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Nicholas Rittenhouse (Rettinghouse)

Nicknames: "Claes Rittinghuysen", "Klaus", "Claus"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Mülheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death: Died in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Germantown Mennonite Church Cemetery, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Rittenhouse, Mennonite Bishop and Geertruid Kersten Rittenhouse
Husband of Wilhelmina Rittenhouse
Father of Peter Rittenhouse; Wilhelm ("William") Dewees Rittenhouse; Henry Dewees Rittenhouse; Susanna Heilig; Sijten Sophia Rittenhouse and 13 others
Brother of Elizabeth Papen and Gerhardt Rittenhouse

Occupation: Mennonite Minister, Paper maker, Reverand, Farmer, Paper Mill, Famer
Managed by: John (Jack) Patrick Hill
Last Updated:

About Nicholas Rittenhouse (Rettinghouse)

Birth: Jun. 15, 1666

Rev. Nicholas "Klaus" Rettinghouse , Mennonite Minister b: 15 JUN 1666 in Holland Second note: Birth 15 Jun 1666 in Broich R. or Amsterdam.

Father: Wilhelm Rittenhausen AKA William Rittenhouse. Mother: Geertruid Kerstein Pieters

Married: Wilhelmina Dewees born 13 March 1673 in Lieuwarden, Friesland, Holland Married: 29 May 1789 in New York City, New York Married: in the Old Dutch Reformed Church in New York City.

See the Rittenhouse Family Newsletter, Vol. 4, page 12-14.

Children

1) William Rittenhouse born in 1691 in Roxborough Ywp 2) Matthias Rittenhouse born in 1702 at the Papermill (Married: 1) Lee Normandie, and 2) Elizabeth Williams.) 3) Psyche Peggy Rittenhouse born in 1683 at Roxborough (Married: John Gorgas.) 4) Mary Rittenhouse m. John Johnson 5) Catharine Rittenhouse born in 1697 in Roxborough, PA (Married: Jacon Engel.) 6) Susanna Rittenhouse born in 1698 in Philadelphia (Married: Henry Heilig.) 7) Switzen Sophia Rittenhouse born in 1690 on Roxborough 8) Maria Christine Rittenhouse born in 1695 in Germantown (Married: Peter Stephens.) 9) Henry Rittenhouse born 1 Apr 1700 in Roxborough (Married: Susanna Wool.)

Notes for Nicholas (Klaus/Claes) Rittenhouse His father died intestate (no will) and the paper mill and the 20 acres of land descended to Nicholas. He continued in the paper making business. Nicholas succeeded his father as a Minister of the Mennonite Church and served until his death. His will left one shilling to his daughter Seikie (Psyche) "she having received her portion during my lifetime". His wife's will left daughter Seyntiz (Psyche) "the under feather bed, a pillow and a brass kettle, for which she pays six florin".339

From: "Howards" <howards@gis.net> Subject: William Rittenhouse Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 15:14:36 -0500

We are indeed closely related to David Rittenhous ( as you can see by going to RootsWeb and searching for him and then selecting 1732 for a birthdate. His father was Mathias R born 1702 died 1792, m Elizabeth Williams. Mathias is a son Of Nicholas b Jun 15 1666; who is in turn the son of Wilhelm b1644 in Monschau, Muhlheim, Westfalia (Prussia) d Feb 18 1708, mar Geertruid Kerstn Pieters b 1644 in Erbeek, Holland, d 1708 in Germantown. (and I think that pedigree goes back further.) So we now relate to famous forebears! Nelson


Family links:

Parents:
 Wilhelm Rittenhausen (1644 - 1708)
 Geertruid Kersten Pieters Rittenhausen (____ - 1708)

Burial: Germantown Mennonite Cemetery Germantown Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA


Created by: Zoe Tom Record added: Apr 25, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 51585337 __________________________________________

  1. ID: I00742
  2. Name: Nicholas Claus RITTENHOUSE
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 15 JUN 1666 in Mulheim-an-der-Ruhr, Westphalia, Germany
  5. Death: 04 JUN 1734 in Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City County, Pennsylvania
  6. Note:
   1. Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse (b 15 June, 1666, d 1734) became a minister in the Mennonite Church and took over his father's paper mill and business. He married Wilhelmina Dewees. Their children were: William, Henry, Matthias, Psyche, Mary, Catherine and Susannah. Wilhelmina was born in Friesland, Holland.

-------------------- Birth: Jun. 15, 1666 Amsterdam Noord-Holland, Netherlands Death: Jun. 4, 1734 Pennsylvania, USA

Rev. Nicholas "Klaus" Rettinghouse AKA Rittenhausen, Mennonite Minister b: 15 JUN 1666 in Holland Second note: Birth 15 Jun 1666 in Broich R. or Amsterdam. Died: Before 1734 (?)

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Note: His home still exists in Historic Rittenhouse Town in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA., built in 1707. Several other Rittenhouse buildings are at the same location.

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Father: Wilhelm Rittenhausen AKA William Rittenhouse. Mother: Geertruid Kerstein Pieters

Married: Wilhelmina Dewees born 13 March 1673 in Lieuwarden, Friesland, Holland Married: 29 May 1789 in New York City, New York Married: in the Old Dutch Reformed Church in New York City.

See the Rittenhouse Family Newsletter, Vol. 4, page 12-14.

Children

1) William Rittenhouse born in 1691 in Roxborough Ywp 2) Matthias Rittenhouse born in 1702 at the Papermill (Married: 1) Lee Normandie, and 2) Elizabeth Williams.) 3) Psyche Peggy Rittenhouse born in 1683 at Roxborough (Married: John Gorgas.) 4) Mary AKA Anna Maria Rittenhouse m. John Johnson 5) Catharine Rittenhouse born in 1697 in Roxborough, PA (Married: Jacon Engel.) 6) Susanna Rittenhouse born in 1698 in Philadelphia (Married: Henry Heilig.) 7) Switzen Sophia Rittenhouse born in 1690 on Roxborough 8) Maria Christine Rittenhouse born in 1695 in Germantown (Married: Peter Stephens.) 9) Henry Rittenhouse born 1 Apr 1700 in Roxborough (Married: Susanna Wool.)

Suggestion from Ralph Brown:

dod 4 JUN 1734

1. Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse (b 15 June, 1666, d 1734) became a minister in the Mennonite Church and took over his father's paper mill and business. He married Wilhelmina Dewees. Their children were: William, Henry, Matthias, Psyche, Mary, Catherine and Susannah. Wilhelmina was born in Friesland, Holland.

2.WILL of NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE

Philadelphia County Will Book E page 280 Will # 358

Dated 4 May 1734 Proved 4 June 1734

IN THE NAME of GOD AMEN. I Claus Rittinghausen of Roxborough Township in the County of Philadelphia in the Province of Pensilvania, papermaker being sick & weak in body, but of a sound & disposing mind & memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore Considering the uncertainty of this Transitory life & the certainty of Death Do make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following. That is to say: First of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of God my merciful Creator & Saviour, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the direction of my Executors hereafter named, whom I also desire to pay & satisfy all my just Debts which I owe to any manner of persons, as also funeral expenses & Legacies herein mentioned within a convenient time after my Decease. And for the settling of my worldly & Temporal Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to Bless mine endeavours I Devise and Dispose of the Same as followeth, Imprimis, I give and Bequeath all & singular my movable Goods &Chattels to my loving wife Willimijn during her Natural life & what remains thereof after her decease to be equally divided amongst all my children. Item. I give, Devise & Bequeath to my Eldest son William Rittinghausen All & Singular that piece or parcel of Land Situate in the Said Roxborough Township and Joining North Easterly to German Town line containing Twenty Acres of Land (which I purchased of Samuel Carpenter) Together with the papermill, Buildings & Appurtenances, thereunto belonging, and also that piece or parcel of Land Situate in the Sd. Roxborough Township Joining North Easterly to the said Germantown line & North Westerly to Jacob Rinkers land & containing Fifty Acres of Land which I purchased of .Matthew Holtgate, Together with the Improvements & appurtenances thereunto belonging. To Hold the said Two pieces or parcels of Land & premises to him the said William Rittinghausen his heirs & Assigns for Ever. He the said my son William Rittinghausen paying to my said wife Willemijn the Sum of Eighty pounds Lawfull money of Pensilvania in eight years time after my Decease, viz. Ten pounds part thereof yearly with Interest thereof, till the whole is paid, and to let my said wife have a room at her choice in one of the Houses on the said Twenty Acres of Land during her life time. Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Seikie one Shilling money afd, She having received her portion in my lifetime. Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Catherine one Shilling money afd, She having received her portion in my life time. Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary one Shilling money afd, she having Received her portion in my life time Item, I Give & Bequeath to my Son Henry one Shilling money afd, he having received his portion in my life- time, Item I give & Bequeath to my son Matthias one shilling, money afd he having received his portion in my lifetime. Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Susanna one Shilling money Afd she having received her portion in My lifetime, and my will is. That if my said wife do not make use of all the said Eighty pounds to be paid to her by my Said son William in her lifetime, Then after her Decease, the Remainder to be Equally divided Amongst my said children Share & Share alike And I do hereby constitute & appoint my Said loving wife Willemijn and my Brother Gerard Rittinghausen to be my Executors of this my last will & Testament Lastly I do hereby Utterly disallow Revoke and Annull all & other former wills Legacies & Executors by me in anywise before this time made Bequeathed & ordained. Ratifying, Confirming this & no other to be my last will & Testament. IN WITNESS whereof 1 have hereunto set my hand & seal the twenty fourth day of May In the year of Our Lord, one thousand Seven hundred & Thirty four.

CLAUS RITTINGHAUSEN. [SEAL.]

Signed, Sealed, published and delivered by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us Witnesses

-------------------- was born in Mulheim, Westphalia, Germany 15 June 1666. NICHOLAS died 04 June 1734 in Germantown, Phil. Co. PA, USA, at age 67. His body was interred after 04 June 1734 in Probably Mennonite Cem. Germantown.

      He married WILHELMINA PIETRE DEWEES 29 May 1689 in Reformed Dutch Ch. N.Y. USA. (WILHELMINA PIETRE DEWEES is #540.) WILHELMINA was born 13 March 1673 in Leewarden, Friesland, Neth/. WILHELMINA was the daughter of GARRETT HENDRICKS DEWEES and ZYTIAN (SYTJE) LIUWES. WILHELMINA died after March 1737 in Germantown, Phil. Co. PA, USA, at age unknown.
      1737 WIILL OF WIILHELMINA DEWEES
      The following is a translation from Pennsylvia German by D. K. Cassel (page 74) of the will Wilhelmina DeWees, the wife of Klaus Rittinghausen, dated 6 March, 1737.
      "A record concerning the disposition Mother's order as she is at present sickly in body and her soul Commanding in the hands of the almighty creator in Jesus Amen.
      Firstly:-I give to Peggy Ruthynhuysen my Spinning wheel.
      Secondly:-I give to Marya Ruthynhuysen the looking glass and to Susanna I give the Fire Irons, and to Margryta and Anna I give each a chair
      And to Susanna Gorgas I give a Tea pot and china.
      And Marya Gorgas I give a Sugar bowl and Small Iron Pann.
      And Willemyna Ruttynhuysen I give the Pot hook and Gallon can.
      And Marya Engel I give an apron and two handkerchiefs.
      And to Scyntia Gorgas I give the under feather bed and a pillow and a brass kettle for which she pays six florins.
      And Marya Jansen the upper bed with the cover.
      And to Gertrude Engel I give the large and small cushions.
      And to Susanna Heilig 1 give the large and small cushions.
      And Henderych Ruttynhuysen I give the. woolen Blanket.
      And Mattys Ruttynhuysen 1 give a cloak. That all these on the above date was undersigned in the presence of us."

Willemyna + Ruttynhuysen (her mark) Willem W. Ruttynhuysen Seyten + Gorgas (her mark) Jan Gorgas

      SOURCE of INFORMATION
      Page 74 of RITTENHOUSE FAMILY HISTORY by Daniel K.Cassell published in 1893. A copy of this book is held by the Conrad Grebel Library at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. There is a copy in my library as well.
      NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE arrived in Germantown, Roxborough Township, Philadelphia County, Pa, in 1689 with his new wife Wilhelmina Dewees. It was in New Amsterdam (New York) that NICHOLAS married WILHELMINA on 29 May 1689 after their bans were published on 10 May 1689 at the Dutch Reformed Church. It is not known whether this was a ship-board romance or whether they knew each other in Holland. She was only 16 at the time of their marriage.
      The family's arrival date in New Amsterdam is uncertain. NICHOLAS's father Willem, purchased a lot in Germantown on 8 August 1687. We also know that his sister Elizabeth and brother Gerhard came to America with the family. It is possible they all arrived in New Amsterdam as early as 1686/7 and all went to Germantown together. If this is the case NICHOLAS must have gone back to New Amsterdam to be married.
      NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE was awarded 2 half lots on Main Street (later Germantown Avenue) These were lots #20 and #21 which were on the East side of Main Street toward Bristol.

CLAES RITTINGHUYSEN (NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE) is shown on the list of those"naturalized" when they took their Oaths of Allegiance in Germantown on 7 May 1691. A copy of this list is in my files as well as a copy of the actual "Oath". There were so many immigrants from Europe arriving by 1708 that Pennsylvania decided they should make anyone who had come from Europe take a second Oath Of Allegiance. So in 1708 NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE took his second Oath Of Allegiance which was confirmed by The Queen In Council 20 Febrauary 1713. This is shown in the HISTORY OF SOUDERTON by Henry S.Landis 1930 pages 142/3.

      NICHOLAS was a paper maker by trade and a Mennonite by religion. He was chosen as a Mennonite minister in 1712 and was a delegate to the first Mennonite Conference in 1725 when 16 Mennonite ministers adopted the "Dordech Confession of Faith".
      NICHOLAS went into partnership with his father in the paper mill the latter had founded. This was at a time when his father purchased the shares from the 3 original partners. This paper mill was the first to operate in America. When Willem Rittenhouse died he bequeathed the mill to NICHOLAS. It was located on Paper Mill Creek which emptied into Wissachickon Creek on the west edge of Germantown in Roxborough Township, Philadelphia County, Pa. In 1994 all this land is contained in Fairmount Park.
      They are now restoring any original buildings left standing such as the house built by Willem Rittenhouse in 1707 which NICHOLAS occupied after his father's death. There are a few other buildings but unfortunately the mill is not one of them. In my files are photographs taken in 1995 of the 1707 House and the mill site on the creek. There is also a copy of a painting that was made of the mill before it was destroyed. There is a copy of a historic map and modern map showing the location.
      In my file is a copy of the cover of the Germantown Crier which was a publication issued by the Germantown Historical Society. They had researched all the original owners of property on Main Street (Germantown Avenue) and it shows the lots assigned to NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE.
      CLAWS RUTTINGHEYSEN (Nicholas Rittenhouse) is shown on the FIRST PENNSYLVANIA TAX LIST in 1693. He paid 6 shillings tax in Germantown. He also was one of the signers of the petition by landholders asking for relief from taxation. This was filed with the Pennsylvania Assembly on 10 3rd month (May) 1692.

Bond by Claes Rittinghuysen to Matthias Van Bebber 1714

(spelling as on original document)

           Know all Men by These ____ that I Claes Rittinghuysen of ye County of Philadelphia in Pensil am holden and firmly bound unto Matthias Van Bebber of ____ County in the Province of Maryland, Merchant, in the full summe of twenty pounds Currant Silver Money of Pensil to be well Trewly paid unto the above Named Matthias van Bebber his heirs ___ _ ____ or Certaine (?) Attorney to which payment fully to be made & on ____ My Selve My heirs Exe. & Adm. ____ firmly by These ____ Sealed with my Seale dated the 15 of Oktober 1714
           The Condition of the above obligation is such That if the above named Claes Rittinghauysen his heirs _____ administrator or Either one of Them shall well and Trewly pay or Cause to be paid unto the above named Matthias Van Bebber or to his Certaine (?) Attorney Ex admin or Assignes the full Just Summe of fourteen pounds Like money at or before the 15th of Ocktober Next following the date hereof with Lawfull silver for the same & That without fraud or further delay Then this to be voyd or else to ____ & Remaine in full voice & _____ in Law.

Sealed and Delivered in the presence of

Hendrick Sellen

             Her

Elizabeth B Sellen

             Mark

           On the reverse side there is the record of the payment (written in German) on March 26, 1719 and recorded by Hendrick Sellen.
    This document is held by the Library Company of Philadelphia and was kindly forwarded to me by Richard Sell of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
      CLAES RIGHTINGHOUS (Nicholas Rittenhouse) is shown as owning 50 acres in Roxborough Township in the list of Landholders in Philadelphia County in 1734.
      In 1759 Mennonites in Germantown joined with neighbors to create a school "free to all denominations whatsoever without any regard to name or sect of people". The school as all other 18th century schools charged tuition. To keep that from becoming a hardship Mennonite NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE joined with Christopher Sauer, the printer with German Baptist connections and John George Alsentz, pastor of the Reformed Church, to be a committee to reduce fees for the poor. This showed a strong ecumenical feeling when it came to schools.
      WILL of NICHOLAS RITTENHOUSE
      Philadelphia County Will Book E page 280 Will # 358
      Dated 4 May 1734 Proved 4 June 1734
      IN THE NAME of GOD AMEN. I Claus Rittinghausen of Roxborough Township in the County of Philadelphia in the Province of Pensilvania, papermaker being sick & weak in body, but of a sound & disposing mind & memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore Considering the uncertainty of this Transitory life & the certainty of Death Do make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following. That is to say: First of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of God my merciful Creator & Saviour, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the direction of my Executors hereafter named, whom I also desire to pay & satisfy all my just Debts which I owe to any manner of persons, as also funeral expenses & Legacies herein mentioned within a convenient time after my Decease. And for the settling of my worldly & Temporal Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to Bless mine endeavours I Devise and Dispose of the Same as followeth, Imprimis, I give and Bequeath all & singular my movable Goods &Chattels to my loving wife Willimijn during her Natural life & what remains thereof after her decease to be equally divided amongst all my children. Item. I give, Devise & Bequeath to my Eldest son William Rittinghausen All & Singular that piece or parcel of Land Situate in the Said Roxborough Township and Joining North Easterly to German Town line containing Twenty Acres of Land (which I purchased of Samuel Carpenter) Together with the papermill, Buildings & Appurtenances, thereunto belonging, and also that piece or parcel of Land Situate in the Sd. Roxborough Township Joining North Easterly to the said Germantown line & North Westerly to Jacob Rinkers land & containing Fifty Acres of Land which I purchased of .Matthew Holtgate, Together with the Improvements & appurtenances thereunto belonging. To Hold the said Two pieces or parcels of Land & premises to him the said William Rittinghausen his heirs & Assigns for Ever. He the said my son William Rittinghausen paying to my said wife Willemijn the Sum of Eighty pounds Lawful money of Pensilvania in eight years time after my Decease, viz. Ten pounds part thereof yearly with Interest thereof, till the whole is paid, and to let my said wife have a room at her choice in one of the Houses on the said Twenty Acres of Land during her life time. Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Seikie one Shilling money, She having received her portion in my lifetime. Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Catherine one Shilling money afd, She having received her portion in my life time. Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary one Shilling money afd, she having Received her portion in my life time Item, I Give & Bequeath to my Son Henry one Shilling money afd, he having received his portion in my life- time, Item I give & Bequeath to my son Matthias one shilling, money afd he having received his portion in my lifetime. Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Susanna one Shilling money Afd she having received her portion in My lifetime, and my will is. That if my said wifedo not make use of all the said Eighty pounds to be paid to her by my Said son William in her lifetime, Then after her Decease, the Remainder to be Equally divided Amongst my said children Share & Share alike And I do hereby constitute & appoint my Said loving wife Willemijn and my Brother Gerard Rittinghausen to be my Executors of this my last will & Testament Lastly I do hereby Utterly disallow Revoke and Annull all & other former wills Legacies & Executors by me in anywise before this time made Bequeathed & ordained. Ratifying, Confirming this & no other to be my last will & Testament. IN WITNESS whereof 1 have hereunto set my hand & seal the twenty fourth day of May In the year of Our Lord, one thousand Seven hundred & Thirty four.
                                                                                                                                                                                    CLAUS RITTINGHAUSEN. [SEAL.]

Signed, Sealed, published and delivered by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us Witnesses

JACOB RINKER GEORGE HAAS WILLIAM DeWEES HENRY PASTOR1US

      SOURCE of INFORMATION
      SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS by Carl Boyer 3rd published in 1980. Copy of this book is in my library.
      LANDOWNERS OF PHILADELPHIA COUNTY 1734 republished in 1990 by Adams Apple Press in Bedminster, Pa. A copy of this book is in my library.
      FIRST TAX LIST OF PENNSYLVANIA 1693 republished by Adams Apple Press in 1994. A copy of the pertinent pages are in my files including a copy of the petition mentioned above.
      RITTENHOUSE FAMILY HISTORY by Daniel K. Cassel published in 1893. A copy of this book is held by the Conrad Grebel Library at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. There is a copy in my library as well.
      GERMANTOWN CRIER Volume 35 Number 1 winter 1982/3. A copy of this issue is in my library.
      PENNSYLVANIA MENNONITE HERITAGE. Article by Jeffrey L. Godshall titled The Traditional Farmhouse of the Franconia Mennonite Community. A copy of this article is in my file.
      RITTENHOUSE FAMILY NEWSLETTER Number 2 December 1989. copy in my file shows the Mennonite Meeting House in Germantown and the original 1707 house.
      RITTENHOUSE FAMILY NEWSLETTER Number 3 June 1990. Copy in my file shows a painting of the original paper mill.
      THE CUSTER FAMILY by Agnes Williamson Storer published in 1937. Copies of pertinent pages are in my files.
      THE KOLB FAMILY by Elinore C.Custer. Copies of pertinent pages are in my files. the book is held by the Conrad Grebel Library at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.
      GERMANTOWN 1683-1933 by Edward L. Hocker published in 1933. Copies of many pages are in my files and the book is held by the Largo Public Library in Largo, Florida.
      THIRTY THOUSAND NAMES of IMMIGRANTS TO PENNSYLVANIA by I.Daniel Rupp published in 1876. Copies of the pertinent pages are in my files. The book is held by the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Florida.
      WILLIAM PENN and the DUTCH QUAKER MIGRATION to PENNSYLVANIA. by William I. Hull published in 1912 and republished in 1970 by Genealogical Publishing Co. in Baltimore, Maryland.
      NEW WORLD IMMIGRANTS Volume 1 by Michael Tepper published in 1980 by Genealogical Publishing Co, in Baltimore, Maryland.
      LAND, PIETY AND PEOPLEHOOD by Richard K. MacMaster published in 1985 by Herald Press in Kitchener, Ontario. A copy of this book is in my library.
      HISTORY OF SOUDERTON by Henry S. Landis 1930. Republished by Adams Apple Press, Bedminster, Pa. in 1993. A copy of this book is in my library.
      THE SPRUCE. A handwritten 35 page manuscript (14 inches by 24 inches) held by the Wayne County Library in Wooster, Ohio. It is undated but was probably produced circa 1900-1910. It was part of the Curtis Rittenhouse Memorial Library which was willed to the Wayne County Library on the death of Curtis Rittenhouse, 1852-1936. It appears to be the working papers of a genealogy committee of the Rittenhouse Memorial Association which was founded in 1890. The pages are the research of several people working on different family lines, probably headed by Daniel Kolb Cassel. It is not known whether Curtis Rittenhouse was a member of this committee or whether he acquired the manuscript as an addition to his extensive genealogy library. Photocopies of the complete manuscript are in my library.

           NICHOLAS (CLAES) RITTENHOUSE and WILHELMINA PIETRE DEWEES had the following children:
          7      i.  ZYTIAN (SYTJE)4 was born 1690
          8     ii.  WILLIAM DEWEES was born 28 November 1691
          9    iii.  MARY (MARIA) was born 1695
         10    iv.  CATHERINE was born February 1697
         11     v.  SUSANNA was born 1698
         12    vi.  HENRY was born 1 April 1700
         13   vii.  MATTHIAS was born 14 July 1702 

WILL:

son of William RITTENHOUSE and Gertrude Kersten PETERS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse, son of William, was born June 15, 1666, and married Wilhelmina deWees a sister of William Dewees, May 29, 1689, at New York, before he came to Germantown. He succeeded his father in the business of paper making, and was tile sole owner of the mill after his father. He was a member of the Mennonite Church at Germantown. In the year 1688, Wilhelm Rittenhausen came to Germantown with his two sons, Nicholas and Gerhard, (or as abbreviated, Claus and Garret) and a daughter, Elizabeth. His forefathers had long carried on the business of paper manufacturing at Arnheim, and in 1690 he entered into an agreement with Samuel Carpenter for 20 acres of land in Roxborough township, County of Philadelphia, Pa., for the purpose of erecting a paper mill thereon. The paper mill was built at once on a branch of the Wissahickon creek, and was the first paper mill in America. There was made the paper used by William Bradford, the earliest printer in the middle colonies. William Rittenhouse sold this land to his son Nicholas, by the name of Claus Rittenhouse, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, the full, equal and undivided three-fourths part of the 20 acres for the term of 974 years from thence next ensuing, under its proportion of said yearly rent of five shillings, sterling. The above named William Rittenhouse died intestate, and the remaining undivided one-fourth part of the land in the 20 acres descended to and became vested in his son and heir at law, the said Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse. The said Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse being thus seized of the whole of the said 20 acres, made and published his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the 24th day of May, A. D. 1734. wherein and whereby he did devise and bequeth unto his eldest son William by the name of Rittenhouse, the said 20 acres. His children were: William, Henry, Matthias, Psyche, Mary, Catharine, Susanna. [ref 95:232] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wilhelmina de Wees married, in 1689, Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse, at New York, as the following extract from the Records of the Reformed Church in New York will show. Original Records page 662. (Copy in New York, Gen. and Biog. Records, X:131) Ingeschreven Getrouwt. den 10 May Ao 1689 den 29 May. Claus Rittenhuysen J. M. Van Aernheim en Willemytie d'Wees J. D. Van Leinwarden d Eerste woneude en d zuyt river, en twede alhier.

Translation.

Marriage Banns Married the 10th of May Year 1689 the 29th of May Nicholas Rittenhouse young man of Arnheim and Wilhelmina de Wees young woman of Lieuwarden, the first living on the South (Delaware) river, and the second here (New York). [ref 95:13] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WILL of CLAUS R1TTENH0USE, 24 May 1734:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Claus Rittenhouse, of Roxborough township, in the county of Philadelphia, in the province of Pennsylvania, papermaker, being sick and weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefor, considering the uncertainty of this transitory life and certainty of death, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following: That is to say, First of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God, my merciful Creator and Saviour, and my body I commit to the earth, to be decently buried at the direction of my executors hereafter named, whom I desire to pay and satisfy all my just debts which I owe to any manner of persons: as also funeral expenses and legacies herein mentioned, within a convenient time after my decease. And for the settling of my worldly and temporal estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to bless mine endeavors I devise and dispose of the same as followeth :

Imprimis I give and bequeath all and singular, my movable goods and chattels to my loving wife, Willemijn during her natural life, and what remains thereof after her decease, to be equally divided amongst all my children.

Item : I give, devise and bequeath to my eldest son, William Rittinghausen, all and singular, that piece or parcel of land, situate in the said Roxborough township, and joining northeasterly to Germantown line, containing twenty acres of land, (which I purchased of Samuel Carpenter) together with the paper mill buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and also that piece or parcel of land situate in the said Roxborough township, joining northeasterly to the said Germantown line, and Northwesterly to Jacob Rinker's land, and containing fifty acres of land which I purchased of Matthew Holtgate, together with the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to hold ~e said two pieces or parcels of land and premises to him the said William Rittinghausen, his heirs and assigns forever. He, the said my son, William Rittinghausen, paying to my said wife, Willemijn, the sum of eighty pounds, lawful money of Pennsylvania, iii eight years time after my decease, viz : Ten pounds part thereof yearly with the interest thereof till the whole is paid, and to let my said wife have a room at her choice in one of the houses on the said twenty acres of land during her lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Seikie, one shilling in money afterward, she having received her portion in my lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catharine, one shilling in money af'd she having received her portion in my lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary, one shilling in money af'd, she having received her portion in my lifetime.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Henry, one shilling in money af'd, he having received his portion in my lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Matthias, one shilling in money af'd, he having received his portion in my lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna, one shilling in money af'd, she having had her portion in my lifetime. And my will is that if my said wife do not make use of all the said eighty pounds to be paid to her by my said son William in her lifetime, then after her decease, the remainder to be equally divided amongst my said children, share and share alike. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife, Willemijn, and my brother Gerard Rittinghausen to be my executors of this, my last will and testament. Lastly, I do here-by utterly disallow, revoke and annul all and other former wills, legacies and executors by me in any wise before this time made, bequeathed and ordained. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have here-unto set my hand and seal, the twenty-fourth day of day, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and thirty-four.

Claus Rittinghausen. [Seal] Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said testator, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us. Witnesses. Jacob Rinker, George Haas, William Deweese, Henry Pastorius.

Philadelphia, June 4th, 1734.

Then personally appeared Jacob Rinker, George Haas and Henry Pastorius, three of the witnesses to the foregoing will, and on their solemn affirmation according to law, did declare they saw and heard Claus Rittinghausen, the testator above named, sign, seal, publish and declare the same will to be his last will and testament, and at the doing thereof he was of sound mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge. Pr. Letevansklogen. Be it remembered that on the 4th of June, 1734, the last will and testament of Claus Rittinghausen, deceased, was proved in due form of law and probate, and letters testamentary were granted to Willemijn Rittinghausen and Gerard Rittinghausen, executors therein named, having first affirmed well and truly to administer the decedent's estate and bring an inventory thereof into the Register General's office at Philadelphia, at or before the fourth day of July next, and also to render an account when thereunto lawfully required. Given under the seal of the said office.

Pr. Letevansklogan.

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Rev. Nicholas Rettinghouse, Mennonite's Timeline

1666
June 16, 1666
Mülheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
1689
March 29, 1689
- March 29, 1689
Age 22
Newburgh City, Newburgh, New York, USA
May 29, 1689
Age 22
New York, New York, United States
May 29, 1689
Age 22
New York City, New York, New York, USA
1690
1690
Age 23
Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1691
May 7, 1691
Age 24
Germantown, PA, USA

Took the Oath of Allegiance and was Naturalized on 7 May 1691 in Germantown along with 60 other non British immigrants

November 28, 1691
Age 25
Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1693
1693
Age 26
Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1693
Age 26
Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1695
1695
Age 28
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA