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Richard Ridgely

Birthplace: Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Howard, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Dorsey Cemetery, Howard, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Westall Ridgely and Sarah Ridgely
Husband of [Mrs.] Ridgely
Father of Ann Dashiell
Brother of Nicholas Ridgely

Occupation: of the Supreme Court of Maryland
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About Richard Ridgely

Continental Congressman in 1784 and 1785.

Birth: Aug. 3, 1755, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA

Death: Feb. 25, 1824, Howard County, Maryland, USA

After attending St. John's College in Annapolis, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1780. He established a practice in Baltimore. He was a Continental Congressman in 1784 and 1785 and later served in the Maryland state senate from 1786 to 1791. He later returned to his law practice in Baltimore. His estate in Howard County, Maryland, Dorsey Hall, was inherited from his wife's family. (bio by: Garver Graver)

Burial: Dorsey Cemetery, Howard County, Maryland, USA GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 39.19190, Longitude: -76.81390

Maintained by: Find A Grave. Originally Created by: Garver Graver. Record added: May 20, 2009 . Find A Grave Memorial# 37306928

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The following account of Richard Ridgely gives a different year for his death, and a different name for his wife, and for his children. [Michael R. Delahunt notes: I have yet to find the best way to reconcile this account with the info above! ]

Richard Ridgley (b. August 03, 1755, d. 1800)

Richard Ridgley (son of Westall Ridgley and Sarah Isaac)284 was born August 03, 1755 in Queen Caroline P, Ann Arundel, Maryland285, and died 1800 in Frederick, Maryland. He married Rebecca Templin on September 30, 1782 in Frederick, MD285.

Notes for Richard Ridgley:

Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 Biographies R page 1739 RIDGELY, Richard, a Delegate from Maryland; born in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel County, Md., August 3, 1755; attended St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.; assistant clerk of the council of safety in 1776, and later clerk; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1780 and commenced practice in Baltimore; advocate in the Maryland Court of Chancery; elected a Member of the Continental Congress in 1785 and 1786 but declined to serve in the latter year; served in the State senate 1786-1791; resumed the practice of law in Baltimore; appointed judge of the county court July 30, 1811, which position he held until his death in Howard County, Md., February 25, 1824; interment on the "Dorsey Hall" estate, near Columbia, Howard County, Md.


Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography page 788 RIDGELY, RICHARD, congressman. He was a delegate from Maryland to the continental congress from 1785 to 1786.


From: Anne Arundel Gentry, Vol. 3, William Ridgely

Richard Ridgely, son of Westall and Sarah (Isaac) Ridgely, was born in Frederick County. On September 24, 1782, he secured license in that county to marry Rebecca Templing. Children of Richard and Rebecca (Templing) Ridgely

1. Sarah Ridgely married Daniel Shaven lShawhanl. License Fred. Co. Aug. 24, 1803. 2. Anne Ridgely married David Shaven [Shawhanl. License Dec. 21, 1805. 3. Samuel Ridgely, died circa 1830. 4. Joshua Ridgely. 5. Rebecca Ridgely.

He wrote his will on October 27, 1797, in the presence of Samuel Philip and Charles Armstrong. To wife Rebecca all estate but in event of her remarriage then one-third of "Ridgely's Risk" and portion of "Alay Survey" joining "Ridgely's Risk", portion of "Pilles Hall" and "Fieldere". To son Samuel "Fieldere" at death of testator's wife. To son Joshua "Ridgely's Risk" and portion of "Alay Survey" at death of testator's wife. To daughters Sarah Ridgely, Anne Ridgely and Rebecca Ridgely personalty.

On September 1, 1802, his executrix, Rebecca Ridgely, filed an account with the court by which she showed an overpayment of £223/4/2. Her son-in-law, Daniel Shaven, filed the first and only account on her estate by which £214/1/3 were distributed to the five named heirs. Joshua Ridgely filed an account on the estate of his brother, Samuel Ridgely, on April 4, 1831, when he reported assets of $1,355.44, but after all disbursements were made, an overpayment of $119.20 resulted.

SOURCE: Fred. Co. Wills, Liber GM no. 3, folio 385.

More About Richard Ridgley: Occupation 1: Bet. 1785 - 1786, Member of the Continental Congress. Occupation 2: Bet. 1786 - 1791, State Senate. Occupation 3: 1811, Judge of County Court.

More About Richard Ridgley and Rebecca Templin: Marriage: September 30, 1782, Frederick, MD.285

Children of Richard Ridgley and Rebecca Templin are: Anna Ridgley, b. September 24, 1786, d. date unknown. Joshua Ridgley, b. April 03, 1794, d. date unknown. Samuel Ridgley, b. August 01, 1790, d. date unknown. Sarah Ridgley, b. December 1783, d. date unknown.

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Richard Ridgely's Timeline

August 3, 1755
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Age 43
February 25, 1824
Age 68
Howard, Maryland, United States
Howard, Maryland, United States