Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History - Bradford County PA
Photo by Joyce M. Tice June 1999
Tri-County Genealogy & History Sites Home Page
How to Use This Site
Warning & Disclaimer
Ridgebury Township Page
Table of Contents Bradford County Section of Outline History
Schools and Churches of the Tri-Counties
No Unauthorized Commercial Use
Say Hello to Joyce 
ReTyped for Tri-Counties by Pat SMITH Raymond . 
Book Submitted by Walt Samson
HISTORY OF SEVEN COUNTIES presented by the Elmira Weekly Gazette". It is an “Outline History of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES, BORO’S AND CITIES.” Written expressly for the Gazette Company, Elmira, N. Y. Copyright 1885.From AN OUTLINE HISTORY of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES, BORO'S AND CITIES"


Ridgeberry township was formed in 1818, taken from the townships of Athens and Wells.  It is situated on the northern line of Bradford County in the northwest portion of the same, adjoining Chemung county, New York.  It is bounded on the north by Chemung county, New York, on the east by Athens, on the south by Springfield and Smithfield, and on the west by South Creek.  The streams of the township are Bentley creek and its tributaries.  The surface of the township is uneven and hilly, but it is under a high state of cultivation.  The farmers are prosperous and forehanded, with elegant dwellings, and large and capacious barns.

Its early settlers were Isaac Fuller, Joel Fuller, Samuel Bennett, Adam Ridenbar, Vine Baldwin, George Baldwin, Grisworth Owens, Roswell Goff, Captain Calvin West, John Cummings, Joel Campbell, Benjamin Campbell, Jonathan Kent, James Covell, Silas Campbell, Major Alpheus Gillett, Aaron Marcellus, Elijah Buck, Sturgess Squires, Peter Squires, Joseph Batterson, Elnathan Pierce, John L. Webb, Job Stiles, Ashel Burnham, Abram Westfall, John Sirton, Jonathan Davison, Green Bentley, Samuel Green, Peter Evens, Allen Miner, Cornelius O’Driscoll, Richard O’Connor, James White, John Downs, George O’Leary, Daniel Desmond, John Desmond, Timothy Desmond, Richard Hurley, John Mahoney, Patrick Butler, Daniel Chambers, George Chambers, Thomas Chambers, Daniel Kane, James Crowley, Abial Fuller, David Buck, Kinney Burnham, Lemuel Fuller.

--David Buck cut the first road through to Smithfield.
--Ridgeberry was named by Samuel Bennett, in 1818.
--Sturgiss Squires was the first constable in the town, in 1818.
--The Berwick was constructed through Ridgeberry, in 1820.
--The first framed house was built by Vine Baldwin, in Ridgeberry.
--Centerville and Bently Creek are the two post towns in the township.
--Abiel Fuller erected the first saw mill in Ridgeberry township in 1826.
--John L. Webb was the first Justice of the Peace, in the township of Ridgeberry.
--Major Alpheus Judd, Job Stiles early settlers of Ridgeberry, were soldiers in the revolutionary  war.
--Rev. Roswell Goff, the celebrated Baptist minister, first settled in Ridgeberry township, when he came in from the east.
--Vine Baldwin, an early settler of Ridgeberry, was the first white child born in the Chemung valley, after the revolutionary war.
--Sturgiss Squires, Isaac Fuller, Abiel Fuller, Captain Alvin West, James Covell, early settlers, were soldiers in the war of 1812.
--Bentley creek was named in honor of Green Bently, a revolutionary soldier, who, subsequent  to his settlement at Bentley creek, removed to Catharine’s Town, N. Y.

You are the visitor to the Tri-County Online Library since the counter was installed on June 26, 1999