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Riegel Family Veterans of Pennsylvania Civil War Regiments (Part 7 of 7)

Posted By on October 18, 2012

Part 7 of 7.  In a prior post, one branch of the Riegel family’s origins in America was presented – that of Mattheis Riegell (born about 1615) of Bad Muenster, Palatinate, Germany, who married Maria Werner.  They had a son, Jost Riegell (1615-1687) who married Maria Honen (or Hoenen).  Their son, Cornelius Riegel (1674-175) was the immigrant who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733, with his wife Anna Gertrude Ehrmann, and their family.  Two of the sons of Cornelius and Anna Gertrude had preceded the family by arriving in Philadelphia in 1732.

From Philadelphia, the members of this family migrated first to Berks County and later westward, with many of the descendants ending up in the Lykens Valley while others went to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa.

During the Civil War, more than 100 different men with the Riegel surname (or some variation of the name) served in Pennsylvania regiments.  Some of these men will be presented in this and future posts.  For many, the connection has already been made to the line of Matheis Riegel.  For others, very little is known.  It is hoped that readers will help complete the stories and genealogies of each of the men named Riegel.

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Continued from yesterday.  Today, the final group of men is presented, all of whom have links to the Riege/Riegel family line of Matheis Reigel.  Some have been previously presented here in a post entltled Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.

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Benjamin Riegle

Benjamin Riegle (1838-1862).  15th Iowa Infantry, Company B, Private.  Mustered into service on 6 November 1861.  Died of pneumonia at Winterset, Iowa, 12 May 1862.  Buried at Jefferson Goar Cemetery, Madison County, Iowa.  He was a 4th cousin to Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township and can be found in Dr. Samuel Riegel‘s history/genealogy on page 2-37.  Grave photo from Ancestry.com.

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Charles Riggle

Charles Riggle (1835-1924).  194th Ohio Infantry, Company F, Private.  A 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township and found on page 2-28 of the Dr. Samuel Riegel history/genealogy.  See prior post, click here.  Photo of grave marker is from Ancestry.com.

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Elias S. Riegel

Elias S. Riegel (1836-1918).  66th Illinois Sharpshooters, Corporal.  Married Catharine Cramer.  Buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Hancock Co., Ohio.  Said to be a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  Photo of Elias is from Ancestry.com.

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Emanuel Riegel (1830-1912).  58th Ohio Infantry, Company D, Private and then Corporal.  Mustered into service on 2 November 1861.  Mustered out on Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability at Louisville, Kentucky, 28 September 1862.  According to the 1863 Draft Registration, he was discharged on “weak eyes.”  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township and is found in Dr. Samuel Riegle‘s history/genealogy on page 2-83.  See: Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.

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Gabriel C. Riegel

Gabriel C. Riegel (1841-1916).  He served in either the 154th Indiana Infantry or 155th Indiana Infantry, Company H, as a Private.  Mustered in on 13 April 1865 and mustered out at Winchester, Virginia, on 4 August 1865.  Married Amanda Melissa Brooks.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  Found on page 2-91 of the Dr. Samuel Riegel history/genealogy.  Grave stone picture is from Ancestry.com.

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George W. Riegle

George W. Riegle (1833-1904).  172nd Ohio Infantry, Company I.  Mustered in on 14 May 1864 and mustered out at Gallipolis, Ohio, 3 September 1864.  Married Parthena A. Sheward.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  See prior post:  Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.  The portrait is from a family tree on Ancestry.com.

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Jesse Riggle

Jesse Riggle (1839-1924).  Also found as Riegel.  51st Ohio Infantry, Company C.  Buried at Bakersville Cemetery, Coshocton County, Ohio.  See prior post:  Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.  A 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  See also Dr. Samuel Riegle history and genealogy, page 2-30.  The grave photo is from Ancestry.com.

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John W. Riegel (1836-1906).  Regiment and company unknown, but probably Ohio.  Married Jennie R. Boyd.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township and is found on page 2-90 of Dr. Samuel Riegel‘s history/genealogy.

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Philip Andrew Riegle

Philip Andrew Riegle (1839-1909).  66th Illinois Infantry, Company H, Sergeant.  Married Marietta A. Wardwell.  Buried Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Hancock County, Ohio.  He was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  The photo of Philip is cropped from one found on Ancestry.com.

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Thomas Riggle (1841-1863).  Also known as Riegel and Toma Riggel 122nd Ohio Infantry, Company G, Private.  4th cousin of Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  Buried at Antietam National Cemetery, Frederick County, Maryland.  See prior post:  Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.

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Washington Riegel

Washington Riegel (1844-1863).  7th Ohio Valley Sharpshooters, Independent Company.  He died at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  4th cousin to Harrison Riegle of Lykens Township.  See prior post:  Riegle Family Cousins in Ohio.  Buried at Castor Cemetery, Arlington, Hancock County, Ohio.  Photo credit:  Ancestry.com.

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While this concludes the listing of the men named Riegle with Pennsylvania connections, additional research could unearth additional names.  For example the following two husbands of women whose maiden names were Riegle could be included as could others with the same connections:

Jonathan Arbogast

Jonathan Arbogast (1841-1912).  3rd Pennsylvania Artillery, Battery D, Private.  Mustered into service on 11 November 1862 at Harrisburg and mustered out on 9 November 1865.  His residence was Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and he was married to Juliann Riegel who was a 4th cousin of Harrison Riegle.  Jonathan is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  Grave marker photo from Ancestry.com.

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Benjamin Kauterman (1821-1892).  184th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private.  Mustered in on 12 May 1864 and mustered out on 14 July 1865.  He was married to Lavina Riegel who was a brother of Civil War veteran Obediah J. Riegel.  Benjamin lived in Lower Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1850.  He is buried in Shamokin Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Found in Dr. Samuel Riegel’s history/genealogy on page 2-113.

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This concludes the 7 part series on Riegel Family Veterans of Pennsylvania Civil War Regiments.  For a list of all posts in this series, click here.


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