I have new information that in fact Lt. Colonel James McLaurin Ridgell Jr. (b. Aug 10 1917) whose father Captain James McLaurin Ridgell Sr (b. Mar 23 1889) is a descendant of Richard Ridgill (born about 1734).This information serves as proof.
RICHARD RIDGILL (b. 1734 in SC) Child:John Ridgill (b. 1750-55)
JOHN RIDGILL Child:Richard Ridgill (b. 1783, Sumter Co. SC)
RICHARD RIDGILL Child:Napoleon A. Ridgill (b. 1822, Sumter Co. SC)
NAPOLEON A. RIDGILL Child:James Henry Ridgill (b. 1853, Clarendon Co. SC)
JAMES HENRY RIDGILL Child:James McLaurin Ridgell (b. March 23, 1889) listed in 1900 census as "John M", 1910 census as "Mac".
JAMES MCLAURIN RIDGELL Child:James McLaurin Ridgell (b. August 10, 1917) still living
JAMES MCLAURIN RIDGELL JR Children:James (Jim) McLaurin Ridgell, Alexandria, VA Edward Patterson Ridgell, Charlotte, NC These children are from his first marriage to Shellie Virgina Patterson.
Any further information or corrections would be greatly appreciated.