93. Floyd Leroy "Hode"
Ritchie23 was born
on February 9, 1884 in Dunham Twp., Washington Co., Ohio.206 His birth record lists his name as Floid Austin Ritchey,
when Social Security enrollment became available he had it corrected at the Washington
He is listed at age 17 in Winford Ritchie's (his older brother) household in
the 1900 Census. He may also have lived with his uncle and aunt, Elijah and
Mary F. "Fannie" [Rollins] McMahon. According to Herman "Nig"
Ritchie (Floyd's son), when Floyd was about sixteen, he worked in the coal mines
for Coke And Coal Company in the Gauley River area of West Virginia. He worked
the mines only for a short time because a support beam fell and broke both of
his legs. Floyd worked most his life as a black powder man and foreman in a
stone quarry near Constitution, Ohio.
About 1929 he was living in Warren Twp., Washington Co., Ohio on Cy Hart Hill
(now Bramblewood Heights).207
Russ Chidester remembers during the great depression, Hode and Mahala would
have square dances at their house. They would clear out the furniture in the
living room and invite friends and family. Russ played a tenor banjo, while
Kelsey Parks played lead on the fiddle. Other musicians included Bun and Clyde
Ritchie. He died on October 24, 1960 in Vienna, West Virginia.17 His obituary appeared in the Marietta Times on October
25, 1960 in Marietta, Ohio. It reads: "Floyd Leroy Ritchie,
76, of Marietta Route 4 died Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the Riverview Nursing Home
at Vienna, W. Va. He was born February 9, 1884 in Dunham Township, a son of
the late Theodore and Martha Rollins Ritchie. On January 9, 1904, he married
Mahala Hawkins who survives with three sons and five daughters, Gilbert Ritchie
of Jackson, Michigan; Herman Ritchie of Lewisville, Fred Ritchie of Marietta;
Mrs. Wayne Masters and Mrs. Clifford Harris of Marietta Route 4; Mrs. Hazel Plaugher
of Marietta; Mrs. Martin Cagle and Mrs. Charles Schultz of Jolliet, Illinois.
One step-son, Perry Hawkins is deceased. There are 30 grandchildren and 17
great- grandchildren. Two brothers survive, Winfield (Winford) Ritchie of Oklahoma
and Earl Ritchie of Marietta. Two brothers, Oliver B. Ritchie and William A.
Ritchie and two sisters, Mrs. Stella Martin and Mrs. Mattie Armstrong are deceased.
He is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends. Mr. Ritchie
had been employed in the stone quarries until his retirement 11 years ago. Funeral
services will be at the Doudna & McClure Funeral Home with burial in the
Gravel Bank Cemetery." He was buried in Gravel Bank (Riverview) Cemetery
near Constitution, Ohio.17,51
Floyd Leroy "Hode" Ritchie and Mahala Isabel Hawkins
were married on January 9, 1904 in Washington Co., Ohio.208 Floyd's uncle Elijah McMan (McMahon) was listed as
Floyd's guardian and gave consent on their application. They were married by
Tom McDermott, a Justice Of The Peace. Nig Ritchie also informed me that Floyd
and Mahala set up household an Island on the Ohio River for a period of time.
Mahala Isabel Hawkins21 (daughter of John Hawkins (Jr.) and Martha Pitts) was
born on May 2, 1881 in Washington Co., Ohio.21
According to U.S. census records, she was a cook living in Warren Twp., Washington
Co., Ohio in 1900. She died on September 3, 1973 in Marietta, Ohio.92 She was buried in Gravel Bank
(Riverview) Cemetery near Constitution, Ohio.51
Floyd Leroy "Hode" Ritchie and Mahala Isabel Hawkins had the following