Alexander County

Biography - Joseph Rittenhouse

JOSEPH H. RITTENHOUSE, junior partner of the firm of Rittenhouse & Bro., was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on the 7th of November, 1840, and grew up to manhood in his native State, receiving in the meantime the benefits of a common school education. On the 29th of August, 1862, he became a member of Company D, Fifth Ohio Cavalry, in which he served for the time of his enlistment, or to the close of the war, being discharged June 26, 1865, and was mustered out at Raleigh, N. C. Until May, 1864, he was employed principally on detached duty in Tennessee and Mississippi, but at the latter date was connected with the Atlanta campaign, and was with Sherman on his memorable march to the sea. He came to Cairo in October, 1865, and entered the custom house as Deputy Surveyor of Customs under Dr. Daniel Arter, in which office he continued until 3Iay, 1869. In 1872. he became a member of the firm of Rittenhouse & Bro., and has continued a member of that firm since. He was married, October 15, 1874, in Hamilton County, Ohio, to Miss Martha E. Mclntyre, daughter of Peter and Mary Mclntyre, the former a native of Scotland, and the latter of Virginia. Mrs. Rittenhouse was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on the 18th of October, 1852. Their family consists of two children, of whom one died in infancy, the other, Archie M. Rittenhouse, was born in Cairo December 7, 1875. The family residence is on Walnut street, between Seventh and Eighth streets, Cairo.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 39.


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