• 1961 — The year Lisa Gayle Ritchie and her twin brother Billy are born in Cumberland.

• Six — The number of years old Lisa and Billy Ritchie are when they were adopted by a New Jersey couple.

• 20 — The number of children the New Jersey couple adopted.

• 12 — The number of children reportedly born to Mary Ritchie.

• 1980s —The approximate era reporter Mike Sawyers interviews Mary Ritchie, who lived in a 9- by 10-foot aluminum storage shed.

• 1990s — The time period when Melissa Armstrong is in her 30s and starts searching for her biological parents.

• 2006 — The year Mary Ritchie, 78, of Cumberland, dies at Memorial Hospoital, a Cumberland Times-News obituary states.

• 90,000 — The number of people rooted in Allegany County that are connected to each other in Shawn McGreevy’s Allegany County genealogical database.


Teresa McMinn is the digital editor at Cumberland Times-News. Email her at tmcminn@times-news.com, call/text her at 304-639-2371 and follow her on Twitter.

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