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John Ritz

Male 1797 - 1875  (77 years)


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  • Name John Ritz 
    Born 27 Nov 1797  , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Feb 1875  , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Petersburg Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2102  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2016 

    Father Elias Ritz,   b. Abt 1762, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1 Jun 1832, Upper Saucon, Lehigh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Rosina ? 
    Notes 
    • Possible that a daughter was named Rosina?
      Per Rev. B. E. Kramlich Pastoral Records 1858 - 1900, p 172 No. 1123: Esther Frederick died 1893 born in 1835 to Solomon Breidegm and wife Rosina born Ritz.
      This Rosina Ritz would have been born about 1800 - 1810
    • Commemorative biographical record of central Pennsylvania : including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion, Ancestry.com
      p952
      Mrs. Andrew Groff was a daughter of Samuel M. and Julia A. (Ritts) Kline, who were born, reared, and married in Berks County, then settled in Lycoming County. She died Feb 21, 1886 aged 88.
      Is this a daughter of Elias and Rosina? She would have been born about 1798.
    • History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania, with illustrations ... Davis, A. J. (Aaron J.), Hathitrust.org
      p xxxiv
      William Lorah: states that he was born in 1825 in Berks county to Peter and Sarah (Ritts) and came with his parents in 1835 to Clarion county.
      On the other hand: William's brother John Lorah biography states that his parents were Peter and Sarah (Ritter) Lorah.
      Need to research this.
      1840 Census for Beaver, Venango, PA shows Peter with 3 boys and one girl. Appears his wife had died.
      1850 Census for Beaver, Clarion, PA shows Peter with 2 boys, wife Margaret (11 years younger than he) and a 5 year old daughter. Probably his second wife.
    • 1830 Hereford, Berks Co PA
      Lists Charles Souser (age 30-40), wife (20-30), and two girls under 5. Was this the Dr. Sousa that was mentioned that married Lydia Ritts?

      1840 Richland, Venango Co PA
      Lists a Charly M. Sousa (40-50 years old) and 2 girls.
      Lists a Adam Jacoby with wife and 3 boys and 9 girls. Is this one of Elias' and Rosina's daughters?
    • Deed 1 Apr 1830
      "THIS INDENTURE, Made the first day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty.
      BETWEEN -- Elias Ritz of Hereford Township, Bucks {error, should be Berks}County and State of Pennsylvania, Inn Keeper, and Rosina, his wife, of the one part, -: AND :- CHARLES SAUCY of said Township and State, Doctor of Phisic, of the other part: ..." Eleven acres and 72 Perches for $320.
      Assignment of Deed 12 Apr 1830
      "...that Charles Sause the grantee within named and Lidia, his wife, ..." sold the same property to John and Jacob Hillegas for $330.
      Great clue! Lidia is likely Elias and Rosina's daughter.
    Family ID F1955  Group Sheet

    Family Sophia Schell,   b. Abt 1800, , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Apr 1822  , Rockland, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elias Ritts,   b. 5 Nov 1822, , Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1906, St. Petersburg, Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. John S. Ritz,   b. 6 Aug 1826, , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     3. Mary Ritz
     4. Amanda Ritz,   b. 1852, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1888, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F860  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    New Goshenhoppen Church
    New Goshenhoppen Church
    1770 - 1857
    Greenville, Montgomery, Pennsylvania
    "A History of the Goshenhoppen Reformed Charge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1727 - 1819", Hinke, Rev. William John, Lancaster, 1920, p221

  • Notes 
    • Church Records of the Goshoppen Reformed Church 1731 - 1830, Hinke, William J., Lancaster, 1920, Archive.org, accessed 13 Nov 2016, p479.
      Records of the Great Swamp Church
      Communicant Lists of Rev. Fr. Wm. Von der Sloot
      "Names of those who on April 13, 1818, were admitted to the Lord's Supper:
      Names of the catechumens:
      #16. John Ritz, aged 18 years"
      p349
      Entries by John Faber, Jr. (1819 - 1833)
      Johannes Ritz is a sponsor to Uria Weiss (parents: Andreas Weiss and wife Maria) baptism on 13 Feb 1820
    • Marriage Record: Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church 1738 - 1889, Vol 1, p ?, Berks County Historical Society, Henry Janssen Library, CR-M575B
      John Ritz and Sophia Schall 4-11-1822
    • Church Records of the Goshoppen Reformed Church 1731 - 1830, Hinke, William J., Lancaster, 1920, Archive.org, accessed 13 Nov 2016, p352.
      Records of the New Goshoppen Church
      "Johannes, b. Aug. 6, '26, bap. Oct 29, '26, John Ritz and wife Sophia (parents), Joseph Gery, Lydia Ritz (sponsors)"
    • Commemorative biographical record of central Pennsylvania : including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion, Ancestry.com
      p 1396
      Elias Ritts
      In 1830 Elias Ritts accompanied his parents [John and Sophia] on their removal to Lehigh County and six years later came with them to what is now Richland township Clarion county(but at that time was part of Venango county), and here he grew to manhood surrounded by other Pioneer families, including the Vensels, Shoups and Neelys.