I will try to get to the Riddle info I have over the next couple of days. Please feel free to e-mail me at Tweeddays@yahoo.comMartha Tweed Riddle was the daughter of Neely Tweed. Neely has somewhat of a legend in Madison County. He killed the sherriff, Merrill, after Merrill shot Neely's son, Martha's brother. Neely tracked him down and killed him (gunshot). The fight started when Merrill was talking up the Confederacy at the voting precinct in Marshall, 20 miles away. Neely's teenage son (I cannot remember which one) said "How about a shout for America and old George Washington" or something to that effect. Merrill then shot him. Neely went home to the Whiterock community (Where I live and still live on Tweed land). He hid out there for a year. Then things started getting "HOT". He saddled up and went to join the Union Army along with his son, Elisha. They had to go to Kentucky to enlist. Kentucky is roughly 100 miles from here in Whiterock, NC. Shortly after mustering in Neely caught "The fever" and died in Flat Lick, KY. Before I forget, at the time Neely shot Sherriff Merrill, he was the clerk of superior court, the first for this county. He was also a Justice of the Peace. There are marriages on record as being conducted by him. Neely was from a band of six brothers, Neely, Reuben,Thomas (My ancestor), Abner Grainger (A.G.), Joshua and John. They all fought for the Union Army, with the exception of Thomas, who tried to sit the war out. Neely died of fever in Flat Lick. Thomas was starved/beaten to death by the Confederates. Joshua was repeatedly hanged by the neck until dead by the Rebels. Abner Grainger (A.G.) went on to become sherriff of Madison County after the war. These brothers were the children of James and Rachel Neely Tweed. James was born in Ireland, the son of William Tweed. William came across from Ireland with Peggy Neely, who was pregnant out of wedlock. She gave birth to Rachel on the ocean in about 1792. They landed in the Charleston, SC area and by 1810 were living in Madison County. The Tweed land was obtained by James for taxed whiskey and clay pipes. James also fought in the War of 1812. James and Rachel are buried in my family graveyard, about 1/4 mile from my house. There is another graveyard behind my house where Thomas, his wife Celia, and other Tweed family members are buried. There are few Tweed's left here now. From what I can tell, most of the Tweed's wound up in SC, TN, KY, KS, WS and OR. Diana Chesser wrote the Tweed lineage book. If you are interested in obtaining a copy or just getting info, I strongly suggest you e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org She's a very nice person and knows her stuff, let me tell you. Again, please e-mail me at email@example.com I will respond and help all that I can. I hope that I have been of some help. Did you see my posting on the Tweed reunion?