Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Query: Rittenhouse, Switzerland and Posey Counties

                I am trying to research my family that lived in Switzerland County, IN, in the early 1800s.
Here are the family members that I am researching:
Enoch Rittenhouse, father,  Born 1792 - Died 1822 (IN)
Rosana (Rosey) Smithers Rittenhouse, mother, Born 1796 - Died around 1822 (IN)
William S. Rittenhouse, son, Born 1818 (KY)- Died 1879 (IL)
                Enoch and Rosey were married in Boone County, KY,  in 1815.  Enoch is found on the 1820 census living in Posey County, IN.  They only had the one child that was raised by an aunt and uncle, Henry and Jane Smith, moving later to IL. 
                Enoch Rittenhouse fought in the War of 1812, and I am trying to prove that Enoch and Rosey were William's parents, so that I can join the US Daughters of the War of 1812. 
                I am looking for any of the following documents.  Can you point me in the correct direction for someone who can help me find any of them?  I have been searching online for a couple years and have not been able to find anything.
                Records requested: Land records for Enoch Rittenhouse; will, obituary, death or burial records for Enoch or Rosey; orphan or guardianship records for William.
                Thank you so much for your help.

Niki Rittenhouse
Vernon, CT


  1. I came across this post while looking for information on this family, I would be interested to know if any information was found. I requested Enoch Rittenhouse's military records from the NARA but it didn't have a lot of information. I don't have anything concrete connecting Enoch Rittenhouse and William Rittenhouse that I can find, but if I find something in my files I will let you know.

  2. I also am looking for information on Enoch Rittenhouse. His son William born 1818 and died 1879 just 20 minutes away from me. My mother is a Rittenhouse and William is her 4x great grandfather. We cannot find out who Enoch's parents were. The census for Indiana do not go back to 1792. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. That way I can go further up the tree for my mother and myself.

  3. Melonie Rittenhouse IcenogleApril 15, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    I am also trying to find any information on Enoch Rittenhouse. He is my 3 times great grandfather. I am interested in military and death records.