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29. Mary Wentworth "Polly" POINDEXTER was born on 11 March 1775 in Surry County, North Carolina.34 She died on 6 February 1863 at the age of 87 in Lafayette County, Mississippi.23 She was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lafayette County, Missouri.69

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 1804 in Surry County, North Carolina.6,23,34 Jesse RIDINGS, son of John RIDINGS and Polly GENTRY, was born on 10 May 1777.61 He died on 16 June 1850 at the age of 73.61 He was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lafayette County, Missouri.70

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
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.

1850 Census. Lafayette, MO, Hh 1052
Both Jesse and Mary were living with son Archibald. The enumeration date was 2 Nov 1850 - Jesse quite likely deceased but the enumerator would have had instructions to count him since he was living earlier in the year.

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



Sarah RIDINGS71 was born (date unknown).

Sarah married Jesse Chinn.



Jane RIDINGS (private).



Robert Troy RIDINGS was born in 1811. He died in 1855 at the age of 44. He was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lafayette County, Missouri.72

From FindAGrave
Robert Troy Ridings, his two other Brothers Thomas Wentworth and Archibald Wellington Ridings all had their hands in making of Chapel Hill Townsite/Village in Southwestern Lafayette County, Western Missouri. Along with other siblings and their Parents Jesse Ridings & their mother Mary Wentworth Poindexter Ridings... They all hadconnections to Chapel Hill College and the help in hand with Early day events of Chapel Hill townsite/Village, a Pre-Civil War Town found in the middle of Pre-Civil War events and Border troubles before the Civil War

Married Elizabeth Swift (1811-1887)

1850 Census. Grand River Twp, Henry Co, MO, Hh 368
Robert T. Ridings, age 40, b. NC
Elizabeth, 40, b. VA
children born in MO: Sophina B. 10. Mary B. 8. Caroline V. 6. Jesse 4. Sarah W. age 1



John RIDINGS (private).



Archibald Wellington RIDINGS71 was born in 1816 in Surry County, North Carolina.

1850 Census. Lafayette Co, MO, Hh 1052
A. W. Ridings, age 34, school teacher - a number of students listed with him - was this a resident school or did the enumerator visit the school during the day and record everyone present? He was enumerated next to brother Thomas W. Ridings.
Mary J., age 29
Jessy, age 74. Mary W., age 76, b. born NC - obviously his parents
William Ragsdale, 22. Joseph, 20. Students
John M. Lepp, 28, School teacher
Martha M. Lepp, 24, listed as a student, but most likely also his wife, although she could have been a sister....
Alfred C. Bent, 17
Narcisis Pallett, 21 (marked as a male)
Barnet Chambers, 17
Mary W. Davis, 16
Louisa Davis 14
Martha Ish, 12
Pheba Ish, 14
Martha Jack, 11
Leonidas Jack 13
John Patton, 22
Saraphena Ridings 11
Berilla Ridings 9 (female) - they may have been nieces, daughters of brother Robert, but they were also counted with his household in Henry Co, MO, both marked as attending school
Thomas Lake 18, Mail Carrier
John Lake, 15., student



Thomas Wentworth RIDINGS was born on 28 October 1819.73 He died on 26 January 1891 at the age of 71 in Lafayette County, Missouri.73

1850 Census. Lafayette, MO, Hh 1053
Thomas W. Riding, age 33, b. NC. Sarah C. 29, b. TN
Mary J. 6. Elizabeth A., 5. Alvis, 3. Jessy C. age 1/2

Served in Company K, 3rd Regt, MO Volunteer Infantry, Civil War.

Buried Wellington City Cemetery, Lafayette Co, MO.