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The Origins of the Judge Glenn A Ritchey Jr. Family of Modesto, CA

by Glenn Ritchey

Ritchey Family


Ritchey Family Supliment

NOTE: This is a two volume set. "The Origins of the Judge Glenn A Ritchey Jr. Family of Modesto, CA" and "Supplement and Update 2017 to The Origins of the Judge Glenn A Ritchey Jr. Family of Modesto, CA".
These are the last books, and BCHS only has 11 sets.

This is a heavily researched study of the ancestry of the Ritchey (or Ritschy, Ritchie, Richey, Richie) family, which settled in the neighboring Loudoun County, Virginia, and Frederick County, Maryland, region in about 1760. Many later migrated to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, and elsewhere. One branch found its way to California by 1946. The study also includes a detailed analysis of the lives of 1735 Swiss immigrant Cunrath Ritschi/Richey, his wife, and three sons of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, and of immigrant Henrich Rutschi/Richey of the 1749 passenger ship Priscilla, who settled in northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The reader will find this an unusual book for this subject matter. Absent will be the customary and seemingly endless pages of lists of family members in successive generations, however useful that method may be in a different context. In their place will be narrative discussions of the lives of family members with a discussion of historical events then taking place. The reader will see historical documents of the 1700s, likely never before seen by historians, genealogists, researchers, and Ritchey family members, as follows: German birth certificates, last wills, Provincial Quarter Sessions Court proceedings, land maps and land warrants, copies of original German-language Reformed Church records, original probate court proceedings, original immigrant ship passenger lists, and more. The reader will also see the results of original genealogical research conducted in Switzerland and Ireland.

Historians, history buffs, genealogists, Ritchey family members, and others may find it interesting to see how an immigrant family of diverse makeup suffered tragedy but nurtured itself and spread its thousands of descendants to all fifty states in a span of eight generations, and how the evidence was discovered and pieced together to follow the family back through history.

Cost of two volume set (Not sold separately.): $85.00 + tax, shipping & handling

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