Benjamin C Rittenhouse

10 October 1831–5 January 1895 (Age 63)
St. Clair, Illinois, United States

The Life of Benjamin C

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 St. 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.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin C Rittenhouse
Mary Carr
Marriage: 8 April 1858
Albert Rittenhouse
Oliver P Rittenhouse
Lewis Rittenhouse
Newton Rettinghouse

Spouse and Children

8 April 1858
Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 1

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 17

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Rittinghaus, a habitational name from a farm near Altena, Westphalia.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Story Highlight

Benjamin C Rittenhouse, memorial in Birth: Oct. 10, 1831 St. Clair County Illinois, USA Death: Jan. 5, 1895 St. Clair County Illinois, USA Benjamin C. Rittenhouse AKA Rettingh …

Sources (3)

  • Benj Rittenhouse, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benj Rittenhouse, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benj. Rittinghouse, "Illinois State Census, 1865"

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