Martin & Armund Riehle – Baden to Cincinnati

A comment left by Ryan Riehle for us on the Riehle Family Segments page identified his Immigrant Ancestor as Joseph Eugene Riehle. Ryan lives in Rochester and his ancestor immigrated to the upstate NY area in the late 1830s.

Joseph had two brothers, Martin (1821-1902) and Armund Riehle (1823-1899) who also immigrated to America but to Cincinnati Ohio where other Riehles settled. Although we do not know if these lads were related to the Riehles of nearby Wagshurst, they may well have been in touch with Clemens or other Wagshurst Riehle family members that settle there.

Standing: Anna, Augustine, and Joseph Sunderman
Sitting: Martin, Magdalena, and Anthony
Estimating Anthony’s age at 14 this might be from 1879

Martin was born in 1821 and we have information that suggests he arrived in the USA in 1843. Within a decade of his arrival in the USA he married Anastasia (Anna) Eckstein (1826-1909) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 1900 census suggests only three of their children survived to the end of the century, apparently Magdalena, Augustine, and Anthony, the later of whom was living with Martin and Anna at that time and was married seven years later. The 1860 census counts Armund and Martin but neither are included by 1870. Below is information gleaned from various sources, not all of which are entirely reliable!

Joseph and Magdalena (Riehle) Sunderman with family in front of their grocery
(Both photos on this page plus details and corrections courtesy Clem Sunderman)
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Armund Riehle was born in 1823, younger than Martin by two years. He married Theckla Theresa Hempel (1826-1910) in 1850 in Cincinnati so he apparently arrived there somewhat prior to that, perhaps soon after his brother’s immigration in 1843. He and Theckla had five sons and two daughters, all of whom survived the century except perhaps John, about whom we could find no information after the 1870 census.

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This is of course very scant information about two large immigrant families so if you have more information or photos on these families please leave a comment below.

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