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Rev Nicholas AKA Claus Rittenhouse
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1666
Amsterdam Municipality
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Jun. 4, 1734
Philadelphia County
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 (?)


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.


Father: Wilhelm Rittenhausen AKA William Rittenhouse.
Mother: Geertruid Kerstein Pieters

Married: Wilhelmina Dewees born 13 March 1673 in Lieuwarden, Friesland, Holland
Married: 29 May 1689 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.


1) William Rittenhouse born in 1691 in Roxborough Ywp
Married: Liseth Jansen
2) Seikie/Psyche Peggy Rittenhouse born in 1683 at Roxborough
(Married: John Gorgas.)
3) Mary AKA Anna Maria Rittenhouse m. John Conrad/Casper Johnson/Jansen
4) Catharine Rittenhouse born in 1697 in Roxborough, PA
(Married: Jacon Engel.)
5) Susanna Rittenhouse born in 1698 in Philadelphia
(Married: Henry Heilig.)
6) Henry Dewees Rittenhouse born 1 Apr 1700 in Roxborough
(Married: Susanna Wool.)
7) Matthias Rittenhouse born in 1702 at the Papermill
(Married: Elizabeth Williams.)

Note: "Nicholas' daughter Anna Maria married Johannes Casper Jansen....its the German version of what is listed there as John Johnson, husband of Anna Maria."

Suggestion from Ralph Brown:

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.


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.


Signed, Sealed, published and delivered by the said Testator as his last Will
and Testament in the presence of us Witnesses


Family links: 
  Wilhelm Rittenhausen (1644 - 1708)
  Geertruid Kersten Pieters Rittenhausen (1646 - 1708)
  Wilhelmina Dewees Rittenhouse (1673 - 1737)
  Psyche Sophia Rittenhouse (1690 - 1748)*
  Wilhelm Dewees Rittenhouse (1691 - 1772)*
  Anna Maria Rittenhouse Jansen (1695 - 1765)*
  Catherine Rittenhouse Engel (1697 - 1769)*
  Susannah Rittenhouse Heilig (1698 - 1769)*
  Henry Dewees Rittenhouse (1700 - 1776)*
  Matthias Rittenhouse (1702 - 1792)*
  Nicholas AKA Claus Rittenhouse (1666 - 1734)
  Elizabeth Rittenhouse Papen (1672 - 1728)*
  Gerhard Rittenhouse (1674 - 1741)*
*Calculated relationship
Germantown Mennonite Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Zoe Tom
Record added: Apr 25, 2010
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Rev Nicholas AKA Claus Rittenhouse
Rev Nicholas AKA Claus Rittenhouse
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