|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1829|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1886|
Parents: Lazarus Ritter and Martha "Patsy" Burch Ritter, (their children: Joseph, Parilla, Lucinda, Mary, Frances M., and Elisabeth Ritter); w#1-Cynthia Storm, mar. 29 Mar 1853 in Greene County, Indiana; w#2-Caroline Fraser Morgan Ritter, mar. 1858, 5 children: Parthena Jane, Elizabeth A., Sarah E. "Ella" Ritter Black (b. 6 Mar. 1862 in Kansas and d. 23 Jan. 1941 in San Francisco per the California Death Index), Hattie Ellen, and John Franklin Ritter.
The post office at Ritter, (Oregon) was named for Reverend Joseph Ritter at whose ranch it was first established. Joseph Ritter was a pioneer Baptist minister in the John Day Valley (Grant County, Oregon). (Oregon Geographic Names)
The Reverend Joseph Robert Ritter and his family settled on a homestead at what is now called Ritter. He died on October 20, 1886, in a haying accident, when he fell from a wagon and broke his neck. He was buried in the cemetery located on the edge of his homesteaded land. The location is unknown as there is no marker. (Information provided by Vivian Morris and published in Grant County, Oregon Cemeteries Book V, by the Grant County Genealogical Society)
1860 US Federal Census, Sentinel Prairie, Greene, Polk, Missouri:
Joseph Ritter, age 31, Baptist Preacher, born in Indiana;
Caroline Ritter, age 26, born in Tennessee;
Jane Ritter, age 6, born in Indiana;
Elizabeth Ritter, age 10/12, born in Missouri.
1870 US Federal Census, Jackson County, Oregon:
Joseph Ritter, age 41, occupation: Farmer, born in Indiana,
Caroline F. Ritter, age 35, born in Tennessee;
Elizabeth A. Ritter, age 10, born in Missouri;
Sarah E. Ritter, age 8, born in Kansas,;
Hattie E. Ritter, age 4, born in Oregon;
John F. Ritter, Age 1, born in Oregon.
living next door is Joseph and Caroline's daughter Parthenia/Parthena Rowland:
Daniel B. Rowland, age 27, Laborer, born in Missouri;
Parthenia Rowland, age 16, born in Indiana.
1880 US Federal Census, Ashland, Jackson, Oregon:
Joseph Ritter, age 51, Head, occupation: Gardner, born in Indiana, both parents born in North Carolina;
Caroline Ritter, age 46, Wife, born in Tennessee, both parents born in North Carolina;
Ella Ritter, age 18, daughter, occupation: Teaching school, born in Kansas, father born in Indiana, mother born in Tennessee;
Hattie Ritter, age 14, daughter, born in Oregon,
John Ritter, age 12, son, born in Oregon...
Caroline Fraser Morgan Brown (1834 - 1906)*
Parthena Jane Ritter Spickelmier (1854 - 1876)*
Elizabeth Alzina Ritter Wimer (1859 - 1939)*
Hattie Ellen Ritter Owings (1866 - 1947)*
John Franklin Ritter (1868 - ____)*
Created by: Pam Roach
Record added: Apr 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35483542