5.417 Ritson Wildman DARWIN

Male 1845 - 1921  (76 years)


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  • Name Ritson Wildman DARWIN 
    Title 5.417 
    Born 1845  St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Ritson Darwin (age 5) in household of his father, Reuben Darwin 
    Census 1860  Brazos County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Ritson Darwin (age 13) in household of his father, Reuben Darwin  
    Census 1880  Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Ritson Darwin (age 33), Farmer 
    Civil War: CSA Enlistment TX: 16th Texas Infantry (Flournoy's Regt.); Pvt. (Co. K) 
    Died 10 Oct 1921  Rogers, Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • place of death not certain
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 5.417

      I mentioned in Section 5.380 that Ritson W. Darwin was listed on the 1850 census for St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, as Rubeen Darwin (age 5), and consequently I showed him as Reuben Darwin on my family chart, where I assumed that Ritson was just a variation of his proper name Reuben. I now believe that the 1850 LA census is in error and that his correct name was never Reuben but Ritson, which is given 1860 and 1870 census, as well as in the record of his marriage to Martha Bright, 3 Oct. 1871, in Brazos County, Texas.

      During the Civil War, he is referenced as Rit Darwin when he joined up as a Private in Co. K, 16th Regiment Texas Infantry (Flournoy's Regt.) and is shown on the muster, 26 May 1865, at the war's end.

      I have not found a date for the marriage to his first wife, Sarah, which would have been about 1867. The family are listed on the 1870 TX census with two children, Cordelia (age 2) and Sarah (age 1) and it would seem that his wife Sarah died early in 1871, giving birth to their third child, Mary.

      The 1880 TX census for Bell County shows these children in a muddled order by placing Mary in the middle and making Sarah the youngest of the three, born in 1871. The 1880 census also shows Ritson's first son, Alonso (age 3), by his second wife, Martha (Bright) Darwin.

      I was unable to find the family on the 1900 TX census and it is possible that around this time that wife Martha died, noting that their youngest child, Ritson Jr., was born in 1888 (as shown the 1910 census). On the same 1910 TX census in Milam County, Ritson was living in the household of his son-in-law, John Smith, who had married Mallie Darwin. I can only guess that Mallie was named after her aunt, Malina Izora Darwin, who was Ritson's youngest sister. The 1920 TX census for Bell County shows Ritson listed as R.W. Darwin (age 73) with a third wife, Ella (age 46), of whom I have no other information apart from this census record.
    • References:

      Marriage Record via Ann Darwin
    Person ID I1693  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2013 

    Father Reuben DARWIN,   b. 1818, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Sarah Ann ROBERTSON,   b. 1822, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 Dec 1839  St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah,   b. 1850, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, Brazos County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years) 
    Married Abt 1867  Brazos County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Cordelia DARWIN,   b. Sep 1867, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, Rogers, Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     2. Mary DARWIN,   b. 1869, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah DARWIN,   b. 1871, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F1574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha BRIGHT,   b. 1865, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1930, Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 03 Oct 1871  Brazos County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alonso DARWIN,   b. 1877, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Mallie DARWIN,   b. 1884, Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ritson W. DARWIN, Jr.,   b. 1888, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F0790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ella,   b. 28 Jul 1873, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1966, Rogers, Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1911  Bell County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • place of marriage not certain
    Last Modified 9 May 2012 
    Family ID F1575  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1845 - St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Ritson Darwin (age 5) in household of his father, Reuben Darwin - 1850 - St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Ritson Darwin (age 13) in household of his father, Reuben Darwin - 1860 - Brazos County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1867 - Brazos County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 03 Oct 1871 - Brazos County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Ritson Darwin (age 33), Farmer - 1880 - Bell County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jul 1911 - Bell County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Oct 1921 - Rogers, Bell County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Military Records: American Civil War
    1929 TX: Application for Confederate Pension by Ella Darwin, widow of Ritson Wildman Darwin
    1929 TX: Application for Confederate Pension by Ella Darwin, widow of Ritson Wildman Darwin
    1929 TX: Application for Confederate Pension by Ella Darwin, widow of Ritson Wildman Darwin

  • Sources 
    1. [S290] CEN: 1850 LA St Landry.

    2. [S282] CEN: 1860 TX Brazos.

    3. [S329] CEN: 1880 TX Bell.