Male 1716 - 1786  (70 years)

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  • Name RATTGE, Elias 
    Born 1716 
    Gender Male 

    • Biography: Elias Rattge (or Redche), the first of the name here, came to Pennsylvania Sept. 26, 1737, from Germany, and was accompanied by Nicholas Rattge, a relative. Both names were written by a cleric and that of Elias was spelled Ratgen. Tra­dition says he was related to John Jacob Radge, who arrived in Philadelphia Dec. 3, 1740, on the ship "Robert and Alice”, Capt. Goodman, com­mander. Elias Rattge settled at once in Robeson Township, Lancaster County, and Nicholas in Al­bany Township, Berks (then Philadelphia) County, and on Nov. 28, 1750, the latter received a war­rant for fifty acres in Philadelphia County. He was a farmer, but little is known of him. He died in 1760, leaving a widow, Maria Ann Ursula, and children Elias (died in Greenwich Township. Berks County, in 1773) and Anna Margarete.

      In 1750 Elias Rattge (or Redche) secured a warrant from the proprietaries of Pennsylvania for sixty-five acres of land in Robeson Township, Lan­caster County; in 1752 this township was trans­ferred to Berks County. On Oct. 28, 1765, he pur­chased 140 acres adjoining the sixty-five, and there he farmed until 1773. On June 12, 1773, he sold his property at Gibraltar to his only son, Elias, Jr., and moved to Cumru (now Brecknock) Town­ship, in what was called “the Forest". There he purchased 134 acres, through which ran the Alle­gheny Creek, and on the banks of that stream he erected a sawmill, which he conducted successfully until the time of his death. He also followed farming on this land. He died in 1786, aged about seventy years, and is buried at St. John's Cemetery, Gibraltar - a part of his old farm. Elias Redche was twice married. By his first wife Elizabeth he had the following children: (1) Elias, horn in 1745, married April 6. 1773, Elizabeth Hunter, of Oley (born in 1752, died Jan. 11. 1816), and died Jan. 3. 1829. (2) Barbara married John Kendall. (3) Mary, born Aug. 5, 1747, married May 28, 1770, Gottlieb Christian, and died in 1832. (4) Catharine, born April 22, 1756, married Sept. 5, 1773, Christian Krauss, and died Feb. 14, 1809. (5) Elizabeth married Frederich Rapp Sept. 20, 1770, and died before 1786. Elias Redche married (second) March 21, 1773, Rosina Zigler, widow of Adam Zigler. They had no chil­dren, and at his death in 1788 she married Chris­tian Eschelman, a neighbor.
    Immigration 26 Sep 1737  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Robeson Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID C18844058D1AFE46837A78E58EE364CF7B4C 
    Died 1786  [1, 2
    Person ID I1599  Milton Families
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2006 

    Family Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    +1. REDCAY, Elias Jr,   b. 1745,   d. 3 Jan 1829  (Age 84 years)
     2. REDCAY, Barbara,   b. 1746,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. REDCAY, Mary,   b. 5 Aug 1747,   d. 1832  (Age 84 years)
     4. REDCAY, Catharine,   b. 22 Apr 1756,   d. 14 Feb 1809  (Age 52 years)
     5. REDCAY, Elizabeth,   d. 1786
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2023 
    Family ID F440  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Floyd's History of Northumberland County, PA 1911, Page 940.

    2. [S14] Floyd's History of Northumberland County, PA 1911.