History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 559
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H1STO~i~Y OF TEXAS. 559
and for a time lived in Georgia before locating
in Alabama; lie was an extensive planter and
[net with great prosperity. Ilis father, Joseph
Ritchey, was also a native of South
Carolina; he had two sons, William and G.
W.; the latter was united in marriage to
Emeline Willis, a daughter of John and
Ann (Milligan) Willis, and one of a family
of eight children, named as follows: William,
Nelson, Harvey, Betsey, Eineline, Margaret,
Cynthia and Flora. G. W. Ritchey and wife
had a family of seven children: M[artha, wife
of Alfred Griffin; Steward, deceased; S. P.,
the subject of this notice; Johnson; Kate,
wife of John Kelly; Mlargaret, wife of Mr.
Cook; and Hugh Anderson.
The public-school system had not reached
its perfect development during the youth of
Mr. Ritchey, and even district schools were
few, and conducted quite indifferently. He
lived a quiet, uneventful life until the fall of
1861, when he entered the Confederate service,
joining Captain Buekholtz's company;
lie was assigned to the First Regiment of
Sibley's brigade, and was sent to the western
frontier, and, although there were several engagernents,
Mr. Ritchey was prevented from
participating on account of a severe attack of
a more subtle, though not less dangerous foe,
smallpox. In June, 1862, he assisted in retaking
Galveston, and spent the following
winter in Texas. The next year witnessed
many important movements of the Confederacy,
but Mr. Ritchey's company was compelled
to fall back through Arkansas to Texas
and go into camp at Moseby's Ferry; there
he remained until the cessation of hostilities
and the inauguration of peace. Returning to
Williamson county he resumed his former
occupation of farming. In 1867 he located
on his present place, a tract of wild, uniimproved
land. His first purchase was of one
hundred acres. His efforts have been rewarded
by a most generous response fronl
mother earth, and hlis harvests liave bee,,
bountiful. He has purchased an additional
seventy acres in this county, and owns 3G;)
acres in Burnet county. His land is devoted
to the culture of cotton, and he holds his
crops for satisfactory prices. In 1892 lie
disposed of crops of 1890, 1891 and 18'.2
for $9.50, his neighbors having sold the same
crops for $6 and $7.
In September, 1862, Mr. Ritchie was
united in marriage to Cornelia Woodruff, a
daughter of John and Sarah (Smith) Woodruff.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff reared a family
of four children: Eliza, wife of Eli Nations,
Miranlda, Julia and Mrs. Ritcliie. Both the
father and another had children by a former
marriage. Mr. Ritchie and wife had born
to them a family of twelve children: Almon,
Rolbert and Anna (twins), Mary, Frank, Adaline,
Bettie, Thomas, Irene, Callie, John,
and Charlie. Anna is the wife of J. F. Riles.
The family are connected with the Baptist
Church, and are highly respected in the conIinunity.
(SAAC M. WILLIAMS, a prominent citizen
and farmer of Williamson county, is
a son of James B. and Sarah (Coffey)
Williams. The paternal grandfather, Isaac
Williams, raised his family in Madison
county, Kentucky, and afterward moved to
Arkansas, where he subsequently died.
James B. Williams was born and raised in
Kentucky, was there married in 1834, immediately
moved to Washington county,
Arkansas, in 1849 settled on the land our
subject now owns in Williamson county,
Texas, and in 1852 removed to San Saba
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/603/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .