From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana    page 789-790

Henry Ritter was born in Beaver Township, Union Co., Pa., April 4, 1803.  When nineteen years of age he moved with his father, John Ritter, to Wayne County, Ohio, being among the first settlers.  His father afterward moved to Ashland County, where he died in the ninety-ninth year of his age.  Henry Ritter was married in Tiffin, Ohio, to Mary Harpster, a native of the same township, and a schoolmate of her husband.  After his marriage he settled on forty acres of land in Canaan Township, Wayne County, where he lived till 1851, when he moved to Steuben County, Ind., and settled on section 8, Steuben Township, where he has since lived. At that time there was a small frame building used as a granary, and a log-cabin on the place, and about thirty-five acres improved.  He bought 200 acres, paying for it $7 per acre.  He now owns 226 acres, valued at $50 per acre.  He had but a few hundred dollars when he came to the county, but by industry and economy has acquired a competency.  He had but little help in clearing and improving his land, his only son being in poor health.  He has one of the best farms in Steuben County, which he still superintends.  Politically Mr. Ritter has always been a Democrat.  He and his wife are members of the Reformed church.  They have four children -- David; Elizabeth, wife of John Clink; Mary widow of Andrew Sunday; Catherine, wife of Charles Clink.  They lost one daughter in infancy.