JACOB H. RITCHIE, a well-to-do farmer of Martin Township, is pleasantly located on section 35, where he has been successfully engaged in farming since the spring of 1865. He is a native of Rockingham County, Va., and was born Dec. 24, 1838. He is the son of John and Magdalena (Fawley) Ritchie, both natives of the Old Dominion, of which his grandfather, Jacob Ritchie, Sr., was also a native.

The father of our subject, who was a farmer by occupation, emigrated from his native State after his marriage, and accompanied by his children, came to this county, in the fall of 1855. The wife and mother had died in Virginia in 1854.

After reaching this county, Mr. Ritchie located in Brown's Grove, west of Bloomington, where he continued the pursuit of agriculture, and spent the remainder of his days, his decease occurring in 1860. The parental household included four sons and six daughters, of whom only two sons and two daughters are now living.

The subject of this biography was the youngest of his parents' family, and passed his childhood and youth in his native State, receiving in the meantime a common-school education. He was married in this county when twenty-one years of age to Miss Sallie, daughter of John and Casandra (Casey) Hurt, who descended from an old Kentucky family and were among the earliest pioneers of this section. Mr. Ritchie settled with his bride in Brown's Grove, near his father's farm, where he remained until 1865, then removed to his present homestead. This consists of 160 acres of finely cultivated land, the soil of which is naturally very rich, and adapted to the growth of all farm products. Mr. Ritchie has been largely engaged of late years in raising and shipping hogs, the proceeds of which have yielded him a fine income. He has also raised a few Norman horses. The farm buildings are of modern style, and kept in good repair, and the whole premises present an air of neatness and thrift which is delightful to the eye. The ten children of our subject and his wife, five sons and five daughters, are all living except one, and named as follows: Ida, George, Anna B., Emma, Addison, Jay, Mary A., Florence A. and Grover Cleveland; John W. was the eldest, and died in infancy.

Mr. Ritchie, politically, is a reliable Democrat, and a strong supporter of the present administration. He has held the offices of Supervisor, Collector and School Trustee, filling each with credit to himself and satisfaction to all concerned. Both he and his wife are prominently connected with the United Brethren Church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 435. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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