Rider was born on April 19th, 1761 in Stafford, Connecticut to Daniel
Rider and Jerusha Dike. On May 2nd, 1782 she married Moses Warner
and in the summer of 1806 the family moved to Franklinville. They
settled on lot 5, township 4, range 5. Moses worked at his trade
as a cooper. They raised a family of 11 children. Their son John
married Naomi Hollister in 1811 and their marriage was the first
one recorded in the town.
Rachel left a legacy of good deeds behind her. She was an excellent
nurse who also possessed considerable skill in combating diseases
with roots and herbs. She was often called on to perform the more
delicate jobs usually assigned to the medical profession, including
When such calls were made there was no night too dark or rough,
no path too lonesome or obscure, no day too cold or stormy for Mother
Warner, as she was called, to hasten to the bedside where her services
were needed. She possessed good health and a light wiry frame, and
never troubled herself or those around her for horse or carriage
to take her to the sufferer's couch. Many a patient had reason to
Bless you Mother Warner!
She had a strong well-balanced intellect and in short might be termed
a walking volcano of wit, sarcasm and good humor. The boys inherited
their mother's constitution and many of her characteristics. They
were noted for courage, powers of endurance, and love of fun.
Rachel and her husband Moses eventually moved to Venango in Erie
Pennsylvania. After the death of her husband in 1840, she applied
for a widow's pension since Moses had served in the American Revolution.
on August 2, 1850 at the home of her son. She was 89 years
Her dedication to helping others was remembered and noted in the
HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY NEW YORK, 1893 by William Adams.