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The Riddicks and Biggers-The Lost Tribe

Updated January 28, 2004

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This will be completed later. Right now, I can not begin to describe my family research.
My name is Cynthia Riddick. I divorced and had my maiden name made my legal last name-so I am Mrs. Riddick(I love that name). All jokes aside I know that I am fortunate and honored to carry my fathers name. I not only loved him as a father, but I admire him as a human being. I was born several decades ago in New York state.
My parents are/were from North Carolina but met in New York City, NY. My father left NC sometime in the middle 1930's and my mother left not long thereafter. I always find it ironic how small the world really is-two people whose paths never crossed in their home state but meet in such a large city.
It was actually religion that brought them together. They are/were members of the same church denomination. And, as they told it, my mother went to chuch on Sunday morning and there they appeared to each other. Later, after I was born, Old Hood would be the church where I would be christened.
My father, Thomas J. Riddick, became a barber after leaving Winfall Perquimans County, North Carolina. A while after that he studied for the ministry. So when my parents met he was both a barber and a minister.
My mother, Janet Pauline Biggers Riddick, taught school in various counties in North Carolina and in her home town of Gastonia. The summers took her to NY where she worked at whatever was available. When she met my father, she had just gone to NY to make it her home away from home.
All of my paternal ancestors were born in Perquimans County, NC. Following the information given me by my father I have been able to find his paternal and maternal relatives to 1818 my great grandfather Jason and I am in the process of locating Nathan Riddick my great great grandfather.

I started this awhile ago but had to stop for awhile. Now I have a great deal of information. Some of the newer history is surprising but not much of it. I have dates, approximate, on both sides. I have not been able to find all of the parents or parental ties as yet. I am on my way into that very tangled web that has many branches-I am lost in slavery. Hence the "The Lost Tribe."
My paternal side comes from Scotland/Ireland by way of England. The Riddicks began their lives in America in Nansemond County, Virginia. The Riddick branch from which I came, migrated to Perquimans County through Gates County. There is information on them owning a plantation/farm purchased from a "Ward" family. My paternal great grandfather was Jason and it appears that one of the Riddicks (Caucasian)was also named Jason. My Jason's father was Nathan and there is also a Caucasian Nathan.
---------------------------------to be completed
I have not found my great grandmother, but she had/has the name of one of the Riddick women called Hannah, last name unknown.
On my mother's side my grandfather and his twin brother are the children of a White mother and a Black father. The name "Biggers" was given them by the Black male person to whom they were given. He began their adoptive father. It is uncertain if their adoptive mother was the wife of "Daddy Britt" Biggers.
We are unsure if the twins were actually adopted. After the Civil War most registrations for Black Americans were just written down somewhere or at the local court house. Often Black people just began to use a name and that was that. So "Biggers" may have started out as the name of a White family in South Carolina.
The twins also had a brother whose last name was Mills. They had the same mother but not the same father. At this writting we do not know if the brothers lived near each other or who took care of their brother.
The mother of the three brothers was a Mason. Our family came from Clover York County, South Carolina.
We are also related to the Tate's who from what we have been told also owned a plantation/farm. Andrew Tate was the fathe

 
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