In the early 1840s, three Ritchey (most prevalent spelling in older records) families settled Newport Twp., Washington County, Ohio. The head of households were William W. Ritchey, Jacob Ritchey, and Joseph Ritchey. All three families originated from Western Pennsylvania. Here is a breakdown of each family.
William W. Ritchey (b. bef 1810 in PA or NY) married Matilda Baldwin (b. abt 21 Apr 1812) daughter or sister of John Baldwin. They had the following children before moving to Ohio: 1.) John Calhoun Ritchey (b. 28 Jun 1828 in Erie, PA) A cooper by trade 2.) Ellen J. Ritchey (b. 1832 in PA) 3.) Isaac H. Ritchey (b. Jul 1835 in PA) They had two more children after coming to Ohio. The descendants of William W. Ritchie spell there surname RITCHEY, RICHEY, or RITCHIE.
Jacob Ritchey (b. abt 1809 in PA) married Nancy Edmendson (b. 29 Sep 1817 in Oil City, Venango Co., PA) circa 1833. Jacob was the son of Abraham and Jane Willoughby Ritchey (m. 1800 in PA). Jacob was a cooper by trade. Jacob and Nancy had the following child before moving to Ohio: 1.) Maria Ritchey (b. abt, 1835 in PA) They had eight more children after coming to Ohio. The descendants of Jacob Ritchey spell their surname RITCHEY or RITCHIE.
Joseph Ritchey (b. 7 Apr 1811 in Wash. Co., PA) married Catherine Stewart (b. 5 Aug 1818 in Wash. Co., PA) on 11 Aug 1836 in Alleghany Co., PA. Joseph was a cooper by trade. Joseph and Catherine had the following children before moving to Ohio. 1.) Eliza Jane Ritchey (b. 1837 in PA) 2.) Sarah Ann Ritchey (b. 30 Aug 1840 in PA) 3.) Alexander J. Ritchey (b. 14 Feb 1841 in Washington Co., PA) A cooper by trade 4.) Nancy Ritchey (b. 13 Dec 1844 in Washington Co., PA) They had six more children after coming to Ohio. The descendants of Joseph Ritchey all spell their surname RITCHIE.
The report hyperlinks below contain all the information that I have on these three families. At this time there is no documental proof that these families are related to each other. It is this researchers belief that they are, because they all settled in the same area and was engaged in the same trade.
I hope you enjoy this site. Rick Ritchie 09/18/00
Rick A. Ritchie
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