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I've "rescued" an old autograph album belonging to Frank RIDGLEY of
Bridgeport, Illinois. Based on limited research I was able to gather quite
a bit of information regarding this family and those family members with
entries in the album as follows:
Autograph Album belonging to
Frank RIDGLEY "Frankie"
Frank Luther RIDGLEY b. 4 Oct 1878 in IL to parents Martin Luther RIDGLEY
and Sarah BRUFFEY. Frank died 15 Dec 1958.
Census records provide the following info regarding the RIDGLEY Family:
1880 census of Rock Creek, KS:
M. L. RIDGLEY, age 36, born IL, a Farmer, parents born OH/IL
Sarah RIDGLEY, wife, age 27, born IL, Keeping House, parents born OH/IL
Wm. E. RIDGLEY, son, age 7, born IL, Going to School
Frank RIDGLEY, son, age 1, born IL, at Home
1900 census of Lawrence Township, IL:
M. Luther RIDGLEY, age 56, born Nov 1843, married 30 years, born IL, parents
born OH/IL, a Farmer
Sarah R. RIDGLEY, wife, age 49, born Apr 1851, married 30 years, 5
children/3 living, born IL, parents born IL
Frank RIDGLEY, son, age 21, born Oct 1878, born IL
Minnie R. RIDGLEY, dau, age 10, born Oct 1889, born IL
1910 census of Harvey, IL:
Frank RIDGLEY, age 30, married 6 years, born IL, parents born PA/IL, a
Amanda RIDGLEY, wife, age 25, married 6 years, 2 children/2 living, born WI,
parents born Norway/WI
Marguerite L. RIDGLEY, dau, age 6, born WI
Gladys E. RIDGLEY, dau, age 3, born WI
Mary HANSON, mother-in-law, age 56, a widow, 4 children/4 living, born WI,
parents born Norway, Own Income
Family Entries in Album:
. "Willie", Bridgeport, IL, 25 Dec 1886 "Brother"
1910 census of Bridgeport, IL:
William E. RIDGLEY, age 37, married 14 years, born IL, parents born IL, a
Rosa RIDGLEY, wife, age 39, married 14 years, 1 child/1 living, born IL,
parents born PA/OH
Leler RIDGLEY, son, age 12, born IL
+ 3 lodgers
1920 census of Bridgeport, IL:
William RIDGLEY, age 47, born IL, parents born IL, a Garage Operator
Rosa RIDGLEY, wife, age 49, born IL, parents born IL
Lehr RIDGLEY, son, age 22, born IL, an Oil Field Truck Driver
. L. BRUFFEY, Bridgeport, IL, 25 Dec 1886 "Gran ma"
Louisa LEWIS b. 20 Aug 1826 in Lawrenceville, IL to parents Philip LEWIS and
Mary CRAVEN, she married John BRUFFEY (b. 15 Aug 1810 in Greenbrier Co, WV)
and together they had 10 children including, Mary Elizabeth; Emily; William;
Priscilla; Sarah; Rosella; George Whitteker; Harriett; Mark Lewis; and James
Johnson BRUFFEY all born between 1843 and 1866 in Lawrence, IL. Louisa died
in Dennison, TX on 12 Dec 1888.
. "Lizzie" and "Cousin"
. Minnie R. RIDGLEY, Bridgeport, IL, 5 Ma 1897 "Sister"
Minnie Rosella RIDGLEY b. 17 Oct 1889 in Lawrence Township, IL to parents
Martin Luther RIDGLEY and Sarah Priscilla BRUFFEY. Minnie married Thomas
John ONEY on 2 Dec 1908 in Lawrence Co. IL and died 1 Aug 1976.
1910 census of Lawrence Township, IL:
Sarah RIDGLEY, age 58, a widow, 5 children/3 living, born IL, parents born
VA/IL, a Farmer
Thomas J. ONEY, son-in-law, age 30, married 1 year, born OH, parents born
OH, an Oil Field Tool Dresser
Minnie R. ONEY, dau, age 20, married 1 year, 1 child/1 living, born IL,
parents born IL
1920 census of Bridgeport, IL:
Thomas J. ONEY, age 40, born OH, parents born WV, an Oil Co. Foreman
Minnie R. ONEY, wife, age 30, born IL, parents born IL
Sarah E. ONEY, dau, age 10, born IL
Winifred C. ONEY, dau, age 8, born IL
Roy E. ONEY, son, age 3, born IL
Sarah P. RIDGLEY, age 68, a widow, born IL, parents born VA/IL
. J. BRUFFEY, Bridgeport, IL, 27 Jun 1887 "Uncle"
John BRUFFEY b. 15 Aug 1811 or 1812 in Lewisburg, WV and married Louisa
LEWIS on 20 Aug 1826 in Lawrence, IL. John died 17 Dec 1882 in Denison, TX.
1860 census of Lawrence Township, IL:
John BRUFFEY, age 49, a Farmer, born VA
Louisa BRUFFEY, age 34, born IL
Mary BRUFFEY, age 16, born IL
Emily BRUFFEY, age 14, born IL
William BRUFFEY, age 12, born IL
Priscilla BRUFFEY, age 10, born IL
Rosella BRUFFEY, age 8, born IL
George BRUFFEY, age 4, born IL
Harriett BRUFFEY, age 2, born IL
1870 census of Lawrence Township, IL:
John BRUFFY, age 58, a Farmer, born VA
Louisa BRUFFY, age 44, Keeping House, born IL
Rose BRUFFY, age 15, born IL
George BRUFFY, age 13, born IL
Harriet BRUFFY, age 11, born IL
Mark BRUFFY, age 10, born IL
James BRUFFY, age 4, born IL
. Lena R. MCCLEAVE "Cousin"
Lena MCCLEAVE b. 1875 in Lawrenceville, IL to parents Henry Clay MCCLEAVE
(b. 28 Dec 1830 in Lawrence, IL) and Mary Elizabeth BRUFFEY (b. 20 Dec 1843
in Lawrence, IL). Lena died in 1956.
1880 census of Lawrence, IL:
Henry C. MCCLEAVE, age 49, a Farmer, born IL, parents born OH/VA
Mary E. MCCLEAVE, wife, age 36, Keeping House, born IL, parents born VA/IL
Flora M. MCCLEAVE, dau, age 16, at Home, born IL
James D. MCCLEAVE, son, age 14, a Farmer, born IL
Lena MCCLEAVE, dau, age 4, born IL
. Evelena MCCLEAVE, 3 Jan 1888
1880 census of Lawrence, IL:
Benjamin MCCLEAVE, age 38, a Farmer, born IL, parents born IL
Millie J. MCCLEAVE, wife, age 27, Keeping House, born KY, parents born KY
Mary MCCLEAVE, dau, age 11, born IL
Albert MCCLEAVE, son, age 9, born IL
Isaac MCCLEAVE, son, age 7, born IL
James MCCLEAVE, son, age 4, born IL
Evelina MCCLEAVE, dau, age 3, born IL
Myrtle I. MCCLEAVE, dau, age 8 months, born IL
. Mollie MCCLEAVE, Lukin, IL, 3 Jan 1888
. "Aunt Mary"
Entries by Friends in the Album:
. Leni L. SMITH
. Stella SIVERT
. Elmer DICKIRSON, Carncevill, IL, 3 Jan 1888
. J. P. MIDDAGH, 27 Dec 1886 "Teacher"
. Shannon MCCLAVE, 27 Dec 1886
. Laura CONOR, Seymour, IL, 27 Dec 1886
. Whittier S. GILLESPIE, Seymour, 3 Jan 1888 "Teacher"
. Grace LEWIS, 11 Dec 1889
. M. MUSGRAVE
. C. LEWIS
. Lizzie THOMPSON
. C. M. EATON
. Daniel Alevander ETZWILER, Sumner, Lawrence Co. IL, 27 Dec 1886
. Robt. HARDAERE
. Alice LEWIS
. Thomas I. DICKIRSON
. Willie ABERNATHY
. Geo LEWIS, 10 Feb 1891
. J. CONZELL, Sumner, IL, 20 Mar 1891
. W. E. CLAYCOMB, 19 Jan 1887
. Willie SPENCER
. Bert CLAYCOMB, 19 Jan 1887
. Maggie DALRYRAPLE, 7 Jan
. Florence DAYTON, Gumback, Daviess Co. IN, 28 Dec 1892
. "Bertha", Seymour, IL, 10 Feb 1890
. Blanche M. TELOFTON, 4 Jan 1888
. L. C. SPENCER, 10 Dec
. D. A. DICKIRSON, 10 Dec 1889
. "Ada", 29 Oct 1894
. Samuel HOLLINGSWORTH, 31 Oct 1894
. Fred L. MIDDAGH
. Emma TURE, Seymour, IL, 1 Nov 1894
. Carrie LEWIS, 11 Dec 1888
. Charline HARDAERE, 31 Oct 1894
. Della TURNER, 1 Nov 1894
. S. E. LEWIS, Seymour, IL, 31 Oct 1890
. Amos P. SPENCER, 29 Oct 1894
I am hoping to locate someone from the family so that this wonderful old
treasure can be returned to its proper place with family. If you are a
member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.
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