Thomas Ridout

M, #10036, b. 17 March 1754, d. 8 February 1829
Father*George Ridout
Mother*(__________) (__________)
ChartsPedigree - John's father John Barnard Wells
Reference3G Grf, W36
Birth*17 March 1754 Thomas Ridout was born on 17 March 1754 at England; "of" Sherbourne England. 
Event-Misc* He had the following event: went out to join elder brother and became mixed up inadvertently with the Boston Tea Party. He had travelled in the same ship as the owner of the tea. He was set up in trade with the West Indies and France by his brother - trading in sugar, tobacco and wine. In 1788 he was taken prisoner by the Shawnee Indians on the Ohio but after 4 months he was released and taken to the English Garrison at Detroit, thence to Montreal. He decided to settle in Canada.1 
Marriage*26 May 1789 He married Mary Campbell on 26 May 1789. 
Residence1797 Thomas Ridout lived in 1797; settled in York, (later Toronto), Ontario, and was made Captain of the York Militia. 
Occupation*between 1810 and 1829 He was Surveyor General of Canada per Anne Graves Gahn between 1810 and 1829. 
Death*8 February 1829 He died on 8 February 1829 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at age 74. 
Burial* He was buried at Toronto, Ontario, Canada; headstone is now in the South Porch of St James Cathedral (originally in the graveyard)
Sacred to the Memory Of The Hon. Thos. Ridout, of Sherborne, Dorsetshire, England. Late Surveyor General of this Province, And Member of His Majesty's Legislative Council. Who departed this life on the 8th Day of February, 1829. In the 75th year of His Age.
     The kind and examplary Father of a Numerous family, who loved and revered him, and mourned his departure. The faithful Servant of Government for nearly forty years; He endeared himself to the Inhabitants of Upper Canada, and so won upon the affections by his unremitting attention to their interests, and unwaivered courtesey to themselves, that they justly considered him an ornament to the Colony. To a highly cultivated mind, the Meekness, the Humility of a Christian. Looking forward in faith to a blessed immortality. 


Mary Campbell d. Oct 1840
Marriage*26 May 1789 He married Mary Campbell on 26 May 1789. 
Last Edited29 Sep 2009


  1. [S64] Old typed sheet for families of Joseph Wells, and of Thomas Ridout, My Evd # 64.