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  • Richno family history

    • Posted Jul 22, 2008 10:46 PM

      Brandy,

      In the 1920 U.S. Census for Capitol Township, Sangamon County (part of Springfield city) Illinois, there is a Ralph Richno, age 23, born in Pennsylvania, whose parents were both from England, living with his wife, Agnes, age 22, born in Illinois. Both parents of Agnes were from Russia/Lithuania. They had one daughter at the time, Anita, age 9 months, born in Illinois. Ralph was a coal miner.

      It is likely that this is the same Ralph Richno, age 14, in the 1910 U.S. Census for Capitol Township in Sangamon County, the son of John R. and Mary L. Richno. He was born in Pennsylvania. John, the father, was age 51, born in Illinois, but both his parents were born in England. Mary was 44, born in England, as were her parents. Also living there were the other children:

      John, 22, born in Illinois
      Walter, 19, born in Illinois
      Elizabeth, 18, born in Illinois
      Edward, 16, born in Illinois
      George H., 12, born in Pennsylvania

      Living there as boarders were:
      Michal Dourty, 64
      Thomas Crawford, 21
      Fred Roberts, 29

      In the 1900 U.S. Census for Gearheartville in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, there lived John Richno, born in 1865 in England. His father was born in Italy and his mother in England, so the surname, Richno, is Italian in origin. John arrived in the U.S. in 1865 and he worked as a coal miner. His wife, Mary, was born in 1866 in England. Their children were:

      Mathew, 15, born in England
      John, 12, born in Illinois
      Walter, 9, born in Illinois
      Elizabeth E., 8, born in Pennsylvania
      Edward, 6, born in Pennsylvania
      Ralph, 4, born in Pennsylvania
      Hary, 2, born in Pennsylvania

      Despite some discrepancies in birthplaces for some of the children, it appears that this family is the same as that in the 1910 Census and so the 4 year old Ralph, is the same as the other Ralph's above.

      The Social Security Death Index lists Agnes Richno of Springfield, Illinois, born on Dec. 17, 1897, died in Nov., 1982.

      While there are many folks named Richno in the Springfield area in the various U.S. Censuses, I found no Lorraine.

      The surname, Richno, is not a typical Lithuanian name because of the ending, "-o" (usually the ending would be "-is", "-us", "-as". Such an ending might indicate an ethnic Russian or Pole living in Lithuania.

      The letter combination "-ch-" does not exist in Lithuanian. The sound would be written as the letter "c" with a little birdie over it, so it would look like this: "Ric^no." But I'm skeptical of Lithuanian origins and with the note of Ralph's Italian ancestry, I'm inclined to think that is the more likely origin of the name.

      John Peters
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