By Jack Rinedollar


The Pedigree chart portrays those ancestral family lines that go back into history from twelve generations to the year 1605. There are over 300 names that include those of knights to serfs; princesses to housewife. Genealogy is never finished. We are always seeking more information of those in the past to keeping track of those in the present. Genealogy is the learning of history. What happened in those times that affected the lives of the people; escaping from serfdom, religious persecution, war, and starvation. They all sought to better their family lives.

“It is believed that they, the REYENTHALERs, were Bavarian or Tyrolese. The family were minor nobility during the Middle Ages, but apparently decided it was better to be prosperous burghers with a coat of arms than impoverished knights.” (4)

It was in the early 1700’s in Simmozheim uber Calw, Wuerttemberg, Germany where the story begins. My sixth great grandfather, HANS JERG RHEINTHALER, born circa 1700 lived in that town with his family.

This is his name as shown in a German church record. (9)

A son, JOH GEORG RHEINTHALER, was born circa 1720. He married ANNA MARGARETHA GOTTSCHALL on April 14, 1744 in Simmozheim, Germany. She was christened on Nov 15, 1720 in Doffingen, Baden-Wuerttemburg, Germany. They had two known children, GEORG HEINRICH born in 1745 and GEORG JACOB who died in 1848. Their names are also recorded in the German church record. (9)


“MARIA THERESA succeeded her father CHARLES VI, Holy Roman Emperor, to rule the Hapsburg dominions in 1740. The war was started by King FREDERICK II of Prussia who perceived that MARIA THERESA was a weak woman and that other princes made alleged rights to her crown.” (10)

The RHEINTHALERs may have come to America “To escape the unsettled political conditions in Europe…, unfavorable economic conditions in Wurttemberg, Germany, untold hardships including crop failures, annoying compulsory service to the overlords, medieval feudalism, mounting debt, and taxes.” (11)

Leaving the land of their ancestors to travel to an unknown land must have been most difficult. There were many things to do to prepare for the journey. “The law stated that those emigrating to America must sell all their property, revoke their citizenship, delay their inheritances to their children until majority age, apply for permission to emigrate from proper authorities or passport or a family record and certificate of church membership from the village pastor before their trip to the new land could begin. This is a very serious situation to consider since if they tried to return to Germany, they could not enter the country for the rest of their lives. However, the hardships evidently convinced them to take the risk of never returning.” (12)

Their journey to the new land was long and arduous undertaking. “To travel from their town to the port of embarkation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania took almost one-half year due to numerous custom houses with their inspections and detentions along the way. Rhine river boats to Holland required passing through 26 custom houses where ships were examined when it suited the convenience of the officials. The trip to the port of Holland took four to six weeks. In Holland they were detained likewise. The second stage of the journey was from Rotterdam to one of the English ports. Then they could be delayed for one to two weeks for restocking essentials, passing through another custom house or waiting for favorable winds.” (12)

“The misery returns with the long voyage of eight to twelve weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean. They were packed densely together without proper food and water and subjected to all sorts of diseases. When they arrived in America, their delays did not end. If an inspecting health officer found one person with an infectious disease, the ship would be ordered to move one mile from the city for some time.” (12)

The ship Nancy docked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1751. (13) On board was JOH GEORG RHEINTHALER, my fifth great grandfather, with his family. Another RHEINTHALER family preceded them in 1749. (14) His name was JOHN JACOB. I assume that they might be brothers since both lived in Simmozheim uber Calw, Wuerttemburg, Germany. They sailed on the same named ship and captain but two years apart. Was it JOHN JACOB who may have convinced his brother to follow him? The ship’s manifests, if any at all, only mentioned the head of the family.

The first known American record of this family was the birth of their second child Anna Margaretha on Oct 29, 1752 in Germantown near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother died giving birth to her. (15) “Georg Riddoller paid property taxes from 1756-1768 in Germantown, Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer. His 1764 tax was for two cows and two horses. He paid taxes in 1768 for a fifty-acre farm of the Taylors. Henry Rydoller, a bachelor, was also known as a freeman.” (16) Barbara, their second daughter was born in 1757. Evidently, they moved to Maryland since a deed was recorded that Joh Georg bought 150 acres of land of a tract known as “OHIO” in Frederick County, Maryland in 1775. He paid $177 Pennsylvania dollars or 88 pounds English for the property. (17) His family was listed in the first census of the United States in 1790. The family lived in Frederick County, Maryland. He married his second wife, Sophia Timble, maiden named unknown. His will was signed and sealed on November 24, 1790 and he died in December of that year. (18) In 1798, Sophia was on the tax list for Hoyle, Homes and Co. for 177 acres or poor land and improvements. The land was in Taneytown and Piney Creek Hundred, District 6, Maryland. (19) She also observed Holy Communion at the St. Mary’s Lutheran/ Reformed Church in Silver Run, Carroll County, Maryland. (20)

The Revolutionary War (1775-1781).

The first Rinedollars to serve their future country were Matthais Jacob Rheinthaler of Pennsylvania who served in Hewson’s 2nd Battery as a private sixth class from 1775-1781. Christian Rinedollar of Maryland served during this conflict. Christian was on the Schooner General Smallwood when he was captured and was imprisoned by the British in a New York City prison. His wife, Elizabeth, was granted permission to visit him and took their child, a bed, and personal belongings to New York City. (21) A George Reinthaler fought in this war and received a pension of $7 per month for his services. George Washington was given a $150 pension. A Christopher Rindollar served as a private in the Philadelphia City Militia. (22)

The birth marriage, and death dates are unknown for Matthais Jacob, a son of Joh Georg. He is my fourth great grandfather. After marrying Margaret, maiden name unknown, they had seven children, the first being born in 1782 in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Five were christened in the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, Pennsylania. The last two children were born in Washington Township, Frederick County, Maryland. In 1788, Matthais had communion in the St. Mary’s Evangelical Church, Silver Run, Frederick County, Maryland. (20) They must have lived near Lietersburg, Washington Township, Maryland near Waynesboro, Maryland in 1794 as they were listed in the St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church and their two last children were christened in the that church. His family is shown in the 1790 U.S. Census living in the same location. The 1810, 1830, and 1840 U.S. Censuses show them living in Air Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. One of his children was Joh George Rinedollar born in 1788 in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Mason-Dixon Line (1763-1767)

During that period of time there was confusion on the exact border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. “The dispute started some years before between the Penn family who owned Pennsylvania and the Calvert family owning Maryland. Two British mathematicians and surveyors, Mason and Dixon, were hired to do a survey and determine the proper line. The location of the line wasn’t settled until 1782 after another survey established the boundary separating Pennsylvania and Maryland.” (23)

There are many Rinedollars / Reindollars buried in the same cemetery in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. (2) The Rinedollars lived in the southern central area of Pennsylvania and the Reindollars lived in the northern area of Maryland and only separated by eight miles. (24) That conflict caused many problems concerning ownership of the land in question and inheritance taxes on that land.

The War of 1812-1815.

Four Rinedollars served in that war. Two were Pennsylvanians. They were George Reinthaler and Chris (Christopher or Christian). They served in the Pennsylvania Military Volunteers, 5th Battery. (25) Two others were John Reinthaler and George Rinedollar from Maryland. One served with the Maryland Militia, Randall’s Company as a private. John served from August 26, 1814 until Oct 27, 1814.

The next generation of my family line was George, son of Matthais. George was my third great grandfather. He was born in 1788 and died in 1864. He married Anna Mary, maiden name unknown and they had five children, born between 1815 and 1829. They were married in the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. (26) In the 1820 – 1860 U.S Census, this family was living in AyrTownship, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. During his lifetime, he was initially in the manufacturing field. Later in life he was a cooper, a person who makes and repairs casks and barrels. Prior to his death, George was a farmer. In 1822 he had bought 12 acres in Air Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania for $20. Later he purchased a tract of land for $20.45. In the 1860 U.S. Census, the value of his real estate was $400 and personal property $175.

War of Texas Independence (1836)

Elijah “Aley” Rinedollar, my 2nd Great grandfather, was a son of George and Anna Mary. He was born on March 14, 1829 in Mc Connellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Ann Tipton on December 2, 1852 in Houston Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Anna Mary was born on Feb 24, 1832. Their first child was born

In Houston Township on November 10, 1853. Between 1853 and early 1858, the family moved to Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, IL before the birth of the second child on April 28, 1858. Elijah bought land from John Patton in Nov 1856 for $184. (27) Other Rinedollars had moved to Illinois earlier and they may have influenced Elijah and family to follow them westward to newer land. In Illinois, he became a carpenter.

The move to Illinois was by road, boat and overland to Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois. “Over land from Pennsylvania to Illinois, the trip would take about two months. By water, they could have moved by land to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From Harrisburg they would have to go on the canal to the Ohio River and continue to the Mississippi River and thence to Savannah, Illinois.” (28). Mount Carroll, Illinois is about 11 miles by land from Savannah. This trip would have taken about two weeks.” I conclude that this was the manner of travel since a relative, Christopher Rinedollar, was moving his family from Pennsylvania to Illinois and he fell down a staircase on a steamboat, died and was buried at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His wife and family continued on to Mt. Carroll.

The Civil War (1861- 1865).

Many Rinedollars served in the Union Army during the war between the states. Two soldiers were Pennsylvanians. They were Martin Luther Reindollar who served in Seller’s Co., 208th Independent Pennsylvania Militia. (29) The other soldier was William Reindollar who served in F Company, PHB Calvary. William was captured at Rectorville, Georgia, sent to the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia, and died there on June 23, 1864. (30) Maryland had a John Rinedollar who served in Randall’s Battalion, Maryland Militia. John, Nelson, and Mark Rinedollar served in Illinois units during the war. (31) John C. Rinedollar was in Company C, 146 Illinois Infantry. Nelson was in the 92nd Infantry and later the 292nd Illinois Hospital. Mark Rinedollar served in the 15th Infantry.

My grandfather was a son of Elijah and Mary Ann. John Millard Rinedollar was born on September 6, 1860 in Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illiinois. He married Viola Mae Naill of Uniontown, Carroll County, Maryland on June 27, 1895. The Naill family was closely associated with the Rinedollars. These families arrived together from overseas and lived near each other in Pennsylvania. All of the six children were born there. John was a carpenter like his father. One of his personal workbooks shows the various jobs he did for people, wages and other information. John once owned a photography shop in Mt. Morris, Illinois. He worked for the Chicago - Milwaukee – St. Paul Railroad from 1887 through 1893 as a night operator and agent. John took his family with him to Lamar, Colorado where he worked for one year for the railroad, left there and came to Sycamore, Illinois on April 1909 and later moved to Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois where the last four children were born. John remained a carpenter until he was injured in a fall from a ladder. Viola, his wife, committed him to the State Hospital in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois on August 18, 1919 and remained there until his death on June 2, 1926. (32) His gravestone in the Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois shows his name as Millard John. Later Viola married Jay Runte and they settled in Dundee, Kane County, Illinois. She died on April 6, 1965 and was buried in a local cemetery.

Mexican War (1844-1866)

Spanish American War (1898)

World War I (1914-1918)

Five Reindollars served in the war to end all wars. Henry Arthur Reindollar served in the 343rd Mobile Laundry Unit and died in the service overseas. Vernay Numsen Reindollar served in the 313th Infantry and was severely wounded in France. Thad Reindollar served in the 33rd Engineers. Edward Eugene Reindollar was in the Quartermaster Camp at Johnston, Florida. David Henry Reindollar was in various units in the US Army and served in France.

The Depression ( 1929 - end of the 1930s)

The next family of my ancestors, my mother and father, were married at the beginning of this period and lived through the struggle of surviving during hard times.

Elton “Al” Lavon Rinedollar was the last child born to Elijah and Viola Mae Naill. He was born in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. In his earlier years he was a sickly child and was fed goat’s milk to survive. He married Harriet (Sally) Loretta Gilmore of Harrison, Winnebago County, Illinois in Belvidere, Illinois. Her parents were David and Emma Elizabeth Gilmore. Before their marriage in the depths of the depression, Elton was able to find a job in his teens with a department store in Rockford. At the store,” he and two other boys were named the bicycle boys. They made special deliveries by the one bicycle available.” (33) He also learned to decorate department store display windows from his mentor, Fred Fritsch. Later Elton became a window display decorator for C.A. Pierce, Inc. and traveled the Northern half of Illinois. Before being married, Sally worked at the Metropolitan Insurance Company across the street from Stewarts. They lived their entire life in Rockford, Illinois. Their only child, John David Rinedollar, was born In Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.

World War II (1941-1945).

Of the 14 Rinedollar/Reinthaler/Rheinthalers to serve, Three were declared missing in action. They were Joseph, R.H, and Rudolph Reinthaler. Seven served in the US Army, five in the Navy, one in the USMC and one unknown.

Forty –three RHEINTHALERs who served in the German Army were killed in action. (33)

Korean Conflict (1950- )

John David and Patricia Ann Rinedollar served during this conflict. My cousin, Donald Millard Rinedollar served in the Third Army Airborne Artillery as a Staff Sergeant forward observer.

John “Jack” David Rinedollar was born in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. John graduated from West Rockford High School. During high school, he dated Patricia “Pat” Anne Runge whom he married after graduating from the University of Illinois. They were married in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. Pat was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Jessie Mae Rush and Albert Adolf Runge. Jack was the first Rinedollar to graduate from a university. Patricia attended Galesburg College in Illinois and after two years joined the United States Air Force. Jack found her again, married and moved from Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois to Riverside, California where Patricia had to leave the military since she had married. A few months later, Jack was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Regular Army and ordered to school at Fort Benning in Columbus, Chattahoochee County, Georgia. During the families twenty years of service in the Army, they were stationed at many places in the United States and as a family, spent almost three years in Stuttgart, Germany. They lived in 21 homes during his military duty. During his career, he served on the U.S. Army Rifle Team and was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Marksmanship Medal, the highest award for competitive shooting. He was also presented with the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Airborne Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge and other awards. When Jack retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, the family left Massachusetts and moved to Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado where they still live. Jack was the first Rinedollar to retire from military service. He also worked for the Colorado Springs Utilities Department for twenty years as a financial analyst.

Patricia and Jack are avid volunteers for various organizations in Colorado Springs. Patricia contributes her time to the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) with the Senior Victims Assistance Team and Handicapped Parking Enforcement Unit. She is also an active member of a The “Sassy Sisters” Red Hat club, a group of ladies who get together and enjoy life. Jack is a volunteer with the CSPD Handicapped Parking Enforcement Unit and library. He belongs to Sertoma, a community service group that serves those in need. He is a member of the Argonauts, a group of older men, who join together in various activities of common interest. Jack has always considered himself a public servant. Both Patricia and he are avid Mah Jongg, bridge players, as well as world travelers. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a trip to China and Tibet. Three sons were born to John and Pat; Douglas, David, and Gregory.


John David Rinedollar served two years in South Vietnam and one year in the Kingdom of Laos during that conflict.

Douglas “Doug” Dean Rinedollar was born at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where the family was stationed in the military for a few months. Doug was ten days old when the family moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky where his father was stationed with the 101st Airborne Division. All the sons attended many elementary, middle, and high schools before their graduation since the family made many moves to other military posts. Doug graduated from high school in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He attended Alpena College in Alpena, Michigan and received a degree in Forestry. Later in life, he obtained a Journeyman Electrician degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. Doug has worked in different construction trades over the years. He is an avid skier and has competed in the National Standard Race (Nastar) National Championships for three years. Doug presently lives in Colorado Springs.

David “Dave” Todd Rinedollar was born at Fort Benning, Chatahooche County, Georgia. He also graduated from Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He worked for nine years as a custodian for Long’s Drug Store in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. He presently works for the Chemins Company in Colorado Springs.

Gregory “Greg” Elton Rinedollar, the son of John David and Patricia Ann, was born at Fort Benning, Chatahooche County, Georgia. After graduating from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, Greg traveled around the country working on various railroad salvage projects. He met and later married Debra (Debbie) Ann Glynn in Colorado Springs, CO. Greg, Debbie, and new daughter Chelsie continued to travel where his work was for a few years and then returned to Minnesota to work at the general store with her mother. While working at the store, Debbie was a hair stylist and Greg earned an auto body degree. After their divorce, Debbie continued to work at the store and Greg went back to working in the railroad salvage business. He met and married DEANNA (Dee) Martin and is the stepfather to Josh and Nicole. Greg was promoted to Project Manager, Railroad Division for Pioneer Sand Company and Dee is the office manager for a chiropractic office in Flora, IL where they reside.

Chelsie “Chels” Ann Rinedollar, is the only child of Gregory and Debbie. She was born in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. She worked at the general store on the Indian Reservation with her grandmother, mother, and Uncle Mark. Chels is known for her baking and decorating cakes for customers. After graduation from Blackduck High School in Blackduck, Minnesota, she attended the Bemidji State University for general subject studies. She also attended Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Anoka, Minnesota and is planning to seek a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. At the time of publication, she is the last Rinedollar in this family tree and her ancestry can be traced back to her eighth great grandfather.

The Invasion of Grenada (1983)

The Invasion of Panama (1989)

Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)

Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-1996)

Invasion of Iraq (2003 - )

Paul Albert Rinedoller Jr. served during this period of time. A William Reinthaler was promoted to Major in the U.S. Marine Corps.