When Benjamin C Rittenhouse was born on 10 October 1831, in St. Clair, Illinois, United States, his father, John Rittenhouse, was 20 and his mother, Elizabeth Sybil Barker, was 19. He married Mary Carr on 8 April 1858, in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Saint Clair Township, St. Clair, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 January 1895, in St. Clair, Illinois, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Turkey Hill Cemetery, Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States.
Americanized form of German Rittinghaus: habitational name from a farm near Altena, Westphalia.
History: William Rittenhouse (1644–1708) was the first Mennonite preacher in North America. He was born in the Rhineland, Prussia (Germany) and worked as a papermaker in Amsterdam, emigrating to PA in 1688 and establishing the first paper mill in America. His great-grandson David Rittenhouse (1732–96) of Philadelphia was an astronomer and the first director of the United States Mint.
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53045349 Birth: Oct. 10, 1831 St. Clair County Illinois, USA Death: Jan. 5, 1895 St. Clair County Illinois, USA Benjamin C. Rittenhouse AKA Rettingh …