The Ridenours of Stinking Creek, Tennessee

Descendants of Henry Reitenauer (Ridenour) and Nancy Cox

The Ridenour lines have been researched extensively by numerous researchers over the years. Melvin O. Ridenour, of Florida, has an enormous database of Ridenours, tracing the lines all the way back to Anton Reitnower in 1500s Switzerland. Ridenour researchers should certainly get this database, which is available online at Elmer Ridenour's page. For more Ridenour information, hop over to Rootsweb for instructions on how to subscribe to the Ridenour surname mailing list.

The following Ridenours lived primarily in the Stinking Creek community in Campbell County, Tennessee, having arrived there after living in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The information below was obtained through Melvin Ridenour's database, census records, and in conversations with various relatives who spent much or all of their lives on Stinking Creek, including Joseph Finley Sharp and Glenda Jewell Hatmaker Ayers.

My direct ancestors are in red.


  1  Henry Reitenauer  b: Abt 1808  d: Abt 1875
      +Nancy Cox  b: Abt 1815  d: January 03, 1911
      2  Mary Ridenour  b: Abt 1838
      2  William Ridenour  b: Abt 1841  d: Aft April 1920
          +Susan Cox  b: March 23, 1847  d: July 29, 1920
          3  John Ridenour  b: Abt 1861
          3  Henry Ridenour  b: Abt 1863
          3  Sarah Ridenour  b: Abt 1866
          3  Nancy Emma Ridenour  b: April 02, 1869  d: November 24, 1930
              +(??) Ellis 
              4  Susan Emiline Ellis  b: February 25, 1893  d: August 29, 1952
                +James Washington Huddleston  b: June 13, 1890  d: May 29, 1955
              *2nd Husband of Nancy Emma Ridenour:
              +John F. Branam  b: January 27, 1875  d: June 15, 1938
              4  Amanda Belle Branam  b: June 20, 1898 
                  +Dewey Smiddy 
              4  Margaret J. Branam  b: November 29, 1901  d: July 1990
                  +Wiley Loy 
              4  Floyd Branam  b: April 10, 1904  d: March 22, 1984
                  +Cora ??? 
              4  Olive F. Branam  b: July 27, 1905  d: May 20, 1989
                  +??? Shelby
              4  Hillery Branam  b: Abt 1908 
          3  Mandy Ridenour  b: Abt 1874
          3  William Ridenour  b: Abt 1876
          3  Ja?? (James or Jane) Ridenour  b: Abt 1879
      2  Joseph Ridenour  b: Abt 1844
      2  John Ridenour  b: Abt May 1845  d: February 22, 1913
          +Eliza J. Rounds  b: Abt 1843 
          3  Sarah Ridenour  b: Abt 1869  d: Abt 1952
          3  Nancy J. Ridenour  b: Abt 1871 
          3  Mary E. Ridenour  b: Abt 1874 
              +Jerry M. Saabe 
          3  Clara E. Ridenour  b: Abt 1877 
              +Calvin W. Denny 
          3   Henry Peter Ridenour  b: December 1879 
              +Grace Nease  b: Abt 1889 
              4  Amanda Ridenour  b: Abt 1907 
              4  Viola Ridenour  b: Abt 1909 
                  +??? Wilson 
              4  Omer Ridenour  b: January 16, 1911  d: July 04, 1989
              4  George Ridenour  b: November 06, 1913  d: August 19, 1988
              4  Carl Richard Ridenour  b: December 18, 1918 
              4  Henry R. Ridenour 
      2  Louisa J. Ridenour  b: Abt 1847
          +John Bolton
      2  Sarah Ridenour  b: June 1850  d: Abt 1869
          +John P. Rounds
      2  Clara Ridenour  b: Abt 1854
          +??? Dew
      2  Lockey Ridenour  b: Abt 1857
      2  Elizabeth Ridenour  b: Abt January 1862
          +Andrew Bolton  b: August 1863
          3  Oscar Bolton  b: July 1884
          3  Lula M. Bolton  b: July 1886
          3  Earnie M. Bolton  b: April 1890
          3  Albert Bolton  b: August 1892
          3  Cecil Bolton  b: October 1896
          3  Ida Bolton  b: December 1898


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