Richard Ridaught (1795-1846) Born November 2, 1795 in Beaufort District, South Carolina, St. Peters Parish, came to the Territory of Florida in 1825. He settled South of Paynes Prairie and North of Ocala close to what is now the Marion-Alachua County line. He is believed to be the first Ridaught to come to Florida.
His first two children were born in South Carolina in 1823 and 1824. He is listed as one of the signers of a memorial to congress by the citizens of Alachua County, Florida complaining about the Indians in 1825. (This petition was also signed by Thomas Colding and John Stafford, both men who married Ridaught women). This would bring him to Florida between 1824 and 1825.
In 1829 he signed a memorial to the Sec. of War by inhabitants of Alachua County, Florida to Gen. Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America. He is listed in the 1829 Petitioners index.
The 1840 census puts him in Duval County with 10 in his household plus four slaves. According to family tradition (undocumented), he sold the Ridaught (Rideout) Ferry in Middleburg in 1836.
In 1844 he was registered to vote in the Wacahootie Precinct, Marion County, Florida. In 1844 registered to vote in Ft. King Precinct, 1845 paid taxes on 82 acres (82 cents), taxes on taverns and innkeepers in town, $10…taxes on carriages and sulkies $1 in Marion County.
According to the Ridaught Family Bible he died Feb. 16, 1846 in Marion County, Florida. His will is in the Marion County Library. His estate paid taxes until1857. The wills of his sons Richard M. Ridaught and John W. Ridaught are also in the Marion County Library.