Bartholomew Riehle – a Descendent of the Wagshurst Riehle Family?

Since doing the DNA test we’ve had some interesting revelations but of particular interest is a DNA match reviewed recently which suggests the Wagshurst-based Riehle line and the line of Bartholomew Riehle may have diverged as recently as 1720. 

Unfortunately the referenced family tree associated with this match needs to receive further verification and we have not been able to get a response when messaging the individual concerned.  That said, the information available suggests these two lines of the Riehle family may have both originated with an ancestor born after 1670 and before 1700.

George L. Riehle

The DNA match and related tree connect a Riehle male from the Waghurst line (the editor and author of this article) through a male descendent of George Lawrence Riehle who was the son of Henry Riehle and grandson of Bartholomew Ferdinand Riehle. Bartholomew (1794–1876), born in Offenburg Baden, emigtated to the US in or around 1832, settling first in Ross County, Ohio and later in Stearns County, Minnesota. His son Henry ended up purchasing the farm in Ross County when Bartholomew moved on to Minnesota and Henry’s son George later moved to Indiana where our match is located.

The earliest Bartholomew ancestor we have been able to identify is Jacob Jonnes Riehle (1720–1768) who was Bartholomew’s grandfather. Jacob was also born in Offenburg which is about 19 km south of the smaller town of Wagshurst.  The extent of the DNA match suggests the ancestor common to both lines may have been either Mathias Riehle (b. 1697) or Johannes Riehle (b. 1674), both born in Wagshurst where they lived their entire lives. Masthias could be Jacob Jonnes’ father or Johannes could be his grandfather. Confirming such specific relationships is a larger issue but our first step is to confirm DNA connectivity.

The indication of a possible genetic connection suggested through autosomal DNA testing is interesting but, given the limited information available from the existing genetic match, it would be more reliable with additional validation. Moreover, since this is an all male lineage, confirmation of Y-haplogroup continuity could be verified through both lines dating from the late 17th century, assuming an appropriate test is made that included haplogroup results. Further evidence of a DNA link based on either autosomal or haplogroup evidence could provide the verification we are looking for.

We are hoping to get cooperation of Riehle family members to confirm these connections through a second match.  Any descendant of Bartholomew Ferdinand Riehle, but especially a descendant of Henry Riehle and George Lawrence Riehle who has done AncestryDNA testing would be of real interest. 

Equally, any male with the Riehle surname who is a descendant as described above and who has done 23andMe or other Y-haplogroup testing could provide valuable input.

If you have test results as indicated above, or have the described ancestry and might be interested in doing DNA testing, please contact us below to discuss. Your response will of course be kept confidential.

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