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  1. Francis Marion Ritter: Birth: 13 APR 1840 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 31 JUL 1907 in Moore Co. NC USA

  2. Thomas Ritter: Birth: 13 JUN 1841 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 1 JUL 1915 in Moore Co. NC USA

  3. Martha Emily Ritter: Birth: 30 DEC 1842 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 10 APR 1915 in Moore Co. NC USA

  4. John Spinks Ritter: Birth: 1 AUG 1844 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 18 AUG 1916 in Moore Co. NC USA

  5. Mary Ritter: Birth: 11 JAN 1846 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 2 JUN 1928 in Moore Co. NC USA

  6. Judith Ritter: Birth: 20 MAY 1847 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 23 APR 1921 in Moore Co. NC USA

  7. Cynthia America Ritter: Birth: 1850 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 1938

  8. Sarah Jane Ritter: Birth: 15 FEB 1852 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 4 JUN 1923 in Moore Co. NC USA

  9. Hulda Ritter: Birth: 8 AUG 1854 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 30 MAY 1923 in Moore Co. NC USA

  10. Joseph Ritter: Birth: 1856 in Moore Co. NC USA.

  11. William Medford Ritter: Birth: 1858 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 1903 in Moore Co. NC USA

  12. Julia Ann Ritter: Birth: 15 APR 1861 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 4 JUN 1926 in Moore Co. NC USA

  13. Exer Louise Ritter: Birth: 30 JUN 1862 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 21 JAN 1925 in Moore Co. NC USA

  14. Elizabeth Adelaide Ritter: Birth: 11 OCT 1865 in Moore Co. NC USA. Death: 27 JAN 1938 in Moore Co. NC USA


Sources
1. Title:   County Heritage, Inc. PO Box 34 Waynesville, NC 28786 Copyright 2005 The Moore County Heritage Book Committee County Heritage, Inc.
Page:   Sarah Ann Myrick Ritter
2. Title:   County Heritage, Inc. PO Box 34 Waynesville, NC 28786 Copyright 2005 The Moore County Heritage Book Committee County Heritage, Inc.
Page:   Addison Worth Ritter 1849-1938
3. Title:   2003 Northwest Section: Bensalem-Ritter-Sheffield Townships Compiled by: Doris Myers Brewer and Jocelyn Brabham Barrett Cemetery Records of Moore County North Carolina Northwest Section (4279 NC 109 Troy North Carolina 27371: A.P.T., 2003)
Page:   Sheffield Township Page 206
Text:   Row 14 Grave 30-a

Notes
a. Note:   th is tallied not in gold but in the precious memories that continue to touch the hearts of yet unborn Children. Like angels from above they descend briefly leaving their mark forever. They gave us life and nurtured us in the ways we should rightly go. With tears and laughter they have punctuated a seemingly uneventful day. They have endured the harshest trial and tribulations ever-conceived upon earth. Many survived while others were not so fortunate. Upper Moore County has many mothers of whom they can be truly proud. One in particular warrants our utmost consideration. Sarah Ann Myrick was the wife of Captain John Ritter. He has been a hero of sorts to generations of Deep River natives. We continue to speak of him often a hundred years after his death. his name seems to flow effortlessly off out tongues while his wife Sarah Ann sits patiently in the shadows. Her accomplishments more than his seem to speak to the opposite gender. Sacrifices were many and earthly rewards few during a time when life was hard. She raised 14 Children of her own and a son of her husband's sister. In a time when luxuries were few and far between she seized them whenever possible. One such luxury was that was running water. The only problem was that it ran from a spring several hundred yards from the house down the hill towards Deep River. Fresh water was the lifeblood of a Mother's existence. She toted it from the spring in wooden buckets that were heavy enough empty. A bucket of fresh water could always be found sitting on a shelf on the pack porch with a bar of lye soap and a hand towel nearby. A gourd dipper conveniently hung on a nail overhead. On wash day a fire was kindled under a cast iron cauldron down by the spring. Clothes were stirred in boiling water with a large wooden ladle. They were dipped out into a second cauldron and scrubbed out on a washboard. They were then rinsed rung-out by hand and hung out to dry. It was all quite a chore when you were washing for 17 people. One day a week would have hardly sufficed yet somehow she managed. The older Children helped with the smaller ones and everyone did their part. During spring cleaning water was again boiled and poured over the wooden floors. There were no conventional mops so like every one else she improvised. Her mop consisted of an 18" board with corn shucks nailed into holes bored along its length. The very best shucks were always saved for this special purpose. The work was hard but had its advantages. She was always home with her Children. Se taught them to work and how to love and to respect the rights of others. She taught them the very best of what God had to offer.
Note:   A good Mother is the greatest gift God ever bestowed a Family. Her wor
b. Note:   an. He and Sarah Annie Myrick raised 14 Children of their own and one nephew Addison Worth Ritter 1849-1938.
Note:   Besides being a dedicated Military man John Ritter was a devoted Family m


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