July 29, 1870 – Merchant in Athens, GA

Date:  29 July, 1870 Location:  Ward 2, Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source:  Federal Census After the War Between the States, Jerry returned to his family in the Athens GA area and picked up where he had left off.  Note that the 2 oldest girls and oldest boy are all attending school. Jerry Ritch, white… Continue reading July 29, 1870 – Merchant in Athens, GA

1861 – 1865 – Confederate Calvary Officer

Date:  1861 - 1865 Location:  Clarke Co., GA and locations in Virginia (including a Union prison) Source:  Confederate Military History: A Library of Confederate States History, in Seventeen Volumes, Written by Distinguished Men of the South, Clement A. Evans, (Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1899), 6:944-945, 16 Feb 2007. Rank:  Captain, Company H, Calvary… Continue reading 1861 – 1865 – Confederate Calvary Officer

Life story of my third great-grandfather: Jeremiah Edwards Ritch

Captain Jeremiah Edwards Ritch

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

Aug. 26, 1850 – Apprenticed with John Huggins

Date:  26 August, 1850 Location:  Athens, Clarke Co.. Georgia USA Source:  Federal Census Federal census records show that Jerry lived with the Huggins family in Athens and was employed as a clerk at that time, presumably at the Huggins store (John Huggins is listed as merchant in the census record.) John J. Huggins, male age… Continue reading Aug. 26, 1850 – Apprenticed with John Huggins