Sunday, December 16, 2012

Samuel Ritter 1799-1882

Dan's maternal 4th great grandfather

Samuel Ritter
Son of Martin & Eva Maria (Frederick) Ritter
Born 27 Sep 1799 
Died 24 Sep 1882 
married
Christiana Starr
daughter of 
Born 3 jun 1800 
Died 24 Jan 1874 


Children
William Ritter 1821-1891 m. Lydia Renn
John F  Ritter 1823-1894 m. Susanna Nichum
Mary Jane Ritter 1828-1913 m. Solomon Renn
George  Ritter 1831-1863 m. Josephine Bryans



Occupation: Stone Mason

"Samuel E. Ritter, farmer, was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1849, a son of Zebedee and Anna (Fox) Ritter. Martin Ritter, the great-grandfather of Samuel E. Ritter, was married to Barbara Fredericks, and to this union there were born eight children: John; George; Martin; Elizabeth; Barbara, Valentine; Jacob, and Samuel. The last two named came to Lycoming county; Samuel married Christiana Starr, by whom he had five children: Wiliam, deceased; John; Zebedee; George, and Mary. Zebedee Ritter was the father of Samuel E. Ritter, and married Anna Fox, by whom he had four children: Samuel E.; Mary J., who married John M. Snyder; John W., and Anthony, deceased. Our subject, Samuel E. Ritter, received a common school education, and has always devoted his life to farming. He was married in 1877 to Henrietta King, and to this union have been born six children (in 1892): Estella E.; Owen Z.; Raymond K.; Grover C.; Brady F., and Nellie B."  From the History of Lycoming County (published 1892), page 963

1799 Samuel Ritter is Born

1800 - Samuel Ritter is baptized


Name: Samuel Ritter
Birth Date: 29 Sep 1799
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 16 Feb 1800
Baptism Place: Schoenersville, Lehigh, Pennsylvania
Father Name: Martin Ritter
Mother Name: Barbara Ritter
Organization Name: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

1800 Christiana Starr Was Born
Christiana is thought to be the daughter of Anthony Starr 1765-1830 & Christina Ritter 1780- ?  I do not have any research or proof to confirm or deny this at this time.

1821 - Son William Ritter was born
William Ritter was born Jan 5 1821 in Lycoming County Pa.  He married Lydia Renn, and they had several children including: Thomas Jefferson Ritter, Jackson Ritter, Jacob Ritter & William Ritter.  William Ritter was a veteran of the civil war.  He died July 24 1891 in Lycoming County Pa.

1823- Son John F. Ritter was Born
John F. Ritter was born June 17 1823 in Lycoming County PA.  He married Susan Nichum, and in 1865 they went to Iowa with most of the Ritter family.
John & Susan had 10 children, including George William Ritter and Thomas Ritter.  John was a stone mason, as several Ritters were, by trade.
In 1880, after Susan's death, John remarried to Mary J. McLenry.

At the age of 72, John committed suicide at the home of his daughter, where he was living.

 


1825 - Son Zebedee Ritter Was Born
Zebeddee was Dan's maternal 3rd great grandfather.  He married Anna Mary Fox. 
You can read more about them here:
http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2012/02/zebedee-ritter-1826-1913.html

1828 - Daughter Mary Jane Ritter was born
Mary Jane Ritter married Solomon Samuel Renn 1826-1888.  Their children included: 
Francis M Renn 1850–1934, Amanda C Renn 1852–, Samuel F Renn 1855– , John W Renn 1859–, Christie A. Renn 1861–, Christian Renn 1861– , Benjamin H. Renn 1864– , Amos W. Renn 1866– , Mary P Renn 1869–

Both Mary Jane & Solomon were born in Pa, and I assume they were married in PA - but by 1860, they were in Iowa.

1830 Residence
Name: Samuel Ritter
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Muncy Creek, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 (Samuel was 31)
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6


1831 - Son George Ritter Was Born
He married a Josephine. His cemetery record says that Josephine's maiden name was Schaeffer, but his daughters marriage record, Josephine's marriage license, and Josephine's obit, all say she was Josephine Bryan. Also, in 1885, Almira, Josephine's mother, lives with George & Josephine.  It's possible there were two George Ritters who both married Josephine's,but I would find it unlikely that they both had daughters named Irene who married Lidners, and that both Josephine's had a mother named Almira.    I'm not sure where the Shaeffer came from in George's obit, but the mistake was likely transferred to his cemetery record from the obit.

To add to the confusion, although she has the Ritter surname in all records, Irene was apparently a foster daughter.

Name: George W Ritter
Birth Date: 13 May 1831
Death Date: 13 Sep 1908
Age: 77
Burial Location: Waverly, Bremer
Cemetery: Harlington
General Burial Info: (maiden name of wife Josephine Schaeffer)
Comments: wif: Josephine Schaeffer
Source: Bremer County Burial Records Vol 1 - 4

Page Number: 391

 

Name Irene Ritter
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Date 1876
Birth Place Chickasaw County
Marriage Date 24 Jul 1907
Marriage Place Waverly
Marriage Age 31
Father George W. Ritter
Mother Josephine Bryans
Spouse Artman L. Lindner
FHL Film Number 1577659
Reference ID 2:3QM6CCK
Household Members
Name Age
Christopher Lindner
Artman L. Lindner
Irene Ritter
Josephine Bryans

George W. Ritter

Irene was actually a Kuhns - see her brothers listed in her obit, and her death record records her parents as father: Gustav Coons mother: Anna Dugid

1840- Residence
1840 United States Federal Census about Samuel Ritter
Name: Samuel Ritter
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 (Samuel was 41)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 4
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7

1850 Residence
(Looking at the original census, it is Samuel Ritter, not Putter - Putter is an ancestry.com transcription error.  But there are still errors here.  Samuel's correct age should be 50.  His wife is Christina, not Catherina.    George is correct.  The next dwelling in the census is Abraham Starr - likely the brother of Christina.  The dwelling after Abraham is Zebedee Ritter.)

Name: Samuel Putter
Age: 40
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 1464
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Putter 40
Catharine Putter 40
George Putter 20

Occupation - Stone Mason

1854 Samuel & Christina Moved to Iowa -

"The first hotel in Waverly was a log house that was located on the river bank on the east side between East Water street and the river. It was kept by Samuel Ritter and wife who came from Williamsport Pa in 1854 or the year following. The necessity for a hotel was so great that they involuntarily became Bonifaces because they had the biggest house then in town and could not very well help becoming hotel keepers. They did a satisfactory and good business until better quarters could be provided. "

Samuel & Christina (along with son George) both left Lycoming Co. sometime after 1850 and before 1856 and traveled to Iowa, apparently following their  son George W. and his wife Josephine  there.

1860 Residence
Name: Samuel Ridden
Age: 58
Birth Year: abt 1802
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Washington, Bremer, Iowa
Post Office: Waverly
Dwelling Number: 89
Family Number: 83
Occupation: Mast Mason
Real Estate Value: 250
Personal Estate Value: 25
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Ridden 58
C Ann Ridden 58
George Ridden 29


1874 - Christiana (Starr) Ritter died

1880 - Residence:
Samuel is living with son George.  Christiana died in 1874.

1880 United States Federal Census about Samuel Ritter
Name: Samuel Ritter
Age: 79
Birth Year: abt 1801
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Washington, Bremer, Iowa
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Father
Marital Status: Widower
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Boarder
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Household Members:
Name Age
George W. Ritter 48
Josephine Ritter 41
Samuel Ritter 79

1882 - Samuel Died



Burial:



RESEARCH:
From the History of Lycoming County (published 1892), page 963:

"Samuel E. Ritter, farmer, was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1849, a son of Zebedee and Anna (Fox) Ritter. Martin Ritter, the great-grandfather of Samuel E. Ritter, was married to Barbara Fredericks, and to this union there were born eight children: John; George; Martin; Elizabeth; Barbara, Valentine; Jacob, and Samuel. The last two named came to Lycoming county; Samuel married Christiana Starr, by whom he had five children: Wiliam, deceased; John; Zebedee; George, and Mary. Zebedee Ritter was the father of Samuel E. Ritter, and married Anna Fox, by whom he had four children: Samuel E.; Mary J., who married John M. Snyder; John W., and Anthony, deceased. Our subject, Samuel E. Ritter, received a common school education, and has always devoted his life to farming. He was married in 1877 to Henrietta King, and to this union have been born six children (in 1892): Estella E.; Owen Z.; Raymond K.; Grover C.; Brady F., and Nellie B."

From the History of Lycoming County, page 966:

"George Ritter located on the present site of Turbutville, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, at an early day. He was the father of seven children: Elizabeth; Martin; George; Valentine; Samue; Jacob, and one daughter, name unknown.
Samuel, a stone-mason by trade, came to Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, where he remained until his death. He was the father of five children: William; John; Zebedee; George, and Mary J. William, eldest son of Samuel Ritter, married Lydia Renn, by whom he had eleven children: Thomas J.; Zebedee J.; Jacob B., deceased; William H., deceased; George W., deceased; Samuel P., deceased; Franklin P., deceased; Rhoda A., deceased; John A.; Christiann, and Jeremiah D. For fifteen years he was Justice of the Peace in Franklin township. 
John A. was married in 1879 to Miss Mary A. Minier, and to this union were born two children: Jacob H. and J. Brady.
Zebedee J. married Jemelia Houseknecht, and to this union the following children have been born: Stella G.; William E.; Ernest W., and Christiana, who married H. H. Minier, and has four children: John H.; Fannie H.; Mary J., and Loda B.
Jeremiah D. Ritter married Emeline Hill, and of this union six children have been born: Bessie E.; Nora A., deceased; William C., deceased; George M. deceased; Mattie, deceased, and Pearl.

"Much of the second article from the Lycoming County History is in error. "George Ritter" was in reality Martin Ritter, Jr. His son, Samuel, was my great-great-great grandfather. He and his wife, Christianna Starr Ritter, did not die in Lycoming County, PA but rather in Bremer County, Iowa. I have visited their graves many times and their graves are located in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, IA. I have posted an accurate description of the family on line and welcome any comments. William L. Buhrow, M.D."

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1850 NOT this Samuel - 

1850 Census 
Name: Samuel Ritter
Age: 52
Birth Year: abt 1798
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Penns, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 789
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Ritter 52 
Salomon Ritter 20
Mary Ritter 18
Sarah Ritter 14
Anna Ritter 30
Henry Ritter 20
Benjamin Brous 14
Fraine Ritter 58


We do find a Samuel Ritter still in this area in Penn, Union Co. PA in 1860 & 1870 but I've eliminated them due to age being off in both by 2 years, unknown people in household, and occupation as farmer rather than stone mason.

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