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Cornelius Ridgeway
Birth: Mar. 28, 1842
Sussex County
Delaware, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1918
Dinahs Corner
Kent County
Delaware, USA

Son of:
William Ridgeway and
Deborah (Handsor) Ridgeway.

Husband of:
1. Rebecca (Cott) Ridgeway
2. Rebecca Purloin (Collins) Fisher Ridgeway

Served in Company C, 8th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, Union forces, Civil War (same unit as his brother Alfred).

The location of Cornelius' grave in the cemetery was for many years unknown, but his death certificate indicated he was buried here (the cemetery was known as Manship at that time). Only recently has his specific lot in the cemetery been determined, based on the discovery of receipts which identified which lot he'd purchased.

A headstone was ordered from the Veterans Administration in February 2008 and was installed in March 2008, just a few days before the 90th anniversary of his death. See photos at right. (The lower photo is courtesy of Richard Durham).

Cornelius was featured in an article in The Philadelphia Press dated December 1, 1895 entitled "The True Story of the Delaware Moors." It was reprinted a month later, on January 1, 1896, in the Smyrna (Delaware) Times.

An article, "Kenneth City Man Discovers a Part of Himself in a Forgotten Civil War Survivor," appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on August 31, 2008 regarding the efforts to finally obtain a headstone for Cornelius.

For more information from Cornelius Ridgeway's Civil War pension records, go to this site.

For more info on Civil War soldiers of Delaware, visit Russ Pickett's "Delaware Civil War Memorial Project" by clicking here.

Family links: 
  Rebecca Cott Ridgeway (1843 - 1913)
  Rebecca Purloin Collins Fisher Ridgeway (1870 - 1933)
  Laura E. Ridgeway Seeney (1866 - 1911)*
  David J. Ridgway (1868 - 1943)*
  Sarah Catherine Ridgeway Carter (1872 - 1938)*
  Edgar (William Edgar) Ridgeway (1875 - 1935)*
  John Caleb Ridgeway (1878 - 1952)*
  Harvey N Ridgeway (1879 - 1955)*
  James Blaine Ridgway (1885 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Immanuel Union Methodist Church Cemetery
Kent County
Delaware, USA
Created by: Spaceman Spiff
Record added: Mar 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13510878
Cornelius Ridgeway
Added by: Chris Wimmer
Cornelius Ridgeway
Added by: Spaceman Spiff
Cornelius Ridgeway
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- Lester Letson
 Added: Mar. 18, 2016

- Familly Researcher
 Added: Feb. 14, 2016
R.I.P., great-great-grandpop Cornelius. If you hadn't survived being shot in the left side of the chest at the Battle of Chapin's/Chaffin's Farm, I wouldn't be here today. Thanks for your service.
- Spaceman Spiff
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014
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