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From: "RHOADS, Roger" <>
Subject: RE: Rineharts - Ohio
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 07:24:38 -0400
The following is a copy of the minutes (7 pp) of the
Brumbaugh-Rinehart 1907 reunion that just ran on the Brethren Rootsweb
Fifth Annual Reunion
BRUMBAUGH & RINEHART FAMILIES
The Electric Press
Report of the Fifth Annual Reunion
One of the most interesting sessions of the Brumbaugh-Rinehart Reunion
Association, was held at the beautiful and picturesque home of our friend
and relative, Noah W. Rinehart, located a few miles north of Dayton, on a
pretty site just suitable for an occasion like this. The old fashioned
home-stead with its cozy nooks and numerous balconies surrounded by running
brooks, grassy hill sides and artistic falls-nature's own handiwork
presented to us a most hearty welcome, and appreciated by all. From early
morning up to the noon hour the electric cars carried a number of relatives
and friends from surrounding towns and cities to this place, and numerous
carriages and buggies were seen wending their way in this direction.
After the usual greetings of renewing old acquaintances and forming new
ones, we assembled under one large tent, and the forenoon session was called
to order at 10:45 o'clock, by the chairman, G.W. Brumbaugh, (page 2) of
Dayton, who explained that it was a brief business session only. After
singing and prayer, the chairman appointed the following committees:
COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS.
H.D. Rinehart, M.D., chairman; S.L. Brumbaugh, Dr. Samuel Brumbaugh.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS.
V.V. Brumbaugh, S.B. Heckman, Mrs.. W.J. Wagner.
COMMITTEE ON CURRENT HISTORY.
Births, Deaths, Marriages, Etc.
S.L. Brumbaugh, West Milton, Ohio; O. F. Brumbaugh, New Lebanon, Ohio; May
Bookwalter Miller, Greenville, Ohio; Miss Minnie Rinehart, West Alexandria,
Ohio; N.W., Union, Ohio.
We were adjourned by the sound of the dinner bell, which seemed to have
been in training, for one and all understood that it meant a call, to a
repast that was awaiting us in the large and commodious barn, which our
benevolent friend had remodeled into a most inviting dining hall. And only
to be one of the number to partake of this sumptuous dinner could give it a
creditable description, as the utmost care had been shown in selecting the
delicacies that filled the long rows of (page 3) tables. After a return of
thanks, led by J.H. Rinehart, all agreed that it was a dinner long to be
After a few hours of social talks and greetings a photograph of the
company was taken, the pictures being finished and distributed at the close
of the meeting.
The program for the afternoon was begun by singing "American" by the
audience, followed by scripture reading from the last chapter of
Revelations, and prayer by William Minnich.
A pleasing welcome address was given by our host, N.W. Rinehart, which
was responded to by Chas. H. Miller.
Honorable Clement L. Brumbaugh, of Columbus, Ohio, could not be present
to deliver the address assigned to him on the program, but sent his sincere
regrets at not being able to be with us at this meeting, and his willingness
to assist in any future meeting.
Dr. S.B. Heckman, from the College of the City of New York, Editor of the
Historical Committee of this Association gave an interesting and historical
talk of the Brumbaugh and Rinehart families, which touched on each and every
member present, and through his kindness we are able to publish in these
minutes, some of the important points which he has carefully summed up in
two parts, namely:
THE BRUMBAUGH FAMILY.
The early history of the Brumbaugh family as mentioned in the following
report was furnished by Dr. Gains M. Brumbaugh, of Washington, D.C., who is
preparing a complete history of the Brumbaugh family. Dr. Brumbaugh should
have the hearty cooperation of every one of our Association on who he may
call for aid in collecting material for his work.
On hundred and fifty-three years ago this month, that is on September
30th, 1754, there landed in Philadelphia from Rotterdam, Holland, a ship
called the "Neptune." She carried a number of Germans who were making their
way to America to establish homes. Among them was Johannes Heinrich
Brumbach, who was the first of his family to come to this country.
Eleven years afterwards, in October 1765, another ship coming from
Holland to Philadelphia brought, among her German passengers seeking homes
in the New World, two brothers, named Conrad Brombach and Johannes Brombach.
These brothers were the sons of the Johannes Heinrich Brumbach just
mentioned. This Johannes Heinrich had four sons of whom there is positive
knowledge, Conrad and Johannes mentioned above, (page 5) George and Jacob.
Conrad was born in 1735, and was married to Catharine Heiser. After coming
to America, he finally settled near Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
He had the following children: John, Jacob, Daniel, William, David, George,
Christiana, Laviana and Elizabeth. John, of this family, was born October
19, 1771 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He first moved to Bedford County,
Pennsylvania, and in 1818 he moved to Miami county, Ohio. He died at
Bradford, Ohio, October 31, 1849. His wife was Christiana Metz, whose death
took place Augus!
t 31, 1826. Dr. John B. Ballinger of Bradford, Ohio, who is a member of the
Reunion Association, is a descendant of this family.
Jacob Brumbach, one of the four sons of Johannes Heinrich, and brother to
the Conrad who settled near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was born November 27,
1734, and died in 1798 or 1799. He settled near Funkstown, Maryland about
1761. He moved to Morrison's Cove, Blair County, Pennsylvania in 1788, and
from there to Woodcock Valley, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania in 1794. He
was twice married and had fifteen children, two or three of whom are of
particular interest to the members of this reunion. The fourth child was
born in 1768, and died December (page 6) 6th, 1859, and was named Conrad.
He became the head of the families of Brumbaughs of Stark County, Ohio.
Another son, George, was born March 12, 1780, and is the ancestor of Dr.
Gains M. Brumbaugh, of Washington, D.C., who is now preparing a complete
history of the Brumbaugh families. He is also the ancestor of Dr. M.G.
Brumbaugh, well known to many present at this meeting, now Superintendent of
Schools of Philadelph!
ia, and, I think, the ancestor of Elder John H. Brumbaugh, of this
The last child of the first wife of this Jacob Brumbach was named Henry,
and he is the ancestor of many of the Brumbaughs here today. He was born
May 24, 1778 in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and moved with his father to
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, at the age of sixteen.
On March 13, 1802, Henry Brumbaugh was married to Elizabeth Folk, who was
born March 29, 1784. Some years later they moved with their four or five
children from Pennsylvania to Ohio, choosing a site for their home only
about two miles from this place, the present home of Mrs.. Clara Hart, a
member of this Reunion. Stories of the long and difficult trip by wagons
across the mountains; stories of the toilings and deprivations and hardships
and sorrows and joys of heroic (page 7) living in carving homes from the new
country; stories of the devotion to church and family and country; stories
of overcoming gigantic difficulties of every sort so that there might result
the best country, the highest civilization and most righteous living for
their children and their children's children; these are gems of the history
of our family, some of which have been already narrated to us, all of which
deserve to be told us again and again, and none of which should ever be
allowed to peris!
h from our annals.
There were born to Henry and Elizabeth Brumbaugh eleven children. The
oldest was Jacob, who married Katy Ehrhart.
2nd. David, unmarried.
3rd. Samuel, my grandfather, married first Elizabeth Rinehart, and
second Lydia Studebaker.
4th. Catharine or Katy, married Samuel Baker.
5th. Elizabeth, married first Joel Kinsey, second John Hoover.
6th. Susana, married George Beam.
7th. Henry, unmarried.
8th. George, married Lydia Stutsman.
9th. Esther, married Daniel Rinehart.
10th. Nancy, married Samuel Winkleblech.
11th. Mary, married David Christian.
It is the hope of the Historical Committee that subsequent reports can be
made on other branches of the family. The committee urgently solicits the
active interest and help of every member of the Association in collecting
more material about the family history.
THE RINEHART FAMILY.
NOTE:-I am indebted to Dr. H.D. Rinehart, and to my Mother, for much of
the material of this report.
In 1733 Ulrich Rinehart made his way to America on the ship "Hope" from
Rotterdam, landing in Philadelphia, the port which received the German
immigrants at this time. Not much is known of Ulrich Rinehart, save that he
was twice married and had six sons. Four of these sons, Peter, Frederick,
Ulrich and John he had by his first wife, and two, Martin and David he had
by his second wife. The lineage of these sons is not yet worked out, but
one of them is the ancestor of the Rinehart families of this Reunion. the
head of this branch of the family settled in his early life in Augusta
County, Virginia. His wife, Hannah, was over seventy years of age at her
death, which occurred in 1823. They were the great grandparents of our host
today, Mr.. Noah W. Rinehart, of Dr. H.D. Rinehart, of John Rinehart, of my
Mother. They had at least five children, namely: Jacob, of whom I shall
speak later; Abraham, David, Hettie and Anna. Hettie married a man by the
name of Brower. They!
had two children, Catherine, who married Peter Wright, and Betsy, who
married Aaron Unger. Both daughters have their homes in or near North
Manchester, Indiana. The second of the five children mentioned, Anna,
married a Folkerth. She was a second wife and they left no children.
Abraham was the father of Henry Rinehart, of West Alexandria, Ohio, whose
family, we regret, can not be present today. The son Jacob was the ancestor
of most of the Rineharts present at this meeting. his wife was Susan
Brower. They had nine children.
1st. Hannah, who married a Klingenpiel. They had only one child, a
daughter, who died without posterity.
2nd. Elizabeth, married Samuel Brumbaugh, and was my good and gentle
grandmother. They had seven children.
3rd. Fannie, unmarried.
4th. Daniel, married Esther Brumbaugh. She is now ninety years of age,
and attends all of these family reunions. We have the extreme pleasure and
honor of her presence with us today. We sincerely hope we may (page 10)
have her many more times at our meetings.
5th. Susanna, married John Barnhart.
6th. Jacob, married Fannie Miller.
7th. Enoch, married Elizabeth Young. [Bill Petry line]
8th. Mary, married John Yost.
9th. John, married Nancy Brubaker.
Five of the children were born in Virginia before the family moved to
Ohio in the year 1816.
Jacob Rinehart, with his wife and five children and with his own father
and mother moved in company with a few other families from Augusta County,
Virginia, to Preble County, Ohio, in 1816. They, of course, made the trip,
near 700 miles, with horses and wagons, and were on the road about six
weeks. Many interesting stories of this moving party have been handed down
to the present generations, some of which have already been related at these
reunion meetings. These stories, and all others relative to the early life
of our families deserve to be collected and preserved before they are lost.
An account of other branches of the Rinehart family is not included,
because sufficient reports of these families have not yet been made. The
Historical Committee again urges all members of this Association to report
to it lineage of their families, family records, stories, letters, papers,
documents, (page 11) or any material that may add to the history of either
of the two families.
Miss Josie Miller, of Greenville, Ohio, gave a clever reading, entitled
"How Old Mose Counts."
A collection was asked for, to defray expenses incurred by the various
committees. $32.36 was cheerfully donated.
The first to respond was Jesse K. Brumbaugh, West Milton, Ohio. His talk
was interesting, carrying the older members back to happy child-hood days,
and giving the younger people a good description of "Ye Olden Times." He
was a teacher of the district school and he made mention of the various
methods of the schools of those days, and how the "paddle" was used not only
as an incentive to obedience, but also as an incentive to study.
J.H. Brumbaugh, formerly of Pennsylvania, now of Brookville, O., next
mentioned briefly the many advantages and privileges of the schools of today
as compared with his school days.
Dr. H.D. Rinehart, of Dayton, responded to these remarks with a little
experience of his own, telling how he had been taught by these able men,
when a boy, to "Look no (page 12) your book," and we are led to believe that
it has been a lasting "motto" with the Doctor, as he is attaining the
highest ability by it.
Judge V.V. Brumbaugh, of Eaton, Ohio, very pleasantly entertained us with
a brief talk, ending with the familiar lines from Morse, Oft in the stilly
S.L. Brumbaugh reported on the "Family Tree" very favorable for
completion in the coming year.
REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES.
Committee on current History, Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc.
Elsie Lorene Wenger, born January 19, 1907, daughter to Enos and Adah
Carl Brumbaugh, born September 26, 1906, son to Levi W. and Adah
Frank Gilbert, born June 27, 1907, son to David and Maud Gilbert.
Russel E. Brumbaugh, born August 23, 1907, son to Jesse and Alice
Lois Neher, born March 17, 1907, daughter to Alvah and Sarah Neher.
Helen Gragey, born October 20, 1906, daughter to Wm. and Jenney Gragey.
Meron Blocher, born July 5, 1907, daughter to Levi and Susie Blocher.
Paul H. Clapp, born August 14, 1907, son to Walter and Elnora Clapp.
John Ross Baker, August 9, 1907, son to Mr.. and Mrs.. Don Baker.
Robert W. Bishop, born July 1907, son to Wm.. and Pearl Bishop.
Cloyd Weist, died December 7, 1906.
Elsie Lorene Wenger, died April 8, 1907.
Susanna Baker, died February 12, 1907.
James Hoover, died September 29, 1906.
Almeda Winklebleck and A.P. Havlic, October 9, 1906.
Lucy Baker and Harvey E. Wandle, December 25, 1906.
Ethel Hollinger and Isaiah Loxley, March 31, 1907.
Bessie Brumbaugh and Lloyd Gragey, April 16, 1907.
Irvin Hart and Maud Brown, December 12, 1906.
Lulu Rinehart and John fisher, August 18,1907