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Re: Letter from Georgi Reitzel in Germany
Posted by: Catherine Mary Rightsell Collins Date: April 09, 2001 at 16:49:52
In Reply to: Re: Letter from Georgi Reitzel in Germany by Byron Wrightsell of 37

Sorry it took so long to get back with you - wonderful, wonderful connections have been made in my family and the responses have been overwhelming (& wonderful). Good luck and perhaps I will meet you at this years reunion. ~Catherine

The Reitzelís of Catawba County are descendants of Baron Adam Reitzel in Germany. His son Adam Reitzel II and family: Wife Margaret (Peggy) and son Adam III left Germany for America around 1755. The family legend tells of how Adam II worked aboard the ship to pay the passage for himself and his family. During a storm he was sent up in the rigging of the ship and being inexperienced, he fell overboard and was lost at sea. The ship arrived in Charleston, S.C. in 1755. His wife and son; Adam III were brought to port, where the services of the wife were sold at auction for so long a time for so much tobacco to pay the balance of their fare from the time the father fell overboard. After serving her time Peggy and her son started on foot to find her relatives. She eventually found them in Guilford County, N.C..

Adam Reitzel III married Katherine Moretz in Guilford County and they had eight children: Michael, Henry, Christian, Katherine, Adam IV, Margaret, John, and George.

The Catawba County pioneer Reitzel, Christian, is a son of Henry. Henry married Katherine Moser in Guilford County and they had thirteen children: Sophia, Margaret, Sarah, Maria, Barbara, Christian Guido, David, Hannah, Daniel, Peter, Frederick, Reuben, Adam V and Racheal.

Christian Guido was born March 30, 1805 in Guilford County and he married Delilah Ingold in Orange County in 1827. Delilah was born October 6, 1806. Christian was ordained a Lutheran minister by the evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1835. During his ministry he served as pastor of Lutheran Church in Greenville, TN., Friendship Church in Alexander County N.C., and St. Peters Lutheran Church in Catawba County. One of the grandchildren remembers her mother telling of a strong and lengthy sermon delivered by the old gentleman in which he scorned the hoop skirts, which were fashionable at the time and were worn by most of the ladies. Christian also farmed.

Christian and Delilah were parents of 11 children:
1. Anderson A., born November 1, 1828, married Anna Sigmon, died 1906.
2. Mary Ann, born Dec. 13, 1830, married A. Hileman.
3. Tempe Catherine, born Jan. 6, 1831, married A. Lippard.
4. Lucinda Caroline, born September 18, 1832, married C.L.Deitz, died 1917.
5. Dorothy Magdaline, b. Feb. 6, 1833, m. Jacob Martin Baker, died 1907.
6. Sylvine Lucinda, born Sept. 20 1837, married Abraham Gorsett, d. 1919.
7. Margaret Julien, b. March 10, 1839, m. Charles Downs.
8. John Henry, b. Feb. 6, 1841, m. Veronica Eckard, d. 1931.
9. Lydia Sarah, b. Sept. 13, 1843, m. Christian R. Rink, d. 1922.
10. Jane Camilia, b. Dec. 28, 1845, m. West Fry.
11. Jerome Cass, b. Dec. 5 1849, m. Sara Hollar, d. 1928.

Delilah died October 14 1850 and Christian married Susan Shook December 17, 1857. She was the daughter of Adam Shook and was born August 3, 1834. They were parents of six children:
1. Frances, b. Sept. 11, 1858.
2. Rufus, b. Feb. 24 1860, m. Emma Little.
3. Titus, b. August 11, 1861, m. Laura Isenhour, d. 1950.
4. Philo, b. Sept. 1863, m. Mattie Isenhour.
5. Candace Ellen, b. Aug. 13, 1866, m. Frank Little, d. Dec. 1917.
6. Plato Samuel, b. March 15 1867.

Christian died October 2, 1870. Susan died March 25, 1916.

Christianís homeplace was near the Catawba River near Oxford Dam. They are buried at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Catawba County. The family donated the original tombstones to the Catawba County Historical Museum and erected new headstones in their honor. The Reitzelís continue to hold the annual family reunion on the fourth Sunday of each September at St. Peters Lutheran Church.

Sources: Christian Reitzel will, 1850, 1860, 1870 Catawba census, Catawba County death and marriage records, St. Peters Lutheran Church records and cemetery inscriptions, Family records.

Submitted by:

Mrs. Eldon Caldwell
Rt. 9 Box 276
Hickory, NC 28601

Georgi attended last year and has much much more information.


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