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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CAPT. WILLIAM H. RITCHEY is a native of Owen County, Ky., was born December 3, 1836, the son of Thomas H. and Irene (Todd) Ritchey, who were born in Scott and Owen Counties, respectively. Capt. Stephen Ritchey, the paternal grandfather of William H., was born in Virginia, but was an early settler in Scott County, Ky., from which he removed to Owen about 1830. He had served as captain in the war of 1812. Samuel Todd, of Virginia, the maternal grandfather of our subject, settled in Gallatin (now Owen) County over one hundred years ago, and was for many years high sheriff of old Gallatin County. Thomas H. Ritchey was born February 28, 1805, was a farmer and trader, and died April 23, 1883. William H. Ritchey was reared near New Liberty, and was educated in the schools of that town. In 1861 he enlisted in the Eleventh Kentucky Cavalry under Gen. Wolford, rose from the ranks to be captain of Company M in the Eleventh, but on the consolidation of the Eleventh and Twelfth Regiments was relegated to the rank of lieutenant, and was mustered out as such in September, 1865. He married, December 23, 1869, Miss Mary L. Uitz, of Burlington, Boone County; they have one child — William D. Mr. Ritchey is a farmer and trader, and casts his vote with the Republican party.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in the Owen County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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