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Migrating to America and 1688, Wilhelm Rittinghausen became the first Mennonite minister and just before he died, the first Mennonite Bishop in America. He also established the first paper mill in North America. Before he died he changed his name to William Rittenhouse, helped write the first protest against slavery in America and established one of the most distinguished families in America.

His progeny includes several patriots in the Revolutionary War, a world renowned astronomer, mathematician and scientist who became the first Secretary of the U.S. Mint, and who Thomas Jefferson labeled ""America's first genius"".

Also included in this blood line are famous military officers, scientists, judges, legislators, poets, writers and adventurers. It is a family line truly blessed with interesting and intriguing characters who not only witnessed the history of America being made, but also made American history.

The stories J. D. Rittenhouse tells about his family are sure to captivate and entertain anyone interested in the history of the United States has seen through the eyes of common, yet heroic people who contributed so much to this great country.

Rittenhouse: The Saga of an American Family is a thoughtful story of a family not unlike most American families, yet it is a story of an extraordinary journey through American history has seen through the eyes of one family. It is the saga of the Rittenhouse family.

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  • PDF | 206 pages
  • Xlibris (October 9, 2015)
  • English
  • 5
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Madelyn Scott on November 27, 2016

    One of those books you can't put down, once you start reading it. So Well written and even if your not a Rittenhouse descendant you'll like it. The book, also updates you on our Country's History, ( at times I wish I'd have paid more attention in school.) But that's probably because the way it was taught, it all seemed boring, but this book explains it, and having the characters in it, makes it come to life. I understand there is to be another volume, I can't wait for that. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I'm not and never have been a great reader. But this holds your interest.

  • By jane doe on July 30, 2016

    As a Rittenhouse descendant, I was excited to see this book. I like how the author made it in novel format....giving you a sense of what it really might have been like to be a part of the family back in their own time. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • By Elaine V. on November 5, 2016

    Very interesting and entertaining.

  • By Cassie Hill on August 11, 2016

    I read a little bit of the book and enjoyed it, but people need to realize this is just a novel. It’s not real family history. I certainly cannot vouch for the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of everything, but there is a glaring mistake. Maria Christina Rittenhouse did not marry Peter Stephens. His wife was named Maria Christina, but she was not a Rittenhouse. This has been an error that has plagued genealogy for generations. Maria Christina Rittenhouse married Casper Johannes Jansen. This has been verified on several occasions by the head of the Rittenhouse Family Association.


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