Johannes Riedesel/John Rittase (1787)

Johannes Riedesel was born September 15, 1787 in Wunderthausen. He was the son of Johann Ludwig Riedesel and Anna Elisabeth Spies in the house known as Wetzels. He married Catherine Elisabeth Pott in about 1815. Whether this was in Germany somewhere or in the U.S. is not clear. She was born on November 28, 1793 in Wunderthausen. I have not found an emigration record but it is reasonable to assume that they came to the port of Philadelphia in 1815. People had been dribbling out of Wittgenstein for decades so they no doubt had some help in getting settled.

They farmed near Hanover, York County before moving to a farm in Union Township, Adams County. Even though there were many literate, German speakers about, the family name became ‘Rittase.’ Except for the absence of the closing ‘L’ this is close to the original pronunciation. They had nine known children.

John died on November 3, 1855 in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Catherine died there on January 3, 1866. They are buried at Christ Church near Littlestown in Adams County with the following inscription:
In memory of JOHN
Sept. 15,1787 in
the canton of
Wittgenstein in the
kingdom of Prussia
and being a citizen
of America for the
last 40 years
died Nov. 3, 1855

Ancestry of Catherine Pott