Note: Christopher is not shown in the baptismal register, but it is practically certain that he was a son of Johannes Richter.
Christopher was by trade a clockmaker. He is shown as a member of the Guild of Steelsmiths and Toolmakers of the Freudenberg District in 1698 and 1699. After 1699 his name is crossed out, and the roll on January 2, 1705 shows in his stead Johannes Richter of Trupbach, admitted as a clockmaker. On August 21, 1696 all the masterlocksmiths of Siegen complained against the two sons of "Christophel Clockmaker" of Trupbach and Philip Marburg for making locks, on the ground that these should be made only by their Guild at Siegen. On August 26 the defendants were named as Johann Philipp Marburg and Johannes Richter of Trupbach (Siegener Landesarchiv, 14, No. 70). The church accounts of Holzklau state that on January 22, 1716 "the clockmaker of Trupbach" (i.e. Johannes Richter, I suppose) had provided the parish church clock with two new wheels and a pendulum, and that his brother, Jacob Richter of Langenholdinghausen, had repaired the hands of the clock, which had faded out.
An interesting sidelight on the times is shown by another court record. On February 28, 1675 Christopher Richter and Anna Catharina his wife morgaged fields and meadows they owned at Trupbach to Martin Klingspor of Siegen to secure a debt of 20 Reichsthaler, the sum being borrowed to repair damages to their property done by General von Koenigsmarck and his troops as they marched through Nassau-Siegen.
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