Mathias Reitenauer, Sr.
[wife Eve]

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Nicholas II's occupation was "Bauer and Church Censor" (Farmer and Church Official).  He lived in Tieffenbach and Rexingen, Alsace (Bas Rhin), France; then Prince George Co., Maryland, which became Frederick Co., which became Washington Co, MD
Nicholas II's children's baptismal records.
 LDS Microfilm Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah #729847, #772792, Rexingen Parish Records (1704 to 1712 with records of Berg and Lorentzen and  Familienbuchen Krummes Elsass, Records of the Lutheran Churchbook from Berg and Thal, 1704 - 1711 - 1794, Volume 24, page 205, Dr Gerhard Hein's transcription]


The first time Mathias Ridenour is mentioned is in Maryland in 1749 when he sponsors his brother Henry's son Mathias' baptism - 
Maryland German Church Records, Volume 3, Baptismal Records of The Monocacy Lutheran Congregation, and its successor, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Frederick Co., MD., Baptisms 1742 - 1779,
translated and edited by Frederick S. Weiser, page 11

Mathias Ridenor, his brothers Peter Ridenor and Nicholas Ridenor, were on Captain Jonathan Hager's Muster Roll during the French and Indian War (from 10/9/1757 to 4/26/1759) as part of the Maryland Militia, in service for six days, undated  - Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774 by Murtie June Clark,
pages 106-107

Church Articles, Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at Elizabethtown [now Hagerstown], Frederick County [now Washington County], signed Dec. 16, 1770, by sixty church members/founders including Matthew Reitnauer (Mathias Ridenour), his brother Henry Reitnauer, and their father Michael Reutenauer (Nicholas Ridenour - or Mathias' brother Nicholas or his son Nicholas).  The David Ridenour above is not Mathias' son as David would not be born until 1775. Records of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Maryland, Volume 1, copied and presented by Mrs. Warren D. Miller, Historian, Conococheague Chapter, DAR, of Hagerstown, Maryland, presented through the Genealogical Records Committee of the Maryland State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, page 7, Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, MD

All of Mathias and Eve Ridenour's children's birth dates are listed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Elizabethtown, now Hagerstown, MD - Washington County Maryland Church Records of the 18th Century by F. Edward Wright, page 1.  My 4th great grandfather David Sr. is unnamed but entered as "--- of Matth. Reitenauer and his wife b. Nov 20 1775"

Mathias Ridenaur and brothers, Henry (Henrich) and Peter, all of Frederick Co., were "Naturalized" in Maryland on April 11, 1753 - Colonial Maryland Naturalizations, by Jeffrey A. Wyand and Florence L. Wyand, page 17-18

All descendants of Mathias Ridenour [Matthias Reitenower] can join the DAR and SAR as he gave grain to the army and signed an Oath of Fidelity and Support (Allegiance) in 1778 - sworn by Henry Schnebely [Henry Schnebley].  Mathias' brothers Peter [Peter Rietenawer], Henry [Henry Reitenower], and Nicholas [Nicholas Rietenower/Reitenower] also signed oaths of allegiance - sworn by Henry Schnebely - Revolutionary Records of Maryland, by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh and Margaret Roberts Hodges, pages 19-20 and Revolutionary Patriots of Washington County, Maryland 1776 - 1783, by Henry C. Peden, Jr., page 308

Maryland Historical Magazine Committee of Observation 118, page 345