Biography of The Rider Family
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Rider Family, The. - Robert Rider, sr., and Esther (White) Rider were natives of Ireland, who came to this country in June, 1812, and settled in Hebron, Washington county. Their original plan was to go to New York city, but on account of the war they changed their destination and went to Washington county, via Boston, Mass. Robert Rider was born near Ogdensbnrg, February 15, 1830, and his parents finally settled in Waddington, his father following the occupation of weaver in Washington county for two years, and operated a farm near Waddington for about ten years. Robert attended the public schools in Ogdensburg and was eugaged in clerking afterwards for eight years. He also engaged in farming and through industry and frugality succeeded in amassing considerable property. He now owns 800 acres of land in this vicinity, besides quite an amount of city property. He and his brother William supported their parent for many years prior to their deaths, his father dying in 1850 and his mother in 1860. Robert has now retired somewhat from active work, although he still manages his large property interests here. Mr, Rider is emphatically the architect of his own fortunes, possessing that strength of mind and character which almost always raises a man above the generality of his fellows. He resides in Ford street, Ogdensburg, where he is a large tax payer.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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