52 Ancestors: Juliana Rinnert (1855-1933)

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Amy Johnson Crow used a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although Amy decided to stop posting on this challenge, Randy Seaver has continued posting his ancestors on Geneamusings.com. I’ve decided to start posting my ancestors on a weekly basis. I’m going to use this as an opportunity to clean my data and sources.

Juliana Rinnert (1855-1933) is #9 on my Ahnentafel list. She is my paternal great-grandmother. She married William Dittman (1844-1918) in 1876.

Julianna Rinnert (1855-1933)
Julianna Rinnert (1855-1933)

Julianna’s parents were German immigrants, Adam Rinnert (1820-1893) and Catherine Lappe (1829-1907).  Adam was a shoemaker who settled in New York, then moved to Canada, Connecticut, Michigan, finally Colorado. In Colorado, he purchased more than 1500 acres of land and raised cattle. Julianna inherited some of this land in Colorado and on this land, with her husband, raised seven children, five that survived to adulthood. When her son Willie died she took in one of the workers on the ranch, William Enoch, he was very ill and he convalesced on the ranch. When her daughter, Cora passed away as a teenager, Julia was so lonesome for her that she adopted a friend of the family’s daughter, Elsie [7].

Juliana went by Julia, Juliana and Etta. After she and her husband were married, they traveled to Cape Horn and across the Isthmus of Panama. She got out of the boat so that she could cross it on foot. She cooked extensively for her family,  making sauerkraut, bread, smoked and dried meats and ice cream. My grandfather told many stories about his Mama, as he called her, but my favorite was when he would talk about the boys Ray, Roy and Earl having a bear cub their father found and they kept as a pet. As a young cub, the bear slept in the house but as he got older, and bigger, she would chase it out of the house in the morning with her broom.

Her husband died in 1918 and she and several neighbors were involved in a suit for water rights on their land. In May of 1920, she was forced to sell the land she inherited from her father and move to a very small home with her youngest son, Earl. They sold all of their possessions in an auction.

Ditman Ranch Auction - 21 May 1920
Ditman Ranch Auction – 21 May 1920 Plateau Voice

Descendency

  • #4 Earl Grant Ditman (1899-1983), who married #5 Edith Helen Clark (1905-1986) in 1927.
  • #2 William Clark Ditman (1933-1997), who married #3 Beverly Joy Miller in 1956.
  • #1  Kimberly Joy Ditman (1958-   ), who married James Black in 1975.

Facts and Events

  • Name: Juliana Rinnert [1]
  • Sex: Female
  • Father: Adam Rinnert (1820-1893)
  • Mother: Catherine Lappe (1829-1907)
  • Birth: 24 Oct 1855, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA [1]
  • Marriage: 23 Oct 1876, Grand Junction, Arapahoe, Colorado, USA [3]
  • Death: 18 Dec 1933 (age 78) of lobar pneumonia, Douglas, Polk, Oregon, USA [10]
  • Burial: 21 Dec 1933, Douglas County, Oregon, USA [10, 11]
  • 1861 Canada Census: Julia Rinert, single; 14 Jan 1861 (age 6), Pelham, Welland, Canda West [1]
  • 1870 US Census: Julia Rennert, single; 14 Jul 1870 (age 14), Hume, Huron, Michigan, USA [2]
  • 1880 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 14-16 Jun 1880 (age 23), Elbert County, Colorado, USA [4]
  • 1885 Colorado Census: Julia Ditman, married;1 Jun 1885 (age 28), Mesa, Colorado, USA [5]
  • 1900 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 20 Jun 1900 (age 44), Mesa, Mesa Precinct No 5, Colorado, USA [6]
  • 1910 US Census: Julia Ditman, married; 23-26 Apr 1910 (age 54), Mesa, Precent 5, Mesa, Colorado, USA [7]
  • 1920 US Census: Etta Ditman, widowed; 9-10 Jan 1920 (age 63), DeBeque, Mesa, Colorado, USA [8]
  • 1930 US Census: Julia Dittman, widowed;5 Apr 1930 (age 74), Newburg, Douglas, Oregon, USA [9]

Marriages

  1. William Dittman (1844-1918)
    • Marriage 23 Oct 1876, Grand Junction, Arapahoe, Colorado, USA [3]

Children

  1. Gertrude Ditman (1877-1944)
  2. Edgar Park Ditman (1878-1969)
  3. William Ditman (1882-1895)
  4. Cora Dittman (1887-1906)
  5. Raymond Lowel Dittman (1890-1975)
  6. Leroy Lewis Dittman (1890-1973)
  7. Earl Grant Ditman (1899-1983)

Sources

[1] 1861 Census of Canada (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009. Appreciation is expressed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the 1861 Canada Census Index..Original data – Census returns for 1861. Microfilm C-999 to C)

In the 1861 Census of Canada, the Adam Rinert family resided in Pelham, Welland, Canda West. The household included:

  • Adam Rinert, 41, Shoe Maker, born Germany, Hessen, Calvanist CofS
  • Catherine Rinert, 40, born Germany, Hessen, Calvanist CofS
  • John Rinert, 15, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Catherine Rinnert, 13, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Adam Rinert, 10, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Cristine Rinnert, 13, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Julia Rinnert, 6, born U States, Calvanist CofS
  • Louisa Rinnert, 3, born U.C., Calvanist CofS

[2] 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.;citing NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

In the 1870 United States Federal Census, the Adam Rennert family resided in Hume, Huron, Michigan. The household included:

  • Adam Rennert, 50, Shoemaker, born in Hesse-Cassel. His real estate value was $1,000 and his personal value was $300.
  • Catherine Rennert, 48, Keeping house, born in Hesse-Cassel.
  • John Rennert, 24, Farmer, born in New York, USA
  • Adam Rennert, 20, Farmer, born in New York, USA
  • Christina, 16, At Home, born in Canada
  • Julia, 14, At Home, born in Canada
  • Louisa, 12, At Home, born in Canada

[3] Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006,  database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KNQS-Q77 : accessed 16 January 2016), William Ditman and Mary Rinnert, 23 Oct 1876, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States; citing no. B 65 P 192, State Archives, Denver; FHL microfilm 1,690,070.

The transcription of the marriage certificate for William Ditman and Juliana Rinnert reads:

State of Colorado
Division of Vital Statistics
MARRIAGE RECORD REPORT

No B 65
P 192

County Denver
Husband’s Name: DITMAN, WILLIAM Age – Race W
Wife’s Name: RINNERT, MARY Age – Race W
Place of Marriage DENVER COLOR Date 10/23/1876
Name of Official who Performed Ceremony J.M. STURTEVANT JR.
Title MIN Address DENVER COLO

Reported by [blank]
Address [blank]

Note the bride’s name as Mary Rinnert, not Juliana. This is the correct date, husband’s name.

[4] 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Elbert, Colorado:  Page 10, dwelling #103, family #112, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

In the 1880 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman family resided in Elbert, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, 30, Sawyer, born in Canada
  • Julia, 23, Keeping house, born in Conn.
  • Gertrude, 2, born in Calafornia [sp?]
  • Edward P, 1, born in Colorado

Note: Her parents, Adam and Catherine Rinnert, were living in the next household.

[5] 1885 Colorado Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado:  Pages 9-10, dwelling #113, family #127, Wm Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration. Schedules of the Colorado State Census, 1885. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M158, 8 rolls.

In the 1885 Colorado Census, the Wm Ditman family resided in Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • Wm Ditman, 36, farmer, born in Germany.
  • Julia, 28, Housewife, born in Conn.
  • G., 8, born in Cal.
  • Edw., 6, born in Colo.
  • Wm., 5, born in Colo. ( Next page, nearly missed)

[6] 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado:  Roll 126, Page 18B, dwelling #365, family #368, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

In the 1900 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman family resided in Mesa, Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, Apr 1849, 51, married 23 years, born in Michigan, farmer.
  • Julia Ditman, Oct 1855, 44, married 23 years, born in Connecticut
  • Gertrude Ditman, Aug 1877, 22, born in California
  • Edgar P. Ditman, Nov 1879, 21, born in Colorado
  • Cora Ditman, July 1887, 13, born in Colorado
  • Roy Ditman, Aug 1890, 9, born in Colorado
  • Ray Ditman, Aug 1890, 9, born in Colorado
  • Earl Ditman, Oct 1899, 7/12, born in Colorado

[7] 1910 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: T625_168, Page 4A, dwelling #365, family #368, William Ditman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. Rolls T624, 1,178.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census, the William Ditman household resided in Mesa, Mesa, Colorado. The household included:

  • William Ditman, 62, married 34 years, born in Pennsylvania, farmer.
  • Julia Ditman, 54, married 34 years, 8 children, 6 living, born in Connecticut
  • Roy Ditman, 18, son, born in Colorado
  • Ray Ditman, 18, son, born in Colorado
  • Earl Ditman, 10, son, born in Colorado
  • Elsie Ditman, 11, adopted daughter, born in Colorado

[8] 1920 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: T625_168; Page: 3B, dwelling #77, family #82, Etta Dittman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1920. Rolls T625, 2076.

In the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Etta Dittman household included:

  • Etta Dittman, 63, widowed, born in Connecticut
  • Earl G Dittman, 18, single, born in Colorado

Note: This census is interesting, given that my grandfather Earl Ditman’s first wife, Mildred DeRush is living just a few houses up. They married in December, 1920. The census was taken in January, 1920.

[9] 1930 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Mesa, Colorado: Roll: 1943; Page: 5A, house #432, dwelling #111, family #118, Julia Dittman household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

In the 1930 United States Federal Census, the Julia Dittman household was residing in Douglas, Roseburg, Oregon. The household included:

  • Julia Dittman, 74, widowed, born in Connecticut
  • Roy Dittman, 39, divorced, born in Colorado

[10] Douglas, Polk, Oregon, Death Certificate, Julia Rennert Ditman, 18 Dec 1933; County Clerk’s Office, Polk, Oregon, USA (certificate dated 11 May 1977). Polk, Oregon, USA.  

The transcription of the death certificate is:
Oregon State Board of Health
————–
Certificate of Death
1. PLACE OF DEATH, State Registered No 269
County: Douglas, State: Oregon, Local Registered No 29
Township [blank], or Village [blank]
City Roseburg. No 704, Cobb Street, St. [blank] Ward
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred 6 yrs[blank] months [blank] days. How long in U.S., if of foreign birth? [blank]
2. FULL NAME: Julia Rennert Ditman
(a) Residence: No. 704 Cobb St
======================
3. Sex Female
4. COLOR OR RACE: White
5. Single, Married Widowed or Divorced: Widowed
5a. Married, Widowed or Divorced HUSBAND or WIFE of William Ditman
6. DATE OF BIRTH: Oct. 24, 1855
7. Age: 78 Years 1 Months  24 Days
8. Trade: Housework
9. Industry Own home
10. Date last worked: Sep 1933 11. Total in years spent in this occupation: 40
12. BIRTHPLACE (city or town) Hartford, Conn.
13. Father Name: Adam Rennert
14. Father Birthplace: No record
15. Mother Maiden Name: Katherine (?)
16. Mother Birthplace: No record
17. Informant: Mrs Grant Bales, Address: Roseburg, Oregon
18. Burial, Cremation or Removal: Roseburg, Oregon Dec 21, 1933
19. Undertaker: Douglas Funeral Home, Roseburg, Oregon
20. Filed Apr 9, 1934,Charles B Wade,Registrar
21. Date of Death: Dec. 18,1933
I Herby certify that I attended deceased from Dec 17 1933 to Dec 18 1933,
that I last saw her alive on Dec 18, 1933 death is said to have occurred on the date stated above at 12:00 am.
The principal cause of death and related causes of importance in order of onset were the following:
Lobal Pneuemonia. Date of onset: Dec 16 33.
Was disease or injury in any way related to occputation of deceased? no
Signed Geo E Houck, M.D.
Roseburg, Oregon

[11] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com), Civil Bend Cemetery, Winston, Douglas County, Oregon, USA.), Julia Dittman memorial #43676123. Photo copyright Coro Hoag, Larry Aichele.

The inscription of the gravestone for Juliana Rinnert says:

Julia Dittman
1855-1933

It is interesting to note that Julia’s name is on her husband William Dittman’s tombstone in Mesa, Colorado, although she is not buried there.

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