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Mary Melissa (Turner) Ridenour (1853 - 1883)

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Mary Melissa Ridenour formerly Turner
Born in Iowamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Cedar County, Iowamap
Died in Cedar County, Iowamap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Feb 2016
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Mary Melissa Turner was born on December 24, 1853 to John and Sarah Turner in Iowa. Mary was a lifelong resident of the state of Iowa.

William Ridenour was married to Mary Melissa Turner on November 17, 1873. The couple made their home in Cedar County, Iowa and on August 6, 1875, son Martin Samuel Ridenour was born. His birth was followed a couple of years later on August 12, 1877 when his brother, Rutherford B. Ridenour was born. Rutherford wasn't with the family for very long as he passed away on February 8, 1879. Curtis L. Ridenour made his appearance on January 7, 1880.

March 15, 1883 was a dark day for the little family as wife and mother, Mary Ridenour passed away. Mary is buried in the Sharon Cemetery located in Wilton, Cedar County, Iowa. Find A Grave Memorial# 52760386

Research Notes

According to the biography for William Ridenour located on the Find A Grave website, there was another son born to William and Mary that died young. The obituary for Martin Samuel Ridenour also indicates that he had 2 brothers that died in infancy, no names are mentioned. Curtis is mentioned as proceeding Martin in death.

So far, I haven't located the other child. Any help is welcomed.


  • 1860 US Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Farmington, Cedar, Iowa; Roll: M653_314; Page: 131; Image: 131; Family History Library Film: 803314
  • 1870 US Census Year: 1870; Census Place: Farmington, Cedar, Iowa; Roll: M593_380; Page: 210A; Image: 424; Family History Library Film: 545879
  • 1880 US Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Marion, Iowa; Roll: 354; Family History Film: 1254354; Page: 641A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 0564
  • Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1809-1992 FHL Film Number 0986805, Reference ID 2:3RBRPBK
  • Web: Iowa Gravestones Index
  • Web: Iowa, Find A Grave Index, 1800-2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 52760386

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