From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 335-336, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Jacob Ritchey, an honored pioneer, resides on section 12, Buena
Vista township, and was born in Dayton, Montgomery county, Ohio, on
December 5, 1821. When but two years of age his mother died, and five
years later he had the misfortune to lose his father. There were six
children, five sons and one daughter. The oldest, John, died in
Schuyler county, Illinois; George F. died in Rushville, in the same
State; Charles is now residing in Rushville; William G. died in
Schuyler county; Susan married Jasper Patton, and died in Ohio; our
subject was next in birth to the youngest, and on her death bed his
mother gave him to her brother, Jacob Sawyer, with whom he remained
five years. He then accompanied his brother George to Illinois, living
with him until he grew to manhood. He attended school but little, as
his time was engaged in hard work on the farm. When twenty years of age
he was hired by a widow to work her farm on shares, which he did for
one year. Later, his brother George married the widow, and our subject
rented his brother's former farm, which he tilled until 1845, when he
rented eighty acres of William McKee, which he cultivated for himself.
While thus engaged, he met Clara Ann, daughter of the owner of this
land, and their acquaintance ripening into mutual affection, they were
married in 1849, when his father-in-law presented to him the eighty
acres he had been tilling, and on which he and his wife still reside.
He has made substantial improvements on his land, in the way of
buildings, having a comfortable home and barns for his grain and stock,
besides other modern appliances, to facilitate the sowing, harvesting
and garnering the products of the farm. Besides this eighty acres,
which is under a good state of cultivation, he has purchased 167 acres
more in Rushville township, which he is also farming.
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchey have seven children: William Thomas,
residing in Rushville township; Charles R., residing in Camden
township; James, residing in Huntsville township; Georgia Ann, living
at home; Susan C., wife of F. E. Moore; living in Cowley county,
Kansas; Amanda and Mary, living at home.
Mr. Ritchey is a member of the Republican party, but takes no
active part in politics other than desiring the advancement and welfare
of the community. He is not a member of any civic or religious society,
but is liberal in his views. He is a thoroughly honest and industrious
man, a good neighbor, kind husband and indulgent father, and enjoys the
esteem of the community and the affection of his family and friends.
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