Cornelius Ridgeway

Cornelius Ridgeway

Milton, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 31 Mar 1918 (aged 76)
Dinahs Corner, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Burial Cheswold, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 13510878 · View Source
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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.

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  • Created by: Spaceman Spiff
  • Added: 3 Mar 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13510878
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius Ridgeway (28 Mar 1842–31 Mar 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13510878, citing Immanuel Union Methodist Church Cemetery, Cheswold, Kent County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Spaceman Spiff (contributor 46783007) .