The Immigrants
Carol's Great Grand Parents
Anna Marie Elizabeth Ickler & George August Ritsert
The surname Ritsert is rather unique. The name originated as a first  name Rikohard(an old German name).  It can also be associated with the name Ritsart, known from the Legend of the Four Haimons-Kindern. It is a well known Hessian name. I have been able to research the name back to Paul Ritzhart(Ritzert)who died 1588. Paul  Ritzhart was my tenth great grandfather.  :)

 Variations of the name are: Ritsart, Ritzhart, Ritzert, Ritsert, Ritzhard, Ritschert, Rutzschert and others.  I am always looking for relatives to add to my family tree.

Johann Christoph Ritzert b. May 20, 1655 -d. May 13,1707 in Schwanheim, Hesse Darmstadt was married twice. The children from his first marriage with Anna Margaretha were given the same surname Ritzert.   His other wife was Katherina Gobel. The children from that marriage were given the surname Ritsert. The two known children were Elizabeth Ritsert b. August 4, 1700 and Johann Jacob b.August 12, 1696. This surname spelling stuck throughout the years for all of Johann Christoph's decendants who were Ritsert's with an s.

The photo on the left is my grt grandfather George August Ritsert b. October 1, 1820 in Hesse Darmstadt, d. July 30, 1888 in NYC.  His wife  Elizabeth (Elise) Ickler was born February 7, 1821 in Bremen, d. December 30, 1905 in NYC.  August as he liked to be called, immigrated from Darmstadt to Bremen on  May 23, 1846.  Before he immigrated to Bremen he was a Master Builder for the Prince.   In Bremen he was an Innkeeper. August and Elise's marriage date was November 27, 1847.  He and his family (wife & 7 chiildren)  immigrated to NYC on  (date of arrival) November 12, 1860 on the steamship "Bremen". In NYC he was a cook.