Jacob Ridgely1,2

M, b. 22 February 1744, d. 24 March 1815
FatherWestall Ridgely b. 1706, d. b 2 Jun 1772
MotherSarah Isaac b. 1714, d. 11 Dec 1789
     Jacob was born on Saturday, 22 February 1744 in the family home, Rigdely's Chance, Frederick County, Maryland.3 Jacob married Ruth Thrasher, daughter of Thomas Thrasher and Martha Lee, circa 1773 in Frederick County, Maryland. The 1790 U.S. Federal Census enumerates at Traptown, Frederick County, Maryland, the family of Jacob Ridgely [15:3].4 The 1800 U.S. Federal Census enumerates at Traptown the family of Jacob Rigley [22111:11010].5 The 1810 U.S. Federal Census enumerates at Traptown the family of J. Ridgley [01311:0110103].6 Jacob made his will on 24 May 1811 at Traptown.

In the name of God Amen, I Jacob Ridgely of Frederick County in the State of Maryland, being in perfect health of body, and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say,

First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and after my debts and funeral expenses are paid, I devise & bequeath as follows - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ruth Ridgely for and during her natural life, all my tract of Land called and known by the name of "Leave it so" lying in the County aforesaid, also all that part of my land called "Philips Luck" and that part called "Matthew's Good Will", I also give to my said wife for and during the term aforesaid [that is to say, during her natural life] all my personal property of every kind whatsoever including therein one share in a fire insurance company of Baltimore Town, which I hold, by whatever name the same may be called, and at her decease, It is my will that the whole of the aforesaid property be equally divided among my children by name, Jacob, William, Westall, Sarah, Ruth, Greenbury, Thomas, Martha, Eli, and Hezekaih, share and share alike.

Item. I will and direct that, that Tract of my land called and known by the name of "The Fair Thing" be sold by my executors hereinafter named, at or within one year after my decease, to the best advantaged for the whole concerned, and the Net proceeds thereof to be by them equally divided among my said ten children, by name Jacob, William, Westal, Sarah, Ruth, Greenbury, Thomas, Eli, Martha, and Hezekiah, share and share alike.

Item, I will and devise to my son Jacob Ridgely, over and above his share of my Estate above given to him, all that part of a tract of Land belonging to me and now in my possession called "Fair View" containing about fifty acres more or less, he the said Jacob paying into my Estate twenty dollars per acre for the same, for the number of acres it may be found to contain on actual survey to be equally divided among my ten children as above, share and share alike.
Item. It is my Will and desire that no letter testamentary be taken out on my Estate during the life of my wife, provided the same can be fairly & equitably settled with out - And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my before named two sons Jacob Ridgely and William Ridgely , to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven.

Signed, Sealed published and declared by
Jacob Ridgely the above named Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses there to: Patrick McGill, James Torrance, George Willyard.
Jacob departed this life on Friday, 24 March 1815 in Traptown at age 71 years, 1 month and 2 days. He was buried there in Jefferson in the Chunn Ridgley Family Cemetery. The inscription on his Tombstone reads: In Memory of Jacob Ridgley Sen. who died the 24 of March, 1815 in the 73 rd Year of his age.7 His will was probated on 24 April 1815.


Ruth Thrasher b. 12 Jul 1755, d. 24 May 1850


  1. [S98] Harry Wright Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry, Volume III: pages 168-169 - Jacob was born perhaps in Frederick County where his fataher settled after leaving his native county of Anne Arundel. He married Ruth ---. Lists his children. He drew up his will 24 May 1811 in presence of James Torrance, Patrick McGill, & George Willard & probated Frederick County 24 April 1815.
  2. [S73] William Jarboe Grove, History of Carrollton Manor: Frederick Co., Maryland, pp. 33332-333 - I am giving some names taken from an old leather backed bible of Eli P. House which is now in the possession of his great grandson Eli C. House, the writing is plain, besides the family, the names of the slaves are given. Jacob Ridgely Sr. b. 22 February 1744, Ruth Ridgely b. 12 July 1755, Eli P. House b. 8 March 1785, Rutha Ridgeway b. 22 October 1783; ... Eli P. House m. Rutha R. Ridgely by the Rev. David Martin 7 November 1816, Ruth Ridgely departed this life 24 May 1850, Eli P. House departed this life 14 April 1868; Elizabeth H. House b. 31 May 1813, William House b. 22 April 1814, Eli C. House b. 22 October 1815, Martha R. House b. 10 August 1817, Sarahann R. House b. 17 April 1819, Rutha R. House b. 25 December 1820, Mary Ann R. House b. 27 July 1823 ...
  3. [S73] William Jarboe Grove, History of Carrollton Manor: Frederick Co., Maryland, pp. 332-333.
  4. [S668] 1790 United States Federal Census: Fredrick County, Pennsylvania - page 66 - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.
  5. [S669] 1800 United States Federal Census: Fredrick County, Maryland - District 3, page 115 - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.
  6. [S670] 1810 United States Federal Census: Frederick County, Maryland - page 384 - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.
  7. [S953] Find a grave: Courtesy of Byan Main. - www.findagrave.com.