John Ritchie, Sr (1775 - 1845)

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Birthplace: Farmville, Prince Edward, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Buchanan, Missouri, United States
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About John Ritchie, Sr

Middle name conflict: John used the name suffix Sr after the birth of the birth of his second son John Doherty Ritchie. This suggests that John Sr had the same middle name as his son; however, no instances could be found of John Sr identifying himself as either John D. Ritchie Sr or John Doherty Ritchie Sr.

John Sr and his son John Doherty Ritchie were amoung the original owners and founders of Liberty, the county seat of Clay County, Missouri. They owned numerous land sites — including land around the town square — and were original Platte-Purchase land owners. John Sr and John Doherty also purchased property on the Fishing River (Missouri City) in Clay County.

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On 14 May 1825 John and his wife sold land in Clay County

Warranty Deed, May 14, 1825, Conderation, $300.00 Recorded June 3, 1825, Book B, page 27, Clay Co., Missouri

John Ritchie Sr. and Betsey Ritchie (his wife) to William B. Martin, all of Missouri, give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said William B. Martin and to his heirs and assigns forever, all those certain lots, pieces or parcels of ground, situated, lying and being in the town of Liberty, County of Clay, and State aforesaid, numbered one hundred and one (101) one hundred and two (102) and three (103) and one hundred and fourteen (114) on the plat or plan of said town, together with all and singular the rights, privileges, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and also all the right, title, claim, interest or estate whatsoever of them the said party of the first part, either in law or equity of, in and to the above bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof. Etc.

John Ritchie Sr. and Betsey his wife, have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written. - John Ritchie (signed) and Betsey Ritchie (mark)

May 25, 1825.

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On 23 Sep 1845 John signed his Last Will and Testament. Five days later, on 28 Sep 1845, John passed on — two weeks short of his 70th birthday. On 8 Oct 1845 John's will was filed with the Buchanan County, Missouri, clerk.

Will #1 in Buchanan Co., Mo. (Copied from original) John Ritchie filed Oct. 8, 1845

Will I John Ritchie of the County of Buchanan in the State of Missouri do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and from following that is to say

First it is my will that my funeral expences and ? and all my just debts be fully paid. Second I give devise and bequath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Ritchie in lieu of her dower the plantations on which we now reside situated in Buchanan county, Mo., containing about one hundred and sixty acres during her natural life and all the live stock horses cattle sheep hogs by me now owned and kept thereon. Also all the household furnature and other items not particularly named and otherwise desposed of in this will during her natural life as aforesaid. She however first disposing of a sufficincy thereof to pay my just debts as aforesaid and that at the death of my said wife all the property thereby devised on bequeathed to her as aforesaid or so much thereof as may their remain unexpended to be expended in the following manner among my living children first it is my will that my son William H. Ritchie first have one hundred dollars then the balance to be equally divided among them the said Wm. H. Ritchie is to have his equal share exclusive of the above named sum and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my wife and my son William H. Ritchie to be the executors to this my last will and testament revoking and annuling all former wills by me made and notifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whenof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 23 day Sept. 1845 (signature and signed) pubished and declared by the above named John Ritchie as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same. Robert McCain Isaac Norman

State of Missouri, County of Buchanan ss. Be it remembered that Isaac Norman one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will personally appeared before me William Fowler, clerk of the County Court of said county and being by me duly sworn d??? and says that by request of the above named testator, John Ritchie, he the said Isaac Norman signed said testators name to the foregoing will, which he the said testator published as his last will and that said testator was at the time of signing the same of sound mind and was over the age of twenty one years — and that this ??? attested said will as one of the witnesses thereto by subscribing his name to the same in the presence of the said testator. signed Isaac Norman this 8th day of October 1845 William Fowler, clerk. Robert McCain one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will bring by me duly sworn deposes and says that he saw Isaac Norman sign the name of John Ritchie the above named testator to the foregoing will by the request of the said testator — that the said testator was at the time of making said will of sound mind and was over the age of twenty one years and that he published said will as his last will and that this de?? attested said will as one of the witnesses ??? by subscribing his name to the same in the prescence of said testator. Sworn and subscribed before me this 8th day of October 1845 Wm. Fowler, clerk. signed Robert McCain (State of Missouri, County of Buchanan, etc.) Wm. Fowler approved the will.

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On 1 May 1848, William H. Ritchie, the administrator of John's estate sold John's 80 acres, house, and stables for $216.00 and had the deed for them filed on 5 Jun 1848 with the Buchanan County clerk.

To all whom these presents shall come. William H. Ritchie Administrator of the estate of John Ritchie deceased sends greeting: Whereas at the February Term 1848 of the County Court of Buchanan County in the State of Missouri, the following order was made by said Court, to wit: Now at this day comes William Ritchie administrator of the estate of John Ritchie deceased, and applies for an order to sell the real estate of said deceased, and the court being satisfied that notice of this application has been given according to the order of this court heretofore made, and nothing to the contrary being shown, it is ordered by the court here that said William Ritchie administrator as aforesaid be and he is hereby authorzed to sell according to law the whole or so much of said real estate as shall be sufficient to pay the debts of said deceased and publication of the notice of such sale in a newspaper is hereby dispensed with and whereas after the making of said order, Isaac Norman, Peter C. Templeton and John Powel, three disinterested householders of said county viewed and appraised at my instance, the east half of the Northwest quarter of Section no. 9 in Township no. 55 and of Range 34 containing 80 acres, situated in said county, and belonging to said state, and delivered to me, the said administrator, the following certificate thereof, under their hands, to wit: "We the undersigned, being called on by William H. Ritchie administrator of the estate of John Ritchie deceased to appraise the east half of the north west quarter of section no. 9 in township no. 55 and of range 34 containing 80 acres, and after reviewing the same we appraise it to the sum of three hundred dollars. Subscribed and sworn to before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace, this the ninth day of February 1848. Hiraim ? Cox."

And whereas copied of the following notes to wit: "Public Sale. The undersigned administrator of the estate of John Ritchie deceased will offer at public sale, at the court house door in the town of Saint Joseph on Monday the 27th day of March rent? the east half of the north west quarter of section no. 9 in township no. 55, and of range 34, containing 80 acres. There are on the premises a good dwelling house, stables and other improvements. Terms cash in hand (signed) William H. Ritchie, administrator, February 8, 1848"

were put up in the public places in said county, twenty days before said sale. And whereas I, the said administrator, in accordance with said notice, offered the said land, at public sale, at the court house door, in the town of St. Joseph, on the 27th day of March 1848, while the circuit court of said county was in session, and Richard V. Brinton being the highest and best bidder for the same, it was ???ed off to him, at the price of two hundred and sixteen dollars. And whereas at the June Term 1848 of the said county court being the rent? term of said county court after said sole, the same having failed to sit in April or May, I the said administrator returned into the said county court in regard to the sale aforesaid, the following report of my proceedings, to wit: "In the Buchanan County Court, June Term 1848. To the County Court William H. Ritchie, administrator of the estate of John Ritchie deceased respectfully returns into court here the following report of his proceedings, under an order of this court heretofore made, authorizing him as such administrator to sell all the interest of the deceased in the east half of the north west quarter of section no. 9 in township no. 55 and of range no. 34, containing 80 acres. After having caused notices, containing a particular description of the estate to be sold and stating the time, place and terms of sale, to be put up in the public places in the county aforesaid, whereas said land is situated, 20 days before the sale (a copy of which said notice together with the certificate of appraisment of said land is herewith filed, and made a part of this report) the undersigned in accordance with said notice offered the said land at public sale, at the court house door in the town of St. Joseph on the 27th day of March 1848, while the circuit court of said county was in session and Richard Brinton being the highest and best bidder for the same it was ?moched off to him at the price of two hundred and sixteen dollars, which he is ready to pay whenever this report is approved by the court and a deed duly acknowledged and delivered all of which is respectfully submitted (signed) William H. Ritchie administrator"

to which said report was attached the following affidavit to wit: "The said William H. Ritchie on his oath says that the foregoing report is true in substance and in fact, and that he did not directly or indirectly purchase such real estate, or any part thereof, or any interest therein, and that he is not interested in the property sold, except so stated in said report (signed) William H. Ritchie. Subscribed and sworn to before me this first day of May 1848 (signed) William Fowler, clerk"

and whereas the said report has been approved by the said county court and the said Richard Brinton has this day paid to me the said administrator the said sum of two hundred and sixteen dollars, the receipt whereof is thereby acknowledged. I the said William H. Ritchie as administrator as aforesaid by virtue of the foregoing proceedings and in consideration of the purchase money aforesaid, to me paid as aforesaid, have granted ha???? and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said Richard V. Brinton all the right title and interest which the said John Ritchie deceased had in and to the tract of land so foresaid. Witness my hand and seal, June the 5th, 1848. signed William H. Ritchie (seal)

State of Missouri County of Buchanan ss. Be it remembered that on this fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight before me the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the county aforesaid personally approved William H. Ritchie who is personally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the annes?? deed as having executed the same as party thereto and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. In testimony whereof I set my hand and affix my private seal (there being no official seal provided) at office this the day and year last aforesaid. William Fowler, clerk

State of Missouri County of Missouri ss: I William Fowler clerk of the Circuit Court and ex office recorder in and for said county certify that the afore annexed deed was deposited for record in my office on the 5th day of June A.D. 1848 and that the same together with the above certificate of acknowledgment is ???/ ?? ? my said office in Record of Deeds Book D page 45? following. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affix my private seal (there being no official seal provided) at office this the 17 day of June A.D. 1848 William Fowler, recorder by John Fowler deputy.

Source: http://www.hancockonline.net/Han/H-I-2449.html

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John Ritchie, Sr's Timeline

1775
October 14, 1775
Farmville, Prince Edward, Virginia, United States
1795
1795
Age 19
KY, USA
1801
May 29, 1801
Age 25
KY, USA
1814
1814
Age 38
KY, USA
1818
April 26, 1818
Age 42
KY, USA
1845
September 28, 1845
Age 69
Buchanan, Missouri, United States
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