Paul Ritter 1713 – 1799

Paul Ritter was the oldest of the Ritter brothers who came from Germany to Pennsylvania. His wife was Maria. They had seven children. The oldest was born in Germany and the others in Pennsylvania.

1 Paul Ritter b: 1713 in Germany, d: 14 Feb 1799 in Colebrookdale, Berks, PA
…… + Maria Elizabeth Ritter b: 1710 in Germany, d: 23 July 1798 in PA
…………2 Paul Ritter b: Abt. 1730 in Germany
…………2 Anna Catherine Ritter b: 1738 in Milford, Bucks, PA
…………2 Casper Ritter b: Abt. 1740 in Milford, Bucks, PA
…………2 Mathias Ritter b: 1741 in Milford, Bucks, PA
…………2 Johann Heinrich Ritter b: 1745 in Milford, Bucks, PA
…………2 Anna Maria Ritter b: 1748 in Milford, Bucks, PA
…………2 Maria Elizabeth Ritter b: 1750 in Milford, Bucks, PA

Larry Knox wrote:

“Paul farmed most of his life and was listed in the 1752 tax list in Colebrookdale Township.  Next, he was in the 1767 tax list with four horses, eight cows and five sheep and in 1768 he had four horses, eight cows and seven sheep.He and Maria were members of the Dillingerville Lutheran Church in Lower Milford Township, BUcks County, PA and the New Hanover Reformed Church in Philadelphia County.”

Selected Sources:

  •  Roberts,Stroudt, Krick, and Deitrich, THE HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY,PENSYLVANIA AND A
    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.
  •  Passenger List; 1732; Port of Entry, Philadelphia, PA, 11 Sept.,
    1732, “The Pennsylvania Merchant”, Sailed from Rotterdam; Obtained Photocopy
    from Pennsylvania Archives, P.O.Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026.
  • Knox, Larry D. The Ritter Family of Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania, the Descendants of Isaac Ritter in Wayne and Ashland Counties, Ohio. Volume 1. Privately Published, 1999.

4 Responses to Paul Ritter 1713 – 1799

  1. Judith Martens

    I have a lot of information on the Ritters. If you are interested in it.

    Judy nee Ritter Martens

    • Hi Judy,

      Bob Ritter here. My 6-Great Grandfather is Caspar Ritter, father of the 4 brothers and 2 daughters who came to Pa. in 1732. I’m directly descended from Caspar’s son Martin., confirmed by oral tradition, documents and DNA testing. Do you have anything on Caspar’s parents and grandparents, etc. I’m trying to extend my tree as far back as possible. Thanks for all your research and friendly help through the years! Bob

  2. Dennis Howard Ritter

    Hi Judy,
    As you can see, my last name is Ritter and my family came from Germany. I can only go back to my greatgrandparents who ran a furniture store in Macungie PA, then one in Kutztown PA.
    My grandfather and my father, Howard Paul Ritter and Howard Paul Ritter Jr. This is why I gravitated to Paul Ritter.
    Any suggestions or information you can lead me to?

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