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Riddell, Fountain

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Riddell, Fountain
February 27, 2007 05:19PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
1887, Boone Co.

FOUNTAIN RIDDELL was born two and one-half miles northeast of
Burlington, Boone Co., Ky., January 9, 1833, and is a son of John and
Florenda (McKay) Riddell, natives of Orange County, Va., and Kenton
County, Ky, respectively. William Riddell, the grandfather of our
subject, settled two miles northeast of Burlington in 1802. He was a
farmer, and of Scotch origin. John Riddell was born in 1804, was an
industrious farmer of Boone County, and died in 1865. The maternal
grandfather, Jacob McKay, a native of New Jersey, settled in Kenton
County. Fountain Riddell was reared on the farm. He read law under
Judge Doney in Asbury University, Indiana, and with James W. Calvert,
of Burlington, Ky. He began practice in 1858, and in 1860-61 he was a
member of the Legislature. In March 1870, he married Miss Louisa
Hawes, and to this union four children have been born, two of whom
only are living: Nathaniel and Henrietta. Mr. Riddell is president of
the Boone County Deposit Bank, and is a Mason. Politically he is a
Democrat. Nathaniel E. Hawes, the father of Mrs. Louisa Riddell,
was born in Caledonia County, Vt., November 12, 1800, and was a son of
Daniel Hawes. At the age of nine years he was brought to the West by
his uncle, Nathaniel Edson, and in 1820 settled in Burlington, Ky.,
where he was employed as a clerk for Andrew and William, and in 1832
embarked in business as a merchant at Burlington on his own account,
and remained in business until 1878. In 1822 he married Miss Jemima
Bradford, who died in 1878, the mother of five children: Elizabeth,
Mercy, Henrietta, Mrs. Riddell and Joseph. Mr. Hawes has served as
justice of the peace, and in 1870 was elected county judge, which
office he filled four years. He had, however, previously filled a
vacancy in this office, caused by the death of Hon. Benjamin Watts,
who was the second judge of that court under the present constitution
of the State, and one of its oldest and most distinguished citizens.
Cyrus Riddell was born near Burlington, Ky., in 1819, and was a son of
James and Sallie Page (Craig) Riddell. James Riddell was a native of
Virginia, and Sallie Riddell was a native of Boone County, Ky., and a
daughter of Benjamin Craig, who was born in Virginia but was an early
settler in Kentucky. William Craig, father of Benjamin, was of Scotch
origin, and was a soldier in the American Army during the last war with
Great Britain. Cyrus Riddell was reared in Boone County, was a
merchant at Petersburg for many years, but closed out in 1848. In 1856
he was appointed postmaster at Burlington, where he also carried on a
general goods business until 1859, when he retired to his farm; in 1880
he returned to town. He served as county judge from 1878 to 1882, and
had for many years been a magistrate. He was three times married;
first, in 1843, to Miss Elvira Brown, who died in 1844, leaving one
child--James A. In 1847 he married Christina Love, who died in 1855,
the mother of two children: Elizabeth and Sallie. His third marriage
was to Laura Foster, in 1857, a daughter of Joseph C. Foster, who was
for a number of years a leading business man and merchant at Burlington.
By this marriage he has one child--Kittie.
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