Conrad Ritter / Rutter:  Pennsylvania Pioneer

Children of Conrad Ritter / Rutter

Elizabeth Ritter (married names: Everts / Gibbons)

Birth Unknown, but probably circa 1700 - 1710 [i]
Death After 1771 [ii]
Parents Father: Conrad Rutter; Mother: name unknown
Siblings Andrew (Rider), Joseph, Peter, Conrad Jr.
Marriage
1st: Jeremiah Everts (aka Jeremias Evarts, Evers, Evetts, Evitt, Ebert), m. before 1734 [iii]
2nd: William Gibbon (aka Wilhelm Givens / Gibbin / Gibbons/Gibs), m. between 1746 and 1761 [iv]
Children with Jeremiah Everts [v]
     Elizabeth Evers
  Birth Born before 1734 [vi]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown
     William Evers (aka Wilhelm Evitt / Ebiz)
  Birth Born before 1734 [vii]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage
1st: Margaret (last name unknown) [viii]
2nd: Elizabeth Palmer, m. on Sept. 3, 1766 [ix]
  Children Georg, born Dec 22, 1753 and bap. Jan 14, 1754 at Trinity Lutheran Church (New Holland)  [x]
     Joseph Evitts
   Birth Born 1743 or 1745 in Leacock [source unknown]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Margaret Rebecca Ritter (daughter of Conrad Jr. and Catharina Ritter)
  Children Conrad (m. Elizabeth Rutter), Susanna (m. Daniel Lehman), Barbara, Henry (m. Elizabeth Crouse), Margaret (m. Jacob Meyer), William (m. Catherine Pitzer) [xi]
     Margaret Eberts ?
   Birth Unknown.  A list of Trinity Lutheran confirmants, dated April 17/19, 1772, taking Communion for the first time shows the names Jane Ritter, Mary Ritter and Margaret Eberts. [xii]  This is too early to be Joseph Evitts’ daughter, who was not born until 1779.
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown
 Children with William Gibbons (1)
     Eva Barbara Gibs
  Birth Bap. May 12, 1749, "daughter of Wilhelm Gibs and Elizabeth (Roter)", recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland [xiii]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown
Step-children (children of William Gibbons by his first marriage)
     Andreas Gibbons
  Birth Born Oct 21, 1741, baptized Oct 21, 1745, sponsors Jean Leitner and Magdalena Boshell recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland [xiv]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown
   Johanna Gibbons
  Birth Born Oct. 16, 1743 and baptized Oct 21, 1745, sponsors Mattheuas Lehn and wife Elizabetha, recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland [xv]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown
     Joh. Ritter Gibbons
  Birth Born Aug. 10, 1745 and baptized Oct. 21, 1745, sponsors Joh. Gerhard Fiskus and wife Anna Elisabetha, recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland [xvi]
  Death Unknown
  Marriage Unknown
  Children Unknown

 

Other Information

Some genealogy sources state that Elizabeth Rutter married George Michael Wolf, but this is a mistake. See section on Joseph Ritter for more information on the Rutter connection to the Wolfs.

Elizabeth’s first husband, Jeremiah Evarts, together with John Didrich Elrod and Johan William Lerchenzeiler, are recorded as communicants at Holy Trinity (Old Swede’s) Lutheran Church in 1720. [xvii]  Old Swedes Church was located in Christiana (present day Wilmington, DE). Elrod and his father-in-law Lerchenzeiler were Palatine Germans who came to New York in 1710, then moved to the Delmarva Peninsula around 1714.

Jeremiah Evarts, together with Adam Leichtner [Lightner], Johan Conrad Treder [Ridder] and Johan Didrich Elrod recorded as communicants at Holy Trinity (Old Swede’s) Lutheran Church on April 9, 1721. [xviii]

Survey for Sizemore Wright’s 244 acres in Leacock Twp., PA, dated May 20, 1730, shows Jeremiah Evetts as neighbor to the southwest.  [xix]

Jeremiah Ebert, Conrad Ritter Jr., and Magdalena Leitner [wife of Adam Lightner], served as sponsors at the baptism of William Scheill [Skiles], son of Henry Scheill, on Dec 6, 1730. Recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland, PA. [xx]

Jeremiah Evatt warranted 300 acres in Leacock Twp. on Mar 24, 1735. [xxi]

Jeremiah Evett had 203 acres of land in Leacock Twp. surveyed on May 10, 1736.[xxii] (Note: The survey was returned April 16, 1746, for the use of George Mackerill. George Mackerill also had 100 acres on Gap Mountain warranted in 1746. Could this be the remainder of 300 acres originally warranted by Jeremiah Everts?

Survey for John Piggot’s 229 acres in Leacock Twp., PA, dated Nov. 27, 1740, shows Jeremiah Evetts as neighbor to the southwest.[xxiii] Note: John Piggot acquired tract from Sizemore Wright.

On March 27, 1746, Conrad Rutter [Jr.], Joseph Rutter and Matthew Lery [Leary] signed an administration bond for the estate of Jeremiah Evats, deceased.[xxiv]   Conrad Rutter [Jr.] was named as the administrator and instructed to submit an inventory of the estate for review by April 6th.

Conrad Rutter [Jr.] submitted an administration account showing the money expended in the administration of Jeremiah Evats’ estate. [xxv]  This included an abatement of 50 pounds paid to George Maccord [Mackrell?] who purchased Everts’ land by order of the Orphan’s Court. It also included a debit of 39 pounds and 3 shillings paid to Matthew Leary, again by order of the Orphan’s Court. [The Orphan’s Court generally oversaw the administration of estates where the deceased died intestate, or without a will.] Most of the other charges appear to be related to drafting the administration documents and the costs associated with holding the “vendue” or estate sale, which included buying 10 gallons of liquor, apparently a common practice to attract buyers. The clerk and crier at the vendue were paid 12 shillings for their services. The venue generated 140 pounds, 17 shillings and 11 pence. The remaining estate was valued at 139 pounds, 1 shilling and 1 pence, creating a total value of 289 pounds, 19 shillings and 5 pence to be managed by the administrator.

On Mar 4, 1747, Conrad Rutter [Jr.] submitted an account of distribution that valued the remaining estate of Jeremiah Evatts at 183 pounds and 4 shillings. [xxvi]  The distribution awarded Matthew Leary 46 pounds, 8 shillings and 8 pence, by order of the Orphan’s Court. Conrad Rutter [Jr.] also received 12 pounds, 1 shilling and 11 and one-half pence in charges for administering the estate. The remainder was divided between Everts ‘ wife, identified in the document as “the mother” (41 pounds, 11 shillings, and 2 pence), Evert’s eldest son (23 pounds, 14 shillings and 11 pence) and his remaining five children (11 pounds, 15 shillings and 5 pence).

John Evans survey returned Oct 17, 1754, shows George Mackrell as neighbor to the south, not Jeremiah Everts. [xxvii]

The registers of Trinity Lutheran church in New Holland record the baptisms of three children of William Gibbons (name written as Wilhelm Givens in Lancaster Church Records) on the same day in 1745. [xxviii]  These children were presumably born of his first wife (name unknown), since Jeremiah Everts, the first husband of Elizabeth, did not die until 1746/47. Note, however, that the last child’s middle name was “Ritter,” indicating some relationship with the Rutters prior to William’s second marriage to Elizabeth. Note also that on same day Maria, the illegitimate daughter of Magdelena Boshell and William Skiles, was also baptized. The Skiles family was closely associated with the Rutters in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

A fourth child of William Gibbons was baptized in 1749 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland, PA. [xxix]  This time the wife was named, and appears to be his second wife, Elizabeth Rutter.

Eva Barbara Gibs baptized May 2, 1749, daughter of Wilhelm Gibs and wife Elizabeth (Roter) . Sponsors: George Rein and Eva Margaretha Spahrin.

Elizabeth Gibbons and her husband, William, are named in a quit claim deed dated 1762, in which the heirs of Conrad Rutter, deceased, confirm that Conrad Rutter Jr. is the sole owner of the western section of the 588-acre Rutter farm. [xxx]  Elizabeth and William Gibbons are also named in another quit claim deed with the same date that confirms brother Joseph Rutter’s ownership of the northeast section.[xxxi] In both deeds, Elizabeth Gibbons is identified as the daughter of Conrad Rutter (Sr.).

Elisabet Gibbin was included in a list of people who announced on Oct 12, 1765, that they would attend Holy Communion at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland.[xxxii] The list also included her brother, Joseph Ritter, plus Joseph’s wife Barbara and his children Heinrich, Elizabet and Catharina.

Another list of Holy Trinity communicants, dated May 18 and 19th, 1771, also included Joseph and Barbara Ritter. Immediately below their names in the list is written “Gibbin, Eliz., Ritt. Sister,” which clearly identifies Elizabeth Gibbin as Joseph Ritter’s sister. [xxxiii]

Note: A Joseph Gibbson owned 158 acres of land on a branch of the Mill Creek just north of Andreas Seldomreich and Rudolph Furr.[xxxiv] This land was taken over by Thomas Small by 1735. It is unclear if there is a relationship between Joseph Gibbson and William Gibbons.


 [i] Based on the fact that she was married and had two children by 1734. Elizabeth is referred to by her married name (Evers) and children Elizabeth and William are mentioned in Conrad Rutter’s will, dated April 19, 1734.

[ii] Elizabeth Gibbin participated in communion at Trinity Lutheran in 1771 (see endnote #32)

[iii] Elizabeth is referred to by her married name (Evers) in Conrad Rutter’s will dated April 19, 1734.

[iv] Administration bond for Jeremiah Everts (see endnote #24) places his death before March 27, 1748. Quit claim deeds dated 1762 (see endnote #30 and 31) identify Elizabeth as “Elizabeth Gibbons,” showing that she had remarried by that date.

[v] Account of distribution for Jeremiah Everts (see endnote #26) notes that he had 6 children (unnamed in the document).

[vi] Mentioned in Conrad Rutter’s will, dated April 19, 1734

[vii] Mentioned in Conrad Rutter’s will, dated April 19, 1734

[viii] Robert L. Hess, F. Edward Wright, Lancaster County Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol.6 (Lewes, DE: Colonial Roots, 2012), pg.25

[ix] John B. Lynn, William H. Egle, Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, Vol. 1 (Clearfield Co., 1968)

[x] Parents identified as “Wilhelm Ebiz and wife Margaret,” Sponsors were Georg Ritter, Joh. Leitner and Anna Mar. Belmajerin. Source: Robert L. Hess, pg 25

[xi] Robert L. Hess, pgs. 48, 52; and F. Edward Wright, Lancaster County Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol.1 (Lewes, DE: Colonial Roots, 2009), pg. 157, 158

[xii] Glen P. Schwalm, Fredrick S. Weiser, Records of Pastoral Acts at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Brienigsville, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1977), pg. 188

[xiii] Robert L. Hess, pg 21

[xiv] Robert L. Hess, pg 17

[xv] Robert L. Hess, pg 17

[xvi] Robert L. Hess, pg 17

[xvii] Courtland B. Springer, Ruth L. Springer, Communicant Records, 1713-1756, of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church (Wilmington, DE: Historical Society of Delaware, 1953-1956), pg. ?? [located at WI historical society]

[xviii] Courtland B. Springer, Ruth L. Springer, Communicant Records, 1713-1756, of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church (Wilmington, DE: Historical Society of Delaware, 1953-1956), pg. ?? [located at WI historical society]

[xix] Sizemore Wright survey shows evarts as neighbor

[xx] Robert L. Hess, pg 2

[xxi] Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania State Archives, Records of the Land Office, Warrant Registers 1733-1957, pg . 55 (view online at www.phmc.state.pa.us/)

[xxii] Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives & History, PA State Archives, Records of the Land Office: Copied Surveys, 1681-1912, survey no. C-121-215; www.phmc.state.pa.us/

[xxiii] Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives & History, PA State Archives, Records of the Land Office: Copied Surveys, 1681-1912, survey no. C-155-250; www.phmc.state.pa.us/

[xxiv] Evarts admin bond

[xxv] Evarts admin. Account (vendue sale)

[xxvi] Evarts account of distribution

[xxvii] Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives & History, PA State Archives, Records of the Land Office: Copied Surveys, 1681-1912, survey no. C-185-183; www.phmc.state.pa.us/

[xxviii] Robert L. Hess, pg 17

[xxix] Robert L. Hess, pg 21

[xxx] Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster Co. Deed Book GG, pg. 43 (for online access to deeds go to http://www.lancasterdeeds.com/onlineefilmreader/)

[xxxi] Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA, Lancaster Co. Deed Book UU, pg. 779 (for online access to deeds go to http://www.lancasterdeeds.com/onlineefilmreader/)

[xxxii] Glen P. Schwalm, pg. 133

[xxxiii] Glen P. Schwalm, pg. 149

[xxxiv] Joseph gibbon land