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Elias Ritz

Male Abt 1762 - Bef 1832  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Elias Ritz 
    Born Abt 1762  , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Before 1 Jun 1832  Upper Saucon, Lehigh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6070  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2018 

    Father Christian Ritz,   d. Before 22 Apr 1802, , Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Julianna ? 
    Family ID F1954  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Barbara Weiss,   d. After 25 Apr 1794, , Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Christian Ritts,   b. 31 Mar 1784, , Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1856, Richland, Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1953  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Rosina ? 
    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.
    Children 
    +1. John Ritz,   b. 27 Nov 1797, , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1875, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Elias Ritz,   b. Before 4 Aug 1800, , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1857, , Bedford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     3. Peter Ritz,   b. Abt 1801, , Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elisabeth Ritz,   b. 3 Mar 1807, Windsor, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hannah Ritz,   b. 4 Nov 1810, Windsor, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Catherine Ritz,   b. 17 May 1812, Windsor, Berks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1884, , Clarion, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +7. Lydia Ritz,   b. Abt 1805, , , Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1955  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
    Elias Ritz signature
    Elias Ritz signature
    From Unrecorded Deed dated 6 April 1812
    Rosina Ritz release of administration of Elias Ritz' estate
4 Jun 1832
    Rosina Ritz release of administration of Elias Ritz' estate 4 Jun 1832
    Probate Records, 1812-1920; Index, 1812-1965; Author: Lehigh County (Pennsylvania). Register of Wills; Probate Place: Lehigh, Pennsylvania
    Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

  • Notes 
    • County Boundaries
      Berks formed 3/11/1752
      Philadelphia formed 1682 (covered Montgomery and portion of Berks)
      Montgomery made from Philadelphia on 9/10/1784
      Lehigh made from Northampton on 3/6/1812

    • Church Records of the Goshenhoppen Reformed Church 1731 - 1830, Hinke, William J., Lancaster, 1920, Archive.org, accessed 13 Nov 2016, p373.
      Records of the New Goshenhoppen Church
      "Lists of Catechumens by Joh. Th. Faber
      In the year 1779, Sept 2nd
      #11 Elias Ritz"

    • U.S. Census
      1790 East District, Berks Co., PA
      Elias Ritz listed with one boy under 16 (Christian) and his wife (Barbara)

      1800 Longswamp, Berks Co., PA
      Elias, age 26-44, listed with 2 boys under 10 (John and Elias), one boy 16-15 (Christian), 1 girl under 10 (?), wife (Rosina) aged 26-44

      1810 Windsor, Berks Co., PA
      Elias, age 26-44, with 2 boys under 10, 1 boy 10-15, 2 boys 16-25, 2 girls under 10, 1 girl 10-15 and his wife aged 26-44

      1820 Hereford, Berks Co., pA
      Listed as "Ellis Rits", age 45+, with 1 boy 10-15, 1 boy 16-18, 2 boys 18-25, 4 girls under 10, wife aged 26-44
      Elias is listed as in both Agriculture and Manufacture. Check the manufacture census

      1830 Upper Saucon, Lehigh Co., PA
      Elias, age 60-70, Rosina, age 50-60, Boy 0-5, Boy 20-30, Girl 10-15, Girl 15-20, Girl 20-30
      Elias' son John, wife Sophia, and their son Elias living with them

    • Probate Records
      Wills: Abstracts: Berks Co, PA 1796-1799
      WEISS, HENRY, Longswamp.
      March 11, 1799.
      Adm. to Eliaz RITZ, brother-in-law.
      Margaret, the widow, renouncing.

    • Did Elias marry Barbara Weiss have Christian, then Barbara died and Elias remarried to Rosina and have 3 more boys and 4-5 girls?

    • Land Records
      Philadelphia County
      LDS grantor and grantee index available only at LDS location

      Montgomery County
      1784-
      No records of any Ritz in grantor or grantee index

      Berks County
      24 Apr 1794
      Elias Ritz ("cordwainer") purchased from Philip Diel 181 acres in Longswamp, the land was called "Delay". The land was adjacent to Samuel Weiss and Bernard Faegelly. This transaction was witnessed by Henry Weiss (Elias' brother-in-law).

      25 Apr 1794
      Elias Ritz purchased from Philip and John Diel (executors for John Diel) two tracts of land in Longswamp (50 acres and 31 acres). This transaction was witnessed by Henry Wiess.

      25 Apr 1794
      Elias Ritz ("Cordwainer") and his wife Barbara sold to Henry Weiss ("Yeoman", Barbara's brother) 32 acres in Longswamp. It states that this property adjoins property that Henry Weiss already owns. Vol. 29, p13.

      13 Feb 1806
      Elias Ritz and Rosina his wife sold to Hiob Ziegler 16 acres in Longswamp. Vol. 25, p191.

      26 Mar 1806
      Elias Ritz, "yeoman", and Rosina his wife sold to "his son Christian Ritz" 116 acres (called "Delay") in Longswamp

      8 Sept 1807
      Elias Ritz purchased 14 acres in Windsor Township from Samuel Ely, Jacob Dwyer, and George Stizel. (see below record of 6 Apr 1812).

      6 Apr 1812
      Elias Ritz and Rosina his wife (of Windsor Township) sold to Henry Hainly 14 acres in Windsor Township. Unrecorded deed, Berks Co. Historical Society.

      17 May 1814
      Elias Ritz and Rosina his wife ... Peter Leiby, Greenwich Township. Vol. I, p258.

      15 Apr 1815
      Elias Ritz purchased from administrators of Peter Steinman estate in Hereford Township. Witnessed by Charles H. Sause. Vol. 39, p108.

      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. Vol. 466, p153.

      1 Apr 1830
      Elias Ritz ("Innkeeper") and his wife Rosina of Hereford Twp, sold to Jacob and John Hillegas two pieces of land (51 acres and 5 acres). Vol. 39, p110

    • Tax Records
      1783 Upper Hanover Twp, Philadelphia Co., PA
      1785 Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co., PA
      1786 Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co., PA "Cordwainer"
      1787 Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co., PA "Cordwainer"
      1788 Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co., PA
      1789 Upper Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co., PA
      1789 Eastern District Twp, Berks Co., PA "Nonresidentor"