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James Richey, Sr

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Ritchie; Alexander Richey; Jane Ritchie and Jeanne Caldwell
Husband of Margaret Richey
Father of John C Ritchie; James Ritchie; Robert J. Richey; Anne Wilson; Nancy Agnes Purdy and 5 others
Brother of Agnes Crockett; Susanna Crockett; Catrin Ritchie; Samuel Ritchie; Alexander Ritchie and 2 others
Half brother of John Richey

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About James Richey, Sr


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.

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.

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James Richey, Sr's Timeline

July 25, 1724
Ulster, Ireland
Age 23
Age 25
Amelia Co., VA
November 2, 1752
Age 28
Amelia County, Province of Virginia
Age 28
Age 28
Age 29
Province of South Carolina
January 2, 1758
Age 33
Province of Georgia
June 30, 1763
Age 38
Province of Virginia