Friday, February 3, 2012

Our Ritter Line To Patsy Ann Smith

 In 1732, the four original Ritter brothers  came to the United States from Germany: Heinrich Ritter, Paul Ritter, Martin Ritter & Casper Ritter. They sailed on the ship ‘Pennsylvania Merchant’ from Rotterdam, landing in Philadelphia on 11 September 1732.
Source: Roberts, Charles, John Stoudt, Thomas Krick, and William Dietrich. History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. III. Allentown, Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley Publishing Company, 1914.

Martin Ritter Abt. 1718 in Germany, d: 1789 in PA
Married about 1746
 Anna Margaret
Eva Barbara Frederick 1758-1858

Christiana Starr 1800-1874

Zebedee Ritter 1826-1913
Anna Fox 1830-1880

Mary Jane Ritter
John Snyder 1844-

Photo - Susan Bertha Snyder

Susan Bertha Snyder 1879-1964
Marian Lucille Smith

Patsy Ann Smith
Charles Frederick Truckenmiller

Daniel Truckenmiller
Heather Sulouff




Two emigrants were Martin and Casper Ritter who arrived in 1749 and 1750,
respectively. Supposedly, they were brothers. I believe Martin may have
been the father of the Turbotville Martin.

Martin, Jr. was born 10 Aug 1760 at Salisbury, Northampton County; he died
at Turbotville, Northumberland Co., Pa., 4 Feb 1840. 4 Jun 1781 in Easton,
Northampton Co., Pa., he married Barbara Fredericks, who was born 22 Apr
1759 and died 8 Jul 1847 at Turbotville. During the Revolutionary War,
Martin served as a fifer in Captain John Santees' Company, 2nd Battalion,
Northampton County Miltia.

Martin and Barbara had eight children:

1. John, b. 25 Feb 1782

2. George, b. 24 Jun 1786

3. Elizabeth, b. 29 Jan 1788

4. Barbara, b. 2 Sep 1791

5. Martin, b. 8 Dec 1792

6. Samuel, b. 1796, Northampton Co., Pa.; m. ca. 1819, Lycoming Co., Pa.,
Christiana Starr, b. 1800; d. after 1850, Franklin Twp., Lycoming Co., Pa.

7. Valentine

8. John Jacob, b. 30 Oct 1802 Schwartzwold, Northampton Co., Pa.; d. 21
Oct 1856, Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming Co., Pa.; m. ca. 1826 Lydia Lohr
(Lorah, Lore), b. 11 Apr 1807, Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Pa.; d. 10 Apr
1900, Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming Co., Pa.

Most of the Ritter families residing in Muncy today descend from John
Jacob and Samuel, the sons of Martin and Barbara. Some descend from
another line whose ancestor is Daniel Ritter of Moreland Township,
Lycoming Co., who will be covered at a later date.

A Curiosity:

1880 Census

Name: Hannah Smith
Age: 77
Birth Year: abt 1803
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
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Household Members:
Name Age
John Smith 32
Alvira Smith 30
Frasir Smith 12
Jacob Smith 10
Ida Smith 10
Adam Smith 7
Clide Smith 4
Stepan Smith 1
Jonas Smith 1
Hannah Smith 77
Matilda Ritter 70
Hannah is listed as mother in this census.  Interestingly, Matilda Ritter is listed as step mother.  
Just a curiosity - Hannah Stofflet Schmidt mother of David Smith, grandmother of Benjamin Franklin Smith.  He married Bertha Snyder, daughter of Mary Jane Ritter.

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