Ludwig Heinrich Riedesel was born March 21, 1888 in Wunderthausen to Johann Georg and Katherine (Riedesel) Riedesel. His father was by then the owner of the house and property known as Weymers. He was the seventh of eleven children.
The entire family emigrated to America in the early 1900s. His sister Emilie Lisette had gone in 1902 as a newlywed and sister Luise went in 1903. The remaining family traveled on the ship Rhein out of Bremen, landing in New York on October 25, 1906.
In America he was known as Louis H. At the age of 40 he finally took a wife in Evelyn Jenkins. They were married on June 19, 1928; she was born in Kentucky and had a daughter by a previous marriage. This girl, Mary, is listed as a Riedesel in the 1930 Census though was a step-daughter to Louis. As of 1930 they were living in Rock Island County, Illinois where he was employed as a mechanic. They had no children and I have no record of her or the daughter after this time. Louis died April 8, 1958 and is buried at Wheatland.