DANIEL RITZ, Company "B"

     DANIEL REITZ/RITZ was 22 years old when he enrolled at Wheeling, W.Va., to serve for three years with Company "C" of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry, subsequently the 5th W.Va. Calvary. He mustered in June 1, 1861 at Wheeling, W.Va. and mustered out June 14, 1864. He was a miner born in Bavaria, Germany. - (See 5th Cavalry Website)

     Following his discharge from the 5th Cavalry, Daniel was recruited on February 11, 1865 to serve in Company "B" of the 1st W.Va. Cavalry. He mustered out July 8, 1865.

     Daniel Ritts (sic) married Mary Jane Milligan on September 7, 1864 in Belmont County, Ohio.

1870 Census, Ritchie District, Ohio County, W.Va.
RITZ, Daniel, 31, Wks Rolling Mill, $500, $100, b Germany
RITZ, Jane, 28, wife, Keeping House, b Ohio
RITZ, John, 8, At School, b. Ohio
RITZ, Daniel, 3, b. W.Va.
RITZ, Alice, 2, b W.Va.
RITZ, Elizabeth, 3 months, b W.Va.

1880 Census, District 209, Ohio County, W.Va.
RITZ, Daniel, 39, Roller in Mill, Unemployed 4 months in past year, b Germany (parents also)
RITZ, Jane, 35, wife, Keeping House, b Ohio (father b Delaware Mother b --?)
RITZ, John, 18, Son, Puddler?, b Va.
RITZ, Daniel, 13, Son, At School, b Va.
RITZ, Elizabeth, 10, At School, Dau, b Va.
RITZ, Carrie, 4, (It says son but error), b Va.
RITZ, Joseph, 22 months?, Son, b Va.
RITZ, William, 4 months (b May), Son, b Va.
Note: The childrens' names have mother born in Delaware but her own says b Ohio.

1890 Special Census, Ohio County, W.Va.
RITZ, Daniel, Private, Company "C", 2 WV Inf. Enlisted 7 Jun 1863; discharged 7 Jun 1865; length, 2-0-0. Address: Wheeling, WV.

Red Men's Cemetery, Ohio County, W.Va.:
Reitz, Daniel - Jan. 12, 1867 - Oct. 2, 1888
Reitz, Daniel - bought lot in cemetery lot # 115?

     The younger Daniel is, no doubt, the son of the soldier. Daniel, Sr. died in 1902 and was buried there; however, this cemetery is said to have been used for part of Route 2, as of 1999.

Submitted by John C. Ritz, descendant.


Was At Work on South Side Yesterday Morning, Became Tired and Sat Down

His Head Fell Back and the Man Was Dead

An Ex-Policeman - Was Also a Well Known Iron Worker - Is Survived By A Family -
Inquest Held - Death Due to Heart Disease

     Yesterday morning shortly after 8 o'clock, Daniel Reitz, one of the well known residents of the Eighth ward, suddenly expired while at work for the city gas board, his death due to heart disease. The deceased was a well known former mill worker in the old Riverside, and was also an ex-policeman, having been under Capt. Davis.
     Mr. Reitz, who was in his 64th year, had not been working for some time past, but had received a position with the gas board gang, and on yesterday morning started out under Edw. L. Bender to do his first work. The men were engaged in digging a ditch at Market and Twenty-third street, and on account of Rietz not having worked for some time he was warned not to exert himself too much, however, he continued to work and at the end of an hour seemed rather tired. He sat down to rest, but in a moment, his head fell back and he expired. Sr. J. G. Walden was hurriedly sent for but the man was past medical aid.
     Coroner Schultz was notified and after hearing the facts rendered a verdict of heart disease.
     Daniel Rietz, who was known throughout the South Side, resided at No. 4523 Eoff Street and is survived by a wife and five children, three boys and two girls. The funeral will occur on Wednesday.

DIED - - RIETZ - On Monday, October 6th, 1902, at 9:20 a.m., Daniel Reitz, in his 64th year of his age. - Funeral from his late residence, 4513 Eoff street, Wednesday afternoon, October 8th, at 2:30 o'clock. Interment Red Men's cemetery. Friends of the family invited to attend.

     According to the DEATH RECORD, the parents of Daniel Rietz were Christian and Elizabeth Reitz, both born in Germany.

     Mary Jane Reitz/Ritz, the wife of Daniel, died of Bright's Disease in Marshall County, W.Va. on January 4, 1916.