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Sarah Fatima Rush Riddle Genealogy

 Sarah was born in Lawrence Co In 5 Nov 1839. Her parents were John C and Mahalia Rush. Sarah married Stephen Riddle 10 May 1866 and they had two children, Norman and Mifford, "Miff". They divorced in Greene Co IN on 1 Aug 1870. Sarah did not remarry. Stephen married Emily Smiley. Sarah died 10 Aug 1910 in Greene Co, IN and is buried in the Rush Cemetery.


  • [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #4483, Date of Import: Mar 27, 2000]
    Greene County Pleas Count:
    Stephen Riddle vs. Sarah Riddle
    The Defendant Denies each and every allegation in the complaint.
    The Defendant for further answer and cross bill, says that she admits the marriage of Plaintiff and Defendant, and says that she has always done the part of a faithful wife, up to about the 1st day of August 1870, at which time the Plaintiff, without cause, ordered her to leave his house, and told her she could not remain any longer. That he caused her father to go after her and take her away, since which time she has lived with and been supported by her father. That since said 1st day of August the Plaintiff has failed to give her or their family any support.
    That said Plaintiff, for some months before their said separation, was addicted to running after, and spending his time with women of notorious bad character for chastity, and while she cannot give the names of these persons, not the times and places, yet it become notorious, from his conduct and conversations that he was often guilty of adultery.
    That among other he had illicit carnal intercourse with Cynthia Sawb, at the house of Rebecca Sawb, in the bend of Indian Creek, in Jackson Township in said Co,on the 15 day of July 1870, and on given other days before and since that time, and at given other places in the neighborhood of the said Rebecca Sawb, said other days and places being unknown to Plaintiff.
    That said Plaintiff and Defendant have two children, towit: Norman Riddle aged 3 years and Mifford Riddle aged 18 months.
    That the Plaintiff is not a suitable person to have the custody of said children, on account of his intemperate, lewd and other bad habits, and on account of having no fixed or permanent home. That Defendant is a suitable person to have the custody of said children and her father will assist her in raising and educating them.
    Where-upon she asks that a divorce be granted herein in her favor, and that she have the custody of said children and that she have such alimony and general relief in the premises as may be just.
    Rose Hairns
    Attorney for Defendant.

Obituary of Sarah Rush Riddle

Obituary of Sarah Fatima (RUSH) RIDDLE [1839IN-1910IN]. THE BLOOMFIELD NEWS, Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana, Thursday, August 18, 1910, Volume XXXIV, Number 40, Page 4, Column 3, DEATHS HARVEST. Tima Riddle. [Transcribed from Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Librarys IHS Microfilm Records.] Sarah Fatima RUSH was born on a farm in Lawrence County, bordering on the Greene County line, November 5, 1839; died at the old homejust across the line in Greene CountyAugust 10, 1910. She lived her entire life of more than seventy years in the same locality. She was the oldest child of John C. and Mahala (HOLMES) RUSH, who raised a family of eleven childrenthree boys and eight girls. She united with the Methodist church in her girlhood and was a great worker in church and Sunday school until she married. She was married to Stephen RIDDLE, November 3, 1866. To this union were born two boys, Norman and Milford RIDDLE. On account of domestic trouble she took her two little baby boys and returned to the old home of her father and mother, where she lived until called home to glory. Mr. RIDDLE procured a divorce and married another woman, but Tima lived a true Christian life, with her boys, who grew up to be good honorable, useful citizens and are left to mourn the loss of as good a mother as any boy ever had. Her father and mother have been dead for many years. One brother Norman A. RUSH, was killed in the Battle of Shiloh, while defending his countrys flag on that beautiful Sunday morning, April 6, 1862, at the same hour Tima was teaching a class in Sunday school at the old log church in the valley near her home. Two sisters and a brother live in Oklahoma, two sisters live in Kansas, one sister in Colorado, one sister in Missouri, one brother lives in Bloomfield and one sister lives at the old home in Jackson Township. She nurtured her father and mother in their last sickness, and has been an angel of mercy in her neighborhood for many years. Her lot in life was very hardfew, very few, of the joys and good things of life ever fell to her share. Her last sickness was only a few days, but very painful, being an acute attack of bowel trouble. The remains were laid away in the family cemetery near her home. Why should we dread death? To all such as Tima it is the gateway to heaven, the portal to endless joy and bliss. It is god by her and good morning over there. NOTES-RLJ: (1) 1850 US CENSUS OF GREENE COUNTY, INDIANA, Jackson Township, 7 Sep 1850, Page 301B, Dwelling 319, Family 319, Lines 2632: John C. RUSH (36, Farmer, $400 RE owned) NC), Mahaley (31, IN), Sarah Fatina (11, IN), Norman A. (7, IN), Rebecca (5, IN), Elisabeth (3, IN), Mari (1, IN); (2) 1880 US CENSUS OF GREENE COUNTY, INDIANA, Jackson Township, 4 Jun 1880, Page 170D, Dwelling #35, Family #35, Lines 2633: RUSH, John C. (66, Farmer, NC,NC,NC), Mahala (62, wife, keeps house, IN, MD,MD), Sarah F. (40, Dau, Cook, IN,NC,NC), George W. (25, son, works on farm, IN, NC, NC), Elma (20, dau, at home, IN, NC,NC), Artimus (18, dau, at home, IN, NC, NC), RIDDLE, Norman (12, g-son, at home, IN,IN,IN), Milford (10, g-son, IN,IN,IN); (3) CEMETERIES OF EASTERN GREENE COUNTY, 1994, G.C.H.S., Jackson Township, Section 15, Rush Cemetery, Page 140: RUSH, John Clark, 29 Mar 181423 Jan 1895; RUSH, Mahala Holmes, w/o John C., 16 Nov 18193 Jan 1896; RIDDLE, Norman, s/o Tima Rush RIDDLE, 72 Yr, 1939. S

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