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George Rinehart page 13

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married Thomas Bosley (7) John (8) David O. who married Rachael Warnick of the Savage River Valley. Rachael's father was Samuel, and her grandfather, Joseph, the first Warnich to settle in Garrett County (9) Maria who married William Smouse. David O. Rinehart lived across the road from the Sunnyside Grange Hall. Later he moved to a farm on Horse Shoe Run in Preston County, W. Va. He had six daughters: (1) Mary Ellen (Harsh) (2) Gussie (Yelloly) (3) Catherine (Sell) (4) Jennie (Bolyard) (5) Belle (Yelloly) (6) Laura (Sell).


The following is taken from "The History of Saint John's Lutheran Church, Red House" by Rev. Alvah K. Jones, Pastor 1932 to 1949.

"John, the oldest brother of George Rinehart (Reinhard), went into the State of Ohio. He united with others in organizing the first Lutheran congregation in Bowling Green, Jefferson County. He sent an appeal to the Synod of Pennsylvania that a pastor be dispatched at once. Dr. John Stough, who had founded the Lutheran Church at Salem (Aurora) was sent there in 1806. He was the first official missionary and the first pastor from the Pennsylvania Ministerium in the State of Ohio. Soon young John Rinehart became an apt student of the Rev. Stough. He did his work so well that Rev. Stough urged him to prepare for the Holy Ministry."

John says: "I resisted at first; however, after meditation, prayer and serious reflection I consented to devote my life to the ministry, or until the Synod could supply a better qualified laborer in the vineyard of the Lord."

"In 1812 he went with Rev. Stough to the Synod which met at Carlisle, Pa. He still hoped that he would not be received. He was accepted. He made long missionary journeys through Ohio and out into Indiana. In 1819 he went as far as Fort Wayne with an Indian guide, It was an enjoyable trip even though the Indian could not understand German, and of course John did not understand the language of his Indian friend. They managed to communicate their intentions by signs, gestures, and smiles."


Rev. J. C. Breuninger

Thomas Bosley, who married Catherine Rinehart had come from English and Irish ancestry. He first lived in Baltimore then moved to the mountains. Thomas and Catherine lived in the Sunnyside area until 1860 when they moved to Oakland. They had a son, George, who went as a pioneer to Iowa, but he returned home and enlisted in the Union Army. He served in the 6th. W. Va. Volunteer Infantry, Company O. He became a prisoner of war. Upon his return to Oakland in 1865 he opened a small hotel. It became so popular that additions were made until it had a capacity for 50 guests. Long porches extended the full length of the house on the first and second floors. George married Sarah Wheeler Ridenour, daughter of one of the Aurora pioneers. There were four children: Frank, Charles, Maud and Nell. Frank became a lumber operator in Kentucky. Nell married Dr. John Darby, who practised medicine in Oakland for a number of years. Charles married Miss Julia Reynolds. They operated the Manhattan Hotel for several years. In 1945 it was sold to Thomas Sheehe. Later on this hotel was destroyed by fire. The Bosley Hotel was closed in 1920. It was later dismantled. Part of the site is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Fike.


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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