Elizabeth Ritchie

F, #19, b. 29 January 1857, d. 5 March 1893
     Elizabeth Ritchie was born on 29 January 1857 at 11 Loch Street, Rosehearty, Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1,2 She was the daughter of William Ritchie and Catherine McLeman. Elizabeth Ritchie was known as a child as "Betsy."
She was listed as head of household's daughter in the 1861 census at Broadsea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Catharine Ritchie, head; Elizabeth Ritchie, daughter.3

She was listed as head of household's stepdaughter in the 1871 census at 213 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: George Sclater, head; Cathrine Sclater, wife; George Sclater, son; Arthur Sclater, son; William Sclater, son; David Sclater, son; Joseph Sclater, son; Helen Sclater, daughter; Margaret A Sclater, daughter; Elizabeth Ritchie, step-daughter; Jane Sclater, servant.4
She married John Pirie "Buxer" at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1874.5,6 As of 2 October 1874, her married name was Elizabeth Pirie. She was the informant for Catharine Pirie's birth at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 24 January 1878.7
She was listed as head of household's wife in the 1881 census at 219 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie “Buxer”, head; Elizabeth Pirie “Buxer”, wife; Catherine Pirie “Buxer”, daughter; William Pirie, son.8

She was listed as head of household's wife in the 1891 census at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Pirie “King”, (blank); Elizabeth Pirie, wife; Katrine Pirie, daughter; William Pirie, son; Alexander Pirie, son; Elizabeth Pirie, daughter.9
Elizabeth died on 5 March 1893 at 218 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 36.10 She may have been buried after 5 March 1893 at Cullen Cemetery, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland; There is doubt that Elizabeth Pirie née Ritchie was interred at the location of the monument to her in Cullen Cemetery, as set out in the letter on the search of lair records by the Assistant Registrar at Buckie.11,12

Children of Elizabeth Ritchie and John Pirie

Citations

  1. [S79] Betsy Ritchie, 1857 Register of Births in the Parish of Pitsligo in the County of Aberdeen, "Ritchie Betsy, 1857 January Twenty ninth, 10h 0m A.M. at 11 Loch Street, Rosehearty, Pitsligo. Female. Father: William Ritchie, Fisherman (deceased). Mother: Catharine Ritchie, maiden name McLemand. Informant: Mary Ritchie, Half sister (present), Ch. Sleigh Registrar, Witness. Registered: 1857 February 9th at Pitsligo, Ch. Sleigh Registrar."
  2. [S178] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "Betsy Ritchie, female. Birth: 29 Jan 1857 Pitsligo, Aberdeen, Scotland. Father: William Ritchie. Mother: Catharine Mc Lemand."
  3. [S502] 1861, Scottish Census, "Elizabeth Ritchie, daughter, female, age 4, born in Aberdeenshire, Pitsligo, resident at not numbered (next to 64) Broadsea."
  4. [S503] 1871, Scottish Census, "Elizabeth Ritchie, step-daughter, female, age 13, born in Banffshire, Portknockie (sic), resident at 213 Portknockie."
  5. [S11] John Pirie to Elizabeth Ritchie, Marriage entry, "1874 on the Second day of October at Portknockie. After Banns, according to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. John Pirie, Fisherman (Bachelor), age 24, usual residence Portknockie, Seafield, parents John Pirie Fisherman and Helen Pirie M.S. Wood. Elizabeth Rithie (sic) (Spinster), age 17, usual residence Portknockie, Seafield, parents William Ritchie Fisherman (deceased) and Catherine Ritchie M.S. McLean (sic). John Mackay Minister of the Fr. Ch. at Cullen. Geo. Mair Witness. George Wood Witness. Registered 1874 October 5th at Farskane, James Cumming Registrar."
  6. [S3193] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, “John Pirie, male. Spouse: Elizabeth Ritchie. Marriage: 02 OCT 1874 Seafield, Banff, Scotland”.
  7. [S97] Catharine Pirie, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Catharine Pirie, 1878, January Twenty-Fourth 5h 0m P.M. at 219 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female. Father: John Pirie "Buxer", Fisherman. Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M. S. Ritchie, married 1874 October 3d in Portknockie, Seafield. Informant: Elizabeth Pirie, mother. Registered: 1878, February 11th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  8. [S23] 1881, Scottish Census, "Elizabeth Pirie "Buxer", wife, married, female, age 24, born in Banff, Rathven, resident at 219 Portknockie."
  9. [S14] 1891, Scottish Census, "Elizabeth Pirie, wife, female, age 34, born in Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, fisherman's wife, resident at 218 Portknockie."
  10. [S77] Elizabeth Pirie, Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Elizabeth Pirie (married to John Pirie Fisherman), died 1893, March Fifth 7h 30m P.M. at 218 Portknockie, Seafield (Rathven), Female, 36 years, Father: George (sic) Ritchie Fisherman (deceased), Mother: Catharine Ritchie M.S. McLeman (deceased), Cause of death: Acute Gastritis 11 days, Congestion of Brain 2 days, as Cert. by S. Clark M.D.C.M., Informant: John Pirie, Widower, Registered: 1893, March 7th at Manse of Seafield, James McIntyre Registrar."
  11. [S497] Elizabeth Pirie (née Ritchie), Monumental inscription, “Erected by John Pirie in memory of his wife Elizabeth Ritchie who died in her 36th year and their eight children who died in infancy”.
  12. [S763] Assistant Registrar K.J Cheetham, N. A. Pirie, EXTRACT "Elizabeth Ritchie b:1857 d:1893 I have been unable to trace the remains of Elizabeth. I appreciate the location and inscription of the headstone at Cullen Cemetery but this headstone does not refer to the grave of Elizabeth! I was surprised to discover that the headstone which bears the inscription "Erected by John Pirie in.......etc" actually rests on lair numbers G137 and G138 the graves of John "Buxer" Pirie (and then "King") d:1900 and Helen Wood. Was Elizabeth interred here? I am afraid not, both registrars and burial ground registers are identical and no mention of any other burial is recorded in these lairs."