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There is an old family story told by the elders which claims that three Scotish brothers (names unknown)imagrated to the United States from Scotland after the Battle at Culloden.

Battle Of Falkirk - 1746
The retreating Jacobite army of Prince Charles Edward Stewart, pursued by the Duke of Cumberland, marched from Glasgow on 3 January 1746 towards Stirling. Units of the two armies clashed, the MacDonald regiments in particular gave a good account of themselves and the Jacobites were victorious. Nevertheless, they headed north again - to the final battle at Culloden three months later.

I am told that for twenty to thirty years after the battle many Scotts fled to the colonies.

Armed with little information but many questions I set-off 6 years ago to find the three Ritchie brothers who imagrated to the United States.

Today, I know that one of those brothers my 5th greatgrandfather was James Ritchie of Buncombie County in North Carolina about 1770 to 1815.

I do acknowledge there are errors in my Ritchie Family Tree posting because "word of mouth stories" and "many offical documents" are full of "human errors". An example of an offical human error was with my greatgrandmother's death certificate which said she was "White". But I know she was 100% Native American from the Saponie (Saponi)tribe. Because she told me she was indian. I know from Kentucky census reports her parents my ggreatgrand parents were "Indian". Today we call them "Native America".

So I share with you what I have with the following reservation: "We are human and we make mistakes".
The James Ritchie Family 1790 Buncombe County North Carolina
Updated April 28, 2001

Major James R. Ritchie Jr. US Army
139 Kings Acre Lane
Fort Valley, Virginia 22652
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(540) 933-6209
Fax: (540) 933-6209
jamesrritchie@msn.com

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