Welcome to our Richter family pages. Since my Mom is a Richter, this is one of the Main lines of our Genealogy.
If you find a mistake in these pages, or if you have info that might help us, or if you are looking for more info on any of these folks, you can e-mail me, I’ll try to help the best I can.
I could not have put these pages together without a lot of help and work by other people in the family, including my Mom (Jeri), her Aunt Ruth, (the widow of Frank Charles Richter), the late Mary Ann Richter, and Raymond Edwin "Bubba" Richter, (daughter and son of Edwin Joseph Richter) and their sister, Joyce. My mom’s cousin Joannie sent us lots of pictures and they have discussed a lot about Joseph and Josef... I hope I didn’t miss anyone... These Richters and their habit of using the same names over and over makes things tough to research, anyhow, Thanks to everyone, and of course, if I messed something up, or you have questions - e-mail me
We had to ‘fix’ our Richter pages, as we have found Josef Richter who married Maria Schubert is NOT our Richter, but instead Joseph H. Richter Sr. who married Magdalena Heger is our ‘WAY Back’ Richter... Proof is in the Census, Land and Probatedocs.
Our Immigrant and ‘Way Back’ Richter is Joseph Richter, in 1867 He and his family came from Hamburg aboard the ‘S.S. Teutonia’, to South Hampton, then New Orleans. With him on the passenger list is (spelled as they are on the list) Magadal, Joseph, Magdal, Ferd, and Alois.
From here you can look at Richter’s in Documents, Richter’s on my Google Map, our Richter Pedigrees are on the pages of each individual in a separate tab. There are pictures sprinkled through pages where I have them. I also have some we cannot identify yet - HERE please look and see if we can get that page empty... by putting their pictures on their own pages. If you don’t know where to go next click here, and start with our way back Joseph Sr. We don’t have any info on his parents as of yet, and that might be tough to find.
There are as many ways and formats to put our ancestry on the internet as there are names in our databases, and probably most of them are confusing and hard to navigate. It’s just the nature of the task at hand, how to display all these people and be able to make sense of it all. I just hope the way I chose works for us. If you have questions, e-mail me
These are the photos within the Richter pages, they are placed on the pages of their close family members. This is just a teaser... But I will be linking these pictures to the page they are featured on, so if you see some one and want to know more, try clicking the picture.
Definition: The Lord's administrator of a village; an occupational surname from the Middle High German "rihtære" meaning judge. source: genealogy.about.com accessed 11-13-2011
Meaning and History: German: occupational name or status name for an arbiter or judge, Middle High German rihtære (from rihten ‘to make right’). The term was used in the Middle Ages mostly to denote a part-time legal official. Such communal conciliators held a position of considerable esteem in rural communities; in eastern Germany the term came to denote a village headman, which was often a hereditary office. It is in this region that the surname is most frequent. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a rabbinic judge, from modern German Richter ‘judge’ (see 1 above). See also Dayan. source: ancestry.com accessed 11-13-2011
Best I can gather is that the Richter name is thought to have originated from Prussia-Brandenburg around medieval times. This area became East and West Prussia as well as other German territories. source: houseofnames.com accessed 11-13-2011
Recorded variations of Richter include: Ricter, Rickter, Rychter, Rycter, etc. source: houseofnames.com accessed 11-13-2011
The lands that once were Prussia were divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, as well as East and West Germany after WWII source: source: houseofnames.com accessed 11-13-2011
According to the US Census (as reported by ancestry.com) these are tallies of the Richter Surname in the US (accessed 11-13-2011)
In, Oh, Pa each had 5-7 Richter families; Mo had 2-4. Ny, Il, Ga each had 1. (Remember, Texas wasn’t a State yet)
Ny, Pa, Oh, Wi, Il, Mo each had between 281 and 580 Richter families. Nj, Md, In, Mn, Ia, Tx each had between 94 and 280. Nh, Ma, Ct, De, Va, WV, Sc, Ga, Ky, Al, Mi, Ms, Ar, La, DT, Ne, Ks, Mt, Co, NM, Or, Ca each had between 1 and 93 Richter families.
The 3 states with the most number of Richter families were New York with 714 Richter Families, Illinois had 470 and Pennsylvania had 303.
I have found other lines of Richter’s connected by marriage to our Richter’s. When I get the info together I will put it here. For now I will say there is a granddaughter of Josef Richter and Maria Schubert, daughter of Pauline Richter, Hertha Helen Nierlich, who married a “Benno” Richter. His line continues back with Johan Wilhelm Richter (and Ida Stichler), Friedrich Wilhelm Richter (and Franziska Mauermann), Johan Samuel Richter (and Johanna Christina). Again, these are not connected to our Richter’s as far as we know.
Johann Richter Line
(Previously thought to be our line, but now dis-proven)
I begin this story in Germany, and maybe more specifically, Bohemia, with Joseph and Magdalena (Heger) Richter. Joseph was born in Germany on January 20th, 1822, Magdalena was born on May 10th, 1829 (best we can tell), also in Germany. They were married there in 1850. They had 6 children, 2 of who died as children, we do not know much about them, we don’t know if they were born or died in Germany, or on the voyage over, or here in the US. There are a couple names on Census reports, but I think they are errors on the part of the enumerators. At any rate, the family appears on a passenger list for the ‘S.S. Teutonia’ in New Orleans, where it reports they boarded in Hamburg, Germany, and passed through Southampton, UK, on their way to New Orleans.
The next time we can find a record of them is on the 1870 Census for Fayette County, Texas, between Halletsville Road and Buckner’s Creek on page 74. It shows them in dwelling number 535, family 503.
I have to assume at this point they were renting, as I haven’t seen a purchase of land there yet. The next place we see them is when Joseph purchased 50 acres of timber land in Gonzales County from S.B. and W.J. Moore in 1874, 16 of which was conveyed to Joseph Richter Jr. Then, in 1880, we see them on the Census for Lavaca County, Texas, Justice Precinct 7, Enumeration District 82, page 27. Enumerated on June 14th, 1880. Listed as dwelling 155, family 156.
Their daughter, Magdalena, has died, leaving a son and daughter behind. Franz, and Magdalena Anders. Lena, the grandaughter is shown 2 times on the 1880 census. With the Richters, they are either raising her, or she is visiting. Also she is shown with her Father, Ferdinand Anders. Lena’s father, had remarried, to Julia Kloesel, and In 1880 they were in Schulenburg, Fayette County, and the census shows Ferdinand, Julia, Frank (4 years old), Lena (2 years old), and an infant daughter, Caroline, born in April 1880, attributed to Julia. Also with them is Julia’s Father, Wentzel, who is a widower.
Next we find Joseph Sr. purchasing 500 acres located in both, Fayette and Lavaca Counties, in 2 separate parcels from V&O Ellis.