On September 8, 1803, Johannes Rischstein , his wife Louise, and their children Catharina Elizabeth, Johannes Jacob, Johannes Jost, Christiana,and Johannes arrived at the Port of Philadelphia, as new immigrants to America. They had traveled in the Sailing Ship “Fortune” which had sailed from Hamburg, Germany.Some years later, the surname “Rischstein” was anglicized to “Ristine”.
Johannes Jr. worked his entire adult life in Philadelphia as a Combmaker. His three younger brothers; Joseph, Henry, & William also became Combmakers; as did the husbands of younger sisters Christiana – Daniel Miller; and of Anna Maria – George Snyder.
John’s death Certificate lists him as “Single”, his occupation as “Combmaker”, and cause of death as “Infirmities of age”, and his last address as 1612 North Front Street in Philadelphia.
An Obituary was published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger on January 9, 1872, Page 2.as follows:
“RISTINE – On the 8th instant, after a lingering illness, JOHN RISTINE, in the 76th year of his age.
“The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his sister’s residence, rear of No. 1612 North Front Street, on Thursday afternoon next, at 2 o’clock. Interment at the Hanover Street Burial Vault.”
The Hanover Street Burial Grounds, now defunct, contained three seperate and distinct graveyards – the Kensington Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, the Union Harmony Burial Grounds, and the Union Wesleyan Church Cemetery. All interments were removed in 1922. Few records remain to document the transfer locations of the remains.
A playground now exists on the site of the Hanover Street Burial Grounds.
Johannes (Rischstein) Ristine (1741 – 1843)
Louise Schneider Ristine (1766 – 1844)
Johannes Jacob Ristine (1792 – 1872)*
Johannes Ristine (1795 – 1872)*
Johannes Jost Ristine (1796 – 1872)
Maria Ristine Snyder (1804 – 1884)*
Joseph Ristine (1810 – 1883)*
Henry Ristine (1813 – 1893)*