Jeanie Crichton was born about 1898 in Ireland to Peter Alexander and Agnes (McClure) Crichton. The couple had at least two children in Ireland before moving to Scotland some time between 1899 and 1903. Jeanie's father worked as a brusher at a colliery. A brusher removed parts of the roof or pavement, usually by blasting, in order to heighten the underground mine roadways.
When the 1911 census was enumerated the Crichton family lived at 3 Udston Road in Hamilton. Jeanie was listed as Jane and attended school. Jean or Jeanie is usually a diminutive for Jane, but this is the only record I have found where her name was listed as Jane.
On 31 December 1917 Jeanie married Robert Riddell at the Manse in Burnbank according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. She was 20 years old, lived in Dykehead Rows, and worked as a farm servant.
It is possible that Jeanie arrived in the United States about 1928. A Jeannie Crichton was listed on the 1930 U.S. federal census, which was enumerated on 18 April, and lived with an uncle, Andrew Crichton, and his family. This person was born about 1896. Her uncle lived in Detroit.
A Mrs. Jeannie Riddell, born about 1897, travelled from New York City to Scotland aboard the Anchor Line's S/S Transylvania and arrived in Glasgow on 25 May 1930. If she had been in the United States for two years, perhaps the enumerator assumed her surname was the same as her uncle's?
The last definitive information I have on Jeanie (Crichton) Riddell was her marriage registration. The rest cannot yet be proved.
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 1064; Page: 55A; ED: 0821; Image 1031.0
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Crichton, Peter (Census 1911 647/00 036/00 020)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1918 Riddell, Robert - Crichton, Jeanie (Statutory Marriages 647/00 0003)
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, 1930 Riddell, Jeannie