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Ritchie, John

Born: 1801-1810

Died: 1849 Menard County, Illinois

Flourished: Menard County, Illinois

Ritchie volunteered for the military at the outbreak of the Mexican War, serving as a second lieutenant in the Third Illinois Infantry. He was seriously wounded at the battle of Cerro Gordo and returned home in the fall of 1847. At his death two years later, Ritchie left behind a widow, Rebecca, and a son named Thomas.

U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Sangamon County, IL, 138; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 256-57; Wm. Hugh Robarts, Mexican War Veterans: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848 (Washington, DC: Brentano's, 1887), 45; Petition, Document ID: 87230; Decree, Document ID: 8807, Hornbuckle v. Ritchie & Ritchie, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=134971.