Concerning your message sent to me about the Ritchie's I know a little bit. You mentioned Bruce but Bruce was my grandfather's middle name..........
William Ritchie was my great grandfather and he was born in Inverness County in Nova Scotia. The year we are not sure of at all.He was the son of a Scottish Immigrant family.He farmed near Walkerton, Ontario around the year 1848.
My grandfather John Bruce Ritchie was born 1864 at Walkerton. He was an Indian Agent and was fluent in the dialect of the Ojibwas and Chippewas.
He married Matilda Jane Carson and raised five children, then when she died he married my grandmother, Emma Priester, daughter of Martin Priester.He came west in 1910 and raised 10 children altogether in the province of Saskatchewan, my father Norman Gordon Ritchie been one of those 10.
John Bruce Ritchie died in Alberta in around 1938 or around there.
If you think there is any connection I could give you more information.