William Richey

about 1805–23 September 1862 (Age 57)
Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William

When William Richey was born about 1805, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Ritchey, was 42 and his mother, Jane Carothers, was 33. He married Elizabeth Crawford on 12 March 1829, in Wooster, Wayne, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Mohican Township, Ashland, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Plain Township, Wayne, Ohio, United States in 1860. He died on 23 September 1862, in Kendallville, Noble, Indiana, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Kendallville, Noble, Indiana, United States.

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William Richey
Elizabeth Crawford
Marriage: 12 March 1829
Catharine Richey
Phidelia Richey
Mary Jane Richey
Charles H. Richey
Thomas Richey
Ellen Margaret Richey
Sarah Matilda Richey

Spouse and Children

12 March 1829
Wooster, Wayne, Ohio, United States


    Catharine Richey


    Phidelia Richey



    Mary Jane Richey



+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 7

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 16

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Name Meaning

1 German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on rīc ‘power(ful)’ ( see Reich ), or from the female personal name Rikheit, from rīc + suffix -heit ‘way of being’.2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Reiche or Ritsche ( see Ritchey 2).3 English and northern Irish: variant spelling of Ritchie .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Richee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Richey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm. Richey in entry for Charles J. Richey and E. A. Redick, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"

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