Name: William Thomas "the Tory" RIDDLE
Prefix: ** Capt.
Birth: 1740/1745 in Scotland/Caroline Co. TN
Death: MAY 1781 in Mulberry Fields Meeting House,Wilkesboro,Wilkes Co. NC
Ancestral File #: 1458-N5D
he is my GGGGG paternal Grandfather
Change Date: 12 OCT 2004 at 19:02:22
1760, He came to America with his brothers, Moses and Dr. James Riddle. He settled in eastern Virginia, then went to Hawkins Co. Tenn.
He was a Tory and a Revolutionary War soldier, under General Marion, 1785, he captured by the British in Georgia and hanged for treason. Other source say it was in Watauga, NC.
Jim Riddle - My research shows that the William Riddle who was captured in North Carolina and hanged from the oak tree at a place henceforth called Riddles Knob was the son of a Tory colonel named James Riddle from Sussex County. I do not know the name of his wife but from all indications he had two orphans named John and James. It is this John that I am researching to see if he might be my ancestor John of Laurens, SC. They both were born in 1775.
Rebecca Murphy says that he was born about 1753 in Orange County, N. C. She said that he married Happy Jane Rogers.
Wm Thomas died in Wilkesboro, Mulberry Fields Meeting House, Wilkes Co., NC. He along with 2 of his sons were hanged on an oak tree, by Col. Benjamin Cleveland, of the Loyalists.
Mary Hill "Saga of a Southern Loyalist" William Riddle and His Ancestory,
William was said to be an Indian -possibly Cherokee, or a Melungeon, or mulatto.
Wm Thomas Riddle (Tory), married a person of the melungeons and his children, for the most part, married with them.
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Was family given land grant for his services ?
G. T. Ridlon, History of the Ancient Ryedales and Their Descendants in Normandy, Great Britain, Ireland and America from 860 to 1884, C (1884). "Thomas Riddle (1), said to have been born in Scotland or England, came to America about the year 1760, and settled in eastern Virginia. He enlisted in the American Army, and served six years under General Marion, but was finally taken prisoner and hung. He married a Miss Roberts, and had issue seven children. His widow married to "Bill Ingraham", and removed to Hawkins County, but did not long survive her second marraige. This statement was by Isaac Riddle, of Richland, Pulaski Co, MO, a grandson of the above Thomas, and a man of remarkable memory."
message from John Riddle of Kanoah, UT. "My grandfather had a brother, Moses, and a relative in Kentucky named William Ruddell, who had sons James, William, Lewis and Valentine. If this statement is correct, the "Riddells of Orange Co. VA" and "Riddells of Boone Co. KY" are of the same family."
Title: Families of Hawkins County, Tennessee (1786-1994)
Author: Submitted by Jack H. Goins
Publication: Hawkins co.,Genealogy & Historical Society
Page: pg 539
Father: Moses RIDDLE b: 1715/1735 in Hanover Co. VA
Mother: Mary GIBSON b: 1720 in Orange Co. NC
Harriett Happy Rogers ROBERTS b: 1740/1749 in Pittsylvania Co. VA
- James RIDDLE b: 1773/1775 in Montgomery/Hawkins Co. TN
- Phillip RIDDLE
- John B. RIDDLE b: 10 FEB 1775 in Goochland Co. VA
- William RIDDLE b: 1776/1779 in Montgomery Co. VA
- Joseph L. (Cephas) RIDDLE b: APR 1777 in Goochland,Montgomery Co. VA
- Isaac William RIDDLE b: APR 1777 in Montgomery Co. VA
- Harriett Happy RIDDLE b: 1777/1780 in Goochland Co. VA
- Thomas RIDDLE b: 1781/1782 in Goochland,Montgomery Co. VA