Heinrich Ritter c1715 – 1797

Our Ritter family traveled from Germany to Rotterdam, Holland where four Ritter [spelled Reyter on the ship’s passenger list] brothers, Heindrich, Paul, Martin and Caspar, sailed on the ship ‘Pennsylvania Merchant’.

Heinrich Ritter was born c 1715 in Germany. In 1732 Heinrich and his three brothers came to USA, landing in Philadelphia.  He and his brothers landed in Philadelphia on 11 September 1732.  Accompanying them were Elizabeth, the wife of Paul Ritter; their sisters Anna and Barbara; and Paul, the son of Paul. Heinrich Ritter secured 170 acres of land in Lower Milford Township in March 1737 and built a log house with a stone chimney there in 1739. Heinrich married Maria Elizabeth Tutt c. 1740. Three sons of Heinrich Ritter served in the Revolutionary War.

….. 1 Heinrich Ritter b: Abt. 1715 in Germany, d: Jan 1797 in Salisbury Twp., Northampton, PA
….. + Maria Elizabeth Tutt b: Abt. 1723, m: Abt. 1740, d: Abt. 1787 in PA
……….. 2 Johannes Ritter Sr. b: 17 Feb 1743 in Milford, Bucks, PA d: 18 April
1816 in Decatur, Mifflin, PA
……….. + Maria Elisabeth Keck b: 15 April 1747 in Salisbury Twp., PA m: 29 April
1768, d: 02 June 1813 in Black Oak Ridge, Union, PA
……….. 2 Philip Ritter b: Abt. 1745 in Milford, Bucks, PA, d: 1826 in Hartley, Union, PA
……….. + Justina
……….. 2 Casper Ritter b: 1749 in Milford, Bucks, PA d: 1822
……….. + Hanna Ottilia Hertz m: 11 Jan 1774
……….. 2 Martin Ritter b: 10 Nov 1749 in Salisbury Twp., Bucks, PA, d: 02
Nov 1827 in Lehigh, PA
……….. + Anna Margaret Steininger b: 11 Jan 1752, m: 11 Jan 1774 PA, d: 4 Aug 1838
……….. 2 Heinrich Wilhelm Ritter b: 20 February 1751 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA
……….. 2 Johannes Theobald Ritter b: 11 June 1753 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA
……….. 2 Jacob Ritter b: Abt. 1755 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA
……….. + Elisabeth Klein
……….. 2 Barbara Anna Ritter b: 1758 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA, d: Abt. 1785
……….. + Hartman
……….. 2 Anna Margaretha Ritter b: January 1761 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA
……….. + Bernhard Klein
……….. 2 Maria Magdelena Ritter b: 07 January 1767 in Salisbury, Lehigh, PA
……….. + Hartman

Selected Sources:

  • Roberts, Stroudt, Krick, and Deitrich, THE HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY,PENSYLVANIA AND A GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF IT’S FAMILIES; 1732-1914; Lehigh Valley Publishing Company, Ltd., Allentown, Pa., 1914, Vol. III; pp 1054-1063; Lehigh County Historical Society, Old Court House, P.O.Box 1548, Allentown, PA 18105.
  • 1790 U. S. Census, Salisbury, Northampton, Pennsylvania. M637 Henry Ritter and Henry Ritter Jr.
  • “The Daily Record” 11 October 1998. Ohio Newspaper ‘Welcome to the Promised Land’ by Bonnie Knox and Joan White.

Learn much more about this family in my book, ‘The Mark Family Story’.

 

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