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Descendants of Adam Ritchey

Generation No. 2

      2. Mathew Dill4 Ritchey (Adam3, Adam2, James1) was born April 19, 1805 in Wheatfield Twp, Indn, PA, and died August 20, 1874 in Napa County, California. He married Caroline Matilda Allen September 23, 1823 in Scott, Indiana.

Notes for Mathew Dill Ritchey:
Historical and Descriptive Sketch Book of Napa, Sonoma, Lane and Mendocino 1878 page 183

Col. Ritchie is a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1805, but lived in Illinois for many years before coming to California. He arrived here overland in 1846, and settled in Sonoma; a few years later after he moved to Napa Valley, where he still resides. Col. Ritchie was the first man who made an effort to rescue the Donner Party who were snow-bound at Donner Lake in the Winter of 1846-7.

Oregon and California in 1848 written by J. Quinn Thornton: The Snowshoe Party (Donner Party)

Thornton describes Eddy's arrival at the first settlement: "they arrived at the house of Col. M.D. Richey, about half an hour before sunset, having traveled eighteen miles. The last six miles of the way were marked by the blood from Mr. Eddy's feet. The first white woman he saw, was the daughter of the truly excellent Mr. Richey. Mr. Eddy asked her for bread. She looked at him, and without replying, burst into tears, and took hold of him to assist him into the house. He was immediately placed in bed, .... In a very short time he had food brought to him by Mrs. Richey, who sobbed as she fed the miserable and frightful being before her. In a brief period, Harriet, the daughter, had carried the news from house to house in the little neighborhood; ...

Thornton wrote: "On the morning of Jan. 18th, Mr. Richey, William Johnson, Joseph Varro, and Mr. Kiser, proceeded on horseback, with more provisions for the emigrants, and to bring them in. About 10 o'clock at night they returned, surprised at the distance Mr. Eddy had traveled, which they said they could not have believed, had they not passed over it. Mr. Richey remarked when he returned, that he had followed Mr. Eddy's track six miles by the blood from his feet."

Children of Mathew Ritchey and Caroline Allen are:
+ 13 i.   Mary Jane5 Ritchey, born September 16, 1824 in Indiana; died November 03, 1910 in Colfax, Whitman, Washington.
  14 ii.   Adam Ritchey, born June 20, 1826 in Indiana.
+ 15 iii.   William Dill Ritchey, born February 22, 1828 in Warren, Indiana; died May 30, 1854 in Near Sonoma County, California.
  16 iv.   Delilah Ann Ritchey, born January 17, 1830 in Illinois.
+ 17 v.   Harriett Armor Ritchey, born October 17, 1831 in Little York, Mercer County, Illinois; died Abt. July 07, 1904 in Los Angeles, California.
  18 vi.   Josiah Ritchey, born October 19, 1833 in Illinois.
  19 vii.   Amanda Evaline Ritchey, born December 17, 1834 in Little York, Mercer County, Illinois; died September 08, 1916 in Napa County, California. She married Jonathon Edward Pond.
  20 viii.   Angeline Ritchey, born March 20, 1837 in Illinois; died Abt. 1901 in Napa County, California.
  21 ix.   Caroline Matilda Ritchey, born January 15, 1839 in Illinois; died 1849 in Napa County, California.
  22 x.   Margaret Ellen Ritchey, born June 05, 1843 in Henry, Iowa; died July 1878.
  23 xi.   Tamar Lillian Ritchey, born June 15, 1845 in Crooked Creed, Warren, Illinois; died 1903 in Napa County, California. She married George Hecox Abt. 1861.

      3. Jane4 Ritchey (Adam3, Adam2, James1) was born September 23, 1789 in Clark County, Indiana, and died July 04, 1898 in Oak Harbor, Washington. She married David S. Findley February 23, 1829 in Peoria County, Illinois.

Notes for Jane Ritchey:
Jane left David Findley Jr. when William was 18 years old -- William went from Oregon to California--nothing heard from him after that. Indian uprisings might have caused his death.

1892 Washington State Census for Island County

Findley, Jane 79 F 1 Ill.
Children of Jane Ritchey and David Findley are:
  24 i.   James Madison5 Findley, born December 27, 1829 in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois.
  25 ii.   William Findley, born December 01, 1831 in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois.
  26 iii.   Elizabeth Ann Findley, born June 01, 1833 in South Henderson Creek, Warren County, Illinois.
  27 iv.   Nancy Findley, born January 22, 1837 in Oquawka, Warren County, Illinois.
  28 v.   Alexander Blakely Findley, born September 15, 1838 in Warren County, Ilinois.
  29 vi.   Katherine Findley, born September 01, 1840 in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois.
  30 vii.   Charlotte Findley, born 1842 in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois.
  31 viii.   Eva Findley, born 1844.
  32 ix.   Isavell Findley, born 1845.
  33 x.   Eliza Findley, born June 21, 1847 in in Oregon Trail --On the Sweetwater, Wyoming.
  34 xi.   Mary Ellen Findley, born April 08, 1849 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington.
  35 xii.   Eunice Constance Findley, born March 01, 1855 in New Era, Clackamas County, Oregon.

      5. Elizabeth4 Ritchey (Adam3, Adam2, James1) was born July 22, 1791. She married (1) Adam Ritchey Abt. 1811, son of John Ritchey and Nancy Carmichael. She married (2) Cyril Ward June 01, 1837 in Warren County, Illinois.
Children of Elizabeth Ritchey and Adam Ritchey are:
  36 i.   Henderson5 Ritchey, born Aft. 1811.
  37 ii.   Elizabeth Ritchey, born Aft. 1811.

      8. Adam4 Ritchey (Adam3, Adam2, James1) was born October 14, 1797 in Warren County, Ill, and died February 12, 1848. He married Elizabeth McNeely July 05, 1821 in Scott County, Indiana.
Children of Adam Ritchey and Elizabeth McNeely are:
  38 i.   Mathew Dill5 Ritchey, born April 15, 1822 in Jefferson County, Indiana; died April 18, 1890 in Camp Creek, Oregon. He married Mary Gillen Craig July 04, 1848 in Henry County, Iowa.
  39 ii.   Sarah Ritchey, born July 25, 1823 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She married Solomon McCully.
  40 iii.   Mary Ritchey, born August 06, 1825. She married John Coffman.
  41 iv.   Jamina Ritchey, born December 02, 1826. She married James Glass.
  42 v.   James Harrison Ritchey, born March 28, 1828. He married Miriam Johnson.
  43 vi.   Abigail Ritchey, born December 25, 1829; died June 24, 1909. She married John Larkin.
  44 vii.   Jane Ritchey, born December 04, 1831; died 1893. She married Samuel Bell.
  45 viii.   Elizabeth Ritchey, born September 14, 1833. She married Bazil Williams March 22, 1853 in Washington County, Iowa.
  46 ix.   Martha Ritchey, born March 27, 1835; died 1871. She married John Templeton.
  47 x.   Isabell Ritchey, born June 01, 1837; died June 12, 1837.
  48 xi.   Susan Ritchey, born July 01, 1840; died 1874. She married George Milligan.
  49 xii.   Mariah Ritchey, born March 21, 1843; died 1879 in Albany, OR. She married William Alexander.

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