Sunday, December 16, 2012

Samuel Ritter 1799-1882

Samuel Ritter
Son of Martin & Eva Maria (Frederick) Ritter

Birth 27 Sep 1799 in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States
Death 24 Sep 1882 in Lycoming, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States
married 

Christiana Starr
daughter of 
Birth 3 jun 1800 in Lycoming, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States
Death 24 Jan 1874 in Lycoming, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States


Children
William
John 
Zebedee
George
Mary

Occupation: Stone Mason


Baptism Record


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



1830 United States Federal Census about Samuel Ritter
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

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
(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 - 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 both left Lycoming Co. sometime after 1850 and before 1856 and traveled to Iowa, apparently because their son George W. and his wife Josephine went there. 
1830C - Muncy Creek, Lyco. Co. PA
1840C - Franklin, Lyco. Co. PA
1850C - Franklin, Lyco. Co.,PA
1856C - Bremer Iowa w/ wife Christine
1880C - Bremer Iowa widower, age 79 living with son George W. ad Josephine
(There are no Iowa Census coming up for in between) 
(Census records confirm born in PA of parents born in PA and also that he was a stone mason)


Samuel is living with son George.  Christiana died in 1874.

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."


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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.

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


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