Lucinda was the daughter of Thomas W. Jewell and Zillah Ward. She was born March 18, 1849, in Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois. Lucinda definitely came from a pioneering family – her father was born April 3, 1815, in Maine, and her mother was born, March 18, 1823, in Indiana. Thomas and Zillah had a large family – nine children – including Thomas T., Julia Mirand, Charles T., John C., Eben Ward, Enoch Sumner, Elmer E. and Parkhurst Jewell – in addition to Lucinda. Very unusual names!
On February 4, 1875, in Schuyler County, Lucinda married Charles Henry Ritchey, son of Charles Ritchey and Amanda McKee. Charles always called Lucinda his most precious jewel! Their first three children, Charles Thomas, Mary Emma and James Eben, were born in Schuyler County, Illinois, but the desire to move westward hit with a vengeance! The family packed up, including Lucinda’s parents, Thomas and Zillah Jewell, and some of the Ritchey family, and set out for newer lands. Son Elmer Cross Ritchey was born in Corydon, Iowa, January 13, 1882. And the last four children, Edith Helen, Zillah Maude, Arthur W. and Francis Sumber Ritchey (my husband’s grandfather!) were born in Fillmore County, Nebraska. What an adventure that must have been! Traveling with children and other family members in wagons, on horseback or walking, having one child along the way!
The photo above shows my husband, Ritchey (his mother’s maiden name), standing behind the gravestone of Thomas Jewell, who died August 19, 1895, and Zillah Ward Jewell, who died September 5, 1907, his great-great-grandparents, who are buried in the Geneva Cemetery, Geneva, Nebraska.
But the pioneering family doesn’t stop there. Yes, several of Charles and Lucinda’s children stayed in Fillmore County, Nebraska – Ritchey’s grandfather was one! Son Charles Thomas Ritchey moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma; daughter Mary Emma went to Bremerton, Washington; and son Elmer Cross, to Malheur, Oregon. In three generations this family moved from sea to shining sea – Maine to Washington and Oregon! What an adventure! Ritchey has right to be very proud of his heritage!