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Ribbles in England
Posted by: Rick Ribble Date: July 30, 1999 at 16:24:03
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For those of you interested in the Ribble River area of England as a possible location of our Ribble ancestor, I have a few things I have learned over the years that I would offer at this time. Our Family tradition that has been passed down for at least a few generations was that our family originated in England and that our ancestor was Lord Ribblesdale. Three brothers left England and came to the US. One settled in the North east, one went to VA and the third, our direct line went to KY. My research has proved almost the entire story as a complete fabrication. I can only speculate as to why a story like this was started. Many families shunned any German ancestry after WWI because of the negative association with the war. In my case my grandfather David Henry Ribble served in the army in WWI and I cannot believe he would make such a story up. I knew my grandfather until I was 16 years old and naturally respected the things he said. I do know however that he told me of the origin of the Ribbles as coming from England. Lord Ribblesdale was a royal title which was held by the Astor family and not at all associated with the Ribble surname. Naturally the name Ribble is all over that part of England, including Ribble Bus Lines and Ribble potato chips etc, but this is because the Ribble river is the primary geographical chracteristic of the area. As to the origin of the name of the Ribble river, I have heard several accounts but all of them admit to no real certainty about thenames origin. There are Ribble families in England today but our ancestors came over in the early 18th century and the name in England at that times was almost non existent. Then, we have also learned that all four main Ribble lines of the eighteeth century were German speaking people, not English. Those four lines would be,
Nicholas Rebell 1713
John George Riebel 1710
Adam Ribble 1740-60
Dr. Christopher Ribble about 1760



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