|4. ||Henry Reitenauer was born 29 Sep 1713, Rexingen, Bas-Rhin, France (son of Nicholas Reitenauer, II and Anna Magdalena Arnet); died 23 Jul 1781, , Washington, Maryland. |
Henry Reitenaur came with his parents at a young age as not to require an oath of allegiance when landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left his farm in his old age and moved into town.
His will states:
"In the name of God, Amen. I, Henry Ridenour, Senr., of Washington County, and State of Md., being of weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following -- i.e., I give and bequeath unto beloved wife Eve during her natural, life, the brick house on lot No. 10 in Elizabeth Town (later Hagerstown) and wherein we now dwell, and all that part of said lot and cellar under the largest brick house which is now rented to Abraham Leighter. Also 1 cow and 1 bed and furniture, which is now used by me and my said wife.
I also give, devise and bequeath unto my sons Henry and David, jointly, their heirs and assigns forever, all that tract of land lying in the county aforesaid, called 'Ridenour's Pond,' containing 240 A., they, the said Henry and David, paying to John Kershner's wife, Mary, the sum of 20 pounds hard money in gold or silver within twelve months after the decease of my wife, which said sum of 20 Lbs. I give and bequeath to the said Mary Kershner.
I also give and bequeath unto my son, George, the sum of 10 Lbs. hard money, to be paid to him by my son, Henry.
I also give and bequeath unto my son, John, his heirs and assigns forever, that part of a tract of land in said county aforesaid, conveyed to me by Capt. Peter Reutch, containing 5 A.
I also give, devise and bequeath unto my sons, Martin and John, and my daughter, Elizabeth Woolford, a joint equal estate in the houses and lot No. 10, Elizabethtown aforesaid, to them and their heirs forever. And further it is my will and pleasure that my sons, Henry and David, pay and deliver to my beloved wife Eve yearly and every year during her natural life the quantity of 18 bus. of wheat, 10 bus. of rye, 5 bus. of corn, 1 1/2 tons of hay, 100 lbs. pork, and 6 cords of wood for her support.
I also give and bequeath to my said wife 1/3 part of all my personal estate, and it is my will and pleasure that the remainder of my personal estate be equally divided from appraisement amongst my children, George, Henry, John, Martin, David and Elizabeth; and I hereby appoint my brother, Mathias Ridenour, and my son, David Ridenour, Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 23d day of June, in the year of our Lord, 1781.
Henry Ridenour, Senr. (L. S.)
Witnesses: Elec Williams.
"One-From-Two", 20 January 1991, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 17, 24, 28, 29, 39, 52, 61, 76.
Ancestral File 4.02, Death date, AFN:4RDS-R7
"Ancestors Are Forever", 17 September 1991, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 386.
"Genealogy of the Ridenour Family," Ephraim Valintine Ridenour, 1910, p 9-10.
Melvin Otho Ridenour Letter, 21 Jan 1995, p 2.
Henry married Anna Catherina Fuhrer 9 Jul 1737, Berg, Bas-Rhin, France. Anna (daughter of Benedict Fuhrer and Catherina Gerhr) was born Abt 1725. [Group Sheet]