William Ridout was not son of John

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I have the early Sherborne baptisms on record. The child born to John RIDOUT and Elizabeth OLIVER on the 7th January 1670/1 was named Robert, not William.
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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
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Just been checking out Ridouts in Dorset and found this. I did some checking and then posted this comment on the profile. But where to from here because this has obviously been left incorrect for 2 years.

As pointed out previously on the forum. (see link above) It was Robert that was baptised on Jan 7 1671.(have checked parish record)
 There was a William son of  Henery and Jone baptised on 15 May 1677

 A marriage of William Ridout of Marnhull and Alice Hywood ( Hywood is ancestries transcription but possibly Hycocke?)  of Margaret Marsh took place in Margaret Marsh on August 17th 1721
There is a baptism of a son Robert so of William and Allice Ridout in Margaret Marsh the following year.

Thomas Mog Ridout (the son on this profile)  was baptised on 6th December 1705 at Sturminster Newton (s of William and Alice ) but cannot be the son of the above couple who were married long after.

Thomas Mog Ridout is further  supposed to have married two women, a Rose Gatehouse and a Susannah Burt.
I haven't chased this one yet except for finding this https://the-ridouts.com/2015/11/16/the-compton-abbas-rideouts-thomas-and-who/

(sorry if I should have started a new question rather than add a supplementary)


by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (410k points)
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I asked the original 'question', although it was more of a statement really, to point out that William was not John & Elizabeth's son who was bp. in 1671.

Not being able to access the original tree I don't remember the context of this conversation but I do have several trees (as Ridout Archivist for S&DFHS) and could tell you more about the subjects. Who are you interested in specifically... is it Thomas, son or Robert & Rachel (nee Gatehouse)? of Compton Abbas?

The Ridouts of Sherborne blog that you link to is mine by the way :-)

Cheers, Karen

Hi Karen,

It was not a specific interest in this particular branch or in fact Ridouts. I just keep coming across them .

I saw underfloor Ridout graves in Sturminster Newton Church last week and then a whole bevy of gravestones in Okeford Fitzpaine Churchyard  on the same day. (my husbands family comes originally from there and I am fairly  certain that one of them had his will witnessed by a Ridout  )   I  have also previously come across Ridouts, reputably smugglers , living  at the Mill at Fiddleford  whilst researching the Whites of Fiddleford .  Then there was  also an Elizabeth Lawrence of Affpuddle,  sister of  William Lawrence    who  may have married a John  Ridout .

Since I've volunteered to help look after Dorset for the England project I thought I would look to see if there were any unsourced (or ancestry tree sourced) Ridouts   that I could add sources to for the sourcerer project. I found that one straight away which I'm sure you'll agree needs some TLC.

I was pleased to find your blog post which  also seemed to confim that this line is a bit of a hotchpot.

Hi Helen

I've been researching (my) Ridout family for about 12 years now and branched out into looking at other families of the same name in the area. The further I went back in time it became apparent that there are probably only three actual, unrelated dynasties; this seems to have been confirmed by the results from a Ridout yDNA project which I set up, although who knows if non-paternal events have concealed actual relationships?! Anyway, two families seem to have originated in Dorset, specifically in Sherborne and Blandford; a third Ridout clan descended from the illegitimate son of a noble Devonian man who held territory in nearby Henstridge in Somerset. So, this is why you're tripping over evidence of Rid(e)outs in so many of the towns and villages as they slowly expanded and move away from their origins. Nowadays there are probably more Ridouts living in the USA and Canada, descendants of successful early migrants. Personally I believe that the majority of the online trees that you are talking about are inaccurate in one way or the other but that is just my own opinion :-)

Cheers, Karen

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