Conrad Ritter / Rutter:  Pennsylvania Pioneer

Children of Conrad Ritter / Rutter

Andrew Rider (aka Andries Ridder)

Birth  Unknown, but probably circa 170 0 [i]
Death  Circa 1749 in Cecil County, MD [ii]
Parents  Father: Conrad Rutter; Mother: name unknown.
Siblings  Elizabeth, Joseph, Peter, Conrad Jr.
Marriage  Mary [iii] (possibly Mary Nobel, daughter of Adam Noble; source unknown)
Children (5)
     Rebecca
  Birth  Born Nov 18, 1724, baptized at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Cecil Co., MD [iv]
  Death  Unknown
  Marriage James Boyles [v], possibly son of John Boyle and Mary (nee Jolly) of Hereferd, MD; source unknown
  Children  James Jr. (m. Mary Brewer), Daniel, John, Ann (m. Simon Bryly), Catherine
     Peter
  Birth Born Sept. 3 or 5, 1726, recorded at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Cecil Co., MD [vi]
  Death Circa 1774 at Bohemia Hundred, Cecil Co., MD [vii]
  Marriage Elizabeth [viii]
  Children Unknown
     Joseph
   Birth Born Sept. 4, 1727, baptized at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Cecil Co., MD [ix]
  Death Circa 1794 at Bohemia Hundred, Cecil Co., MD [x]; Estate valued at over 600 pounds sterling
  Marriage  Sarah (possibly Sarah Noble, source unknown) [xi]
  Children Mary (m. William Jackson), Elizabeth (m. Peregrine Whitham), also possibly Noble Rider and Phillip Rider
     Andrew
   Birth Born Jul 16, 1731 or 1734, baptized at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Cecil Co., MD [xii]
  Death Circa 1803 in Bohemia Hundred, Cecil Co., MD [xiii]
  Marriage Rachel (possibly daughter of William Whitham and Elizabeth Smith) [xiv]
  Children Unknown
     James
  Birth Born Feb. 24, 1737, baptized at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Cecil Co., MD [xv]
  Death Will written Jan. 10, 1818, recorded on June 9, 1818 at Bohemia Hundred, Cecil Co., MD [xvi]
  Marriage  Unknown (James left all his possessions to friends will written Jan. 10, 1818. [xvii]
  Children  None

Other Information

Andries Ridder witnessed the will of Henry Sluyter dated Feb 16, 1717/8.[xviii] Other witnesses were John Sluyter and David Lawson. All three appeared before the Deputy Commissioner for Cecil County, MD, on Mar. 5, 1721 to prove the will. Henry Sluyter, together with brother-in-law Samuel Bayard, was a gentleman plantation owner and trader who resided on the Labadie Tract of Bohemia Manor, situated in Cecil County, MD. Samuel Bayard’s will, dated Jan. 17, 1716/7, was witnessed by “Conrad Ridder,” presumably Andrew’s father, Conrad Ritter. [xix]

On June 7, 1722, Andrew Rider signed a deed of lease for a 125-acre tract of land situated on Bohemia Manor (Cecil Co., MD). [xx]   The deed stipulated that the duration of the lease was to last for the natural lives of Andrew, Peter and Joseph Rider.   Andrew’s sons Joseph and Peter were not yet born, thus we know that the Peter and Joseph referred to here were Andrew’s brothers. The tract was named Andrew’s Comeby.

Andrew Rider witnessed a deed of lease dated Nov 9, 1724, for 130 acres in Bohemia Manor from Ephraim Augustine Herman to tenant farmer Joseph Tilafro. [xxi]

Andrew’s father, Conrad Rutter, moved with his other children Elizabeth, Joseph, Peter and Conrad Jr. to Leacock Township, Lancaster Co., PA, around 1728. [xxii]

In 1740’s, during the hostilities with France, Andrew was a member of the Cecil County Militia under Capt. Peter Bayard. [xxiii]

The administrative bond of Andrew Rider produced by Mary Rider and Peter Rider, his Administrators, was dated Jan. 1, 1750. Manassah Loage and James Boyles placed sureties of 500 £ Sterling for the estate on 1 January, 1750. The document was recorded on 26 March, 1750. [xxiv]

An inventory of the estate of Andrew Rider was recorded on April 2, 1750. The inventory was created by Mary Rider and Peter Rider, and the estate was valued at 346 pounds, 11 shillings, and 6 pence. Henry McCoy and James Boyle were listed as next of kin. [xxv]

The account showing the distribution of Andrew Rider’s estate was submitted by the Administrators: Mary Rider, his widow, and Peter Rider. Children are identified as: Peter Rider and Joseph Rider, sons of age; Andrew Rider, about 18; James Rider, about 13; and Rebecca Rider Boyles, no age given. Document is dated 6 August, 1750 and shows an estate balance of 334 £, 9 Shillings, and 3 1/4 Pence. [xxvi]

All the children of Andrew Rider (except James) joined the other heirs of Conrad Rutter (Sr.), deceased, in a deed dated Apr 5, 1762, the purpose of which was to officially acknowledge that Conrad Jr. was the sole owner of the 208-¼ acre section of the Rutter plantation in Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, where Conrad Jr. and his family resided. Andrew Rider had already passed away, thus his interests were represented by his children. [xxvii]

In a similar deed dated the same day, Andrew Rider’s children and the other heirs of Conrad Rutter (Sr.) also acknowledged that Joseph Ritter was the rightful and sole owner of the 188-acre section of the Rutter plantation in Leacock that he and his family resided on. [xxviii]

Special thanks to Peter and Jane Topoly, whose research into the Rider family served as the source for much of the information provided on this page.


 [i] Estimated birth date based on the facts that Andrew 1) served as witness to Henry Sluyter’s will in 1718 (must be 18 years of age or older to serve as a witness), 2) leased land in 1722, and 3) first child born in 1724.

[ii] Probate administration bond for Andrew Rider’s estate dated Jan. 1, 1750. Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings, Vol. 33, MDHR #989-1, pg 1

[iii] Andrew Rider’s wife named in St. Stephen’s church records. Source: Henry C. Peden, Jr., Early Anglican Church Records of Cecil County, Maryland (Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2007), pg. 39

[iv] Henry C. Peden, Jr., pg. 39

[v] James Boyles is identified as the husband of Rebecca Rider in 1762 quit claim deeds signed for Conrad Rutter Jr. and Joseph Rutter. Boyles’ name appears in administrative bond and estate inventory for Andrew Rider, both recorded in 1750, indicating that the marriage probably took place before 1750. See endnotes #24 and 25 for sources.

[vi] Henry C. Peden, Jr., pg. 39

[vii] Administration bond for the estate of Peter Rider dated Mar. 9, 1774. Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings 1772-1774, Vol. 45, MDHR #1001

[viii] Elizabeth identified as Peter’s wife in various probate records for Peter Rider, including the account of his administrators. Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court Accounts, Liber DD-17, Vol. 29, pg. 30

[ix] Henry C. Peden, Jr., pg. 39

[x] Estate inventory of Joseph Rider dated April 14, 1795. Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Cecil County Accounts, Vol. 10, MF# CR 34,676, pg. 482-3

[xi] Source unknown

[xii] Henry C. Peden, Jr., pg. 39

[xiii] Inventory of estate for Andrew Rider dated Nov. 7, 1802. Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Cecil County Inventories, Vol. 12, pg. 426

[xiv] Source unknown

[xv] Henry C. Peden, Jr., pg. 39

[xvi] James Rider’s will was recorded on June 9, 1818. Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Cecil County Wills 1810-1820, Liber GG-7, MDHR#16,555

[xvii] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Cecil County Wills 1810-1820, Liber GG-7, MDHR #16,555

[xviii] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court (Wills), MSA citation: SM16

[xix] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court (Wills), MSA citation: SM16

[xx] June D. Brown, Abstracts of Cecil County, Maryland, Land Records: 1673-1751 (Westminster, MD: Willow Bend Books, 1999), pg. 157

[xxi] June D. Brown, Abstracts of Cecil County, Maryland, Land Records: 1673-1751 (Westminster, MD: Willow Bend Books, 1999), pg. XX

[xxii] The preamble to Joseph Rutter’s patent, granted in 1763, states that “in or about the year One thousand Seven hundred & twenty eight Conrad Ruter came with his three Sons” and “did settle upon a Tract of Land on or near Mill Creek then in the County of Chester but now of Leacock Township in the County of Lancaster then computed to contain Six hundred acres or thereabouts”

[xxiii] Andrew fought in indian war

[xxiv] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings, Vol. 33, MDHR # 989-1, pg. 103

[xxv] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Cecil County Inventories 1734-1755, vol. 3, pg. 262

[xxvi] Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Prerogative Court Accounts, Liber DD-17, Vol. 29, pg. 30, and Cecil County Administrative Accounts (1740-1759), MDHR #9848, pg. 215

[xxvii] Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster Co. Deed Book GG, pg. 43 (view online at http://www.lancasterdeeds.com/onlineefilmreader/)

[xxviii] Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster Co. Deed Book UU, pg. 779 (view online at http://www.lancasterdeeds.com/onlineefilmreader/)