An American Family History

The Rittenhouse Family


New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

William Rittenhouse, Sr. was born about 1720 in Hunderdon, New Jersey.

He married Rebecca Harnet (or Harned).

William's children included:

Benjamin Rittenhouse (1746/7)
William Rittenhouse
Garret Rittenhouse
Isaac Rittenhouse
Rebecca Rittenhouse (1758,married Amos Bonham)
Abner Rittenhouse (1760)
Daniel Rittenhouse (1761),
VIII. Catherine b. 1762
Priscilla Rittenhouse
Abigail Rittenhouse (married Abraham Larew)
Anne Rittenhouse
Hannah Rittenhouse

His second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Van Norman.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


Abstract of Will
Jan. 3, 1799
probated May 5, 1799

Wife, Elizabeth. Also bequeaths to her the land belonging to her by contract immediately before she was married, and all goods chattels, rights and credits in anywise belonging to her immediately before her marriage.
Sons; Benjamin, William, Garret, Abner
Son, Daniel, the remaining part of homestad plantation not disposed of by deeds before this time.
To the six children of Hannah Hyde, deceased: viz, Amelia (her heirs), Rebecca, Jonathan, William, Benjamin and Anna.
To daughters: Presylla Freeman, Anne Dansdill, Rebecca Bonham, Catherine Heath, Abigail Larue.
Executors: Benjamin Rettinghouse and Daniel Rettinghouse both of Kingwood Township.
Witnesses: Uriah Sutton, Aaron Swayze, Uriah Bonham