An American Family History

The Rittenhouse Family

  also spelled Rettinghouse, Rittinghuysen  

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.

William Rittenhouse was born about 1695 in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

He married Catharine Howell. Catherine was born about 1696 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Daniel Howell and Hannah Lakin.

William moved to New Jersey about 1730.

William Rittenhouse (1720, married Rebecca Harnet),
Peter Rittenhouse (1724),
Isaac Rittenhouse (1726, married Susanna Baker),
Lott Rittenhouse (1737, married Hannah Higgins),
Moses Rittenhouse (married Sarah Wood),
Hannah Rittenhouse (married A. H. Dalrymple),
Sarah Rittenhouse (married Jeremiah King.),
Priscilla Rittenhouse (married Christopher Search),
Susannah Rittenhouse.
Anne Rittenhouse.

William died in August 1767 in Prallsville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

His will mentioned his widow Catherine, sons: William, Peter, Isaac, Lot, Moses, daughter Priscilla's heir, William Search, and daughters: Susannah, Anne, and Hannah. The witnesses were Edward Prall, Malakiah Bonham, and Lot Rittinghuysen.

Catherine died in 1778.



New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

William Rittenhouse, Sr. was born about 1720 in Hunderdon, New Jersey.

He married Rebecca Harnet (or Harned).

William's children included:

Benjamin Rittenhouse (1746/7)
William Rittenhouse
Garret Rittenhouse
Isaac Rittenhouse
Rebecca Rittenhouse (1758, married Amos Bonham),
Abner Rittenhouse (1760)
Daniel Rittenhouse (1761),
Catherine Rittenhouse (1762),
Priscilla Rittenhouse
Abigail Rittenhouse (married Abraham Larew),
Anne Rittenhouse
Hannah Rittenhouse

His second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Van Norman.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


Abstract of Will
Jan. 3, 1799
probated May 5, 1799

Wife, Elizabeth. Also bequeaths to her the land belonging to her by contract immediately before she was married, and all goods chattels, rights and credits in anywise belonging to her immediately before her marriage.
Sons; Benjamin, William, Garret, Abner
Son, Daniel, the remaining part of homestad plantation not disposed of by deeds before this time.
To the six children of Hannah Hyde, deceased: viz, Amelia (her heirs), Rebecca, Jonathan, William, Benjamin and Anna.
To daughters: Presylla Freeman, Anne Dansdill, Rebecca Bonham, Catherine Heath, Abigail Larue.
Executors: Benjamin Rettinghouse and Daniel Rettinghouse both of Kingwood Township.
Witnesses: Uriah Sutton, Aaron Swayze, Uriah Bonham



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