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Lemuel Rider
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Birth: May 1, 1776
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 1847
Munson Township
Geauga County
Ohio, USA

HIS TOMBSTONE WAS MISSING as of 1977 when the township went to move the remaining tombstones out of the family plot on private property in Munson Township to Fowlers Mill Cemetery.

The children listed in Lemuel Rider's will were sons, Stephen, William, Edward E., Thurman H., Lemuel Jr., and Calvin. Daughters were Betsey Willard, Laura Somers and Adna Hoyt.

All of the marriages of these children occurred in Geauga County, Ohio.

A history book account of Geauga County, Ohio states that Lemuel purchased a tract of land in Munson Township, Geauga County circa 1816.

The oldest son, William, states in Census records that he was born in NY. The next four children state they were born in Vermont. The other four state they were born in Ohio which coincides with the the 1816 date given for their move to Ohio.

I have not been able to trace this Rider family back into Vermont. The earliest Census record I found was of Lemuel living in Saratoga NY in 1810. Saratoga, NY is right next to Vermont...

George Willard and Betsey Rider were married in Geauga County, Ohio on August 12, 1829.

In finding Betsey's age and place of birth in the 1850 Census record, I am confident that she is a daughter of Lemuel Rider.

Pioneer & General History of Geauga
Published in 1880 by the Historical Society of Geauga County, Ohio- MUNSON
by Origen Miner

Page 257 "In the autumn of 1816, Lemuel Rider, from Vermont, purchased a lot of land in tract No. 1, on the north line of the township. The same is now owned by his sons, Edward and Calvin Rider, and his grandsons, Leman and Alanson Rider, Noadiah Gildersleeve, Aaron Phelps, and others. He built a log house on the east side of the road, near where Calvin Rider now lives, into which he removed his family before winter."

Page 259 "About 1822, Lemuel Rider commenced the erection of a grist-mill on the southeast part of his farm, or near where the present furnace buildings stand. The water power was derived entirely from a couple of large springs, which then afforded much more water than they do now, but proved insufficient then, for the purpose. A carding machine was afterwards introduced, which did a good business for some years."

Page 260 "...the first birth. This I find to have occurred on May 12, 1817. A daughter was born at that time, to Mr. & Mrs. Lemuel Rider, to whom they gave the name of Laura, and who afterward became the wife of Benajah Somers, and died many years since..."

Page 263 FRAME BUILDINGS, ETC. "The first frame erected was that of the grist-mill built by C. Langdon in 1818, and he erected a saw-mill about two years later. The first frame barn was erected by Elijah Hovey in 1820 or '21, and is the one now standing on the place. The first frame house was also erected by him or his son, Oliver U. Hovey, about forty years since. Lemuel Rider also built a house and barn soon after..."

"In the autumn of 1830, Rider's mill and carding machine were burned, and, after this, in 1836 a Mr. Merrill commenced erecting a grist-mill and machine shop a little lower down than where the grist-mill stood..."
(*my note: In 1831, Lemuel Rider built the house that is still standing today)

"...About 1837 William and Stephen Rider erected a furnace, near where the old grist-mill had been burned down. This building is still standing, but no business is done in it now, ..."

From the Geauga County US GENWEB site "Women of the Western Reserve" Munson Township...

Lemuel RIDER, died about 1847
Elizabeth ELDRIDGE, b 1782 Livonia, VT, died 1872
Their children:
William, married Phalinda RICHARDSON
Edward, married Orilla SUMMERS
Stephen, married Louisa RICHARDSON
Lemuel Jr., married Cornelia CROSBY
Calvin, married Almeda ESTEBROOK

"History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio"
Published by Williasm Brothers, Philadelphia, 1878 - Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana #Gc977.101 G26b (oversize).
Page 200

"Lemuel Rider also became a settler in Munson, in 1816. A native of Connecticut, a resident of Vermont, a rover on the seas as a cabin boy in his youth, which he quit on reaching manhood. Being a sensible man, he came to Munson, and took up six hundred acres of land on the north line, in section one. He drove in a team of oxen, brought his wife and five children, William, Betsey, Stephen, Adna, and Edward. Four were born to the parents later, Laura, Truman, Lemuel, and Calvin...Lemuel, Sr., died in June, 1848, aged seventy-two years, and his widow in February, 1872, aged ninety...They were buried in a family burying-place on the farm owned by Edward. Lemuel Rider was a useful man in his day. He collected the waters of several springs, formed a water-power, and set up a grist-mill and carding-machine in 1822. These important structures were many years since destroyed by fire, of unknown origin."

Family links: 
  Patience Eldredge Rider (1782 - 1872)*
  Laura Rider (1799 - ____)*
  William Rider (1803 - ____)*
  Ezekiel Rider (1806 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Rider Willard (1808 - 1865)*
  Adna Rider Hoyt (1811 - ____)*
  Stephen Rider (1813 - 1870)*
  Edward E. Rider (1815 - ____)*
  Laura Rider Somers (1817 - ____)*
  Truman H. Rider (1819 - ____)*
  Lemuel Rider (1823 - 1891)*
  Calvin Rider (1827 - 1907)*
  Ansel Rider (1829 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: age 72
Fowlers Mill Cemetery
Munson Township
Geauga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: unkown
Maintained by: Jim Kimble
Originally Created by: OhioSearcher
Record added: Apr 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68422442
Lemuel Rider
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Rest in Peace
- micosay
 Added: Mar. 8, 2015
In memory of my 3rd Great Grandfather
- Jim Kimble
 Added: Jan. 23, 2013

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