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29. Mary Wentworth "Polly" POINDEXTER was born on 11 March 1775 in Surry County, North Carolina.33 She died on 6 February 1863 at the age of 87.23

Mary is said to have carried letters through the Revolutionary War lines and is listed as a Patriot in the DAR lineage books. However, the proof is no long to be found and this connection has been disallowed.

Mary Wentworth "Polly" POINDEXTER and Jesse RIDINGS were married on 16 December 1805 in Surry County, North Carolina.6,23,33 Jesse RIDINGS, son of John RIDINGS and Polly GENTRY, was born in 1777.59 He died in 1863 at the age of 86.59

Surry County Marriage book gave date of 16 Dec 1804. William Phillips, bondsman.

Jesse bought his mother-in-law's slaves at her estate sale for a total of £400. Not named. It also appears he bought her Bible.
From the Surry Co NC book of Inventories, Bonds, etc. dated 1809-1818 and digitized on FamilySearch.org.
p.172-174
An account of the property sold of the Estate of Elizabeth Poindexter deceased by William Poindexter and Robert A. Poindexter, the 7th and 8th of June 1816.
Jesse Ridings bought a hogshead, candle snuffers, a Testament, and three Negroes for a total of £401.15.9
August Term 1816. Sale of the Estate of Elizabeth Poindexter deceased was returned and ordered recorded. Jo.Williams, CC

1820 Census, Surry Co, NC, Dist of Capt. T. Poindexter, p.334
Jesse Ridings. 2m under 10, 1m 10-26, 1m over 45. 1f 10-26, 1f over 45.

Mary Wentworth "Polly" POINDEXTER and Jesse RIDINGS had the following children:

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i.

Jane RIDINGS (private).

110

ii.

John RIDINGS (private).

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iii.

Thomas Wentworth RIDINGS was born in 1819.67 He died in 1891 at the age of 72.67

112

iv.

Archibald RIDINGS (private).

113

v.

Sarah RIDINGS (private).