I thought this might be of interest to some folks here. And prehaps, as a long shot, some of you might be able to help me in my research.
I am looking into the Ritch/Ritchie/Ritchey family which settled in the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus County area of NC in the middle 1700s.
I am actually trying to find more information on my 4th great grandfather, John Ritch, who was born sometime between 1760 and 1770 and died in Mecklenburg County, NC in 1837. While he spelled his name "Ritch" in his will, a 1778 deed from John Ritchey, Sr. to John Ritchey, Jr. seems to indicate that was the original spelling of the name, or some other variation.
In his will, John Ritch mentioned that his lands adjoined those of Edmund Ritch. From another researcher, I have that Edmund "Ritchie" was the son of Henry Ritchie (1754-1806) and his wife Magdalena Fesperman, and that Henry Ritchie was the son of Jacob "Ritshee" (1724-1799) and his wife Mary Catherine Moyer. She said that Jacob's father was Kunrad Ruetschi who was born in Germany in 1698.
While going though some Mecklenburg County will abstracts, I found the following:
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Will Abstracts 1791-1868
2 Jul 1791 prb in Jul 1791? Ct.
Sons: Michael [eldest], John, Frederick, & Henry [dec’d]
Grandau: Margaret, dau of Henry Fesperman dec’d
Dau?: Margaret, wf of Henry Ritchie
Exr: Boston Lentz & Henry Long
Wit: [2 signed in German] & F. Limbach
I am guessing that the Margaret Fesperman Ritchie listed in the will is probably the same as the Magdalena Fesperman Ritchie listed in the other information.
I have another connection to the Fesperman family. My great aunt, Ila Faye Stearns (1889-1980) a 2nd great granddaughter to the above mentioned John Ritch, married Clyde Covington Fesperman in 1920. He was from Matthews, Mecklenburg County, NC, and his father's name was George Washington Fesperman. I believe his mother was a Hood. I can look up more information on these people if anyone is interested.
John Field Pankow
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