JAMES M. RITCHEY

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               JAMES M. RITCHEY, mine foreman, who lives in Rayburn township, Armstrong county, is a descendant of one of the old families of this region.  He was born at Templeton, Armstrong county, in 1864, son of Alexander and Anna (Bowser) Ritchey.

             William Ritchey, his grandfather, died July 2, 1859.  The date of his birth is not known.  He married Nancy Kennedy, who was born July 4, 1796, and died March 14, 1861, and to them was born a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters.

             Alexander Ritchey, son of William and Nancy (Kennedy) Ritchey, was born Oct. 6, 1829, and died Sept. 3, 1898.  He married Mrs. Anna (Bowser) Price, who was born March 4, 1830, and survives him, now making her home with her daughter in Kittanning.  By her first marriage, to James Price, she had four children:  Charles, John Allen, Almira and one that died in infancy.  By her union with Mr. Ritchey there were two children, James M. and Anna, the latter Mrs. H. Thompson, of the borough of Kittanning.

             James M. Ritchey is engaged as mine foreman.  He has been a useful citizen of his community, having served Rayburn township seven years in the office of school director.  Fraternally he belongs to the Order of Moose, holding membership in Lodge No. 13, of Kittanning.

             Mr. Ritchey has a family of four children, namely:  Ray, Maud, Sarah and James.

  

Source: Page 843, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 2002 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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