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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOSEPH RITTER, farmer, post office Verona, was born in Alsace, then France, in 1818, a son of Joseph and Ann (Borschure) Ritter In 1827 the family, including six children, immigrated to America, and dwelt twelve years in Cambria county, Pa. In 1840 they removed to Pittsburgh, South Side, where the father died in 1849, at the age of sixty-four years, and his widow in 1872, aged eighty-two. Joseph remained with his father until his death, and carried on the farm until 1856, when he sold out and bought his present farm of eighty-seven acres in Penn. In 1844 Mr. Ritter married Catharine Werling, who was born in Bavaria. Her parents Antony and Clara (Metz) Werling, were born in 1800, and died, the former at the age of forty-nine, and the latter at seventy-three Mr. and Mrs. Ritter lost two sons and two daughters in infancy, and one son, John Nicholas, died at the age of twenty. The living are Joseph (in Kentucky), Daniel (in Verona), Cornelius (in Lorain, Ohio), Peter A. (in Verona) and William Henry (with his parents). In 1887 the last named married Maggie Costello, a native of Penn township, of Irish descent. Mr. Ritter is a democrat, and he and family are members of the R. C. Church at Verona.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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