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Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

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Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308077303000
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Information about William and Elizabeth (Deacon) Ritchie (including Elizabeth's parents' names and her death) can be found at:

There appears to be quite a bit of additional information there that would be of interest to you.


William Richie (7th)
Son of William Richie (6th) and Isabella Grier
b. November 12, 1809, Rathmelton, County Donegal, Ulster,
d. April 10, 1892, Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
bu. Weyauwega, Wisconsin

Married on May 16, 1844, in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, to

Elizabeth Deacon
Daughter of David Deacon and Margaret Robinson
b. January 23, 1821, Cavan, County Cavan, Ulster, Ireland
d. December 1, 1910, Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
bu. Weyauwega, Wisconsin

Children born to William Richie (7th) and Elizabeth Deacon
(All were born in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio.):

Margaret Ann April 14, 1845
Isabella Maria September 8, 1846
Harriet C. September 19, 1848
Elizabeth Jane July 13, 1850
Emeline Laura April 6, 1852
Amelia December 13, 1853
David H. January 11, 1856
Mary Sophia February 1, 1858
Julia Anzonetta February 19, 1860
William Albert January 2, 1862

William Richie (7th) was born in Ireland and came to the United States with his
widowed mother and four brothers and sisters in 1834 when he was 24 years old. The
family settled in Stow Township, Summit County, Ohio, 3 miles from the village of
Hudson and 25 miles south of Cleveland. They first occupied a small log cabin in a
settlement called Little Ireland. Soon after they settled there, a United Presbyterian
Church was built in Little Ireland, and William Richie (7th) was ordained a ruling elder.
This church functioned for at least 50 years.

On May 16, 1844, William Richie (7th) married Elizabeth Deacon, who was born at
Cavan, County Cavan, Ulster, Ireland. (Several sources, including Elizabeth's obituary,
give May 16, 1844, as the date of their marriage; however, the Summit County, Ohio,
marriage records, as copied by the Family History Department, Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints, give May 18, 1844, as the marriage date.) Elizabeth came to
America with her brother John in 1840; they lived a year with their cousin, Robert
Deacon, in New York City before moving to Hudson, Ohio. According to John Reuter,
Elizabeth's great-great-grandson, the Deacon family originally lived in France, where
their name was spelled DeCon. They were driven out of France because of their
religious beliefs and moved to England, then to Scotland, and eventually to Ireland.
We think they may have been Huguenots (French Protestants) who were expelled from
France in 1685, when King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, under which
toleration had been granted to them a century before.

William Richie (7th) suffered from asthma and was advised by his physician to seek a
drier climate, preferably pine country. For this reason, he moved his large family from
Ohio to Wisconsin in 1863. They settled on a farm 1/2 mile west of the Hobart rural
school (in the town of Royalton).

This was during the Civil War; money was scarce, prices high, and educational
advantages limited. The young women in the family, who were well versed in the three
R's, were in demand to teach in the rural schools. The two oldest girls, Margaret and
Isabella, obtained teaching certificates (by examination) and taught in the Township of
Little Wolf.

After the years in the rural school, the young people availed themselves of the better
courses offered in the village schools at Waupaca, Weyauwega, and Manawa, and
later still at the State Normal School at Oshkosh. Margaret and Isabella took courses
in the Spencerian Business College at Milwaukee. All ten children in the family at
some time in their lives taught school for a longer or shorter period of time.

William and Elizabeth Richie lived on their Wisconsin farm near the Hobart rural school
until the spring of 1886 when it was sold and a house bought in the village of
Weyauwega, where they lived until William's death in 1892. He is buried in the village
cemetery. After his death, his widow lived first with her daughter Anzonetta and her
husband, DeVillier Clark, and later with her daughter Isabella and her husband, Wilder
W. Crane. She
died in 1910 and is buried beside her husband. At the age of almost 90 years she had
retained her faculties, having a most remarkable memory. Ten hours before she
passed away, she sat beside her bed and repeated the 55th chapter of Isaiah, a hymn
learned in childhood, and the dates of the birth of her ten children.

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