From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingson,Illinois
MRS. JOHN (LYDIA WHEELER) RIDGEWAY JUNE 25, 1909
The death of Mrs. Lydia Ridgeway, relict of John Ridgeway, occurred at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs P.J. Bennett, of Charlotte township on Thursday (June 24) morning at an early hour, death being caused by old age complicated with other infirmities. Lydia Wheeler was born in Canada, May 27, 1827. On May 11, 1846 she was united in marriage with John Ridgeway, a native of Ireland, and following their marriage they lived in Franklin county, New York, where their seven children were born. In the spring of 1866 they moved to Peoria county, Illinois and two years later they moved to a farm on the county line, northeast of Chatsworth. There they resided for 26 years, when they retired and moved to Piper City. After about a year they moved to Chatsworth and some years later went to Kappa. In the fall of 1907 they came to reside with Mr. and Mrs. Bennett in Charlotte township, where Mr. Ridgeway died in October 1807. Following Mr. Ridgeway's death, Mrs. Ridgeway went to Piper, where she kept house until last fall, when she went to the Bennett home, her health beginning to fail about that time. Deceased is survived by five children, three sons and two daughters, as follows: George, of Prescott, Iowa; Samuel, of Salina, Kan.; Margaret Bennett, of Chartlotte township; William, of Lost Spring, Kan.; Phoebe Pearce, of Normal. There are also thirty five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the Bennett home this morning at ten o'clock, Rev. O.E. Clapp officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Chatsworth cemetry.