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George Rinehart 1755-1840

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Rev. J. C. Breuninger

George (the German word for farmer) Rinehart (pure in heart) was a happy, sturdy, courageous man. He was one of our outstanding pioneers, and is deserving of the recognition that we give him by bringing together the source materials dealing with his long and interesting life. He was an industrious farmer and the father of nine children. He was more than a farmer. He was the founder of a church, the promoter of a school. He had natural gifts for the development of community life. The exchange of views, the making of plans, the molding of policies took place in the tavern of George Rinehart. In the formative period of the county where can one find a person that cultivated the spiritual, educational, social, political and agricultural life simultaneously as did George Rinehart?

George Rinehart was born in Germany January 22, 1755. He came with his parents to America in 1773 and was twenty years old when the Revolution began. The family settled in Frederick County, Maryland. He served in the Frederick County Militia. His Captain was Peter Beals.

In 1788 the Rineharts moved to Salem (Aurora, W. Va.) on the farm of Legge, where they became identified with the German Lutheran Settlement that had been founded by Rev. John Stough. George was about thirty three years old when he married Sussanah Wiles (Weills) who was one of sixteen children of William Wiles. William and his son Phillip became famous hunters, and are mentioned in the "History of Preston County" by S. Wiley. William had three sons who became ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Prior to 1798 George and his family settled on "The Glades" a tract of three hundred acres which was originally patented for Governor Thomas J. Johnson of Maryland. Governor Johnson did not deed this


Rev. J. C. Breuninger

1"Thomas Johnson occupied the position as first Governor of Maryland; his election followed the Revolution when the Maryland colonists became free of the British yoke. Thomas Johnson V was born in Calvert County, November 4, 1732, the year his friend George Washington was born. A leader in the Revolution, nominated Col. Washington for Commander of the Army. After the Revolution Johnson made his home in Frederick County. He married Ann Jennings of Annapolis. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom, Thomas J. and Joshua, settled in what is still known as Johnson District in Garrett County. He succeeded Washington as President of the Potomac Navigation Company. He acquired over twenty five thousand acres in what is now Garrett County, much of it north-west of Oakland. Thomas Johnson V died at 'Rose Hill' Mansion in Frederick Co., October 26, 1819—in the 87th year of his age." From an article that appeared in THE REPUBLICAN, OAKLAND, MD., dated May 5th, 1938—by Captain Charles E. Hoye.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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