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the REINFURT family

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John H. Reinfurt was born in 1876 in New York, USA. He married Sophia W. Kopf, who was born in 1884 or 1885 in Germany and came to New York around the age of 18 where she found work. She met John and was married. Sometime around 1907 their family moved to northeastern PA. A 1917-1918 WWI Draft Registration Card lists John. A 1930 federal census shows them living in Wayne, PA. John and Sophia had the following children:

  • Frances [abt. 1907]
  • Frank H. [abt. 1908]
  • Edna M. [abt. 1910]
  • Louise H. [abt. 1912] (Honesdale, PA)
  • John E. [abt. 1913]
  • Edward J. [b. Apr 17, 1913 d. Dec 27, 2007] (Seelyville, PA)
  • Helen M. [abt. 1915] (Honesdale, PA) [Helen with mother and Rita & Jean]
  • Charles H. [abt. 1916] (Seelyville, PA)
  • George W. [b. 1917 d. Nov 3, 2006] (Seelyville, PA)
    Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
    George enlisted as a Private on Sept. 30, 1942 at the Wilkes Barre office. His education records show he had 1 year of high school. Box number: 0647 Film Reel No. 1.164.
  • Herbert W. [1923] (moved to FL)
  • Walter (or Walton) H. [b. June 12, 1924 d. Dec. 18, 2008]

The Reinfurt Family

William Reinfurt was born around 1882 in New York. He married Catherine Ellwanger (sp?), who was born around 1889 in Germany. Their family moved to Wayne County, PA sometime before 1906. A 1930 U.S. Federal Census shows a Katherine Reinfurt married to a William Reinfurt, Katherine's birth listed as 1889. They are shown as living in Wayne, PA in 1930. William and Catherine, relation unknown to John H. Reinfurt above, had the following children:
  • Frederick [abt. 1906, PA]
    Children: Donald
  • Doris S. [abt. 1919, NJ]

1. John H. Reinfurt [12/08/1876-12/20/1947]
   +Sophia Kopf [02/01/1884-10/25/1965]
     2. Francis (Connor)
     2. Frank H. [1907-1994]
     +Ceil Yankelitis
* the following section (ending at Debbie Gibbs) submitted by Cheryl (Trecoske) Fabrizi
       3. Ruth (Murray)
         4. Living Male
         4. Living Female
         4. Living Female
       3. Joan (Butler)
         4. Living Male
         4. Living Female
         4. Living Male
       3. Lois (Pfaff)
         4. Living Male
         4. Living Male (adopted)
       3. Maryann (Trecoske)
         4. Living Female
         4. Living Female
           5. Living Male
           5. Living Male
         4. Living Male
         4. Living Female 
         4. Living Male
       3. Debbie (Gibbs)
         4. Living Male
     2. Edna M. (Craig)
     2. Louise H. (Brock) [1911-1994]
     +Harmon Brock
       3. Eddie
     2. Edward [April 17, 1913-Present]
     +Hazel
       3. Mary [deceased]
     2. Helen M. [1914-1994] [photo of Helen with mother and Rita & Jean]
     +Harold Buckley
       3. Jean
       3. Rita
     2. Charles H. [12/10/1915-01/09/1999]
     +Charlotte [06/22/1926-07/31/1977]
       3. William Boyd (adopted)
       3. Victor Earl (adopted)
       3. Marlene Reinfurt-Mousley (adopted)
         4. Living Female (A)
         4. Living Female (K)
         4. Living Female (C)	   
     2. George W. [1917-2006]
     +Shirley Ethel Evans [1927-2009]
       3. Robert
       +Ingrid
         4. Living Male (S)
         4. Living Female (L)
         4. Living Male (J)
           5. Living Female (C)	
         4. Living Female (R)
       3. Carolyn [1950-__]
       +Kevin Cowley [1950-__]
         4. Living Male (K) [1971-__]
         4. Living Male (T) [1973-__]
         +Living Female (N) [1973-__]
           5. Living Female (M) [1997-__]
           5. Living Female (E) [2000-__]
           5. Living Male (G) [2001-__]
           5. Living Female (T) [2004-__]
         4. Living Male (M) [1978-__]
         +Living Female (S)
           5. Living Female (C)				 
       3. John
       +Sue
         4. Living Female (R)
         +Living Male (TL)
         4. Living Male (D)
         +Living Female
         4. Living Female (K)
         +Living Male 
     2. Herbert??
     2. Walter [June 12, 1924-Dec 18, 2008]


Emails from others:

    Submitted 2007 August: "(1) Since I am a grandson of William Reinfurt (note spelling) born in New York (1882) and Catherine born in Germany (1889), I am most curious about the maiden name of Catherine. (2) Do you have any further information about William Reinfurt or his children Frederick (my father) or Doris (my aunt) or recommended search references? Thank you for whatever information you can provide." --Don Reinfurt, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    Followup: "In the interim, I have learned that my grandmother's maiden name was Ellwanger (sp?). It would be quite a coincidence if grandpa William AND John (born in NY in 1876) both moved to Wayne County, PA around 1906-1907 and were not brothers or at least related. Could have been brothers but I have no information that suggests this?!"



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