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Biosketch of Daniel Rittenhouse (b. 1827)

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Biosketch of Daniel Rittenhouse (b. 1827)

Posted: 22 Nov 2002 6:47PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Nov 2002 12:56AM GMT
Surnames: Rittenhouse, Pierce, Johnson
Daniel Rittenhouse, second son of Aaron Rittenhouse, was born in Shelby County, Ind. May, 1827. At the age of ten years he accompanied his parents to Huntington County, and from that time until his twenty-first year, assisted his father in clearing and developing the farm, doing a man’s work while yet a mere boy. He was raised amid the scenes of pioneer life, and on account of the labor required of him at home, attained but a limited education, attending school but a few weeks each year. On attaining his majority he provided himself with a woodman’s outfit, i.e., an ax, maul and wedge, and at once began working for himself, making rails, chopping wood, logging, etc., receiving fifty cents per day, or only $8 per month. With his hard earnings he was at length enabled to purchase eighty acres of wild woodland, the beginning of his present beautiful farm, from which by an immense amount of hard work he at length cleared and developed a very comfortable home. He has added to his original purchase and at this time owns ninety-nine acres, supplied with good buildings and all the improvements and appliances necessary to make farming pleasant and successful. His marriage took place October 9, 1851, with Mary A. Johnson, a native of North Carolina, and daughter of Elias and Sarah (Pierce) Johnson, of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. Mrs. Rittenhouse was born October 12, 1831, and at the age of fourteen accompanied her parents to Grant County, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Rittenhouse are the parents of the following children: Sarah J., born October 5, 1857; Elias M., born December 18, 1858; Alonzo, born March 14, 1861; Jesse S., born September 4, 1873; Theodore and Theophilis (twins). Mr. and Mrs. Rittenhouse are members of the Baptist Church.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Rock Creek Township, page 780.

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