Nicolas Rittenhouse (Rettinghouse) (c.1666 - 1734) MP

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Nicknames: "Claes Rittinghuysen", "Klaus", "Claus"
Birthplace: Mülheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death: Died in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: Mennonite Minister, Paper maker, Reverand, Farmer
Managed by: John (Jack) Patrick Hill
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About Nicolas 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


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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.)

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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

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Rev. Nicholas Rettinghouse, Mennonite's Timeline

1666
June 15, 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
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
1695
1695
Age 28
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1696
February, 1696
Age 29
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1697
February, 1697
Age 30
Roxborough, Philadelphia Co. PA
1698
1698
Age 31
Roxborough Township, Philadelphia Co. PA