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John Rohland Ristenbatt and Mary Katherine Lutz

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John R.Ristenbatt and Mary Katherine Lutz and children

This is a circa 1947 picture of George Lutz, paternal great grandfather of David Ristenbatt, the son of
John W. Lutz/Groll and Rosa Shiebel/Shivel.  (See article on George's father, John Lutz/Groll in order to understand why the name variation.)  George was born 5 October 1877 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and was married to Emma Speicher on 14 November 1896 at Jonestown,Lebanon County, PA by the
Rev. D. S. Wenger.  George and Emma had seven children, but only two lived to maturity:
Mary Katherine Lutz, David's paternal grandmother, and Rose Lutz, her sister.  Four other children were born to George and Emma, but they all died at a young age.  These four sons were: Albert;
Roy Henry; Daniel S.; and John RAlbert only lived a short time and was buried at Wenger's Cemetery in Jonestown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  Roy Henry and Daniel S. died within weeks of each other, of scarlet fever, and are buried at United Zion Cemetery in Annville, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. John R. is also buried at United Zion Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania.  (The United Zion Church had its roots in the Mennonite, German Baptist, Dunkard and River Brethren Movements in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  At first the members were called Brinserites and then "United Zion's Children" since they were all "Children of Zion." It was located in the Annville, PA area.   More on this church may be found in "A History of the United Zion Church 1853-1980", copyright 1981.)

From various records obtained, it appears that George and Emma first lived in the Jonestown, Lebanon County, PA area.  On the 1900 US Federal Population Census, they were living in Swatara Township and by the 1910 census, they were living in Annville Township.  George is first listed as a farm hand and on the next census as a "hull hand."  Unfortunately, Emma died at a rather young age - 38 years old.  For a short time, Rose Lutz was raised by her older sister, Mary Katherine Lutz, but because Mary Katherine was married only two years later, Rose then went to live with her aunt and uncle, Daniel and Annie Speicher Brunner.

George lived to be 78 years old, dying of a heart attack on 10 May 1956 at 205 Mifflin Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. His occupation at death was given as "restaurant employee."

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