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From: tomjack <>
Subject: Re: Margaret Rifenberg
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 15:45:41 -0400
I came upon an interesting piece of circumstantial information last
night. While looking through John Beagle's civil war pension papers, I
found an affadavit for Margaret Rifenberg Beagle from a Margaret Smith,
widow of Jacob P. Smith, of Worcester, Otsego Co., NY. She stated that
she knew Margaret Rifenberg before marriage and was present at her
wedding to Johnon May 27, 1836. Margaret Smith gives her mailing address
as Charlotteville, Schoharie, NY.
I found Jacob P. Smith in the 1870 census for Worcester and saw that the
post office for them was Charlotteville, Schoharie Co. I checked the
Schoharie GenWeb site and, lo and behold, there was a cemetery photo for
Jacob and Margaret. The gravestone says that her maiden name was Albert.
So, back to the census records for Worcester. In 1820, there are three
Albert families in Worcester between pages 19 and 21. Daniel and Jacob
Reifenberg are on pages 20 and 21. In the 1830 census, there are four
Albert households in Worcester. One is on the same page as Daniel
Rifenberg (pg. 146) and the others are in that neighborhood.
This makes me even more certain that Daniel Rifenberg
(Reifenberg/Rounburgh) was the father of Margaret Rifenberg. Now if I
could only find some records in Otsego Co. I checked the Otsego GenWeb
site and got no hits for the minister who performed the service. The
spelling looks like Bemgs but could be something like Berngs or Beungis.
Can't find any of those spellings anywhere.
> Hi Jackie,
> I hope this gets to you. I've been having some trouble getting emails
> out, but here goes.
> I did some research on Ancestry.com and found you have a co-researcher a
> Patrick Beagle who shows your Margaret as b. 19 Jan 1812 in Dutchess Co.
> NY and died 30 Jul 1896 in Walton, Deleware Co., NY. If he is correct
> and Margaret's parents were in Dutchess Co. in 1810, then there were
> only two Rifs (one spelled Refinbarack, Geo. and the other Ripenpeck,
> John) in Dutchess Co. in 1810. Geo had no girls in the 1810 or 1820
> census and John had 3 under 10 in 1810 and 1 under 10 and 3-10 to 16 in
> the 1820 (the one under 10, I think is the age catagory for your
> Margaret ie. b.1810-20). With the exception of the 1830 census showing
> the one female (Margaret) in the 10-15 age bracket rather than the 5-10
> bracket, everything looks good for John Ryphenbergh as being Margaret's
> father. He is shown as number 53 in Chuck's book. Which is also why he
> may not have info on Margaret as there is no info on descendents of John
> If John is your guy, his parents were David (#10) and Christiana (Funck)
> Ryfenburg, and an easy step thru Daniel (#3) and Elizabeth (Stieber)
> Reifenberg and Jurgen (#2) and Maria Elizabeth ?, to Johann Georg
> By the way there is a George and Jacob listed next to each other in the
> 1820 Dutchess Co. census but I can't easily tie them to the Geo and
> Jacob in Schoharie or Otsego Co. in 1830 or to Daniel.
> Hope this is understandable. Let me know what you think.
> Bob Riffenburgh
> tomjack wrote:
> > Chuck:
> > I have been researching a Margaret Rifenberg for several years. She
> > married a John Beagle in Worcester, Otsego Co., NY in 1836. From her
> > location at that time, I have tentatively linked her to Daniel
> > Rifenberg who was enumerated in the 1830 census in Worcester. There
> > was a female of in the age range to be Margaret enumerated with Daniel
> > in that census. In the 1820 census, George and Jacob Reifenberg were
> > residing in Worcester. I have never been able to link Daniel to either
> > George of Jacob, nor any of them to Johann Georg. Do you have any
> > information in your book about these people?
> > Jackie Reiss
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