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Johann Valentin Rinehart

Johann Valentin Rinehart

Male 1725 - 1792  (66 years)

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  • Name Johann Valentin Rinehart  [1, 2, 3
    Born 10 Oct 1725  Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Christened 12 Oct 1725  Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 1792  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Person ID I260  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2011 

    Father Arnold Rinehart,   b. 20 May 1684, Eberstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1727, Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Anna Elizabetha Wambold,   b. Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1751, Upper Saucon, Northhampton (Now Lehigh) Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Feb 1715  Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F1043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria Barbara Unknown (Steiber ?),   b. 1725,   d. Aft Aug 1793  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Abt 1750  Pfungstadt, Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 8, 9
    Children 
     1. Maria Elizabeth Rinehart,   b. 12 Apr 1750, Upper Saucon, Bucks (Now Lehigh) Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Valentine Rinehart, Jr,   b. 12 Dec 1751, Upper Saucon, Northhampton (Now Lehigh) Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Elizabeth Barbara Rinehart,   b. 20 Feb 1753, Upper Saucon, Northhampton (Now Lehigh) Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1845, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Christina Rinehart,   b. 1756, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1818, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. Catrin (Catharine) Rinehart,   b. 13 Nov 1756, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1825, Chanceford, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Anna Maria (Mary) Rinehart,   b. 29 Nov 1758, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1848, Cumberland, Adams Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. George Valentine Rinehart,   b. 30 Apr 1761, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1800, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     8. George Phillip Rinehart,   b. 21 Sep 1763, York Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • According to Annette K. Burgert, Eighteenth Century Emigrants from Pfungstadt, Hessen-Darmstadt to Pennsylvania, p. 25 (1995), Valentine's name was Johann Valentin, and she believes that, although he is not mentioned in ship lists, he emigrated "probably on St. Andrew Galley, 1737, with stepfather Valentin Steinmetz."

      According to Dick Ott, Valentine and Barbara moved from Pennsylvania "to Piney Creek Hundred in Fred. Co., Md. sometime after 1753. He bought land there as early as 1758. I assumed that all of his children were born in Pa., but perhaps they were born in Md. and baptized at St. David's church in West Manheim, York Co., Pa. that they attended. He was naturalized in 1758 and a witness had him living in Manheim near the Md. border.
      "He was born in Pfungstadt, nr. Darmstadt, Germany. He was the son of Arnold Reinhard (a baker) and Anna Eliz. Wambold. Arnold died in 1727 and she remarried Valentine Steinmetz who took her and her sons to Philadelphia...." (Email to Barbara Hannon, 28 Sep 2003); Dick Ott's information was taken in part from Annette Burgert, Ibid.

      The following appears in Frederick County Court Papers, 1757-1815 [ Maryland Archives C773-15 1/41/7/9 ], abstracted in Stefanie R. Shaffer, INHABITANTS OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND, 1748-1800, vol. 2, p. 135 (2001):
      "Andrew Hoover, John Keys, ... Valentine Rinehart ... [and 8 others] to appear in March Court 1758 to satisfy capt. Thomas Norris the sum of 100 pounds of tobacco each. On July 11, 1757, the court ordered that each pay the tobacco 'for the use of his Company agreeable to an Act Entitled an Act for the ordering and regulating the Militia of this Province for the better defence and security thereof.' "

      In addition to owing debts (or paying what looks like a tax payable in tobacco), Valentine had difficulty collecting money owed to him:
      "Court document dated January 5, 1773: Christian Light was indebted to Valentine Rinehart, but Light had absconded from his place of abode.
      "Court document daed December 30, 1772: Christian Lite [sic] was indebted to Peter Erbb, but Lite had 'actually absconded or was about to abscond from the last place of his abode'".... Ibid, p. 162.

      And further, relating to the preceding: "Michael Buff, cordwinder of Frederick Co. and Christian Light, farmer of Frederick Co. made a note with Valentine Rinehart, farmer of Frederick Co. on January 3, 1772, to be repaid on or before January 3, 1773.... On January 5, 1773, Valentine Rinehart swore before Thos. Price in Frederick Co. that the note had not been paid." Ibid, pp. 162-163.

      Valentine had problems during 1771-1772 paying rent that he owed. His name appears among those in "A List of Persons who stand charged with lands in Fredk Co which are under such circumstances as rendered it out of the Power of [the rent collector] to collect the Rents...." Rent Due on Land in Frederick County, 1771-1772, reprinted in Stefanie R. Shaffer, INHABITANTS OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND, 1750-1790, vol. 1, p. 52 (2001).

      In 1786 Valentine and Barbara "Reinhardt" were sponsors for the baptism of their granddaughter Barbara "Schraufer" in St. Benjamin's or Krider's Lutheran Church. vol. 9, MARYLAND GERMAN CHURCH RECORDS, p. 40 (C.T. Zahn & F.S. Weiser, eds; 1993)

      Valentine's will is located in Frederick County [MD] Will Book GM#2, pp. 437-438. The will was signed 20 June 1791; it appears that it was admitted to probate 5 June 1792, with an accounting filed 20 Aug 1793. Ibid. The will is abstracted in "Frederick County Wills, Liber GM#2," vol. 8, Western Maryland Genealogy, at p. 137 (1992), and in M.B.Hageness, Abstract of Wills, Liber GM#2, 1783-1794, Frederick County, Maryland, pp. 58-59 (MLH Research, Anniston, AL (2001) [LDS Film 1440551].

      The will provides among other things that "I Valentine Rinehart of Frederick County ... being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory ... give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Barbary [sic] all my estate both real and personal during her life, or as long as she lives my widow but if she should marry then she shall have the third part of my said estate during her natural life, and at the death of my said wife I give and bequeath to my well beloved son George Rinehart ... [various tracts of land] ... and he my said son shall give unto my said wife ten bushels of wheat and ten bushels of rye every year so long as she lives my widow ... and at the death of my said wife that he my said son shall give to my four daughters whose names is [sic] as follows, vis, that is to say Elizabeth Sorrier, Catrin Shaul, Christenor Snowfer [sic], and Mary Weaver, the sum of forty pounds specie in equal parts ... until one hundred and sixty pounds is paid ... and ... the rest of my estate real and personal not heretofore mentioned be equally divided amongst my son and four daughters abovementioned and I give and bequeath unto my daughter Barbary Erter [sic] married with Daniel Erter the sum of one shilling Sterling which is to be with what she hath already received of me infull [sic] of all my estate both real and personal, and ... [wife Barbary, son George, and Frederick Sorrier shall be my executors] ***."
    • (Research):
      The spelling of the Rinehart's surname has been somewhat tortured. The scrivener of his will (see General Notes) spelled it "Valentine Rinehart" in the will's text, but his signature appears as "Valentin Reinhardt."

      The original German spelling is uncertain. For example, R.Strassburger and W.J.Hinke, vol. 1, PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN PIONEERS, pp. 526-529 (1934), in the various versions of List 200, record that one "Yerrick Valatine Rynhard" arrived in Philadelphia on the ship PATIENCE on 15 Sept. 1753; that on 17 Sept. 1753, "Georg Valthain Rienhardt" took the oath of allegience to the crown, and the oath of adjuration. [Note that the printed lists show the spelling as Rienhardt -- ie, not ei. Further, the "Yerrick" entry is probably a clerk's error -- the name right above it also is Yerrick -- because the signed lists in vol. 2, Ibid>, pp. 630, 632, clearly show the name Georg.]

      The name is spelled differently in W.H. Egle (ed.), NAMES OF FOREIGNERS WHO TOOK THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE PROVINCE AND STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1727-1775, pp. 387-388 (vol. 27, Pennsylvania Archives, 2d series (1890), reprinted 1967), which shows Reinhardt as "qualifying" on 17 Sept. 1753, after arriving on the PATIENCE. At p. 387 the name is "Georg Valentin Bernhardt." At p. 388 the name is "Yerrick Valatine Rynhard" and his age is given as 27.

      The name appears as "Georg Valentin Reinhardt" [ei, not ie] in I.D.Rupp, THIRTY THOUSAND NAMES OF IMMIGRANTS IN PENNSYLVANIA, List 197, p. 304 (2d ed 1927).

      All of this may be academic and may relate to a person who lived in New Jersey, rather than this Valentine Rinehart. In a Philadelphia newspaper, Wochentlicher Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote on 4 June 1771, a notice appeared stating: "Georg Valentin Reinhardt, Bedminster Township, Somerset County, N.J., advertises that his servant, James Morris, ran away. He is native born and 22 years old." See, E.W. Hocker, GERMAN SETTLERS OF PENNSYLVANIA, p. 106 (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980).

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    9. [S11] Frederick Cnty, MD, Will Book GM 2 |, Frederick County, MD, "Will Book GM #2", (Frederick County, MD, Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401), pp. 437-438.