A60.119 | Counterpane
About 1750, 18th century
146 x 200 cm
Gift of Bessie Bradshaw, 1960
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
James Ritchie (about 1794-1877) and his wife Isabella (1811-1844) arrived in Saint John sometime prior to July 20, 1842, when their daughter, Catherine Eliza, was baptized in Trinity Anglican Church. Following Isabella's death, James Ritchie remarried and settled in Carleton (West Saint John), where he was employed for many years as a schoolmaster.
The Ritchies probably brought this late 18th-century coverlet to New Brunswick from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
Isabella Ritchie died of cancer on December 6, 1844 at age 33.
In the 1871 St. John County Census, James Ritchie and his wife list their place of birth as Ireland and their origin as Hanoverian.
James Ritchie died in the evening of September 26, 1877 at his residence on Prince St., Saint John.
James Ritchie married Sarah Ann Hopkins on June 13, 1846.