Nancy Ridge
Historical Figure
Nationality: Cherokee
Date of Birth: 1801
Date of Death: c. 1818
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Parents: Major Ridge (father)
Susannah Wickett (mother)
Spouse: William Ritchey (or Ritchie)
Trail of Glory
POD: March 27, 1814
Appearance(s): 1812: The Rivers of War
Nationality: Confederacy of the Arkansas
Relatives: John Ridge (brother)
Elias Boudinot (cousin)
Nancy Ridge (1801-c. 1818) was a daughter of Cherokee leader Major Ridge and Susannah Wickett. Her younger brother was John Ridge, who grew up to become a political leader in his own right.

Nancy Ridge in Trail of GloryEdit

Nancy Ridge was the daughter of prominent Cherokee leader, Major Ridge.

Washington ExpeditionEdit

In 1814, young Nancy, her brother John, and their cousin, Buck Watie, had been students of the school established by the Moravian Brethern. However, Major Ridge wanted them to be more thoroughly educated in American ways.

In June, 1814, Lt. Sam Houston met with Major Ridge at Oothcaloga and asked Ridge to accompany Houston's expedition to Washington, knowing that if he did go, he would lose his credibility among his people. He instead asked Houston to take his children and his nephew and find a good American school for them. Houston, realizing that doing so would curry favor with Major Ridge, agreed.

Houston and the youths were soon joined by John Ross, Sequoyah, and three children of Captain John Rogers: James, John, and Tiana.

The group arrived in Washing just prior to the British attack on the city. Initially, Houston and Ross wanted to have the Ridge children taken to a safe location, but all protested strongly enough that the group stayed together.

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