William Rittenhouse

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About William Rittenhouse

"WILLIAM RITTENHOUSE (1729-17990 may have been born in Creisham , Pa. in 1729. See the biographical notes for his father WILLIAM RITTENHOUSE and his supposed mother CATHERINE HOWELL. His will, probated 5 May 1799, names his second wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Van Norman ( a widow) and 12 children [6 sons and 6 daughters presumed by his first wife]. After his marriage to REBECCA HARNED and several years prior to the Revolutionary War he settled on a farm just west of Locktown, NJ, on a hill on the north side of the Locktown-Kingwood road; he and his wife were buried in an old cemetery near Prallsville, NJ. He was baptized on 16 October 1743 in the Kingwood Baptist Church (established 1743), Hunterdon County, NJ. It was not the church of his parents so, since he was over 20, it may have been that of his fiancée (Larew, 1975).

His will, drawn 3 January 1799, probated 5 May 1799 cites: wife Elizabeth retains all land

and goods belonging to her prior to their marriage; sons Benjamin, William, Garret, Abner; son Daniel the remainder of the homestead plantation; the six children of daughter Hannah Hyde (deceased): Amelia (her heirs), Rebecca, Jonathan, William, Benjamin, and Anna; daughters: Presylla Freeman, Anne Dansdill, Rebecca Bonham, Catherine Heath, Abigail Larue; executors: Benjamin Rettinghouse and Daniel Rettinghouse, both of Kingwood Township, NJ; witnesses: Uriah Sutton, Aaron Swayze, and Uriah Bonham

Uriah Sutton was almost 20 years old and his grandfather, Uriah Bonham was an old man.

Sutton had inherited a farm in close proximity to that of the farm of William Rittenhouse and Bonham was father-in-law to Rebecca Bonham.

DR. CARL. M. SHUSTER JR., PhD, Arlington, Virginia.
e-mail carl.shuster@bookhouse.com
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William Rittenhouse's Timeline

January 1722
New Jersey
Age 24
Hunterdon County
October 10, 1751
Age 29
Hunterdon County
Age 32
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States
Age 33
Hunterdon County
Age 35
Hunterdon County
August 10, 1758
Age 36
Delaware Twp, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Colony
May 5, 1760
Age 38
Hunterdon County
March 2, 1761
Age 39
Hunterdon County
Age 40
Hunterdon County