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Jeremiah E. Ritch[1]

Male 1829 - 1900


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  • Born  7 Dec 1829  , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Census: Federal  26 Aug 1850  , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 1) John J. Huggins, male age 38, merchant, $10,000 real estate, born in NC
      2) Emily G. Huggins, female age 40, born in GA
      3) Martha F. Huggins, female age 11, born in GA, attended school
      4) Alsa M. Huggins, female age 7, born in GA
      5) Jeremiah E. Ritch, male age 21, clerk, born in GA
    Census: Federal  17 Sep 1860  , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1) J. E. Ritch, male age 32, merchant, $800 real estate, $3,000 personal estate, born in GA
      2) Jane Ritch, female age 26, born in GA
      3) T. E. Ritch, female age 4, born in GA
      4) Ida Ritch, female age 2, born in GA
    Military: Civil War  1861-1865  , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Captain, Company H, Cavalry Battalion of Cobb's Legion 
    • "Captain Jeremiah E. Ritch, of Athens, commander of Cobb-Deloney camp, United Confederate veterans, was born in Habersham county, Ga., December 7, 1829, son of Charles Ritch, a farmer, and his wife, Sarah Taylor. His family has rendered honorable service in the wars of the country, both his grandfathers, William Ritch and Jeremiah Taylor, being soldiers of the Revolution; his father taking part in the battle of New Orleans under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and Captain Ritch's two elder brothers participating in wars antedating the Confederacy, William C. in the Florida Indian war, and F. F. A. in the war with Mexico. Captain Ritch was educated at Clarksville academy, and coming to Athens in early manhood found employment as a mercantile clerk. By industry and economy he was able, in 1854, to become a partner in a business which was yielding a handsome profit when the war began in 1861. He did not hesitate, however, to enter the military service. He was already a member of the Georgia Troopers, at Athens, a company composed of the best young men of the city, and commanded by Capt. William D. Deloney, which had been organized about two years before. He busied himself in recruiting this company to full strength, and accepted the rank of third lieutenant at the organization for Confederate service. His command became one of the cavalry companies of Thomas R. R. Cobb's legion, composed of four companies of cavalry, eight of infantry, and one battery, the Troup Artillery. He went to Virginia with the legion and passed the winter on the peninsula. Returning to Georgia in the spring of 1862, he organized another company, of which he was elected captain, Company H of the cavalry battalion of Cobb's legion. In command of this company with the famous cavalry under Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, he participated in the Seven Days' battles about Richmond and the Second Manassas campaign. By this time he had been advanced to the command of the sharpshooters of Gen. Wade Hapton's brigade, including his own and other companies, and in this capacity was distinguished in the cavalry battle of Brandy Station, August 20, 1862. Here many of his men were killed and wounded, and he was himself wounded in the head by a saber cut and captured. This ended his career on the field, as he was held at the Old Capitol prison at Washington four months and at Johnson's Island nineteen months. While at Old Capitol he was one of nine prisoners compelled to draw lots, preparatory to the execution of two of their number in retaliations, but fortunately escaped the fatal allotment. When finally released and sent to Richmond, it was on parole, and in the closing months of the war he was not able to obtain an exchange. Captain Ritch has been a citizen of Athens since the war, and busied as a merchant and farmer. He is an enthusiastic member of the United Confederate veterans, and for several terms has been honored with the command of Cobb-Deloney camp. By his marriage, in 1855, to Jane Alexander, he has one son and three daughters living. One of his sons, John L. Ritch, was a sergeant in the United States army during the Spanish war and in the Philippine islands, and died on January 26, 1900, from disease contracted in the service."
    Census: Federal  29 Jul 1870  , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Ward 2 
    • 1) Jerry Ritch, white male age 37, dealer in ready made clothing (retail), $900 real estate, $4,000 personal estate, born in GA
      2) Jane Ritch, white female age 32, keeping house, born in GA
      3) Tallulah Ritch, white female age 14, attending school, born in GA
      4) Ida Ritch, white female age 11, attending school, born in GA
      5) Edward Ritch, white male age 8, attending school, born in GA
      6) John Lee Ritch, white male age 6, at home, born in GA
      7) Katie Ritch, white female age 4 months, at home, born in GA
      8) Humphrey Long, mulatto male age 29, domestic servant, born in GA, cannot read or write
      9) Hulda Long, black female age 26, domestic servant, born in GA, cannot read or write
      10) Martha Long, black female age 14, at home, born in GA, cannot read or write
    Name  Jerry 
    Died  26 Jan 1900  , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I5718  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  27 Dec 2010 

    Father  Charles (Ritch) Rich,   b. Abt 1794, , , , North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1871, , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Taylor,   b. Abt 1794, , , , North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 12 May 1871, , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1730  Group Sheet

    Family  Jane Alexander,   b. Abt 1834, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1855  , , Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Tallulah E. Rich,   b. Abt 1856, , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Ida Rich,   b. Abt 1858, , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Edward Rich,   b. Abt 1862, , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. John Lee Rich,   b. Abt 1864, , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Katie Rich,   b. Abt 1870, , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2007 
    Family ID  F1862  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Dec 1829 - , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 26 Aug 1850 - , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1855 - , , Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 17 Sep 1860 - , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary: Civil War - Captain, Company H, Cavalry Battalion of Cobb's Legion - 1861-1865 - , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - Ward 2 - 29 Jul 1870 - , Athens, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jan 1900 - , , Habersham County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1099] 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.

    2. [S1521] 1850 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Clarke County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), M432, roll 65, Athens District, p. 7, dwelling 45, family 45, John J. Huggins household, accessed 13 Mar 2007, 5 Jul 2008.

    3. [S1293] 1860 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Clarke County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M653, roll 116, Athens-District 216, p. 138, dwelling 970, family 982, J. E. Ritch household, accessed 3/14/2007, 5 Jul 2008.

    4. [S1480] 1870 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Clarke County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2003), M593, roll 143, Athens-Ward 2, p. 45, dwelling 292, family 299, Jerry Ritch household, accessed 14 Mar 2007, 5 Jul 2008.