William Thomas Ritchie[1]

Male 1827 - 1905  (78 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name William Thomas Ritchie 
    Born 18 Jul 1827  , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    DNA Family Group Peden01 
    Buried 1905  Sanger, Fresno County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Bethel & Central Ave
    Sanger (Fresno County), California 
    • Find A Grave Memorial# 41147457
    Ritchie, WilliamThomas (1827-1905)
    Ritchie, WilliamThomas (1827-1905)
    Cemetery: CA, Fresno; Bethel Cemetery
    Ritchie, WilliamThomas (1827-1905)
    Ritchie, WilliamThomas (1827-1905)
    Cemetery: CA, Fresno; Bethel Cemetery
    Died 20 Nov 1905  Sanger, Fresno County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Served in the CSA as a private (named William T. Richey, sic) in Captain
      Perry Clayton's Company, 30-Day Volunteers. This company was raised in
      response to Colonel Borland's call of November 5, 1861, mustered into the
      Confederate service on November 9, 1861, for 30 days, and discharged on
      December 9, 1861, at Pitman's Ferry, Arkansas. This information obtained
      from Bryan R. Howerton, found at
      ww.couchgenweb.com/civilwar/clayton.html. Also on this roster were
      Isaac W. Armstrong, First Lieutenant; Richard DeKalb Armstrong; Thomas J.
      Turner; and Robert G. Richey (sic).
      Tommy Ritchie next enlisted as a private on 1 November 1862at Evening
      Shade, Arkansas in Co. D of the 8th Arkansas Cavalry (listed as "W.T.
      Richey"). At the time of enlistment his age was 37 and states he had
      been born in Virginia. He was detailed as butcher in this company on 1
      Jul 1863. He was paroled 5 Jun 1865 at Jacksonport, Arkansas. Also in
      the 8th Arkansas Cavalry were David Mastin Armstrong (future son-in-law);
      John G. Gibbins (future son-in-law to his brother Isaac Ritchie); David's
      father Richard Dickson and brother Isaac Huntley Armstrong; and Thomas
      Joseph Turner (futurefather-in-law to Tommy's future granddaughter Sarah
      Lee Armstrong).

      William Thomas "Tommy" Ritchie is my great-great-grandfather. He moved to
      Stoneburg in Montague County, Texas as part of a wave of Sharp County
      immigrants during the 1870s and 1880s to Texas, including the Ritchies,
      Turners, Sandefers, Levertons, Armstrongs, and Padens (who all were or
      became interrelated by marriage). The Padens went to Denton ca. 1870,
      which is about an hour's modern-day drive from Stoneburg. The Ritchies
      went first to Grapevine, in Tarrant County, Texas, also about an hour's
      drive from Stoneburg. They were part of a wagon train, and included in
      that number was David Mastin Armstrong, a heartbroken young man who was
      recently released from having been a Confederate soldier captive in a
      Union prison. His father (Richard Dickson Armstrong from Sharp Co.) died
      in that Union army prison right at the end of the war. David left his
      family behind to go for cheap land and, more importantly, removal from
      all signs of the war in what was then the frontier of Texas. On the long
      ride from Sharp County to Texas, David struck up a relationship with
      Tommy Ritchie's young teenage daughter, Margaret, that led quickly to
      marriage in 1874. They both often told the story of how they fell in love
      during this wagon train journey.

      Margaret Ritchie is an iconic figure in our family. Despite being a shade
      under 5' tall, with kind blue eyes, she was made of steel and is likely
      the reason me and my generation are here today. The Ritchies and
      Armstrongs stayed in Tarrant County only a few years. They heard of free
      land, lots of it, available to settlers in the Crosstimbers region of
      Texas, which was then and still is wonderful cattle and farming land
      (blackland prairie). Texas had been depopulated during the Civil War,
      particularly in the counties that were the border between older white
      settlements and the regions claimed for millenia by Comanche, Kiowa and
      Apache. Montague County (Stoneburg) was such a border zone, and had lost
      much of its white settlement during the Civil War because there was no
      around to prevent Comanche raids. Texas was offering free or extremely
      cheap land in Montague County, the proceeds of which would go to fund
      schools in Limestone County, Texas -- hence, it was known at Limestone
      County School Land. Tommy Ritchie and David Armstrong moved their
      families to homesteads just east of Stoneburg, David by 1880, Tommy a few
      years later.David, having virtually nothing in the way of start-up
      money, built a "soddie" or sod house in the side of a small hill for
      himself, Margaret, and their young daughter Sarah Lee. Tommy and Joanah
      Ritch
    Person ID I5953  Peden1
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2013 

    Father Robert Thomas Ritchie,   b. Abt 1795, , Lunenburg County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1879, Ash Flat, Sharp County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Jane Murphey,   b. Abt 1794, , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1838, , Maury County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1817  , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2915  Group Sheet

    Family Joanah G. Carter,   b. 5 May 1828, , Maury County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1904, Stoneburg, Montague County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1848  , Marshall County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Everlina Alice Ritchie,   b. 9 Dec 1849, , Marshall County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913, Sanger, Fresno County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Benjamin Franklin Ritchie,   b. 7 Jul 1852, , Marshall County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1937, , Sharp County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Sarah "Sallie" Minerva Ritchie,   b. 17 Mar 1855, , Marshall County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Margaret Semmerine Ritchie,   b. 20 Mar 1858, Ash Flat, Sharp County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1939, Estelline, Hall County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. James Berry Ritchie,   b. 2 Jan 1867, Hardy, Sharp County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1944, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2003 
    Family ID F2229  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S179] LDS: Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).

    2. [S47] CEMETERY: CA, Fresno; Bethel Cemetery, Tombstone data, (Sanger (Fresno County), California) (Reliability: 4), 17 Jun 1981.
      Cemetery: CA, Fresno; Bethel Cemetery