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
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
Date: 17 Sept., 1860 Location: Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source: Federal Census By fall of 1860, Jerry was no longer a clerk and was part owner in a clothing store located in Athens, GA. He was married and had 2 young children, the oldest of whom was my great-great grandmother Lula. She is referenced… Continue reading Sept. 17, 1860 – Merchant
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: 6 Jan., 1869 Location: Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia USA Source: Newspaper Southern Watchman Link to article Summary: After serving as town Warden the first 4 post-war years, Jerry was elected Intendant of Athens for 2 terms starting in 1869.
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