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Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308027069000
Classification: Query
Elizabeth (Deacon) Ritchie (married to William Ritchie) lived in the Royalton-Weyauwega area for several decades. They moved to the county from Summit County, Ohio with their ten children (17 and under) in 1863. Her husband died in 1892. In the 1900 Census she was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Isabella and Wilder Willard Crane, in Weyauwega. I do not know the time and location of her death. She was born 23 Jan 1821 in Cavan, Cavan, Ireland. If anyone knows if/where there might be documentation with her parents name listed, I would certainly appreciate that information. Thank you. Vicky Crane

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308056798000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308056898000
There is a person who commented on this thread (near the end of it): You may want to contact him directly. He wrote about the family reunion this Ritchie line from Royalton holds periodically. He may be able to help you with the spouses that married into this Ritchie line.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308077303000
Classification: Query
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.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308078630000
Classification: Query
For burial information about William and Elizabeth (Deacon) Ritchie, go to the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society site (in the "Cemeteries" section). Scroll down to Section III of Oakwood Cemetery in the city of Weyauwega, where the "Ritchie" name is mistakenly transcribed as "Richie." There are entries for "Mother Elizabeth," January 23, 1821 to December 1, 1910 and "Father William," November 12, 1809 to April 10, 1892.

There are a number of Crane burials listed there, too.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308080017000
Classification: Query
I'm astounded! And so very pleased and grateful. Thank you so very much.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308081138000
Classification: Query
I'm from Manawa and went to high school there with Roger M. Crane (1947-1993), the son of H.L. ("Gus") and Cynthia (Marson) Crane. They, too, were part of the larger Ritchie/Crane clan. Let me know if you're looking for info about their part of the family.

Bill Handrich
Waupaca, WI

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308096771000
Classification: Query
Do you know who his paternal grandfather was? My husband's great-grandparents, Wilder and Isabella (Richie) Crane lived in the Royalton-Weyauwega area. Several of their sons moved to the Chippewa Falls area about 1910 or so.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308103914000
Classification: Query
Roger's father was Harold L. (Gus) Crane, who lived in Dorchester, WI in his early years. Gus was a banker and moved from Dorchester to Manawa around 1930. His parents were Dr. Leonard H. Crane (1879-1946) and Elsie (Rideout) Crane (1881-1948).

L.H. Crane was born at Weyauwega and married Elsie in 1900. After graduating from medical school in 1903, he established his practice at Dorchester and moved to Hortonville in 1925. Their first child, Francis, was born in 1900 and died in 1902. Their only daughter, Lenore/Lenora was born in 1902 and died in a fire in 1920.

Leonard, Elsie, Francis, and Lenore all buried at Union Cemetery at Hortonville. Gus, Cynthia, and Roger are buried at Little Wolf Cemetery at Manawa -- right next to my parents.

Leonard's father was Henry Crane, who (if my information is correct) was married to Emiline Ritchie, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Deacon) Ritchie. This info comes from the obit of Emiline Crane, published in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern on 30 August 1940, which lists three surviving children: Dr. Marlin Crane of Wittenberg, Dr. Leonard Crane (then of Menasha), and Mrs. George Culver of San Diego, CA. (Emiline had lived with her from 1919 to the time of her death.)

I have quite a number of "bits and pieces" (obits, news items, etc.) about this family and would be glad to share anything that might be of interest. It's not organized in any particular fashion, and to be honest, there are more Crane/Ritchie/Richie connections than I can keep track of!

Besides their son Roger, Gus and Cynthia had two daughters, one of whom lives near you in Eau Claire. If you're not already aware of her and would want to make contact, I could check with her to see if she might be interested in linking up with you.


Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1308105893000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308106043000
How fantastic! David's great-grandfather, Wilder Crane, was a brother to Henry W. Crane. His great-grandmother, Isabella Richie, was a sister to Emaline Richie. So both my husband and your friend were descended from the Crane's and the Richie's! I am in the process of gathering more information on the Richie's. I already have gathered quite a body of information on the Crane's. Most of the ancestors of that family were in New England in the 17th century, some as early as 1630 in the Plymouth Plantation. The Crane's have ancestors who fought in King Philip's War, the Revolutionary War, etc. Thank you for this information. I had Henry's family down to Harold L. Crane, but no further information. I would love to see some of the obituaries, etc. I have none of that. If your friends in Eau Claire would like info on the Crane's, I'd be more than happy to share that with them.


I'm in the Sociology Dept. at EC, so am there frequently even though we live between Chippewa and Cadott.

Re: Parents of Elizabeth Deacon Ritchie

Posted: 1349839778000
Classification: Query
I came across your conversation with Bill. My mother, who lives in EC would like to meet you and discuss ancestry if you are interested. She is the middle child of Harold (Gus) Crane and Cynthia. Please let me know if you would like her teiephone number.
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