Biography of Daniel Ridenour



Clinton County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Daniel Ridenour was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1819. His father came from Pennsylvania, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. Daniel lived with his parents until he was twenty-three years of age, when he was married to Alfieta Monson, who was accidentally killed some eighteen months after they were married. She left one child, Mary, then six months old she was born Jan. 23, 1845. Mr. Ridenour was again married Feb. 1, 1846, to Almira Manson, sister of his former wife. They came to Clinton County September, 1852, with eight hundred dollars, which he had saved from his earnings. His first purchase was two hundred and forty acres of land, two and a half miles north of St. Johns, where he has since resided. He at once erected a log house and commenced cutting himself a home from the unbroken forest; the task was a laborious one, but by energy and perseverance rarely equaled this pioneer couple kept steadily on clearing ten acres each year for ten years; and from that time other lands were added, until he now has more than six hundred acres at the home farm, large improvements, and substantial buildings. He has raised a family of seven children. For his eldest son he has bought a well improved farm. Mr Ridenour is classed among the reliable and wealthy farmers of Clinton County, which position he has attained by strict integrity, economy, and industry. His wife died in 1873. He was again married in 1874 to Mrs. Kentfield, formerly Miss Lodema Baldwin, daughter of Sherman Baldwin, an early settler in the town of Essex, where he died in 1847.

History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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