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John & Elizabeth Rider (or Ryder) on the 1850 census with maps

In 1850, John and Elizabeth Rider (or Ryder) were living in Franklin, Lycoming Township, Pennsylvania. Both their ages were reported as 60, making them born abt. 1790. John's occupation was "Laborer". John "Reace" and several other Riders lived nearby.

The earliest map I could find is from 1873, showing several Riders, Reeses, Temples and other names familiar to the family such as Swisher, Phillips, Allen, and Stackhouse.

Comparing this historic map to a modern Google Map shown below, it appears that this is the area of town they lived in. The red marker on Route 239 (Unityville) shows the approximate location of the "J. Rider Est." shown on the map above. Notice Franklin Church at top, where several other members are buried including the following ancestors in my line: John Ryder, Abraham Reese, Sr., Josiah Mackey Reese and his wife, Effie (Shaner) Reese, John Lloyd Temple and his wife, Martha (Allen) Temple, and Rebecca (Reese) Temple.


"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Rider, Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 1501, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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