I began researching the family when my sister Toni became interested. Our Great Aunt Marjory Riddle Hawes had spent years trying to connect the family to Anneke Jans. Her Grandmother Uretta Damarus Palmer Riddle had told her we were descendants of Anneka Jans but the proof had burned up in a warehouse fire in Kansas years ago. It had been in a trunk that was in the warehouse. This was the only information we had except for the names of the family line from Uretta and her husband Reubin Prescott Riddle. So the hunt began. Soon, Toni became a new mother and gave up the search. Aunt Marjory continued to search, worldwide, on her many trips abroad until she needed to retire to a nursing home because of her Parkinson's Disease. Unfortunately, I was finally able to make the connection, two years after Aunt Marjory passed away. I do believe she was instrumental in causing me to pick an annonymous book off a shelf in the local Genealogy Library in Boise and as the book fell open in my hands, there was the name of my Grandfather Earl Prescott Riddle, his brothers, parents, etc. all the way back to Anneke Jans. I was heartbroken that Aunt Marjory couldn't be there for the discovery. Then the more I thought about it, the more I realized that she was indeed there. She had instrumentalized the entire discovery from beyond the grave.
My research has since included the lines of the wives of the Riddell/Riddle husbands from John Riddell in 1730 to my father Maurice Allen (Bud) Riddle still living. That includes Hall, Carr, Prescott, Palmer, Jones, Crabb, Rice and numerous others as the tree just keeps spreading further and further. At the same time as children grow and marry, my list of descendants keeps getting longer. And thanks to the age of computers, my list of once unknown cousins is expanding also. And with them, more and more names. My database right know is at nearly 3,000 people and growing as I continue to add and update the list weekly.
Please enjoy my page and if any of the information seems relevent to your own search, please contact me. I love to share my research and help a fellow genealogist alone the line.
Love to you,
V. Lynn Riddle,
Amateur Genealogist, with 30 years experience.