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Ritchey and Red River [27 June 2010]
I am Txbluebell6,
My ancestors were in RedRiver County by 1839 see John Richey (9). I would be interested in finding out more about your Ritchey's, who they were and what line they are from. I am building these pages now, they are not finished. Thanks Pam Pollard.--Txbluebell6 21:57, 14 May 2010 (EDT)
I am descended from another John Ritchey, who was born in 1778 in Virginia, lived part of his life in Kentucky and died around 1831 in Tennessee. He was the son of William Ritchie and Elizabeth Scott. Shortly after his death, his widow Jane (Allen) moved to Cass County, Texas with their children, claiming a Republic of Texas grant/headright in that county. She later moved to Red River County and is said to have died there and to have been buried in the old Shiloh cemetery.
John and Jane were my 4th great-grandparents, through their son Thomas Jefferson ("T. J.") Ritchey. Just a little Ritchey family trivia -- T.J.'s sister Elizabeth was the first wife of Albert Hamilton Latimer, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. And his daughter Julia (sister to my great-grandmother Isabelle) and her husband Samuel Gilbert lived in what is now the oldest rock home in Dallas County, Texas that is still on its original foundation. The house now forms part of the Farmers Branch Historical Park (http://www.ci.farmers-branch.tx.us/play/historical-park/attractions/log-culture-gilbert-house).
I haven't come across an Alabama connection yet but you never know.
Sharon Moore Lunsford--Sharra 18:11, 27 June 2010 (EDT)
A correction to my previous message -- Elizabeth Ritchey was the 2nd wife, not 1st, of Albert Latimer. I wasn't looking at my notes.--Sharra 18:58, 27 June 2010 (EDT)