MRS. MINERVA DAVIDGE, Olmsted, was born September 10, 1833, in Harrison County, Ind. She is a daughter of Jacob Musselman, a native of Indiana. He was a millwright in early life, but the last part of his life he has been mostly merchandising, keeping a drug store the last eight years that he was in active business. He is yet living in Metropolis, Ill., where he was engaged in business. The mother of our subject was Sarah (Anderson) Musselman, a native of Knox County, Ind. She died September 25, 1875, in Metropolis. She was the mother of nine children, of whom six are now living — Daniel, Charles M., Elvira Durff, Jennie Deavers, Sarah Cheek and Minerva, our subject, who was educated in Indiana. She married Dr. Henry D. Riddle, a native of Covington, Ky., and a son of Capt. James Riddle. The Doctor was a man of good abilities and extraordinary energy. He lived a useful life and died October 15, 1871. He was the father of eight children, of whom five are now living — Mary, wife of B. F. Echols; Henry, Sallie, Minnie M. and Jennie D. Our subject was married a second time to Judge James M. Davidge. Mrs. Davidge is religiously connected with the Presbyterian Church.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 315.