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Catherine Ritz

Female 1812 - 1884  (71 years)


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  • Name Catherine Ritz 
    Born 17 May 1812  Windsor, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 5 Jul 1812  St. Paul's or Smoke Church, Windsor, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Feb 1884  , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lamartine, Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2121  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Elias Ritz,   b. 1756, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1832, Upper Saucon, Lehigh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Rosina Schneider,   b. 1774,   d. 25 Jul 1837, , Venango, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1795 
    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 Frederick Whettling,   b. March 27 1812, , , France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 31 1877, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2016 
    Family ID F872  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    Catherine (Ritz) Whettling
    Catherine (Ritz) Whettling
    Died 10 Feb 1884
    Aged 71 years 8 months 23 days
    Photo by rickohio3, findagrave.com

  • Notes 
    • Baptism
      Baptismal record of St. Paul's or Smoke Church Congregation in Windsor Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1766-1875, Berks County Historical Society, Henry Janssen Library, CR-S149, p 20:
      Reitz, Elias and Rosina (parents) Catherine b. 5-17-1812 bapt. 4-18-1812, Godfried Seidel and Maria Sibyla (sponsors).

    • Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, Including the Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, and Clarion Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Settled Families, Vol. II, Chicago, J. H. Beers & Co., 1898, p 1396-1397.
      "The children born to them {Elias Ritz} were as follows: Lydia, who married Dr. Sousa; Mrs. Jacoby; Mrs. David Trune; Catherine, wife of Frederick Whitling; John; Elias, and Peter."

    • Family
      Nine children

    • 1840 Beaver, Venango, PA census
      Lists Frederick Whitling (20-29), two boys (0-4), wife (20-29). Wife is Catherine who would have been 28 years old. They would have gotten married before 1838.