|Margaret Ritchie's Gravestone|
A few months later on a return visit to the cemetery, the sun's position was such that most of the inscription could be read. The inscription, however, read Margaret P. Ritchie. Curious I did some online research using FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Findagrave and discovered the following:
Margaret Priscilla Ritchie was born on 22 Jan 1890 in East Garafraxa Township west of Orangeville, Ontario. Her parents were George Ritchie and Fanny Ann Cope. Margaret was the third child of George and Fanny. According to her death registration, Margaret died of "inflammatory croup" on 15 May 1893.
George and Fanny had eight more children after Margaret, all of whom survived until adulthood. At some point prior to the 1901 Census, George purchased a farm in West Luther Township northeast of Arthur, Ontario. According to his death registration, George was a leap year baby, having been born on 29 Feb 1864. George died in 1933 of "myocardial failure" and is buried at Greenfield Cemetery in Arthur. Fanny died in 1947 and is buried with her husband.
|Elizabeth Ritchie's Gravestone|