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Class of 1903
Birth: 1 Sep 1883 Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 10 May 1954, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
George Elijah Ritchie (1840-1916)
Lundie Elizabeth Barrier (1842-1933)
Laura Elizabeth Ritchie Cress (1862-1933)
William David Ritchie (1865-1929)
Henry Jacob Ritchie (1867-1952)
George Turner Ritchie (1869-1968)
Leah Ida Ritchie Suther (1871-1949)
John Luther Ritchie (1874-1967)
Edward Lee Ritchie (1876-1943)
Mary Olive Ritchie Overcash (1878-1949)
Lillie Viola Ritchie (1880-1898)
Grace Alice Ritchie Faggart (1886-1961)
Spouse: John Turner Walker (1880-1966)
Married: 28 Mar 1907, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Sarah Elizabeth Walker (1912-1987)
Martha Edith Walker (1918-2009)
Burial: St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Source: www.findagrave.com, #31614474.
From Linda Herring, St. John’s Lutheran Church
Martha played the piano and organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She also taught piano lessons in her home. Martha graduated from Catawba College, Salisbury, N. C. and taught school at Liberty Ridge School.
The Concord Times (Concord, NC), 15 Jul 1903, p.2.
Miss Martha Ritchie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Ritchie, of No. 6, is teaching a school at district No. 2, the Shinn school house, in No. 5 township. School opened last Monday.
The Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 30 Aug 1904, p.4.
The school at St. John’s taught by Miss Martha Ritchie will close Saturday with a basket picnic to which the patrons of the school are invited.
The Concord Times (Concord, NC), 6 Oct 1905, p.2.
No. 6 Township
Miss Mattha Ritchie, one of No. 6’s most popular young ladies, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs George E. Ritchie, will leave next week for Salem, Va., where she will be engaged in teaching.
Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 28 Mar 1907, p.1.
Marriage in County this Afternoon
Wednesday’s Salisbury Post Says:
“Rev. E. L. Ritchie, of Spencer, goes to his old home in Cabarrus county tomorrow to officiate at the marriage tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock of his sister, Miss Martha, to Mr. J. T. Walker of Cabarrus.
Miss Ritchie has frequently visited her brother at Spencer and is well known both here and in Salisbury.”
Miss Ritchie is the daughter of Mr. George E. Ritchie, of No. 6 township, and is one of the most popular and cultured young women of the county. The young man she weds is prominent farmer, of No. 6, a son of Mr. J. W. Walker. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride’s parents.
The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC) 11 May 1954, p. 10.
Mrs. Walker Rites Slated
Illness Fatal To Cabarrus Resident
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran church in Cabarrus county for Mrs. Martha T. (sic) Walker. The Rev. J. Lee Shipton, pastor, will officiate and interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Walker died at 6:20 o’clock Monday night at her home in the St. John’s community.
Surviving Mrs. Walker are her husband: two daughters, Miss Sarah Walker and Miss Edith Walker of the home; one sister, Mrs. Grace Faggart of Portersville, Calif; two brothers, Turner Ritchie of Portersville, Calif., and John Ritchie of Blackstone, Va.