Josephine Ritter, daughter of Henry Ritter and Magdeleine Jeansonne, was born on 11 July 1815. She was baptized by Father Michel Bernard Barriere of the St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA. Sponsors were Andre Ritter Jr. and Josephine Fontenot.
Josephine married Pierre Ursin Manuel, son of Ursin Manuel and Sophie Desmarest. They obtained a marriage license at the Opelousas courthouse on 19 October 1829,and were married on 3 November 1829 at St. Landry Catholic Church by Father Flavius Henri Rossi. Witnesses to the marriage were Raphael Manuel, Joseph Bertrand, and Pierre Vesina.
Josephine and Pierre had the following known children:
The family was living in St. Landry Parish on the 1850 census, with children Henry, Marceline, Cephaline, Pauline, Jean Baptiste, and Alene.
Josephine was widowed by 23 April 1855, when Pierre's succession was filed at Opelousas.
In the 1860 census, she was the head of a household in Opelousas with her children "Sephaline", Jean Baptiste, Pauline, "Oline", and Caroline, and other family members living nearby.
In 1870 she was living as the head of a household in the Bayou Chicot post office area of St. Landry Parish with Caroline and Gustave "Fostria" [possibly this is her daughter's Fontenot family].
Nothing is found for her in the 1880 or later censuses, and she is presumed to have died before then. A death of 1872 in Opelousas is found in some unsourced trees, but no reliable source has been found to confirm that date.
Name: Josephine Andree Ritter - The name "Andree", found in some unsourced trees, has not been documented in any record found to date.
One record, the baptism of her daughter Caroline, uses the name of "Josephine Andre".
A couple of other records use "Henri" or "Henry".
It may be that "Andre" was a misunderstanding of her father's name "Henri" which would have been pronounced very similarly. It appears that in many records for the Manuel family, the father's name was inserted as part of the child's name, perhaps for clarification purposes, or possibly a cultural or family tradition. It is uncertain whether the "extra" names were official, but it seems doubtful that Josephine actually had a middle name.
Source: Hebert, SWLR-CD Title: Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900: compact disk #101; Author: Donald J. Hébert; Publication: Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001; CD 101
↑ Source: #Hebert, SWLR-CD: RITTER, Josephine (Henry RITHER - of this parish & Magdelaine JEANSON - from LaFourche) b. 11 July 1815, bt. 25 Oct. 1815 Pats: Michel RITHER & Barbe COR; Mats: Jean JEANSON & Anasthasie PREGEAN - of Acadia; Spons: Andre RITHER fils [Jr.] & Josephine FONTENAU. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.2, p.61)
↑ 2.02.12.2 FamilySearch.org, "United States Census, 1850," database with images (FamilySearch : 12 April 2016), Pierre Ursin Manuel, St. Landry parish, St. Landry, Louisiana, United States; family 1115, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Note: He is incorrectly indexed on FamilySearch as simply "Manuel", a member of the previous Deville family.
↑ 3.03.1 FamilySearch.org, "United States Census, 1870," database with images, (FamilySearch : 12 April 2016), Josephine Manuel, Louisiana, United States; citing p. 43, family 316, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,029.
RITTER, Josephine (dec. Henry & Magdeleine JEANSONNE) m. 19 Oct. 1829 Pierre Ursin MANUEL (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.# 63)
↑#Hebert, SWLR-CD: RITTER, Josephine - native of this parish (minor daughter of Henri RAIDER & Magdelaine JANSONNE) m. 3 Nov. 1829 Pierre MANUEL - native of this parish (minor son of Ursin & Sophie DEMARE) Wits: Raphael MANUEL, Joseph BERTRAND, Pierre VESINA. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.548)
↑#Hebert, SWLR-CD: MANUEL, Ursin (Pierre MANUEL & Josephine RAIDER [RITTER]) b. 28 Jan. 1832, bt. 12 May 1832 Pats: Ursin MANUEL & Sophie DESMARE; Mats: dec. Henri RAIDER [RITTER] & Magdelaine JANSONNE; Spons: Lastie MANUEL & Eugenie RAIDER [RITTER]. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel. Ch.: v.3, p.210)
MANUEL, Pierre - native of this parish (minor son of Ursin & Sophie DEMARE) m. 3 Nov. 1829 Josephine RITTER - native of this parish (minor daughter of Henri RAIDER & Magdelaine JANSONNE) Wits: Raphael MANUEL, Joseph BERTRAND, Pierre VESINA. Fr. Flavius Henri ROSSI (Opel.Ch.: v.1-B, p.548)
MANUEL, Pierre Ursin (Ursin & Sophie DESMARAIS) m. 19 Oct. 1829 Josephine RATELLE (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Mar.#63)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Josephine by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Edited to add additional sources with Mirza Ritter
I found two records on Hebert CD using Josephine Mirza and Opel, both were for a woman named Josephine Mirza Stagg. There are 106 records in Opelousas that have the name Mirza, most as a second name. Just wondering if this is an entirely different person who needs to find her correct parents and husband. These are the ones I found with Ritter.
RITTER, Mirza (Leufroy & Celise Louise SAUCIER) b. 25 March 1833 (Opel. Ch.: v. 3, p. 274)
DEVILLE, Edgard (Alexander Frances & Mirza Loufroy RITTER) b. 27 Feb. 1858 (VP Ch.: v. 1, p. 110)
AUCOIN, Adelaite (Jean Pierre & Mirza RITTER) b. 18 Feb. 1872 (Eunice Ch.: v. 1, p. 67)
MANUEL, Christoval (Ursin & Mirza RITTER) m. 19 April 1887 Laure VEILLON (VP Ch.: v. 3, p. 51)
I have no objection to merging however. This buddy.com gedcom from 2011 had a lot of errors.
Ritter-123 and Ritter-91 appear to represent the same person because: they both have the same parents [who were duplicated but have now been merged]; both married the same person [who is also duplicated, both of which use the same source for the marriage]; both have many of the same children [also duplicated]. Need to take care to keep the biography and source info from both profiles. I'll be happy to do the post-merge cleanup after the merge is approved, and plan to propose merges for other duplicated family members.