Rider, John

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


John Rider was born in Durham, Greene County, on May 1, 1829, a son of Joel Rider and Rebecca Sherman.

Marriage & Children

He married Harriet Rich[1] at about 1852 in Rensselaerville and had the following children:

  • Cecil Rider, born at about 1853[2]
  • Rufus Rider born at about 1855 [2]
  • William Rider, born at about 1857 [2]
  • Walter Rider, born at about 1861[2]

Military Service

Residence: Medusa[1]
Place of Birth: Greene Co., NY[1]
Date of Birth: 1 May 1829[1]
Names of Parents: Joel (Rider) and Rebecca Sherman[1]
Marital Status: Married[1]
Name of Wife: Harriet Rich[1]
Occupation: Farmer[1]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[1]
Bounty Received: $50.00[1]
Enlistment Date: 4 August 1862
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[1]
Company: Company K
Promotion Date: 18 August 1862
Promotion Rank: Full Sergeant
Captured on: 16 Jun 1864
Captured at: Petersburg, VA
Imprisoned at: Lynchburg, VA[1]
Died of Disease on: 16 July 1864
Place of Death: Crumpton’s Factory, Lynchburg, VA
Place of Burial: Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. Grave #4616
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at age 34. Originally interred at Old City Cemetery. The following is from the Westerlo register: "Was in the Battles before Petersburg of June 16 & 22 taken prisoner after being wounded at the last named battle and taken to Richmond and Died while there from the effects of his wound." The following is from the Rensselaerville register: "Died a prisoner in rebel hands at Lynchburg and buried there. Died with chronic diarreah. his wife's name is Harriet Rich"[1]

Born in Durham, Greene Co., NY, Farmer, Brown eyes, Dark hair, Fair complexion, 5'10-1/2" tall.[3]

Sources Used: American Civil War Soldiers, Ancestry.com; 1890 Veterans Census; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; The Diuguid Records, 1861-1865;Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War (both Westerlo and Rensselaerville


16 July 1864. Burial at Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. Grave #4616

Death & Burial Information

The Diuguid Records, 1861-1865; And Biographical Sketches by Jerald H. Markham, published by Heritage Books.

Between May 1, 1861 and May 11, 1865, at least 2, 726 soldiers both union and confederate were prepared for burial in Lynchburg, VA by Diuguid Funeral Home.

Rider, John, Sgt. – 7th New York Heavy Art., Company K, P.O.W., d. 7/19/64 @ Crumpton’s Factory. Coffin size was 75 in. in length by 19 in. in width. Poplar Grove burial log recorded the last name as “Ryder”. Both Diuguid and Poplar Grove listed his branch of service as Infantry. “Was buried No. 3, in 3rd line, 2nd lot”. Enlisted as a private 8/4/62 at Westerlo, New York. He was mustered into service on 8/12/62. Rider was promoted to Sgt. On 8/18/62. He was captured 6/16/64 at Petersburg, Virginia. The 7th NY Hvy. Art. This unit at Petersburg (on 6/16/64) suffered over 400 men killed, wounded and captured. A total 252 men were taken prisoners. Diuguid listed the name “Rider”, Poplar Grove recorded the name as “Ryder.” This soldier’s remains were exhumed from the Old City Cemetery in Oct. 1866 and reinterred in Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. Grave #4616


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Heroes of Albany County

“John Rider enlisted in Company K, Seventh Regiment, at Westerlo, August 14, 1862. He was in the battles before Petersburg, June 16 and 22, and was taken prisoner, after being wounded at the last named battle, and taken to Richmond. He died from the effects of his wound.”

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 1865 census, Rensselaerville, Albany County, NY
  3. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases