It’s silly, really — I should have gone straight for his will. I had suspected at some point that it was probated in St. Croix, but there it was in Suffolk County Probate listings. It was probated 11 May 1812. It contains various interesting tidbits I’ll unpack later, but what stands out is this:
“I desire and bequeath the same to my only child Maria Cornelia wife to Andrew Ritchie Jun. of Boston…”
My only child Maria Cornelia.
SO WHO THE HELL WAS BAPTIZED IN MEDFORD IN 1787???