History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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JONATHAN RITTENHOUSE UMSTEAD, M. D, Among the practicing physicians of Bucks county Jonathan Rittenhouse Umstead, of Quakertown. holds a well recognized position. Dr. Umstead to a grandson of William and Maria (Rittenhouse) Umstead, who were the parents of a son, David Rittenhouse, mentioned at length hereinafter. Mr. and Mrs. Umstead were residents of German town, where the forma was employed id the store quarries.

David Rittenhouse Umstead, son of William and Maria (Rittenhouse) Umatead, was born November 6, 1829, in Germantown, and received his education to the 1ocal schools. In the worse of time he cum into possession of the farm in connection with his brother, Josiah Umstead and for two years they managed the estate in partnership disposing of their product in the Philadelphia markets and having a dairy attached. Mr. Umstead married Leah, daughter of Isaac and (Springer) Benner, of Franconia township, where they lived on a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Umstead were the parents of the following children: 1. Jonathan Rittenhouse, mentioned at length hereinafter. a. Thomas, who married and lives in Philadelphia. 3. Angeline, who became the wife of William Evenna, of Philadelphia. 4. Amanda who married William Tyson, of Philadelphia. 5. Ella, who was engaged in teaching. 6. Maurice, who married Harmah Straley, of Germantown. 7. Josiah. 8. William, who married and lives m Philadelphia.

Jonathan Rittenhouse Umstead, son of David Rittenhouse and Leah (Benner) Umstead, was born November 25, 1964, on his father's farm, near Souderton, in Franeonia township, Montgomery county, and attended the public school until his tenth year, when be went to reside with his granduncle, Jonathan Rittenhouse, at Germantown During his stay there he attended for two years the "Friends" school at Lane and Green streets. After spending one year at home he returned for one year to the Friendsí school, and then attended for the same length of time the West Chester State Normal School. In the summer of 1881 he again returned home, and for the next four years devoted himself to the labors of the home farm. In March, 1885, he entered the drug store of Dr. Horace A. Long, of Souderton, to whom he was related through the Rittenhouses, and in the autumn of the same year matriculated in Jefferson Medical College, from which institution be graduated in 1888 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. While a student his vacations were spent in Dr. Long's drug store, and were thus made seasons of continued study and improvement. After graduating he became the assistant of his preceptor with whom he retrained until the spring of 1889, when he moved to Quakertown, where he has since followed his profession as a general, practitioner. Dr. Umstead is active as a citizen and is now serving his third tam as deputy coroner. For three years he represented the seer and ward in the town council, and during his term of service was prominently connected with the promotion of the water and trolley franchise. He has acted as delegate to county and congressional conventions of the Republican party of which he is an active member. He is an attendant of St. John's Lutheran church. Dr. Umstead married in 1889, Lillian Minerva Zendt, and they are the parents of the following children: 1. Evelyn Zendt, born February 7, 1892. 2. Joseph Russell, born April 17, 1893. 3. Daniel Milton, bout August 31, 1895. 4 Floyd, born July 2, 1897, and died September 25, 1897. 5. Ralph. J., born October 1, 1902. Mrs. Umstead is granddaughter of Frederick D and May (Delp) Zendt whose son, Milton Delp Zendt, was born in 1845, in Skippack township, Montgomery county. He attended the public schools of his district and was for several years a teacher in the township schools. He moved to Illinois and there also engaged in teaching, returning finally to his old home, where he is now a cloth manufacturer. Mr. Zendt married Mary, daughter of George L and Ann (Hanky) Hallman, and they were the parents of the following children: 1. Lillian Minerva, who was born February 22, 1859, attended the district schools of her native town, and became the wife of Jonathan Rittenhouse Umstead, as mentioned above. 2. Penrose Harper, who was born in 1871, lives at Souderton, married Laura, daughter of Oliver Althouse, of that place, and has three children: Robert, Laura and Oliver Milton, 3. Annie Eunice, who became the wife of Franklin Moyer, son of Enos Moyer, of Souderton, and has had three children, the youngest of whom is deceased, the others being Clifford and Mary. 4. George Newton, who married Eva, daughter of Benjamina and Emma (Harr) Barndt, of Souderton, and has two children, Abram Randall and Alma. Mr. Zendt holds a position in a bank at Souderton. 5. Joseph Norman, who married Gertrude, daughter of Joseph Moyer, of Perkasie, has one sone, James Edward, and lives in Philadelphia, 6. Ivan Frederick, who is a cloth manufacturer at Souderton and is unmarried. 7. May Pearl, who was born September 17, 1886. 8. Beulah H., who was born November, 1892. Both the last named members of the family reside at home.

Text taken from pages 445 and 446 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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