Today we will be continuing down the Ritchie, Richie, and Richey line, starting with my 6th great-grandfather, James Richey Sr.
I apologize beforehand for this rather lengthy post and for any repetition I may have overlooked.
James Richey Sr. was born on July 25, 1722 in Abbeville, South Carolina. According to my records, he was the 2nd born son to Samuel Alexander Richey Jr. and Jeanne Caldwell Richey. In the year of 1749, James Richey Sr. married Margaret Caldwell in Abbeville, South Carolina. Margaret is believed to be the daughter of William Findley and Rebecca Parks Caldwell. I have not worked much on the Caldwell’s yet, so I’m not sure if Margaret Caldwell Richey was related to her mother-in-law, Jeanne Caldwell Richey. I definitely need to work on this one.
The citations I have that provides evidence for James Richey Sr., shows his birth as July 25, 1722 in Abbeville, South Carolina.
Family Data Collection – Births
Family Data Collection – Individual Records
The following information, submitted by Jayne Wilson Weir, shows James Richey Sr. as being born on July 25, 1724 in Derry, Ireland. I’m not sure which is correct. There also seems to be some confusion on when exactly Samuel Alexander and Jeanne Caldwell Richey came to America and on where exactly they married.
James Ritchie, Sr.
Submitted by Jayne Wilson Weir
JAMES RITCHIE, SR. was born 25 July, 1724 in County Derry, IRE, and died 12 August, 1808 in Shoals Junction, Abbeville District, SC. He married MARGARET CALDWELL Abt. 1749, daughter of WILLIAM CALDWELL and REBECCA PARKS.
Children of JAMES RITCHIE and MARGARET CALDWELL are:.
1. ALEXANDER RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1748, State of Virginia; d. State of Virginia..
2. JOHN RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1750, Amelia Co., VA; d. Bef. 04 November, 1808, Abbeville District, SC..
3. JAMES RITCHIE, JR., b. 02 November, 1752, Amelia Co., VA; d. 05 June, 1833, Abbeville District, SC.
(My 5th Great-Grandfather)
4. JEANNE RITCHIE, b. 1753, State of Virginia; d. State of Virginia..
5. MARGARET RITCHIE, b. 1753, State of Virginia; d. State of Virginia..
6. ROBERT J. RITCHIE, SR., b. Abt. 1754, Amelia Co., VA; d. Abt. 1828, Abbeville District, SC (Probable)..
7. ANN RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1758, Amelia Co., VA; d. 1799, State of South Carolina (Probable)..
8. NANCY AGNES RITCHIE, b. 30 June, 1763, State of Virginia; d. 28 April, 1847, Abbeville District, SC (Probable)..
9. ANDREW RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1768, Amelia Co., VA; d. Aft. November 1834, Abbeville District, SC (Probable)..
10. WILLIAM A. RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1769, Amelia Co., VA; d. 16 November, 1846, Abbeville, SC..
James Richey’s will was signed 16 Dec 1807. He is buried at Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Abbeville Co., (then district), SC near Donalds, SC. One source describes the place of James’ death as “Shoals Junction” in SC.
From “Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds”.
Richey, James, Sr.-Box 109, Pack 3112:
Will dated 16 Dec 1807; Exrs: Sons, John, Jas. Richey. Wit: Geo. Brownlee, Wm. McCrone, Jas. Richey, Jr. Was of Chickasaw in Abbeville Dist. Chn: John, Jas., Robt. Richey, Agness Purdy, Wm., Andrew Richey. Gr. Chn: John, Margaret, Jas. Wilson, Robt. Morrah, Margaret dtr. of my son Jas. Richey, Margaret dtr. to my son Andrew Richey, Jas. son to Wm. Richey, Margaret Seawright drt. to Robt. Richey, Margaret dtr. to my son John Richey..
Revolutionary War service for James Richey, Sr.
According to the Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, “he served in the militia during 1780 and 1782 under Capt. Stephen Jackson and Col. Marshall and supplied a rifle for Col. Marshall’s regiment.” A. A. 6394; Y943.
Tombstone says, Pvt. 2 Va. State Regt. Rev. War
More Information on James Richey Sr.
Submitted by: Jayne Wilson Weir
Richey, James (1724 – 1808) – male
b. 25 JUL 1724 in Derry, Ireland
d. 12 AUG 1808 in Donalds, Abbeville, South Carolina
father: Richey, Alexander (~1690 – 1749)
mother: Caldwell, Jeanne (1693 – 1785)
James Richey was born before his parents left Ireland in 1749 (after their arrival) James Sr. Married Margaret Caldwell. In 1773 – 1774 James and some of his sons came to Donalds area of SC and staked out lands. Two sons, Robert and John, remained and fought in the Revolution in SC. James went back to VA where he and his son James Jr. also have Revolutionary War service records. Before the end of the war, however, all of the James Richey Sr. family was settled on their land in SC. This land was located in an area just north and east of the Greenville Presbyterian Church in Donalds, SC.
His tombstone reads:
James Richey, Sr., PVT, 2 VA State Regiment. Revolutionary War, 25 Jul, 1724 — .
Allen Duane Richie notes and National Archives information: “James Richey, Sr. is a Revolutionary War Veteran who served in Captain William Long’s Company of the 2nd Virginia State Regiment commanded by Col. William Brent (this company was designated at various times and Capt. James Quarles and Capt. William Long’s Company.) He appears on the Company Payrool records from May, 1779, through November, 1779, and received a certificate for the balance of his pay on November 19, 1783. For his services as a Private, he was paid $6.66 per month, plus $10.00 subsistance pay.” (Source Military Records, National Archives)
Clyde Homer Doyal notes: “James Richey was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1720 and came to America in 1727. James and Margaret are buried in Greenville Cemetary in South Carolina. They had 6 children: John (1750-1808); James Robert, and Andrew. James Richey was the son of Alexander Richey (1698-1749)”
According to Anabel W. Stogner’s information on James Richey, Jr. her notes state: “He returned to Virginia to fight in the Revolution with his son James Jr., but he left two sons, John and Robert, in South Carolina where they fought in the Revolution. James Richey had 3 sons and 2 sons-inlaw who fought in the Revolution and survived with hime (James) to live long, productive lives. Two other sons Andrew and William were too young to fight in the War. James Richey, Sr. moved his family to South Carolina after the War and settled in Old Abbeville Co. Thereafter he signed his papers as ‘James Richey, Sr. of Chickawaw’.” A. W. 8 (sourch almost illedigble) March 1983.
12 Aug. 1801. On the back it reads “Came to South Carolina in 1784 from Amelia Co., VA; son of Jeanne Caldwell and Alexander Richey from Ireland to Prince Edward Co., VA” .
Will dated 16 Dec. 1807; Executor: Sons, John, Jas. Richey Wit: George Brownlee, William McCrone, James Richey, Jr Was of Chickasaw in Abberville Dirst. Children John, James, Robert Richey, Agness Purdy, William and Andrew Richey.
Grandchildren John, Margaret, James Wilson, Robt Morrah, Margaret Daughter of my son James Richey, Margaret daughter to my son Andrew Richey, James son to William Richey, Margaret Seawright Daughter to Robert Richey, Margaret daught to my son John Richey.
spouse: Caldwell, Margaret (1729 – 1802)
– m. ABT 1749 in Prince Edward County, VA or Lunenburg Co., VA
———-child: Richey, Alexander (~1748 – r1753)
———-child: Richey, James J. (1752 – 1833)* (My 5th Great-Grandfather)
———-child: Richey, Ann (~1753 – ~1800)
———-child: Richey, John C. (~1753 – 1808)
———-child: Richey, Jeanne (1753 – )
———-child: Richey, Robert J. (1754 – 1828)
———-child: Richey, Margaret (r1755 – )
———-child: Richey, Andrew (~1756 – )
———-child: Richey, Armathine (*1759 – )
———-child: Richey, Agnes Nancy (~1763 – 1786)
———-child: Richey, William A. (1775 – 1846) .
Descendants of James Ritchie, Sr.
Generation No. 1
1. SR. JAMES3 RITCHIE, SR. (ALEXANDER RICHEY OR2, UNKNOWN1 RICHEY) was
born 25 July 1724 in County Derry, IRE, and died 12 August 1808 in
Shoals Junction, Abbeville District, SC. He married MARGARET CALDWELL
Abt. 1749 in Lunenburg Co., VA (Possible), daughter of WILLIAM
CALDWELL and REBECCA PARKS. She was born 04 January 1728/29 in
Lancaster Co., PA, and died 12 September 1802 in Shoals Junction,
Abbeville District, SC.
Notes for SR. JAMES RITCHIE, SR.:
James Richey’s will was signed 16 Dec 1807. He is buried at Greenville
Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Abbeville Co., (then district), SC
near Donalds, SC. One source describes the place of James’ death as
“Shoals Junction” in SC.
His tombstone reads:
“James Richey, Sr., PVT, 2 VA State Regt., Revolutionary War; 25 Jul
1724-12 Aug 1808” and the back “Came to South Carolina in 1784 from
Amelia co., VA; Son of Jeanne Caldwell and Alexander Richey from
Ireland To Prince Edward Co., VA.”
James Richey-2 Virginia State Regiment-(Revolutionary War) Private
Will dated 16 Dec 1807; Exrs: Sons, John, Jas. Richey. Wit: Geo.
Brownlee, Wm. McCrone, Jas. Richey, Jr. Was of Chickasaw in Abbeville
Dist. Chn: John, Jas., Robt. Richey, Agness Purdy, Wm., Andrew Richey.
Gr. Chn: John, Margaret, Jas. Wilson, Robt. Morrah, Margaret dtr. of
my son Jas. Richey, Margaret dtr. to my son Andrew Richey, Jas. son to
Wm. Richey, Margaret Seawright drt. to Robt. Richey, Margaret dtr. to
my son John Riche
Notes for MARGARET CALDWELL:
Margaret probably died at Shoals Junction, Abbeville Co., SC/then
Abbeville District, SC. She is buried at Old Greenville Presbyterian
Church Cemetery in Abbeville Co., (then district) SC, near Donalds,
SC. Her tombstone reads: “Margaret Caldwell, Born in PA; 04 Jan
1729-12 Sep 1802; Wife of James Richey, Sr.”
Children of JAMES RITCHIE and MARGARET CALDWELL are:
i. ALEXANDER4 RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1748, State of Virginia; d. State of
ii. SR. JOHN RITCHIE, b. 1750, Amelia Co., VA; d. Bef. 04 November
1808, Abbeville District, SC; m. NANCY ANN BROWNLEE, Abt. 1770,
Abbeville District, SC (Probable); b. 1753, Abbeville District, SC; d.
Bef. 16 November 1812, Abbeville District, SC.
iii. JR. JAMES RITCHIE, JR., b. 02 November 1752, Amelia Co., VA; d.
05 June 1833, Abbeville District, SC; m. ELIZABETH DUNN, 1786,
Abbeville District, SC; b. 07 July 1766; d. 01 May 1828, Abbeville
District, SC (Probable)* (My 5th Great-Grandfather)
iv. JEANNE RITCHIE, b. 1753, State of Virginia; d. State of Virginia.
v. MARGARET RITCHIE, b. Bet. 1753 – 1758, State of Virginia; d. State
vi. SR. ROBERT J. RITCHIE, SR., b. Abt. 1754, Amelia Co., VA; d. Abt.
1828, Abbeville District, SC (Probable); m. MARY CALDWELL STEWART,
Bet. 1780 – 1784, Abbeville District, SC; b. Abt. 1762, Amelia Co.,
VA; d. Abt. 1835, State of South Carolina.
vii. ANN RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1758, Amelia Co., VA; d. Abt. 01 February
1800, State of South Carolina (Probable); m. (1) GEORGE WILSON, Abt.
1788; b. 1752; d. 31 May 1795, Abbeville District, SC (Probable); m.
(2) HUGH MORRAH OR MORROW, Bef. 1799, State of South Carolina
viii. NANCY AGNES RITCHIE, b. 30 June 1763, State of Virginia; d. 28
April 1847, Abbeville District, SC (Probable); m. SR. HENRY PURDY, 05
December 1786; b. 05 October 1751; d. 16 August 1816, Abbeville
ix. ANDREW RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1768, Amelia Co., VA; d. Aft. November
1835, Anderson Co., SC (Probable); m. ELIZABETH WEBB, 1788, Abbeville
District, SC; b. Aft. 1765; d. Bef. 1820, Abbeville District, SC
x. WILLIAM A. RITCHIE, b. Bet. 1769 – 1775, Amelia Co., VA; d. 16
November 1846, Abbeville, SC; m. (1) JANE STONE, 22 January 1801,
Abbeville Co., SC (Probable); b. 1781; d. 09 March 1839, Abbeville
Co., SC (Probable); m. (2) ELIZABETH MARTIN, Aft. 09 March 1839; b.
1799, Abbeville District, SC; d. 1885.
Land Survey and Plat for James Richey Sr.
The land survey and plat for James Richie (Richey) for property in Granville County, SC. Part of this county became Abbeville County, which he moved to after the Revolutionary War. James and his son John both staked out land then James went back to Virginia to fight in the Revolutionary War, then after the war moved his family to Abbeville County, SC. Both James and John show up on the 1779 census in Abbeville, SC.— with Joan Walker.
Home of James Richey Sr. located in Donalds, SC. James was the son of Alexander and Jeanne Caldwell Richey, the first of our direct ancestors to come to America. He fought in the Revolutionary War. This house was built around the turn of the century (1800).
Information Regarding the Richey Family
Submitted by Jayne Wilson Weir
Alexander Richey landed at New Castle, Delaware in 1727. In Ireland, he married Jeanne (Jane) Caldwell, a daughter of Jane McGhie and Joseph Caldwell. She was a sister of John Caldwell who came to Cub Creek, VA in the 1730s. Alexander Richey fist settled in Lancaster County, PA, at Chestnut Level. He moved to Amelia County, VA, and settled in the part which was later cut off into Prince Edward County. He died and left a will in 1749. His widow (1688-1784) survived him for 36 years and died at age 96. Alexander Richey was a farmer, merchant, and colonial soldier. His will is recorded in Will Book I:57, Amelia County, VA, dated 3 May 1749, probated 18 August 1749. The will named the children of Alexander and Jeanne Richey and made specific bequests to the sons:
John, well beloved son, land joining George Davisses place;
Alexander, well beloved son, land;
James, well beloved son, 200 acres ye place I now live on and that at the decease of his mother;
Samuel, well beloved son, a minor; his three brothers each were to pay him fifteen pounds English sterling money on his becoming of age;
Daughters named were Agnes, Catrin, Mary, and Suzanna.
Wife Jeanne to be sole executrix.
Probated 18 August 1749, by Jane (Jeanne) Richey and witnessed by John Caldwell, Charles Riche, Hugh Richey — all three before Samuel Cobbs, Clerk of Court.
Jeanne Caldwell Richey also left a will which was probated 16 August 1785 in Prince Edward County, VA. The appraisers of her estate were John Scott, Benjamin Thackston, and Andrew Wlliot. At the October Court 1785, Hugh Richey (probably son of Charles Richey, and her nephew) was appointed administrator. The heirs were a daughter, Suzanna Richey Crockett, and a granddaughter, Mary Crockett. Witnesses and executives: Hugh Richey and Richard Bibb.
This seems clearly to indicate that her sons and grandsons and almost all family members had already gone, joining the great trek about the close of the Revolution southward and westward, in search of new lands. We know that James Richey, who by Alexander Richey’s will was to inherit the homeplace at his mother’s death, did not arrive in South Carolina to live until about 1785. Perhaps he lingered in VA until after her death and went to South Carolina before her will was probated, or he may have gone before her death and did not return to settle the estate. Unlike many of the pioneer wives and mothers who followed their husbands and sons to the end of their days, Jeanne chose to remain at the place where Alexander died. Who can say which ones are more worthy of respect and honor: those who go on or those who stay? Perhaps she had grown weary of the search for the perfect place and decided that VA was good enough. She lived a long and useful life and is worthy of a place among the honored pioneers.
A memento of Jeanne’s industry as a housewife is a flaxwheel which she and Alexander brought with them from Ireland. It was given to James Richey, Sr. who brought it to SC and gave it to his son, James Richey. Jr. who gave it to his daughter, Elizabeth Wyatt, who gave it to her daughter, Mary Jane Andrea, who gave it to her granddaughter, Miss Connie Lee Andrea, the daughter of Redmond Leonardo Andrea. This wheel was on exhibit at the 46th annual Wyatt Reunion at Greenville Presbyterian Church, Donalds, SC, June 15, 1952, at Greenville Presbyterian Church, Donalds, SC, June 15, 1952, and is still in existence today (1986). Some of my ancestors wore clothing spun from flax on this flax wheel.
The Richey Family in Scotland was sect of the Clan Mackintosh and, as such, wore the McIntosh tartan and plaid. There was on exhibit at the Wyatt Reunion (1952) a copy of the “Richey Sept MacKintosh” tartan which was bought in Scotland, also a sketch of the Clan McIntosh.
James Richey, Sr. came to South Carolina from Virginia sometime before the Revolution and staked out lands on Chicasaw Creek. He returned to Virginia but left two sons, John and Robert, and probably his future son-in-law, George Wilson, in South Carolina. John and Robert Richey and George Wilson served in the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. James Richey, Sr. and James Richey, Jr. served in Virginia. Andrew and William Richey, two other sons, were too young for military service.
After the Revolutionary War, James Richey, Sr. moved his family to the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina and established his home near Chicasaw Creek in what is now Abbeville County. Afterwards, he signed his papers as James Richey, Sr. of Chicasaw.” An old Bible entry records James Richey, Sr. died 12th August 1808, aged 85 years; another Bible gives the death date as 6th May 1810. His will was signed 16 December, 1807, and no proving date is on file. It is noteworthy that James Richey, Sr. had five granddaughters named Margaret. They were the daughters of sons James, John, and Andrew; Margaret Richey Seawright, daughter of son Robert; Margaret Wilson, daughter of Anne Richey Wilson. James Richey’s wife Margaret Caldwell Richey, daughter of Major William Caldwell and Rebecca Parque Caldwell, died in September 1802. Three of their children, Alexander, Jeanne, and Margaret, died in childhood and are buried in Virginia.
My 5th great-grandfather, James Richey, Jr. born 1752 Amelia County, VA, died 5 Jun 1833 SC, married ca 1785, Elizabeth Dunn, born ca 1760 died 1 May 1828, daughter of James Dunn, Jr. (died Abbeville County, SC 1805) and wife Agnes Agnew. James Dunn was a Revolutionary soldier in SC in 1780, 1781, 1782, Cavalry service under General Henderson and General Sumpter. James Richey, Jr. was a Revolutionary War soldier in VA and in the SC Militia under Colonel John Marshall in 1780 and 1782. (SC Archives DAR Nat. No. 231324).
1. Nancy Richey born 17 Sep 1788 married Simeon Spruell.
2. Margaret Richey born 14 June 1790 married Hanson Posey.
3. James Washington Richey born 13 Sep 1792 married 1st) Julianne Shirley; married 2nd) Mrs. Andrew Seawright nee Margaret Richey; married 3rd) Nancy Martin.
*(My 4th great-grandfather)
4. Sarah Richey born 29 June 1794 married James Wilson, son of George Wilson and Anne Richey.
5. Mary Richey born 7 Aug 1796 married William Lord, moved to Georgia and lived near Commerce in Jackson County. They were founders of the Lord family there.
6. William Richey born 14 Oct 1800, died 14 Apr 1853, married 1822 Mary Seawright born 5 Feb 1803, died 24 May 1964. She was daughter of Andrew Seawright (b. 1777, d. 1827) and Margaret Richey (1785-1857), daughter of Robert Richey, 3rd son of James Richey, Sr. and Margaret C Richey.
7. Samuel Richey born 6 Jan 1805, married Mary Strickland 31 Oct 1833 in Madison County, GA; lived in Gwinnett County, GA. No children.
8. John Richey born 1 Jul 1807, died 23 Jan 1879, married 1st) Thirsa Emily Kay 6 Jul 1826 (b. 1810, d. 28 Dec 1834). 2nd) Nancy Adeline Seawright 9 Apr 1835 (daughter of Andrew and Margaret R Seawright) b. 10 Aug 1814, d. 7 Jan 1850.
9. Elizabeth Richey born 10 Nov 1810, married Redmond G Wyatt (1st wife) 15 Sep 1829. He married second Eleanor Ann Seawright.
George Wilson Estate: 1785 or 1795
George Wilson had an inn that was located across from the old Greenville Presbyterian Church in Donalds, Abbeville S.C. This area when first opened to Scotch-Irish settlers was called Boonesborough. Later this area was also called Donaldsville then Donalds. The names listed in this will are: Ann Richey Wilson, wife of George Wilson, Her brothers John Richey, and James Richey Jr. Ann Richey was the daughter of James Richey Sr. and Margaret Caldwell.
James Richey Sr. Headstone
Birth: Jul. 25, 1724 Death: Aug. 12, 1808 Inscription: James Richey, Sr. PVT, 2VA State Regt., Revolutionary War; Note: back of marker reads: Came to South Carolina in 1784 from Amelia Co. VA; son of Jeanne Caldwell & Alexander Richey from Ireland to Prince Edward Co., VA Burial: Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery Donalds Abbeville County South Carolina, USA
Cemetery name Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Name on headstone James Richey, Sr.