Descendants of Hiram Ritchie
Hiram Ritchie Descendants
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Generation No. 1
1. HIRAM4 RITCHIE (ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born 1814 in Perry County, Kentucky, and died in Madison County, Arkansas. He married PHOEBE (EUPHEMY) PATRICK April 08, 1834 in Hammonds Gap, Perry County, Kentucky, daughter of HUGH PATRICK and BARBARA BAILEY.
Children of HIRAM RITCHIE and PHOEBE PATRICK are:
2. i. MARCUM5 RITCHIE, b. 1841, Perry County, Kentucky.
3. ii. ALEXANDER RITCHIE, b. 1835, Kentucky.
iii. ELIZABETH RITCHIE, b. 1838, Kentucky.
iv. LUCINDA RITCHIE, b. 1840, Kentucky.
v. CHRISTOPHER RITCHIE, b. 1845, Kentucky; m. SARAH E. WARFORD, April 25,
1894, Madison County, Arkansas.
vi. SELTA RITCHIE, b. 1847, Kentucky.
4. vii. ELIAS RITCHIE, b. 1849, Kentucky.
viii. MARY RITCHIE, b. 1850, Madison County, Arkansas.
ix. CATHERINE RITCHIE, b. 1852, Madison County, Arkansas.
x. JOHN C. RITCHIE, b. 1856, Madison County, Arkansas.
5. xi. CLARISSA RITCHIE, b. 1858.
6. xii. YANTA TONY RITCHIE, b. Bet. 1847 - 1852, Kentucky or Arkansas; d.
August 20, 1932, Madison County, Arkansas.
Generation No. 2
2. MARCUM5 RITCHIE (HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was
born 1841 in Perry County, Kentucky. He married Mander ? Abt. 1873 in Sebastian County, Arkansas.
Children of MARCUM RITCHIE and MANDER (?) are:
7. i. LULA6 RITCHIE, b. April 09, 1874, Crosses, Madison County, Arkansas;
d.December 14, 1947, Chelan, Chelan County, Washington.
ii. BERTHA IDA RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1876; m. ? SULLENGER.
iii. ELLA RITCHIE, b. Abt. 1878; m. ? RAYMOND.
3. ALEXANDER5 RITCHIE (HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born 1835 in Kentucky. He married ELIZABETH.
Children of ALEXANDER RITCHIE and ELIZABETH are:
i. SARA LIZA6 RITCHIE, b. 1858, Madison County, Arkansas; m. ? GLASS.
ii. MARGARET RITCHIE, b. 1860, Madison County, Arkansas.
iii. JAMES A. RITCHIE, b. 1869, Madison County, Arkansas.
iv. WILLIAM RITCHIE, b. 1873, Madison County, Arkansas.
v. JOHN RITCHIE, b. 1876.
4. ELIAS5 RITCHIE (HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was
born 1849 in Kentucky. He married MARY A. STOWART.
Children of ELIAS RITCHIE and MARY STOWART are:
i. CHRISTOPHER C.6 RITCHIE, b. 1875, Madison County, Arkansas.
ii. MARY MAGDELINE RITCHIE, b. 1878, Madison County, Arkansas; d. 1956; m.
iii. WALTER RITCHIE, b. 1880, Madison County, Arkansas.
iv. W. JASPER "BIRD" RITCHIE, b. April 16, 1882, Madison County, Arkansas;
d.January 13, 1967; m. LILLIE WARFORD.
More About W. JASPER "BIRD" RITCHIE:
Burial: Crosses Creek Cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas
5. CLARISSA5 RITCHIE (HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was
born 1858. She married (1) JOHN C. PATRICK, son of WILEY PATRICK and
MATILDA BUCK. She married (2) WILLIAM WALKER 1882.
More About JOHN C. PATRICK:
Burial: 1880, Patrick Cemetery, Patrick, Madison County, Arkansas
Child of CLARISSA RITCHIE and JOHN PATRICK is:
i. JOHN H.6 PATRICK, b. December 1880, Arkansas; d. May 10, 1936, Oklahoma.
More About JOHN H. PATRICK:
Burial: 1936, Patrick Cemetery, Patrick, Madison County, Arkansas
6. YANTA TONY5 RITCHIE (HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1)
was born Bet. 1847 - 1852 in Kentucky or Arkansas, and died August 20, 1932 in Madison County, Arkansas. She married RICHARD EDWARD BUCK, son of MORGAN BUCK and BARBARY ?.
More About YANTA TONY RITCHIE:
Burial: Patrick Cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas
More About RICHARD EDWARD BUCK:
Burial: 1924, Patrick Cemetery, Patrick, Madison County, Arkansas
Child of YANTA RITCHIE and RICHARD BUCK is:
i. WILLIE A.6 BUCK, b. July 01, 1882, Madison County, Arkansas; d. January 07, 1946, Fayetteville, Arkansas; m. DORA BELL GUINN, May 30, 1902, Washington County, Arkansas.
Notes for WILLIE A. BUCK:
Willie Buck was said to have been born at the Richard Buck home to an Indian girl, who then let the Bucks "adopt" him.
More About WILLIE A. BUCK:
Burial: Patrick Cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas
Generation No. 3
7. LULA6 RITCHIE (MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born April 09, 1874 in Crosses, Madison County, Arkansas, and died December 14, 1947 in Chelan, Chelan County, Washington. She married (1) MARION BURGESS WILKINS 1892 in Pinnacle, Madison County, Arkansas, son of ISAIAH WILKINS and MARY POPE. She married (2) EARL HOUSTON September 03, 1927.
Notes for LULA RITCHIE:
Lue Ritchie was born April 19, 1874, in Arkansas, the daughter of Marcum (Martin) Ritchie and ?. Her daughter, Susie Jane Wilkins Ledford, said that she believes Lula was a full blood Native American. Susie also said that Lue had an aunt Tony Buck and an aunt Clarissa Walker, both sisters of Lue's father, Marcum (Martin) Ritchie. Other relatives mentioned by Susie were first cousins Cleo Ritchie Shipman (Mrs. George), Jim Ritchie (a trapper), Lizie Glass, and Judge Combs of Crosses, Delaney, or Combs, Arkansas. Lue was the oldest of three daughters, and her two younger sisters were Bertha Ida Ritchie, born about 1876 and later married a Sullenger; and Ella Ritchie, born about 1878, married a Raymond, and was a cook in the Chicago, Illinois, area after her marriage. Lue and her sisters lived with relatives in the Paris, Logan County, Arkansas, area during their childhood. It is believed that both of their parents died while the girls were very young. Lue married Marion Burgess Wilkins on September 11, 1892, in Madison County, Arkansas. Lue and Marion had nine children together before he passed away in 1915. Lue then married a dairyman from Tuttle, Arkansas, with the last name of Branstetter (Branstetter), who died about 1925. After Branstetter's death, Lue sought the help of her cousin, Judge Combs, in achieving a fair division of his dairy with his heirs. Lue then married Earle Houston and moved with him in 1943 to Chelan Falls, Washington, where she died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver on December 14, 1947.
More About LULA RITCHIE:
Burial: 1947, Oakland Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas
More About MARION BURGESS WILKINS:
Cause of Death: heart attack
Nationality: 1/2 blood Native American Chickamauga Cherokee
Native American Rolls: included on rolls of the Chickamauga Band of Cherokee
Children of LULA RITCHIE and MARION WILKINS are:
8. i. OSCAR A. WILKINS, b. December 17, 1893, Thompson, Arkansas; d.November 15, 1964, Chelan, Chelan County, Washington.
9. ii. GEORGE WILLIAM WILKINS, b. 1896, Arkansas; d. December 11, 1985, Gary, Indiana.
10. iii. ANNIE WILKINS.
11. iv. FRANK WILKINS, b. November 19, 1905, Madison County, Arkansas; d.April 11, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
12. v. LAURA WILKINS, b. May 16, 1908, Madison County, Arkansas; d. May 29, 1985, Springdale, Arkansas.
vi. MAUDE WILKINS, m. CLIFFORD THOMPSON.
vii. WOODROW WILKINS.
13. viii. SUSIE JANE WILKINS, b. January 02, 1903, Madison County, Arkansas.
ix. MINNIE WILKINS.
More About MINNIE WILKINS:
Cause of Death: typhoid fever
Generation No. 4
8. OSCAR A.7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3,
JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born December 17, 1893 in Thompson, Arkansas, and died November 15, 1964 in Chelan, Chelan County, Washington. He married OMA TACKETT December 21, 1921 in Asher, Arkansas.
Notes for OSCAR A. WILKINS:
Oscar A. (Jim) Wilkins was born December 17, 1893, in Thompson, Arkansas, to Marion Burgess Wilkins and Lula Ritchie. He grew up there and was married to Oma Tackett in Asher, Arkansas, December 21, 1921. They made their home in Arkansas until going to Chelan, Washington, in 1943. Jim worked in orchards in the Chelan area until his semi-retirement in 1958. He then worked as a custodian for the Chelan Bank. He was a member of an undenominational Christian Fellowship.
More About OSCAR A. WILKINS:
Burial: 1964, Fraternal Cemetery, Chelan, Washington
Children of OSCAR WILKINS and OMA TACKETT are:
i. LUCILLE8 WILKINS, m. ? MILLER.
ii. WILLIE WILKINS.
iii. OSCAR WILKINS.
9. GEORGE WILLIAM7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER
CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born 1896 in Arkansas, and died December 11, 1985 in Gary, Indiana. He married GRACE STUFFLEBEAM.
More About GEORGE WILLIAM WILKINS:
Burial: December 13, 1985, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schereville,
Children of GEORGE WILKINS and GRACE STUFFLEBEAM are:
i. WILLIAM HOUSTON8 WILKINS, b. April 26, 1924, Arkansas; d. October 16, 1989, Burns, Tennessee; m. LOTIS MAXINE ?.
More About WILLIAM HOUSTON WILKINS:
Burial: 1989, Dickson County Memorial Gardens, Dickson, Tennessee Military service: World War II
Occupation: lumber buyer for Middle Tennessee Lumber Co.
ii. DEWEY WILKINS, m. EVELYN ?.
iii. DONALD WILKINS, m. CLARA ?.
iv. JOYCE WILKINS, m. DWAIN VINEYARD.
v. LOYCE WILKINS, m. LEO RIGDON.
vi. RUTH WILKINS, m. MARION VEST.
vii. ANNABELLE WILKINS, Adopted child; m. BILL SHELLEY.
10. ANNIE7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3,
JAMES2, ALEXANDER1). She married DAVID FRANKLILN LOLLAR.
Children of ANNIE WILKINS and DAVID LOLLAR are:
i. MAUDIE L.8 LOLLAR, b. May 23, 1927, Asher, Arkansas; d. February 10, 1984, Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas.
More About MAUDIE L. LOLLAR:
Burial: February 13, 1983, Clifty Cemetery, Clifty, Arkansas Church Affiliation: Clifty Church of Christ
ii. WARREN LOLLAR.
iii. NORMAN LOLLAR.
iv. JIM LOLLAR.
11. FRANK7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3,
JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born November 19, 1905 in Madison County, Arkansas, and died April 11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He married MAXINE IVEY.
More About FRANK WILKINS:
Burial: Oakland Cemetery Church Affiliation: Oakland Baptist Church Fraternal Organization: Washington Masonic Lodge No. 1 Occupation: Real estate broker
Children of FRANK WILKINS and MAXINE IVEY are:
i. GORDON8 WILKINS.
ii. JOYCE ANN WILKINS.
12. LAURA7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER CROCKETT3,
JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born May 16, 1908 in Madison County, Arkansas, and died May 29, 1985 in Springdale, Arkansas. She married HARLAN GRIFFITH.
More About LAURA WILKINS:
Burial: June 01, 1985, Mount Vernon Cemetery, Habberton, Arkansas Church Affiliation: Springdale Missionary Baptist Church Occupation: Homemaker
Children of LAURA WILKINS and HARLAN GRIFFITH are:
i. GENE8 GRIFFITH.
ii. ALLEN GRIFFITH.
iii. KATHRYN GRIFFITH, m. JAMES LOGUE.
iv. DORIS GRIFFITH, m. RONNIE SELF.
13. SUSIE JANE7 WILKINS (LULA6 RITCHIE, MARCUM5, HIRAM4, ALEXANDER
CROCKETT3, JAMES2, ALEXANDER1) was born January 02, 1903 in Madison County, Arkansas. She married TROY EVERETT LEDFORD October 12, 1924 in Pinnacle, Madison County, Arkansas, son of JASPER LEDFORD and MAUDE BIRNIE.
Notes for TROY EVERETT LEDFORD:
Troy Everett Ledford was born June 28, 1902, at Thompson, Washington County, Arkansas, the son of Jasper Alonzo and Maude Zeola Birnie Ledford. He attended elementary school at Pinnacle School and helped on his family's small farm. Troy married Susie Jane Wilkins October 12, 1924, at the springhouse on his parents' farm in the Pinnacle area of Madison County, Arkansas. All of Troy and Susie's children were born at home on their farm with midwives present with the exception of Bob, who was born near Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a
doctor present at his birth.
During World War II, Troy worked in the shipyards in Fullerton, California, and returned to Arkansas after the war. After hearing from his wife's mother and stepfather (Lue and Earle Houston) that fruit picking was
lucrative in Washington state, Troy moved there with his family about 1946, working as a migrant fruit picker in the Yakima Valley. In early 1947, Troy was employed as a Teamster truck driver at the Hanford Nuclear Project near Richland, Washington, and he and his family moved to neighboring Kennewick. He lived there until his retirement in the late 1960's, when he and Susie moved back to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Troy died in Fayetteville on August 22, 1971. His death certificate lists the cause of his death as cardiac arythmia due to
malabsorption syndrome as a consequence of a massive small bowel resection for thrombosis. Troy is buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Elkins, Arkansas
More About TROY EVERETT LEDFORD:
Burial: August 1971, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Elkins, Arkansas Cause of Death: Cardiac arythmia, malabsorption syndrome, massive small bowel resection Medical Information: Diabetic
Children of SUSIE WILKINS and TROY LEDFORD are:
i. GERALDINE8 LEDFORD, b. Madison County, Arkansas; m. (1) JOHN CLIFFORD VANLANDINGHAM; m. (2) SMOKE WYLIE.
ii. BOBBY JEANE LEDFORD, b. Prairie Township, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas; m. ALICE LAROSE MCCLAIN, February 13, 1953, Montgomery, Alabama.
Notes for BOBBY JEANE LEDFORD:
Bobby Jeane Ledford was born at Fayetteville RFD, Prairie Township, Washington County, Arkansas to Troy Everett and Susie Jane Wilkins Ledford. He was the only one of their children to have a doctor present at birth, and he weighed over eleven pounds on the chicken scale. He was brought up in the Pinnacle area along the White River in Madison County, and attended school through the eighth grade in the one room Pinnacle School. One of his teachers was Orval Faubus, who later became the Governor of Arkansas, and who stayed with Bob's grandparents, Alonzo and Maude Ledford, during his time teaching at Pinnacle. During the last part of eight grade, the schoolteacher left and Bob taught the remainder of the school year because (according to Bob) he was the biggest and smartest kid in school, but other relatives say it is because he was the orneriest. Bob moved in 1946 to Chelan Falls, Washington, with his family, where his uncle and grandmother Wilkins were living at that time, and picked apples and fruit. In early 1947, they moved to Kennewick, Washington, when his father got a job working on the Hanford Nuclear Project as a Teamster truck driver. Bob continued to work in the Kennewick area until February 1949, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Bob served in Korea and Japan during the Korean War, and his term of duty was involuntarily extended from three years to four and a half years. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in August 1953 with the rank of staff sergeant. While stationed in Montgomery, Alabama, Bob met Alice LaRose McClain who was also in the Air Force. They were married in Montgomery on February 13, 1953.
Following his discharge, Bob and LaRose moved to Richland, Washington, where Bob was employed as a fireman at the Hanford Nuclear Project. Their first child, Mary Jane Ledford, was born in Richland. Bob and LaRose and Mary then moved to Wallowa County, Oregon, where Bob bought a chain saw and tried logging. He worked at whatever job he could find. Their second child, Jeanne Marie Ledford, was born in Enterprise,
Wallowa County, Oregon, followed ten and a half months later by their third and last child, Josephine Ann Ledford.
Bob was employed at the Safeway grocery store in Enterprise for several years while LaRose was a nurses' aide at the Wallowa County Hospital in Enterprise. However, as Bob always put it, "You can't lived on green grass
and blue skies", and they left the beautiful Wallowa County area in 1962 when Bob was hired as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. He bunked in the officers' quarters at the penitentiary until his family joined him in Walla Walla early in 1963. Bob continued to work as the WSP, retiring from there in 1987 with the rank of lieutenant. However, retirement didn't agree with him, and he was
employed by the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in 1988, which is located in Pendleton, Oregon, about 35 miles south of Walla Walla. Bob commuted from Walla Walla to Pendleton for 6 years, retiring again in 1995.
While at the EOCI, he rose from the rank of correctional officer to Captain in the shortest period of time in the history of Oregon corrections, and was asked to return several times after his retirement there to serve as acting
The Northern Cherokee Tribe of Missouri and Arkansas has determined that Bob has a Cherokee blood degree of 3/8, derived as follows: 1/4 from his paternal grandfather, Jasper Alonzo Ledford, who was full-blood; and 1/8 from his maternal grandfather, Marion Burgess Wilkins, who was listed on the rolls of the Chickamauga band of Cherokee Indians as a half-blood Cherokee. Bob enrolled in the Northern Cherokee Tribe of Missouri and Arkansas as part of the White River Band in 1997, and is listed as #6827 on their enrollment records.
iii. J C LEDFORD, b. Madison County, Arkansas; m. MARY.
iv. DWIGHT LEDFORD, b. , Madison County, Arkansas; d. June 1982, Lake Havasu City, Arizona; m. JAN.
v. BILLY RAY LEDFORD, b. Madison County, Arkansas; m. (1) SUSIE; m. (2) KAREN.
vi. TROY CLIFFORD LEDFORD, b. Madison County, Arkansas; m. (1) KAREN; m. (2) PEGGY.
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