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Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio

Posted By on July 25, 2012

 

Harrison Riegle (1840-1899)

The subject of this post is the identification of the fourth cousins of Harrison Riegle (1840-1899) of Gratz who served in Ohio regiments during the Civil War.  Their common ancestor was Johannes Cornelius Riegel (1664-1750) who emigrated to America early in the eighteenth century.

Previously, Harrison Riegle was profiled in the post entitled Children of Daniel Riegle, Dauphin County Commissioner (Part 1), and (Part 2)

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Harrison Riegle (1840-1899), of Gratz, a Civil War veteran of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G,  was a direct descendant of Johann Daniel Riegel (1714-1786), son of Johannes Cornelius RiegelJohann Daniel Riegel‘s son was Andreas Riegel (1750-1815), a pioneer settler of the Lykens Valley who married Anna Catharina Hoffman, the daughter of Johann Peter Hoffman (1709-1797), also a pioneer settler of the Lykens Valley.

The following Civil War soldiers are descendants through George Wilhelm Riegel (1706-1778), son of Johannes Cornelius Riegel:

GEORGE W. RIEGLE (1833-1904) served in the 172nd Ohio Infantry, Company I, from 14 May 1864 through 3 September 1864.  His wife’s name was Parthena A. Sheward [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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CHARLES RIGGLE (1835-1924) served in the 194th Ohio Infantry, Company F.  He married Nancy Barrick who was a published poet.  Charles in buried in Bakersfield Cemetery, Coshocton, Ohio.  [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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JESSE RIGGLE (1839-1924) served in the 51st Ohio Infantry, Company C.  He is buried in Bakersfield Cemetery, Coshocton, Ohio.  [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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THOMAS “TOMA” RIGGEL (1841-1863) died at Frederick, Maryland, while serving in the 122nd Ohio Infantry, Company G, as a Private.  He is buried at Antietam National Cemetery, Frederick County, Maryland.  [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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MARGARET RIEGEL‘s husband, ALEXANDER FINTON served in the 122nd Ohio Infantry, Company G.  [Margaret’s fourth cousin was Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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The following Civil War soldiers are descendants through Johannes Riegel (1709-1795), the son of Johannes Cornelius Riegel (1674-1750):

EMANUEL RIEGEL (1830-1912) was a Corporal in Company D of the 58th Ohio Infantry.  He was married twice, first to Sarah Jane Miller and second to Julia Ann Bailey.  Emanuel served from 2 November 1861 through 28 September 1862, when he was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, on account of “weak eyes.”  [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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JOHN W. RIEGEL (1836-1906) probably served in an Ohio regiment (as is stated in the Samuel Riegel history, page 2-90) but that regiment has not yet been identified  He was married to Jennie R. Boyd [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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WASHINGTON RIEGEL (1844-1863) died at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, while serving in the 7th Independent Ohio Valley SharpshootersHe is buried at Castor Cemtery, Arlington, Hancock County, Ohio.  [Note:  4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

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ELIZABETH RIEGEL‘s son HARVEY HENRY HALDERMAN (1842-1864) served in the 110th Ohio Infantry, Company B, as a Private and died at Alexandria, Virginia.  He is buried in the Alexandria National Cemetery.  [Note:  Harvey was the 4th Cousin to Harrison Riegle of Gratz].

It is not known if these Riegle cousins in Ohio were aware of the Pennsylvania cousins who were serving in Pennsylvania regiments and fighting for the same cause.  All those mentioned who served in Ohio regiments had roots in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and could trace their ancestry to the immigrant Johannes Cornelius Riegle, their 3rd great-grandfather as well as the 3rd great-grandfather of Harrison Riegle of Gratz.

The post Riegel Family Origins gives the background of the Riegel/Riegle family that arrived in America and originally settled in Berks County.

The Civil War Research Project is interested in finding out more about these Ohio cousins of Harrison Riegle and is especially interested in pictures and stories.


Comments

2 Responses to “Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio”

  1. Larry Reigle says:

    It may be of interest that Washington Riegle of Hancock Co. Ohio had four brothers that served: John Jefferson, Martin van Buren, Elias S. And Philip Andrew Riegle. They were the children of Philip and Catherine Riegle.

  2. Isaac Rigel says:

    Is there any place I can find detail about what happened to the Ohio branch of the family after the war? I’m pretty sure I’m descended from this branch but am having a hard time of knowing when/who of my family switched the name when they moved into Tennessee and Alabama afterwards.

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