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Descendants of Phillip Janszen Ringo

Generation No. 4


5. ALBARTES4 RINGO (PHILLIP (JUDGE)3, ALBERTUS2, PHILLIP JANSZEN1) was born October 08, 1722 in Hopewell, Mercer, NJ. He married KATHERINE GODWON. She was born 1722.

Notes for A
LBARTES RINGO:
ALBERTUS11 RINGO, b. October 08, 1722, Hopewell Twp., Hunterdon County, New Jersey; d. August 21, 1800, Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Albertus4 Ringo was born in Hopewell Twp., Hunterdon County, New Jersey 8 OCT 1722. Albartes died 21 AUG 1800 in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, at age 77. His body was interred after 21 AUG 1800 at church graveyard in Mount Airy, New Jersey. He married twice. He married Catherine Godown 19 DEC 1745 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (Additional notes for Catherine Godown(65)) Katherine died 17 MAY 1777 at age 53.(66) Her body was interred after 17 MAY 1777 at New Presbyterian Church Cem. in Mount Airy, New Jersey.(67) He married Mary (____) 1778 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (Additional notes for Mary (____) Mary died 1819 at age 95. ALBARTES
(Albertus) RINGO, son of Philip Ringo and Jane Cook, was born October 8th, 1722 in Hopewell Township,Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He moved with his parents in the early 1730s, to the Crossroads in Amwell Township, where his father kept a tavern.

He was apparently apprenticed at an early age to one of the artisans living nearby, who taught him the trade of a tailor. This he combined with being a working farmer in Amwell for the rest of his life.

At the age of 22 he was married on December 19th, 1745 to Katherine (Catherine) Godown, "Spinster" of an Amwell family, and soon set up housekeeping at the "plantation," which his father bought from John Quick and Daniel Carbine in Amwell. The marriage was childless and life seems to have gone along uneventfully for Albartes and his wife with little mention in the records.

When his father, Philip, died in 1757 title to the farm was given by the will to Albartes Ringo, who acted as one of the Executors of the estate. Three years later Albartes is said to have torn down the old house on his farm (located on the hill of Howell's Ferry Road not far from the ferry) in the western part of Amwell.

He built a new stone house larger than the old one which, according to a description of similar structures, was "usually 36 to 40 feet long and 20 to 24 feet wide, laid up with clay mortar and pointed with lime and sand in broad style and plastered inside with clay mortar and whitewashed with lime. Nearly all these homes were built 1\ stories high with rooms above and below with cellars underneath the whole building, more and larger windows were used and joists were large and hewn. Floors were of heavy sawed boards, usually of oak or yellow pine. Fireplaces were built in each room for household heating." (The
Albartes Ringo house was demolished in 1847.)

In 1766 "Allabartes Ringgo" and Abraham Prall were made Surveyors of Roads for Amwell Township and served through 1768 with regular meetings at Ringo's Tavern. Later in 1773 Ringo was appointed Overseer over the Middle Road, which ran from "ye Meeting House (probably at Mt. Airy) to Howell's Ferry."

After 21 years of marriage, Catherine Godown Ringo died May 17th, 1777 and lies buried in the "New" Presbyterian Church Graveyard, at Mount Airy (halfway between Ringoes and Lambertville on the south side of the old road), where her gravestone and that of her husband may still be seen.

Later in 1779 when his brother, John, who ran the tavern died, Albartes was busy in trying to help with the unexpected problems of Ringo's Tavern caused by his death. Probably only after these had been taken over by a new Tavernkeeper and the widow's new husband, did Albartes take another wife. She was Mrs. Mary Rittenhouse, widow of Moses Rittenhouse of Kingswood Township, whose husband had died in 1774. She had four daughters and a son by her first marriage.

The Tax List of Amwell for the year 1790 shows him with his second wife and those of his stepdaughters, who had not yet married, living on their 139 acre farm in West Amwell, and as having three horses, three cows and one dog.

During the last decade of the 18th Century, Hunterdon had lost a large number of its inhabitants, who had moved west in search of cheap land. In a letter from David and E. Palmer, originally from near Ringo's Tavern but now in Mason County, Kentucky, dated September 28th, 1799, they say:

"We are weIl at present blessed by God.... Would be glad to see you all again but I do not expect to see you in this world.... I now live in a new Country.... I like the Country much. I think it Will Make a fine Country in time. It in proves very fast. He tax is low and have 605 akers of land. Children is all married but tue and has land of there one."

Albartes Ringo already knew something of the situation there as his only two living brothers were already in Kentucky, Henry in Fayette (later Montgomery County) and Cornelius in Nelson County.

Albartes was not to see either the Palmers or his Ringo relatives again, as he died in Amwell August 21st, 1800. He was buried by the side of his first wife, Catherine, in the church graveyard at Mount Airy, New Jersey.

His will, dated June 15th, 1800 and witnessed by Jacob Godown, John Lafter and Albertus King, asked that his Executor be Moses (Rittenhouse Jr.) Rettinghouse and John King. In it he provided for the payment of his just debts, gave all his moveable estate to his wife in addition to his farm, and willed all other land he owned in Amwell to his stepson, Moses Jr. His wife's other children were provided for by grants of 10 Pounds each, except for Elizabeth Lake, who received his dictionary and 5 Pounds. In addition he gave 5 Pounds for repair of
the church fence at Mt. Airy.

As to his own family he wrote, "I order and it is my will that my Executor, do procure a Good Stone Wall to be laid in lime and sand to be built round the four graves where my father, Mother and two brothers, Peter and John lay. I also give and bequeath unto Albertus Ringo, son of Cornelius Ringo, my Dutch Bible and Testament with Silver Clasps (which he had inherited in 1757 from his father, Philip). Also my silver sleeve-buttons, silver shoe buckles, Stock buckles. Also
the sum of 15 pounds current money to him and heirs forever. To Jane Ringo, daughter of Cornelius Ringo, my gold sleeve buttons. Brother, Henry Ringo, 100 pounds. Brother, Cornelius, 100 pounds."

In 1806 Albartes Ringo's nephew and namesake, Alburtis Ringo, newly arrived in Fleming County, Kentucky, got a power-of-attorney from the sons of Henry Ringo, their father having died in the meantime; and from his own father, Cornelius, who was living in Nelson County. He left Kentucky by horseback and arrived at the old
family stamping grounds in New Jersey many weeks later.

Except for Mary Rittenhouse Ringo, Albartes' widow, there was no one of his name in the state. The estate of his uncle, John Ringo, dead now for 27 years was still unsettled; and Moses Rittenhouse, Jr., stepson of his uncle Albartes; and his Executor, had died. Somehow Alburtis Ringo must have gotten the tangled affairs straightened away, for he was back in Kentucky with the settlements in 1807.

Mary Rittenhouse Ringo continued to live in Jersey and in 1818 is listed as a member of the Sandy Ridge Baptist Church. She died the next year leaving an estate of $690.23, which was to be divided amongst her four daughters, Catherine Hall, Mary Foster, Sarah King and Hannah Derumple, and the children of Patience Rhea. It is doubtful that she is buried at the Mt. Airy Graveyard, where her second husband, Albartes Ringo, lies.

     
Child of A
LBARTES RINGO and KATHERINE GODWON is:
  i.   PHILIP5 RINGO, b. 1750.


6. HENRY4 RINGO (PHILLIP (JUDGE)3, ALBERTUS2, PHILLIP JANSZEN1) was born December 14, 1724 in Hopewell, Mercer, NJ, and died May 12, 1803 in Montgomery Co., Kentucky. He married MARGARET MAJOR-LEWIS March 21, 1748/49 in Hunterdon Co., NJ. She was born June 25, 1732 in NJ, and died January 20, 1795 in Montgomery Co., Kentucky.

Notes for H
ENRY RINGO:
Henry4 Ringo (Judge Philip3, Albertus Philipszen2, Philip Janszen1)(105) was born in Hopewell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey 14 DEC 1724.(106) Henry died 12 MAY 1803 in Montgomery County, Kentucky, at age 78.(107) His body was interred after 12 MAY 1803 at Ringo Family Graveyard in Montgomery County, Kentucky.(108)

He married Margaret Major 21 MAR 1749 in prob Hunterdon County, New Jersey.(109) Margaret was born 25 JUN 1732 in New Jersey.(110) Margaret(111) was the daughter of Robert Major. Margaret died 20 JAN 1795 in Kentucky, at age 62

.(112) HENRY RINGO,
son of Philip Ringo and Jane Cook, was born December 14th, 1724 in Hopewell
Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He moved with his parents in the early 1730's to the Crossroads in Amwell Township, where his father kept the tavern.

As with the other Ringo boys, he learned a trade, that of a blacksmith, this he seems to have fitted in very well with the running of a farm, which he did all of his life.

At the age of 24, he was married on March 21st, 1749, probably in Hunterdon County, New Jersey to Margaret Major. No record of the marriage is to be found other than in the Ringo family Bible but there were Majors in Hunterdon County, particularly in Maidenhead Township and further research may reveal the names of her parents. We do know that she was born June 21st, 1732.

When his father, Philip, died in 1757, Henry Ringo was to receive "that tract or lott of land on which he now lives in Hopewell (Township), bought of John Cox Esquire." A family record says that Henry's children born before this date were born "at" or near "Pennington." There is no record that his home during those days was at or near Pennington, nearly the only village in the Hopewell Township, and perhaps this reference is in that context, rather than as an exact location. No deed has yet been found for his property.

In any event, it would appear that within about five years, Henry Ringo had disposed of the place in Hop ewell Township inherited from his father, and had installed his growing family on two hundred and twenty acres in Amwell Township on the Trenton Road and just a few hundred yards from the Hopewell Line. (The area of his farm includes the crossroads presently known as "Syndertown" approximately four miles south of the village of Ringoes.)

Henry was there March 8th, 1763 when at a meeting of the citizens of Amwell at
Ringo's Tavern, he was selected to be the Overseer for Rock Road. (That part of the Trenton Road which ran south from the village through Rocktown to the Hopewell line.)

This would seem to indicate that the children of Henry Ringo and Margaret Major born before that date, Philip 1750, Peter 1751, Cornelius 1753, Major 1755, John 1758 and Samuel H. 1761, were born in Hopewell Township. Joseph, born only a few days later than when Henry became Road Overseer, must have been born in Amwell in 1763 and also their only daughter, Frances in 1766.

Henry Ringo and his brothers lived in a period of American history when "hard money" (Metal) was scarce. People unable to pay even a small debt could be thrown into prison, or perhaps even worse, their lands, house, livestock and household belongings seized for any debt and auctioned off by the County Sheriff at public sale.

The records of those years are replete with advertisements of this nature. One appeared in the July 31st, 1766 edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette and reads as follows:

"By virtue of his Majesty's Writ of Fieri Facias (which commands a sheriff to levy and sell as much of the debtor's property as necessary to satisfy a creditor's claim), to me directed, will be exposed to sale, at public vendue, at the house of Henry Ringo in Amwell on Monday 8th day of September, next betwen the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon a valuable plantation containing 220 acres, bounded by lands of Richard Reed, George Corwine, Joseph Hickson, Henry Wambough, Jacob Snyder, Moses Reed and the King's Highway about 14 miles from Trenton, on which is a good stone dwelling house, barn, large orchard and excellent meadows which may be watered by living springs running thro the farm, late the property and now in the possession of Henry Ringo: seized and taken in execution at the suit of William Cubberly and John Barbarie (holders of numerous notes in Hunterdon County) and to be sold by Samuel Tucker, late Sheriff."

As did many other inhabitants of the County, Henry Ringo had a serious problem!
As was the case on many occasions, Henry Ringo's farm was probably not sold on that date "for want of a buyer," but on September 8th, 1767, when it was again offered for sale, the buyer was his brother, John, the tavernkeeper, who had had many similar scrapes with the same problem. Since John kept title to the property until May 3rd, 1770, it is probable that Henry did not leave the county right away. It is quite possible that Henry continued to remain on the farm, now in John's name, until the Fall of 1768, when his younger brother, Cornelius Ringo, found himself caught up in a similar situation, and that they left Amwell, Hunterdon and New Jersey forever, at about that time, traveling south along the road toward Trenton in caravan with their wives, children, livestock and prized possessions, looking for a new home and fortune.

By the year 1770, both the brothers Henry and Cornelius, from whom present
descendants of the Ringo name came, are to be found living in Loudoun County,
Virginia. (The Northern Neck area, which touches on the present day District of
Columbia.) In that county, on November 13th of 1769, Henry Ringo was appointed
Overseer of "The Road, where William Stanhope was formerly surveyor."

Now the surviving Ringos were living in a new colony, where nearly everyone was of British extraction with only a handful of settlers of Huguenot and German origin, plus some, like the Ringo family, who had drifted there from other colonies. There the movement of people had already begun from the Tidewater areas west, toward the mountains beyond the foothills, near where Henry and his brother had settled.

On June 10th, 1771 Henry Ringo in Loudoun was again appointed an Overseer of the lower part of The Road between Piney Creek and Little Creek. The road repairs were to be divided up between him and Samuel Wyckoff. (Perhaps another immigrant from New Jersey.) On November 19th, of the same year Henry made a long term lease on 175 acres of land on Piney Branch of Bull Run, Cameron Parish, Loudoun County, Virginia, thus better locating their new home.

However, on May 4th, 1772 Henry Ringo left his leased land in Loudoun County in the hands of his eldest son, Philip, then 22 and took up residence in Prince William County to the east and somewhat closer to civilization. There he bought 130 acres from Anthony Seale and his wife. The farm was located on Young's Road about 30 miles by road from Manassas, then the county seat.

Henry and his wife, Margaret, and their family made this their headquarters for some years, but the big subject for conversation and conjecture, even before war broke out with the mother country, was of the Western Lands beyond the mountains, called "Kentucke."

When the war with Great Britain came, the Ringos were on the side of the Revolt; and of Henry's sons, Cornelius is recorded as having served in the Virginia Militia and Peter carted supplies for the military in their fight for our country's freedom.

Talk of Kentucky and the cheap and fruitful land there continued to dominate the
thoughts of the Ringos. Peter, Henry's next to oldest son, actually made a trip there in the summer of 1776 and stayed long enough to raise a crop of corn and attempt to establish a land claim. Evidence of trips made there by Cornelius, the third son, appear as soon as peace was declared.

With the death of their first born son, Philip, in 1785 the die seems to have been cast, and it was simply a matter of when the tine was propitious for the move west. On April 16th, 1788 "Henry Ringoe and Margit, his wife" of the County of Prince William in the Commonwealth of Virginia sold their 130 acres, house and outbuildings for "one hundred and forty two pounds current money of Virginia" to Moses Cocke of Westtown Township in the County and State of Pennsylvania.

While there is indication that son, Cornelius, was already in Kentucky to make
preparations for their arrival, Henry Ringo, his wife, and all the rest of their children except son John, took off "lock, stock and barrel" from Virginia in the summer of 1789. Accompanying them on the long, arduous and still dangerous trip were the orphaned children of their son, Philip.

Kentucky had been made a district of Virginia in 1776 and by 1780 this had been
divided into three counties, one of which, Fayette, contained the claims made earlier by son Peter for land on Hingston Creek. While the early trips to the west were usually made via the Wilderness Road and Cumberland Gap, the family's exodus made when Henry was 64, probably was by drift boat from Pennsylvania on the Ohio River. This new route coming into vogue was easier and more calculated for the safe arrival of, not only the family but the several slaves, eleven horses and cattle, Henry is recorded as owning at that time.

In early fall of 1789 several of the Ringo sons showed up as witnesses to documents in Mason County, Kentucky, which was the destination point for travelers arriving at the port of Limestone. The continuing journey to their new home lay inland through rolling country by way of Indian trails, widened by use, to accommodate animals and carts.

When, on June 1st, 1792 Kentucky was admitted to the Union, as a commonwealth similar to its mother state, Henry Ringo was included as a resident in the Tax List of Fayette County.

There must have been a period of regrouping and of settling in for the Henry Ringo family on their new home tract in Kentucky (not far from present-day Mount Sterling) and the sons must have immediately begun the process of looking for a place of their own. Henry continues to be listed on the Fayette County Tax List until 1794, when Clark County was formed, and the Ringo land fell in it. Montgomery County, Kentucky was formed in 1796 from Clark County, and the home property was in the new county and remained a part of it.

Meanwhile though, tragedy struck the family. Henry Ringo's wife, Margaret, was taken ill and on January 20th, 1795 she "departed this Life about brake of day," according to Henry's Bible. She was 62 years of age and had been married for 46 years. Only weeks afterward on March 8th, John, sixth child of Samuel and Catherine Ringo, who was less than a year old, died. In 1796, on June 16th, Frances Ringo, eighth child and only daughter of Henry Ringo and Margaret Major, died at the age of 29. She had never married. They must all have been buried in a newly prepared grave plot, where Henry would join them a few years later.

Henry Ringo continued on the Tax List of the new county from 1797 through 1801. On May 12th, 1802 he made his will at the age of 77. He must have been feeling the weight of his years and the state of his health because he signed it with his mark: two vertical lines connected by an upside-down chevron for the capital letter "H." despite the fact that he was a good scribe in his earlier years.

He provided in it for the payment of his debts, his burial and other matters, then makes bequests as follows:

1. He gives to his son Peter, all his blacksmith tools and one sorrel mare.

2. He gives to his son, Cornelius, one feather bed and bedding.

3. To son John, he gave "one hundred dollars to be levied out of money due me, that is provided that he should ever come to the Kentucky County." (At this point in time John Ringo was living in Wilkes County, Georgia.)

4. The balance of his estate was to be divided between his other surviving sons, Peter, Cornelius, Major, Samuel and Joseph.

5. He appointed his son, Peter and a neighbor, John MeIntire, to be his Executors.

The will was witnessed by Willis Prickett and a Cornelius Ringo (undoubtedly his
grandson who was then about 26 and living in Montgomery County). The will was
proved in open court a year later on August 22nd, 1803 with a bond of three hundred pounds posted by Joseph Ringo and William Reblen. Henry Ringo died May 12th, 1803 and was apparently buried beside his deceased wife in the "old" family graveyard in Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Whether son, John Ringo collected his legacy by "coming to Kentucky Country" is not really known. He never came there to live but during the time of the War of 1812, was apparently with his three sons in Rutherford County, Tennessee, which is not too far distant. Family lore has it that at least two of John's sons, Nathaniel and Robert, visited their Kentucky cousins, who called them "Nat and Old Bill."

The inventory of the estate of Henry Ringo was made September 18th, 1803 by Moses Bledsoe, John Martin and Joseph Long. It included notes, bonds and book accounts totaling nearly 161 pounds, all of which was from various of his sons, except 15 pounds due on a note from William Warner. One "Big Bible" (in the possession of Lloyd Bryan Ringo, Upper Montclair, New Jersey in 1981), two books and a "sorrel horse colt, 1 year old past."

Other items included:

1 Coffee Mill and Salt Sellar, 1 Pewter Tea Pot and Funnel, 1 Shaving Apparatus
3 Tin cups, 1 Cannister, 1 Candle, 2 Pipes, 1 Box, 1 Pair Pincers, 1 Snuffer
1 Corkscrew and Small Case, 1 Tea Kettle, 1 Mustard Pot, 2 Slates, 1 Pair Hilyards, 1 Steep Trap, 1 Pewter Pot, 1 Tin Pot, 1 Lanthern, 1 Pocketbook,
1 Baker, 1 Oven, 1 Kettle, 1 Spade, 1 Wood Shovel, 1 Broadax, 1 Marrox Ax,
1 Cutting Knife, 1 Pot Rack, 18 Narrow Teath, 2 Pair Fire Tongs, 1Hatchet,
1 Pair Wedges, 7 Files, 1 Pair Compas, 1 Drawing Knife, 1 Half Bushels,
1 PadLock, 1 Smythe Anvil, 1 Scribing Iron, 1 Old Brass, 6 Whitestones,
1 Old Iron 2 Sives, 1Pitch Fork, 1 Crosscut Saw, 1 Chest, 1 Box, 1 Old Saddle,
1 Kegg, 1 Bottle, 1 Ink Pot, 2 Bed Steds, 1 Arm Chair, 1 Set of Knives and Forks

When Alburtis Ringo moved to Fleming County, Kentucky in 1806 and went to
Montgomery County to get Power of Attorney so as to settle the estate of John Ringo and Albartes Ringo, he discovered that their brother (his uncle) Henry Ringo had been dead nearly three years.

     
Children of H
ENRY RINGO and MARGARET MAJOR-LEWIS are:
8. i.   PHILLIP5 RINGO, b. August 28, 1750.
  ii.   PIETER RINGO, b. December 15, 1751, Hopewell, Mercer, NJ; d. KY.
9. iii.   CORNELIUS RINGO, b. September 11, 1753, Pennington, Mercer, NJ; d. September 30, 1835, Kentucky.
10. iv.   MAJOR RINGO, b. August 15, 1755, Hopewell, Mercer, NJ.
  v.   JOHN RINGO, b. April 09, 1758, Hopewell, NJ; m. MARY MATHIS; b. 1758.
11. vi.   SAMUEL HART RINGO, b. March 16, 1761, Hopewell, NJ; d. 1827, Ray County, Missouri.
12. vii.   JOSEPH RINGO, b. March 12, 1763, Hopewell, Mercer, NJ.
  viii.   FRANCES RINGO, b. August 14, 1766; d. June 16, 1796, Clark County, Kentucky.
  Notes for FRANCES RINGO:
Frances Ringo(122) was born in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey 14 AUG 1766.(123) Frances died 16 JUN 1796 in Clark County, Kentucky, at age 29.(124) Her body was interred after 16 JUN 1796 at cemetery unknown in Kentucky. FRANCES RINGO was the eighth child and only daughter of Henry Ringo and Margaret Major. She was born on her parent's farm in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey "the 4th Day of August, 1766 the second day of the week about 8 o'clock in the morning," according to her father's Bible.

She moved with them from New Jersey in 1768 to Loudon County, Virginia, and then in 1772 to Prince William County in the same state. Frances made the long journey to their new home in Kentucky in 1789. She never married and must have devoted a large part of her time to serving as a foster parent to the orphaned children of her brother, Philip.

On June 16, 1796 she died on her father's farm on the Hingston Creek in what was then Clark County, Kentucky, and was buried in what was apparently the earliest Ringo family graveyard in Kentucky.





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