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Julie's Genealogy
Maternal Line:
RHYNE Family
Julie's Maternal Grandmother
BERTIE HAZELINE RHYNE
March 25, 1905-May 4, 1971
She married
ABNER HEATH
HARRISON

Her parents were
LUCY REGINA
LYNN and
HERBERT LUTHER RHYNE
of Gaston County, NC
Aunt Femie (RHYNE) Rainey (1912-1997), Grandmother Bertie (RHYNE) Harrison (1905-1971), Great Grandmother LUCY REGINA (LYNN) RHYNE (1874-1968)
Aunt Judy (
Harrison) Mitchell-Farri,
Uncle Jackie Brown
Harrison
OUR RHYNE FAMILY HISTORY
(North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Germany, Switzerland)
EARLY RHYNE HISTORY

Martin Reinau, Lewis Lineberger, Peter Hoyle, John Hoffman, Sebastian Best and most of the other German fathers who settled in and around Gaston and Lincoln Counties, NC,  and were considered "Pioneers" to the area, came from the upper or southern Rhine region of Germany, near or from the Palatine country adjacent to Switzerland.

The Rhennish Province provided comfortable living for the inhabitants, except spiritually. In an almost solid Catholic country, the adherents of the new doctrine of Martin Luther (Lutherans) were being persecuted. Seeking protection, they fled to England and Holland.

The Queen of England, desiring to settle the colonies in America with a good class of citizens, sent them in their ships to PA. They did not stay there very long, but following the range of the mountains, by way of Indian trails, they moved from around York Co, PA to NC, which was then pretty well settled east of the Yadkin River. They pushed on beyond the settlements, crossing the Catawba River, and settled on Upper Hoyles Creek, Lincoln Co, now Gaston Co, NC, near Gastonia and Dallas, in the 1750's and 60's.

The name "Reinau", "Rein" or "Rhine" is a derivative of the Latin word "Rhenus," meaning "pure." Whence came the name of Germany's most historic river, and the name of the inhabitants of her fertile environs. Not until mingling with some Dutch emigrants did the spelling "Rhyne" take effect, like the "Rhyn" delta in Holland, with an "E" added. You will also see other transformations of names; Heyl becomes Hoyle and Glattfelder becomes Clodfelder, the exact times of their changes is not known.

They were civic-minded people, they pioneered roads and railroads, financed English-speaking schools, and were active in the Lutheran churches. Philanthropists, like Moses H. Rhyne, and his son, Daniel Efird Rhyne, left landmarks of churches, and Lenoir-Rhyne College, bearing the latter's name.

Most of the information included here on the early generations was taken from the many books and research already published on the Rhyne and related families. I have compiled information from the different resources to obtain direct lineages for our family. There were some descrepancies between the books, especially in the dates of births of John and Jacob Hoffmans, both Jrs. and Srs.


SOME GOOD RESOURCES:
Genealogy of Peter Heyl and His Descendants, by Elizabeth Hoyle Rucker
Glattfelders in America, by Don and Jeanine Hartman, 1993
Our Kin-Hoffman, by Laban Miles Hoffman, 1915
Reinau, Rein, Rine, Rhyne, by Dr. Howard Rhyne, 1993
Our Heritage-Rhynes, by Ruth Rhyne McCall
MY RHYNE ANCESTORS IN BRIEF
(A more detailed genealogy will be included here in the future)


Grandparents:

ABNER "HEATH" HARRISON 
Born Jan 10, 1906 in Salisbury, Rowan Co, NC
Died July 7, 1970 in Concord, Cabarrus Co, NC
Married June 29, 1932 in York Co, SC.
BERTIE HAZELINE RHYNE
Born March 25, 1905 in Gaston Co, NC
Died May 4, 1971 in Concord, Cabarrus Co, NC
Both are buried at Carolina Memorial Park, Concord, NC.

BERTIE HAZELINE RHYNE was the daughter of:

HERBERT LUTHER RHYNE
Born July 18, 1876 in Crowder's Mtn. area, Gaston Co, NC
Died Jan. 29, 1948 in Kannapolis, Rowan Co, NC.
Married around 1897, possibly in SC.                       
LUCY REGINA LYNN
(daughter of William Martin "Billy" Lynn and Barbara Katherine Sellers
Born Dec 14, 1874 in Warlick Township, Cleveland Co, NC
Died Dec 10, 1968 in Kannapolis, Cabarrus Co, NC
Both are buried in Kannapolis Cemetery.

HERBERT LUTHER RHYNE was the son of:
MARTIN L. RHYNE
Born Aug 27, 1853 in Gaston Co, NC
Died Aug 13, 1878 in Gaston Co, NC
Married on Aug 31, 1871 in Gaston Co, NC, by Rev. JR Peterson. Witness was Jonathan Rhyne (Sarah's Grandfather).
SARAH ANN WHITE
(daughter of
Alexander White and Francis Louisa Rhyne <who was the daughter of Jonathan Rhyne, son of Jacob Rhyne III>)
Born Aug 9, 1854 in Union Co, SC
Died July 6, 1934 at 300 W. 6th St, Kannapolis, NC, at the  home of son, H.L. Rhyne.
Both are buried at the Lutheran Chapel Cemetery, 702 New Hope Rd, Gastonia, Gaston Co.

MARTIN L. RHYNE was the son of:
JACOB H. RHYNE, IV

Born Mar 18, 1818 in Lincoln Co, NC
Died Nov 20, 1894 in Gaston Co, NC
Married Nov 3, 1840 in Lincoln Co, NC
MARGARET "PEGGY" BEST 
(daughter of Samuel Best and Mary Rhyne <who was the daughter of Michael Rhyne and Barbara Hoyle>)
Born May 9, 1823 in Lincoln Co, NC
Died March 2, 1891 in Gaston Co, NC
Both are buried at the Lutheran Chapel Cemetery, Gastonia, Gaston Co.

JACOB H. RHYNE, IV was the son of:
JACOB RHYNE III

Born Jan 19, 1777 in Tryon (later Lincoln) Co, NC
Died June 10, 1849 in Gaston Co, NC
Married in 1800 to:
ELIZABETH HOFFMAN
(daughter of Jacob Hoffman, Jr and Elizabeth Shetley)
Born Feb 6, 1782 in Lincoln Co, NC
Died June 30, 1854 in Gaston Co, NC
Both are buried at Long Creek Baptist Church Cem., Dallas, NC. (on Lower Dallas Rd.)

JACOB RHYNE III was the son of:
JACOB RHYNE, Jr

Born about 1745 in York Co, PA
Died in 1825 in, Lincoln Co, (now Gaston Co, near Dallas),  NC, and is buried on his land on old Spencer Mtn. Rd.
Married in 1774 in Tryon, NC
MARIA ELIZABETH BEST 
(daughter of Jerg Sebastian "Bostian" Best, Jr and Katrina "Katherine" Hoyle)
Born circa 1750

JACOB RHYNE, Jr was the son of:
JACOB REIN (RHYNE)

Born July 9, 1726 in Blankenloch, Baden, Germany
Died in 1794 in Dallas area of Lincoln Co (now Gaston), NC
They were married at Christ Lutheran Church in York Co, PA on Nov, 18, 1750.
ELIZABETH GLATFELDER
(daughter of Johann Peter Glatfelder and Salomea am Berg)
Born about 1729 in Glatfelden, Zurich, Switzerland
Died after 1839 in Lincoln Co, NC
Both are buried in the Hovis Cemetery, in Gaston Co, NC

JACOB REIN (RHYNE) was the son of:
HANS MARTIN RHEINHARDT REINAU

Born March 11, 1690 in Germany/Switz.
Died March 7, 1750 in York Co, PA
Married on June 30, 1716 at the Reformed Church in Blankenloch, Germany
MAGDELANA FREYMULLER
(daughter of Hans Conrad Freymuller)
Born April 10, 1689 in Andelfingen, Switz.
Died Feb 27, 1754 in York Co, PA
Both buried "in the country" in or near York Co, PA.

HANS MARTIN RHEINHARDT REINAU was the son of:
BERTHAL REINAU

Born about 1654 in Germany/Switz.
Died June 1, 1723 in Blankenloch, Baden, Germany
ANN _________
Born about 1659
Died Jan 9, 1733 in Blankenloch, Baden, Germany

The name in early records was spelled: "Reinauers, Reinauen, Rhein, and Rein". On church documents, Berthal's occupation is listed as "bubelei" (Latin-one who plows with oxen), and "Hintersass" (German-a small farmer or tenant).

Berthal Reinau
probably migrated to Germany from the village of Rheinau (see photos below), which is in Switzerland on the Rhine River, north of Zurich. Many other families that left that area migrated to the Palitinate area of Germany.
Rheinau, Switzerland, on the Rhine River
Rheinau, Switzerland from the churchyard
Church in Rheinau, Switzerland, dated 1573
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This page last updated October 23, 2000 by Julie Hampton Ganis