Heinrich [Henry(1)] Rickenbacher
Heinrich Rickenbacher, bapt. 23 Feb 1690 in Kilchberg, BL, Switzerland married and Anna Burgi, bapt. 29 Sep 1695 in Bubendorf, on 8 Oct 1714 in Kilchberg. Some seven years later, they had one child, Heini, bapt. 22 Feb 1722 in Kilchberg. Residents of nearby Runenberg (1 Km NE) Heinrich and Anna attended church in Kilchberg. An extensive search of the Kilchberg church records shows no other child of Heinrich and Anna.
Heinrich was granted 350 acres of land which would normally indicate a family of seven. How he managed this is unknown, but three companion families (the two Giegelman families and the Sali family) were granted 200 acres less than their family sizes would indicate suggesting that Heinrich may have claimed some of their children when getting his grant.
According to Faust, Heinrich sent a letter to his brother via Hans Spring in 1739. According to Salley, his wife Anna Burgi re-married 1 Jan 1740. Based on these I've assigned a death date of 1739. He was probably buried on his plantation but there is no record of this. Anna died 31 Aug 1759 in Orangeburgh Township and was buried on the Rickenbacker Plantation then owned by her son Heini.
Heini [Henry(2)] Rickenbacher
Heini, bapt. 22 Feb 1722 in Kilchberg, BL, Switzerland, married Anna Till, bapt. 12 Apr 1722 in Pratteln, abt. 1740 in Orangeburg Township (the marriage was documented by Rev. Giessendanner but the actual date is uncertain). Heini and Anna had 5 sons:
Hans Heinrich [Henry Jr., John(1)] Rickenbacher
Hans Heinrich is identified as Henry, Jr. on a single plat for 50 acres adjacent to his father's 200? acres near Bull Swamp? In Census and Revolutionary War records, he is called John (as is his brother Johannes). Based only on census records, he may have had 3 sons and 2 daughters. He does not appear in the census after 1810, thus I've assumed a death date of 1810-1820.
Hans Heinrich is most likely the John Rickenbacker who provided supplies during the Revolutionary War and is most likely the John Rickenbacker who is noted as his father's executor on a Revolutionary War Claim of Henry Rickenbacker.
Census records indicate that Nicholas(1) may have had as many as 6 sons and 5 daughters:
The death date of Nicholas(1) and proof that he was the father of Nicholas(2) comes from a note page in the Family Bible of Samuel Elkin Rickenbacker: "4 Nicholas Rickenbacker Departed this life 7 July 1812"; "Nombers 4, 10 12 & 13 are our Grandparents".
On the same note page in SER's bible are the following: "1 Christeana Rickenbacker Departed this life 29 Oct 1805"; "2 Jacob Rickenbacker Departed this life 13 Nov 1814"; "3 Henry Rickenbacker Departed this life 27 January 1816". Since all of these deaths occurred before SER was 2 years old, they are presumed to be from an earlier record, probably his father's Bible (Nicholas(2). A reasonable assumption is that they chronicle deaths of Nicholas(2)'s siblings. Indeed, with what we can glean from census records about available Rickenbackers in generation 4, the only other choices are to say that these are children of Hans Heinrich or possibly Johannes (but why should deaths of their children end up in SER's Bible?). Can we find any proof?
There is some additional evidence for Henry(3). On 6 Feb 1806, Nicholas(1) gave 50 acres of land "to My son Henry
Rickenbacher ...". Also there is a Hr. Recambecker, living near Nicholas(1) and Nicholas(2), who appears only in the 1810 Census:
There is less evidence for Jacob(2), however, there is a young Ja. Ricambacker who appears only in the 1810 census:
There is no other evidence for Christeana. She was probably one of the females who disappeared from the family of Nicholas(1) between 1800 and 1810.
Johannes [John(2)] Rickenbacher
Based only on census records, Johannes may have had 1 son and 3 daughters:
Johannes does not appear in the census after 1810, thus I've assumed a death date of 1810-1820.
When I first found this Samuel, aged 45+ in the 1820 census, I thought he was a census taker's mistake. Since then I've found him in the 30 Nov 1781 pay abstract of Capt. Samuel Rowe's Company of the Orangeburgh Militia along with John Rikenbacker (presumably Johannes) and Jacob Rikenbacker. That is pretty solid proof of his existence. Since members of the militia were supposed to be at least 16 years old, he must have been born before 1765.
Jacob, was born 10 Dec 1763 (from gravestone). He supposedly married Margaret C. Rowe, born 16 Oct 1769, abt. 1783 but I am not convinced that Jacob married Margaret when she was 14 or younger. I suspect she was a second wife and that they actually married abt. 1790. This would be consistent with the Rowe Bible which only documents Jacob's three youngest children.
Census records are consistent with Jacob having only five children although Jacob does disappear from the Cemsus in 1810 and 1820:
Mrs. Rickenbacker, 1746-47 - 16 Apr 1807
Buried 17 Apr 1807 as "Mrs. Rickenbacker aged 61 years" at St. Matthews Lutheran Church by Rev. Francklow. Born in 1746 or 1747 she must be the wife of Hans Heinrich (John(1)). She cannot be the wife of Nicholas(1) because from SER's bible notes, Nicholas(1)'s wife was Mary Heckle (the mother of Nicholas(2), b. 1784) who died in 1822; she doesn't seem to be the the wife of Johannes for his wife, Elizabeth Rowe, was born 1774-1784 from census records; and she is far to old to be the wife of Samuel or Jacob.
Elizabeth W. (Barton?) Rickenbacker, Abt. 1762/70 - 15 Jan 1852
A native of Cork Ireland, b. before 1770, she must be a generation 3 wife. I suspect this is the Elizabeth Barton who married John Rickenbacker according to the "Rumph and Frederick Families" but have no proof. If this is Elizabeth Barton, I suspect she was the sister of Timothy Barton rather than his daughter. I suspect this Elizabeth married Hans Heinrich (John(1) after the death of his first wife (see Mrs. Rickenbacker above) but again have no proof.
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