Biography of George J. Dryden (1836- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.,
1888), p. 529.
George J. DRYDEN was born in Hannibal, Mo., May
29, 1836, and is a son of Littleton and Eleanor P. (JOHNSON) DRYDEN who were born in
Maryland in 1797 and 1803, respectively. They came to Hannibal, Mo., in 1836, and soon
after came to Lincoln County, where they both died in 1867, the former on the 16th of
February, and the latter on the 14th. The father was a hatter by trade, and was a soldier
in the War of 1812. George J. is the eighth of ten children, and after attending the
common schools was a student one term at Troy. At the age of twenty years he began
merchandising at Snow Hill, and then operated a steam saw and grist-mill for a number of
years. Since 1867 he has followed farming, but has also taught several terms of school.
March 1, 1860, he was married to Alice WOOD, who died in 1869, leaving two children, one
now living--Kate M. His second marriage was consummated in 1870, his wife's maiden
name being Nancy CUNNINGHAM, who died in 1872. Two years later he married Lydia J.
HAMMOCK, and three of their six children are living: James L., Mary Lee and Georgia J. Mr.
DRYDEN owns a fine farm of 200 acres, and in his political views is a Democrat. His wife
belongs to the Methodist Church.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Phyllis Lake, 21 October 1998. Link change or
update: 23 May 2000
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