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 Thomas Dryden

Thomas Dryden

Virginia, USA
Death 14 Dec 1860 (aged 75)
Danville, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA
Burial New Florence, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA
Plot There is another stone that is concreted 1/4 of the way up from the bottom that is facing the backside of his stone and no writing is visible, that is probably his wife's stone (Elizabeth Craig Dryden).
Memorial ID 102011517 · View Source
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Thomas Dryden was a farmer. His first wife was Mary Ann "Polly" Alexander Mahaffey. They married April 30, 1807 in Washington County, Virginia. To this marriage was born:

Amanda Dryden-Badger (1810-1880) born in Washington County, Virginia.

He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Craig on November 15, 1821, in Jefferson County, TN. Eliza was born about 1800 in Virginia. Thomas and Eliza had four children:

Gilbert (Apr. 19, 1830-Oct. 28, 1872)born in VA
Angeline (1833-) born in MO
Elizabeth (1836) born in MO

Thomas died at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 16 days.

Per and the last name Dryden I found this interesting story that I wanted to add to Thomas's memorial:

Thomas Dryden built a horse mill near Danville, MO, soon after his arrival in Montgomery Co., which, being something unusual for those times, attracted a great deal of attention. It was situated on a high point of ground, where the wind had a fair sweep against it, and several persons came near freezing to death while grinding grain there during cold weather. The capacity of the mill for grinding was from 3 to 5 bushels per day. Mr. Dryden was a leading member of the Methodist church, and strict in his observance of its rules; but one day he needed some whisky for some purpose, and went to Danville and procured a jugful of that fiery liquid. On his way back home he met. REV. ANDREW MONROE, his pastor, who was bitterly opposed to the use of intoxicating liquors in any manner, and was very strict in his enforcement of the rules of the church against it. Mr. Dryden saw him coming, and wondered what he should do -- he a steward in the church, with a jug of whisky in his hands! But a happy thought struck him. He remembered that Monroe had once entertained the Governor in his house at Danville, and had sent to the saloon to get a bottle of whisky for his benefit, as he had none in the house, and the Governor had called for a stimulant. When the met, Monroe's first question was, "Well, Brother Dryden, what is that you have got in your jug?" Dryden promptly answered, "It's some whisky that I have just purchased for the Governor, who is at my house". Monroe saw the point, and let Brother Dryden off without a reprimand. Thomas Dryden, brother of Nathaniel, married ELIZABETH CRAIG, and settled in Montgomery County, MO.

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  • Maintained by: Denise Goodwin
  • Originally Created by: Roxanne Weathers
  • Added: 11 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102011517
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Dryden (28 Feb 1785–14 Dec 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102011517, citing Dryden Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Denise Goodwin (contributor 47961298) .