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John Ridenbaugh buried in Pioneer Cemetery Boise Ada, Idaho

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Re: John Ridenbaugh buried in Pioneer Cemetery Boise Ada, Idaho

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 5:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Am I correct in assuming the John F Ridenbaugh whom you refer to as being a
druggist in Boise is the one who died in 1935. I'm interested if you've found any
additional information on his 2nd wife Lucille (Mc Creary) Ridenbaugh. I've seen sources which claim she was born Port Royal, Henry Co., KY.. If correct there's
a good chance she may be the granddaughter of my great-great grandmother's brother, & my great-great-grandfather's 1st cousin, Judge Elijah Frank Nuttall, (1801-1864), of Port Royal, Henry Co., KY. Judge E.F. Nuttall was prominent in Henry Co., and Kentucky politics prior to the Civil War, serving several times in the state legislature, (including attending the constitutional convention), and at
one point was a nominee for governor of the Arkansas Territory. There are also
stories in Henry Co. records of how he would dismiss the court whenever the
circus came through town, or move it down by the Kentucky River, so no one
missed the entertainment. Unfortunately the Judge was also known for strictly
enforcing the fugitive slave laws. So the Union troops who occupied Henry Co.
brought about his death from pneumonia by dunking him in the Kentucky River
during winter. The judge and his wife, Jane (Pollard) Nuttall, had two daughters:
Elizabeth, (b.ca.1834/35), the 2nd wife of John C McCreary, (1809-1869), [who
is buried New Liberty Cem., Owen, KY], and Mary "Mattie" Nuttall, (b.1840),
who apparently never married. In 1870 the sisters were in Carrollton, Carroll Co.,
KY, along with Elizabeth's three children: Frank, (b.1860); Lucy J., (b.ca.1863);
and John McCreary, (b.1867). After that point all definite trace of these sisters
seems to disappear, except for a vague family tradition of having taken money
inherited from their father; moved to an unnamed large city; "lived high"; and
eventually dying broke. [Their cousin W L Ditto, of Ocala FL, reportedly was in
possession back in the early 30s of a full length portrait of these girls, wearing
antibellum dresses, of which further traces have been lost.] Elizabeth (Nuttall)
McCreary's son Frank was apparently Frank McCreary, age 21, born Henry Co.,
who enlisted in the US Army, at a town in Ohio, in 1881. He may be the Frank
McCreary, a wagoner with the U.S. 6th Cav., who died at Ft.Huachuca, in the
Arizona Territory, Jan.1883, and is buried in the cemetery there. Lucy (or Lucille)
J McCreary was living in the household of her step-sister Sallie (McCreary) Rigg,
(1850-1920), in Owen Co., KY 1880, but after that there's no definite record.

If this Lucy (Lucille) McCreary was indeed the same person who married John
Frederic Ridenbaugh, abt.1900, then the question becomes where she was in
the period between 1880 and 1900. Since the 1910 census indicates this was
her 1st marriage, my suspicion is she may have worked in saloons or even as
a "soiled dove" among settlements in the West. That would fit in with the old
traditions concerning her mother and aunt, especially if they did indeed leave
her penniless, and also explain why her kinfolk back east lost all trace of her.

Anyway I hope I haven't gone on too long, but I think this mystery may be of
interest not only to Nuttall and McCreary researchers, but also those research-
ing the Ridenbaughs.


Lindsay Nuttall
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
BJMEANS 17 Nov 2009 4:47PM GMT 
Eellitta 28 Nov 2009 8:58PM GMT 
olorion 18 Dec 2013 12:38AM GMT 
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