William D. Ritter

William D. Ritter

Male 1796 - 1860  (64 years)

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  • Name William D. Ritter 
    Born 18 Apr 1796 
    Gender Male 
    Residence W.D. Ritter/Catherine Melton Homeplace, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Oct 1860 
    Buried Moore County, NC at Davis/Ritter Cemetery #227 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • 1824, Feb 17 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 25
      Ordered that William Ritter overseer of the road from Buffalow Creek to the branch at McQueens have the following additional hands to work: John Stuts.

      1824, Aug 19 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 51
      Ordered that John Stuts be appointed overseer in place of Wm. Ritter of the road from George Moore's to the branch at Angus McQueens and have the same hands to work.

      1829, Mar 2 -- Land Grant #2771, Moore County, NC
      William Ritter received 20 acres located on the waters of Buffalo Creek adjoining heirs of John Ritter, Dec'd. Robert Brady and Hiram Melton were chain carriers.

      1830, Feb 15 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 305
      The following were appointed to lay off a portion of 369 acres located North of Deep River on John Phillips Creek and School House Spring Branch for Sarah Phillips, widow of John D. Phillips Dec'd. adjoining Lewis Phillips, John Cheek Sr., John Phillips and the branch to the Meeting House: John Cheek Senr., John Cheek Junr., George Wilcox, Cornelius Tyson, William D. Tyson, Harbert Cole, Samson D. Smith, Alexr. McNeill, William Ritter, John Stuts, William B. Cheek and Joab Cheek.

      1830 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 459
      Wm. Writter
      (30-40) 1M 1F
      (5-10) 2F
      (0-5) 3F

      1830, Feb 20 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 304-305
      The 270 acres of land of George Moore, Dec'd. was partitioned and divided and his Widow Delila Moore received 90 acres located on Buffalo Creek adjoining John Ritter. The following commissioners were appointed: James Melton, Abner Brown, Jos. J. Person, Neill McIntosh, James Caveness, William Ritter, John McLeod, Jethro Denson, Andrew Yow, William Dannelly, Jeremiah Williams and Joseph G. Moore.

      1831, Feb 21 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 334
      Ordered that Wm. Ritter be appointed overseer in place of Wm. Dannelly of the road from George Moore's to Branch near McQueens and work the same hands.

      1834, Dec 16 -- Land Grant #2994, Moore County, NC
      John Ritter received 100 acres located on both sides of Scotchman Creek adjoining his own line and his Father's land. Matthew Davis and William Ritter were chain carriers.

      1838, Oct 5 -- Land Grant #3127, Moore County, NC
      William Ritter received 100 acres located on the waters of Scotchman Creek adjoining John Ritter and the heirs of John Ritter Dec'd. John Ritter and Matthew Davis were chain carriers.

      1840 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 176
      Wm. Ritter
      (40-50) 1M 1F
      (15-20) 1F
      (10-15) 3F
      (5-10) 2F
      (0-5) 1M 1F

      1841, Nov 16 -- Land Grant #3204, Moore County, NC
      Josiah Wallace received 98 acres located on the waters of Scotchman Creek adjoining John R. Ritter, Matthew Davis and Noah Richardson. William Ritter and Wesly Ritter were chain carriers.

      1841, Nov 16 -- Land Grant #3205, Moore County, NC
      John R. Ritter received 100 acres located on both sides of Scotchman Creek adjoining Noah Richardson and Josiah Wallas. William Ritter and Wesly Ritter were chain carriers.

      1850 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 242
      William Ritter 50 M, Farmer, $400 Real Estate, Born in NC
      Catherine Ritter 50 F, Born in NC
      Elisabeth Ritter 29 F, Born in NC
      Lydia Ritter 19 F, Born in NC
      Nancy Ritter 17 F, Born in NC
      Emily C. Ritter 15 F, Born in NC
      William Ritter 14 M, Born in NC
      Miley F. Ritter 12 F, Born in NC
      John H. Ritter 10 M, Born in NC
      Wright Ritter 6 M, Born in NC
      Bruce Ritter 3 M, Born in NC

      1860 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 204

      1860, Oct - Petition for Dower, Moore County, NC
      Catharine Ritter, widow of William Ritter petitioned for dower. William Ritter died with 400 acres located on Buffalo Creek adjoining John Ritter and leaving the following children: Geo. W. Horner and wife Mary Ann, Elizabeth Ritter, N.R. Brady and wife Martha, R.L. Purvis and wife Sarah, W.D. Ritter, Ira Maness and wife Catherine, Asa Seawell and wife Emily Francis, Nancy Ritter, John Ritter (minor) and William Dorras Cheek, son of Lydia Margaret (dead) and Lewis Cheek. [Editor's Note: Original petition in possession of Carol Smith Purvis]

      1875, Jun 9 -- Orders and Decrees Book 1 Page 285-289, Moore County, NC
      Green Bailey, Asa Maness and Elisha Cagle appointed to divide the land of William Ritter Dec'd. among the following heirs: [Lot 1] Ira L. Maness and wife Catherine 36 acres adjoining James Brady and Asa Maness; [Lot 2] T.B. Cagle and wife Nancy 35 acres adjoining James Brady and Asa Maness; [Lot 3] Elizabeth Ritter 35.5 acres adjoining John R. Ritter and James Brady; [Lot 4] William Ritter 34.5 acres adjoining James Brady and John R. Ritter; [Lot 5] Asa J. Seawell 33 acres adjoining James Brady [Lot 6] John Ritter adjoining James Brady, Cotton and William D. Ritter (heirs of Thomas Ritter); [Lot 7] R.L. Purvis and wife Sarah adjoining William D. Ritter (heirs of Thomas Ritter); [Lot 8] Lydia L. Cheek 36 acres adjoining John Ritter and road from Abram Stutts to William D. Ritter; [Lot 9] N.R. Brady and wife Martha J. 35 acres adjoining road from Abram Stutts to William D. Ritter; [Lot 10] G.W. Horner and wife Mary Ann 32.5 acres adjoining John Ritter and William Ritter.

    Person ID I04122  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 17 May 2022 

    DNA Tests  36 DNA tests are associated with William D. Ritter 

    Father John Ritter,   b. 6 Aug 1760,   d. 13 Jul 1828  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth H. Richardson,   b. 14 Feb 1760,   d. Mar 1841  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1787  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Histories
    Ritter Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Ritter Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of early Ritter references in Moore County and Cumberland County.
    1785-1787 Marriage Register, Moore County, NC.pdf
    1785-1787 Marriage Register, Moore County, NC.pdf
    Located on Page 382 of Will Book A, Moore County, NC
    Family ID F1380  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Melton,   b. 4 Jun 1800,   d. 15 Nov 1879  (Age 79 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann Ritter,   b. 1821, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Moore County, NC at Horner Cemetery #243 Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Elizabeth Ritter,   b. 15 Apr 1822,   d. 10 Feb 1904  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Martha Jane Ritter,   b. 23 Jul 1825,   d. 7 May 1907  (Age 81 years)
    +4. Sarah Ritter,   b. 11 Nov 1827,   d. 26 Jul 1899  (Age 71 years)
    +5. Lydia Margaret Ritter,   b. 1831,   d. Bef 1853  (Age < 22 years)
    +6. Nancy E. Ritter,   b. 1833,   d. Between 1880 and 1886  (Age 47 years)
    +7. Catherine Ritter,   b. 1835,   d. Between 1860 and 1870  (Age 25 years)
    +8. William Debarra "Big Foot Bill" Ritter,   b. 27 Jul 1835,   d. 6 Jan 1906  (Age 70 years)
    +9. Emily Francis "Milly" Ritter,   b. 1840,   d. 16 Mar 1907  (Age 67 years)
    +10. John Henry Ritter,   b. 23 Apr 1842,   d. 10 Apr 1927, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Documents
    1875 Division of William Ritter Estate, Moore County, NC
    1875 Division of William Ritter Estate, Moore County, NC
    Current location of William Ritter Estate utilizing present day deeds
    Current location of William Ritter Estate utilizing present day deeds
    Land located inside purple border
    Histories
    1875 Estate Division, Moore County, NC - William Ritter
    1875 Estate Division, Moore County, NC - William Ritter
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - W.D. Ritter/Catherine Melton Homeplace, Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Moore County, NC at Davis/Ritter Cemetery #227 Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    1829 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2771 - William Ritter
    1829 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2771 - William Ritter
    1834 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2994 - John Ritter
    1834 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2994 - John Ritter
    1838 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3127 - William Ritter
    1838 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3127 - William Ritter
    1844 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3262 - William Ritter
    1844 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3262 - William Ritter
    1851 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3624 - William Ritter
    1851 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #3624 - William Ritter
    Map of Early Ritter Land Grants in Moore County, NC
    Map of Early Ritter Land Grants in Moore County, NC
    Tracts highlighted include Jesse Ritter, Sr. [GREEN], and sons: Thomas [YELLOW], John [LIGHT BLUE], Everett [RED] and Jesse, Jr. [PINK]. Grandsons: William [ORANGE], John R. [DARK BLUE], John T. [BLACK] and George [GRAY].

    Headstones
    William D. Ritter
    William D. Ritter
    Husband of Katherine Melton and son of John Ritter and Elizabeth Richardson

    Histories
    1847 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9
    1847 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9
    Located in the McKeithan Papers at the Moore County Historical Association. Courtesy of James V. Comer.
    1847 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9 (Partial)
    1847 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9 (Partial)
    Located in the McKeithan Papers at the Moore County Historical Association. Courtesy of James V. Comer.
    1849 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9
    1849 Tax List, Moore County, NC - District 9
    Located in the McKeithan Papers at the Moore County Historical Association. Courtesy of James V. Comer.
    Wallace DNA Project
    Wallace DNA Project
    The results of numerous Wallace and Ritter DNA tests

  • Sources 
    1. [S1119] A Guide to Moore County Cemeteries, Anthony E. Parker, (1976, Moore County Historical Association, Southern Pines, NC).

    2. [S1113] Old Moore County, NC Vital Statistics 1784-1890, James Vann Comer, (1999, James Vann Comer, PO Box 2681, Sanford, NC 27331 ).