Hi This may help or draw more confusion, I am a 'RITCHINGS' My GGGgrandfather was baptised as Thomas HITCHINGS 25 July 1785 at Ampney St.Peter, Glous. all 11 siblings carried the surname HITCHINGS or HITCHINS. by the year 1810 this had changed to RITCHINGS. Thomas was married 16 Oct.1809 Surname HITCHINS. Died 23 March 1809 Surname RITCHINGS. Cheers Archer Ritchings W.Australia.