholic Cemetery, so I feel that Simon and Mary were most likely Catholic.
Jennifer Ryder Smith