JOHN RIDENOUR was born in Preston County, Va., in 1820. He is the son of Martin and Mary (Miller) Ridenour, both natives of that State and of German descent. John was reared a farmer in his native State, and was educated at the public schools. He came to Iowa in 1864, and settled on section 17, Jackson Township, where he bought eighty acres of improved land and seven acres of timber.
Our subject was married, in 1856, to Elizabeth Fiesh, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Ross) Fiesh. They were natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ridenour and wife are the parents of twelve children — Jacob M., James W., Mary S., Sarah B., Belonia P., Elizabeth M., John W., Jackson F., Sevilla B., Judson B., Jesse A. and Joseph E. Mr. R. and wife are members of the German Baptist Church. He is an ordained minister, and preaches nearly every Sunday. He has been School Director for a number of terms, and politically is a Prohibitionist.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 341.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.