In 2012 I began exploring Ancestry.com while doing research on how older people use computers and the Internet. In putting together the puzzle pieces that form the picture of my fore bearers' lives I found detailed documentation of Captain Jeremiah E. Ritch, my third great-grandfather. His story is pure Americana and there is little need… Continue reading Life story of my third great-grandfather: Jeremiah Edwards Ritch
Date: 3 June, 1863 Location: Fredricksburg, Virginia, USA Source: Newspaper Southern Watchman Link to article Summary: A member of Company C, A.L. King was among those injured in Fredericksburg VA in the battles which took place between April 29 and May 6 1863. Alfred (Al) sustained "severe, left shoulder" injuries.
Date: 5 Jan. 1872 Location: Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source: Newspaper The Southern Banner Link to article Summary: From this endorsement's narrative, it would seem that Jerry found himself at odds with the parties sponsoring other candidates, so ran as an independent for office of Intendant. The piece states that he had previously served as… Continue reading Jan. 5, 1872 – Support for Jerry’s Re-election Campaign as Intendant of Athens GA
Date: 17 Dec., 1869 Location: Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source: Newspaper Southern Watchman Link to article Summary: Jerry announces candidacy for re-election as Intendant of Athens, GA. Ads on the page for "Overcoats," "Pants" and "Umbrellas" referencing Ritch & Morton are for the store he operated during 1869 - ?. The store was located… Continue reading Dec. 17, 1869 – Announces as candidate for re-election
Date: 11 Aug., 1869 Location: University of Georgia, Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source: Newspaper Southern Watchman Link to article Summary: A report on the annual UGA commencement ceremony, including credit to Jerry: as Intendant of Athens, he allocated additional law enforcement resources to ensure security. Who knew graduations at Athens could get out of… Continue reading Aug. 11, 1869 – UGA Commencement
Date: 3 Jan., 1888 Location: Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA and Alabama (unknown locale) Source: Newspaper Weekly Banner Watchman Link to article Summary: Z.B. Graves apparently underwent some sort of mental breakdown in Meridian MS, traveled to AL where Jerry went to pick up Ida, and a few weeks later moved on to Texas where he… Continue reading Jan. 3, 1888 – Jerry goes to fetch Ida in Alabama
Date: 22 May, 1877 Location: Ritch house, Athens, Clarke Co, Georgia USA Source: Newspaper Athens Weekly Georgian Jerry gave Ida away in her marriage to Rev. Z.B. Graves
Date: 9 June, 1863 Location: Brandy Station, Virginia, USA Source: Newspaper The Southern Watchman archives Map of the Battle for Brandy Station, which included the fight for Fleetwood Hill Facts about the Battle for Brandy Station Full article Summary: Captain J.E. Ritch appears on the list of missing men from Company H, which he was… Continue reading June 9, 1863 – Missing After Battle of Fleetwood Hill