Nicholas Reitenauer III
Mary Magdalena Mollina Gerber
Mathias Reitenauer
Katherine Herval
George Ridenour Sr.


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George Ridenour Sr. 2 3 4

  • Born: 1 Sep 1792, Hagerstown, Washington, MD 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Mary Starrett on 21 Jan 1823 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States 1
  • Died: 23 Dec 1865, Inwood, Marshall, IN at age 73 1 5
  • Buried: Gahanna: Mifflin Twp. Cemetery, Franklin, OH 5

   Another name for George was George Reitenauer.1

   FamilySearch ID: KH3R-76V.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio: Ridenours founded Lutheran church in 1819 in Mifflin Township, 1819. 6
. . In the same year [1819] the Rev. Charles Henkle founded a Lutheran church. . . .
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH was the first one organized, though, as stated above, the Presbyterians were as early in holding religious services, and, it is also probable, that the Methodists were equally early, but this denomination, usually the pioneers of Christianity, were later in Mifflin than any other township in the county. The first preaching by the Lutherans was in George Ridenour's house, at Daniel Forney's and at _____ Neiswender's, in Jefferson township; afterwards, services were held at a school-house, in the same township, which was built by Michael Neiswender. The meetings were held in various localities, for the accommodation, in turn, of the different settlements. The early members of the church were: George and John Ridenour, Michael Neiswender, George Baughman, Jesse Baughman, David Ridenour, John Saul, Daniel Turney, Jonas Souder, and perhaps a few others. The house of worship was built in 1838, just north of the present site of Gahanna, and upon a lot donated, for the purpose, by Zachariah Kramer. An addition was found necessary, and was accordingly built, in 1843. The Church has now a total membership of one hundred and sixty persons, and is under the pastoral charge of the Rev. Lewis T. Meyer. The elders are Isaac Souder and G. Neiswender; Serenus Souder and Nicholas Heischman, deacons, Samuel Neiswender, John Kramer, and John Souder, trustees.

2. Book: History of Franklin County: George Redenour forms Columbus and Johnstown Turnpike Company, 1850. 7
The Columbus and Johnstown Turnpike Road. By an act passed March 1, 1850, Robert Neil, Windsor Atchison, George Ridenour, Jesse Baughman and Walter Thrall, and their associates, were incorporated by the name of the "Columbus and Johnstown Turnpike Company," to construct a turnpike or plank road, from Columbus to Johnstown, passing through New Albany, with the privilege of extending it to Mt. Vernon, in Knox County. The capital stock subscribed and paid, is between ten and eleven thousand dollars, divided into shares of #25 each; but the stock may be extended to $70,000. The Company organized, and in the summer of 1851, constructed about seven miles of the road, extending from Columbus to Walnut Creek, opposite to the village of Bridgeport; and erected two (less than half toll) gates on it. The construction, so far as it is made, is paid; and the Company are receiving moderate dividends. The further extension of the road is considered doubtful. The Company is governed by a Board of five Directors. The present Board consists of Ermine Case, Pres't; Robert Neil, Windsor Atchison, George Ridenour, J. W. Baldwin.

3. Census in 1850 in Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH. 2 George Ridenour, farmer, 58, was living with wife Mary, 50; Daniel, farmer, 27; Elizabeth, 25; David, farmer, 19; William, farmer, 16; Reuben, 13; James, 10; Mary, 6. Also with them is Mary Starret, 82. George's farm was worth $3,500. The next household is John Ridenour, farmer, 23, and his wife Anna, 21. His farm has no value so he is living on father George's land. George was born in Maryland, John in Ohio, and everyone else in Pennsylvania.

4. Book: Genealogy of the Ridenour Family, 1908. 4
George, third son of Mathias and Catherine Ridenour, born 1792, died 1865, aged 73 years. Born at Hagerstown, Md., a farmer by occupation. He lived on Big Walnut Creek, Franklin county, Ohio, died at Invood, Ind. He married Mary Sterrett. She died in 1856. They were the parents of nine children: Daniel; John, born 1830, died 1864; Elizabeth, died 1899; George, born April 26, 1829, died Nov. 2, 1898; David, born 1831, died 1900, aged 69 years; William; Reuben, born 1838, died 1859, aged 21 years; James, died 1893; Mary, died 1885.
Elizabeth, daughter of George Ridenour, married Peter Beecher. She was the mother of three children: Albert, lviing in Ashton, Kansas, R. F. D.; Frank, living at 703 South C St., Arkansas City, Kansas; Emma, living in Arkansas City, Kansas, R. F. D.
Albert Beecher, son of Elizabeth, married, two children: Carl Albert, Maggie.

George married Mary Starrett, daughter of John Starrett and Mary Latta, on 21 Jan 1823 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States.1 (Mary Starrett was born on 2 Feb 1800 in , Westmoreland Co. PA,2 8 died on 22 Feb 1856 in Gahanna, Franklin, OH 1 8 and was buried in Gahanna: Mifflin Twp. Cemetery, Franklin, OH 8.)


1 Ridenour, Melvin Otho, Ancestors Are Forever, a Ridenour Collection from 893 AD to 2000 AD (17 September 1991, p 144. online).

2 1850 United States Census, Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township, Series: M432 Roll: 680 Page: 85.

3 History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio (Williams Bros. publishers, 1880.), Page 484. Mifflin Township.

4 Peter Darcuss Ridenour (1831-1909), Genealogy of the Ridenour family (Published 1908. Online in Books at, Page 29.

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6 History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio (Williams Bros. publishers, 1880.), "Mifflin Township," p. 487.

7 Martin, William T., History of Franklin County (1858. Follett, Foster & Co., Columbus, Ohio.), Page 77.

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