|Celebrating the marriage of William Ritchie & Agnes Craigmile in 1839|
William Ritchie, my 2nd great granduncle descends from my 3rd great grandparents, Archibald Ritchie & Margaret Ewen of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
He was about 21 years old when he and Agnes married. Agnes was about 27 years old. They were married on 17 Mar 1839 in Midmar, Aberdeen, Scotland1 a month after the birth of their daughter, Margaret. I wondered if perhaps, Agnes had been married prior to William? Two reasons to ask this question are: She would have been about 27 at the time of marriage which is “older” at that time in history. And, their daughter was born, according to birth records, a month prior to the banns being filed. I have searched for another marriage for Agnes and not found one.
William worked as a shoemaker in the census records for 1841, 1851 and 1871 and as listed on his death record on 21 Aug 18792. Agnes had died just a year earlier on 18 Jul 1878.
This couple had 7 known children – Margaret born 17 Feb 1839, Alexander born 17 Sep 1840, William (1842-1868), David (1844-1928) who married Louise Henrietta Frey, Agnes born 13 Jun 1848, Andrew born 6 Jul 1850 and Mary Anne born about 1854. All the children were born in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Both William & Agnes are buried in Glentanar Kirkyard, Aboyne, Aberdeen, Scotland. You may visit their memorials here #135839094 and #1358391683.
Sources: 1 – Scotland’s People ©Crown copyright and copyright brightsolid ltd: Genealogy, family history and family tree information. A partnership between the National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon enabled by brightsolid. 2 – Scotland’s People; 3 – https://www.FindAGrave.com.
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