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.