Ignaz Heinrich (Henry) Riehle (1828-1903) was born in Wagshurst Baden to Franz Joseph Riehle (1784-1842) and Franciska Hoog (1785-1831). His mother died when he was two years old and his father remarried to Petronella Mundy (1786-1853) four years later. Petronella survived Henry’s father’s death when Henry was 14 and we assume Henry remained with his step mother until his moved to America.
According to the 1900 census, Henry arrived in the US from Germany in 1849, when he was 21 years old. Although we have no information where he disembarked upon his arrival or where he first lived in the US, we do know he married Maria Theresia Knapps (1836–1889) in 1856, likely near, Hamburg (Erie County) New York where their first son, Joseph, was born the following year.
Henry’s slightly younger first cousin Martin Riehle (1831-1922) arrived in that area in 1852 with Martin’s brother Clemens arriving there in early 1854. It is unclear if Henry or Martin arrived first but it’s likely they were in touch and one of them recommended the Hamburg area to the other. Henry then moved to Ripley County Indiana sometime between Joseph’s birth and the birth of his second son, Bernard, in 1860. Henry’s second cousin once removed, Felix Riehle (1796-1868), also from Wagshurst, had moved to this area the decade before so perhaps Felix persuaded Henry to come West.
Meanwhile Clemens Riehle moved to Cincinnati from the Hamburg/Buffalo area around the beginning of 1855 and by 1862 Henry’s residence is shown in Cincinnati as well. It is not clear why he moved from Indiana but he remained in Cincinnati through the birth of his son Nicholas Riehle in 1865. We can speculate this had something to do with the war and/or Henry and Maria’s wish to save money to purchase a farm. Regardless Henry had returned to Indiana by the time his son Anton (Anthony) was born in 1867. The 1870 census shows Henry and family farming in Adams Township, Ripley County, Indiana with real estate valued at $2700 and “personal estate” valued at $375. (See map under Gallery).
By our count Henry and Maria had a total of six (6) sons and four (4) daughters. Maria died in 1889 at age 53 while Henry survived into the new century, meeting death at age 74 in 1903.
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