Steiner & Rinehart

 In 1851, Edward George Steiner married Elizabeth Jane Rinehart in Crawford, Ohio. He was 21, but she was only 17 and therefore needed her father's consent (see lower left of the marriage cert).

This marriage united two families that I would like to know a LOT more about! Edward and Elizabeth were hubby's great-grandparents. Where country did the Steiners and Rineharts come from originally? Family legend suggests Switzerland, but I don't have anything to support that possibility. And how did these families wind up in Pennsylvania and then in Ohio? My best guess now is the families arrived within a decade before or after the American Revolution.

Thanks to hubby's grandfather, Brice Larimer McClure, I have scraps of paper showing the names of one generation back in the Steiner and Rinehart families. On this first scrap, Brice wrote that his grandmother (Edward George Steiner's mother) was Elizabeth Steiner (1802-1864), who died at 62.

The same scrap of paper shows Brice's grandfather as Jacob S. Steiner, no dates, but probably 1802-1860. Can't yet find him in the 1860 Census, can't find his death date or burial place. Nor do I have Jacob's parents' names.

But note that on this scrap are listed two children of Edward George Steiner & Elizabeth Jane Rinehart Steiner: Elveretta Steiner (b. 1854) and son-infant (b. 1852). A wonderful volunteer in Crawford county, OH, found Elveretta buried in Oceola Cemetery #2 (d. 17 Feb 1855) and the baby son in the same cemetery (birth/death dates the same, 23 Oct 1852). All the other children are buried in Old Mission Cemetery, Upper Sandusky, OH.

Elizabeth Rinehart's parents were Joseph Rinehart (1806-1888), who Brice notes died at 81. Joseph married Margaret Shank* (1807-1873). The first two children of Edward and Elizabeth Steiner are also mentioned on this scrap, Elveretta (who died young) and a son who died in infancy.

9 Children of Edward George Steiner and Elizabeth Jane Rinehart 
Infant; Elveretta Steiner, Orville J. Steiner, Adaline M. Steiner, 
Margaret Mary Steiner, Etta Blanche Steiner, Minnie Estella Steiner, 
Carrie Eileen Steiner, and Floyda Mabel Steiner

My posts about the Steiners and Rineharts:
  • Surname Saturday entries for Steiner, 2013, 2011,
  • Elizabeth Jane Rinehart Steiner's obituary and more.
  • Obituaries of two of Elizabeth's children, Floyda Mabel Steiner McClure and Margaret Mary Steiner Post.
  • My search for Margaret Mary Steiner Post, who moved to Knoxville, I finally found out. Mary and her husband Elroy Post's unique tombstones.
  • Steiner sisters in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
  • Photos of the Steiner sisters.
  • Orville J. Steiner's death cert, while an inmate at an almshouse.
  • Brice Larimer McClure's listing of the Steiner children. 
  • The Wood family visited Steiner graves in Upper Sandusky on Decoration Day.
  • Joseph Rinehart's death at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Rinehart Steiner. His Find a Grave memorial page is here.
  • Unsolved Steiner mysteries that I'll keep researching in 2014. 
  • Minnie Estella Steiner Halbedel's famous bro-in-law, painter Frank Halbedel.
  • Searching for Jacob S. Steiner, a big brickwall in Crawford county, OH.
  • Searching for Steiners and Rineharts in Crawford county.
  • George and Joseph Rinehart are buried in Oceola #2 cemetery, Crawford county, OH 
  • Looking for Elizabeth Steiner's maiden name--Elizabeth was the wife of Jacob S. Steiner, and the mother of Edward George Steiner. 
  • Floyda Steiner, Blanche Steiner Rhuark, and Margaret Mary Steiner Post visit a cousin, Pearl Hill--who is Pearl and how is she related? 
  • William Steiner, son of Jacob S. Steiner, was born in Berks county, PA
  • Mrs. John Quincy Steiner was a champion!
  • Still searching for Jacob S. Steiner's death date and place. 
  • Looking for Floyda Mabel Steiner Gottfried's divorce papers, circa 1900-1903 - and what I learned.
  • Can I sit down to tea with Elizabeth Jane Rinehart Steiner? Here's what I want to ask her.
  • William Steiner married Catherine Coder in December, 1850.
  • Steiner and Rinehart buried in Old Mission Cemetery, Wyandot County, Ohio. Steiner in the courthouse!
  • Samuel D. Steiner arrested and convicted of aiding/abetting burglary.
  • Finding the Rinehart family in the 1870 Census meant searching a village of websites!
  • Great-great aunt Adaline Steiner married Albert Sigler in 1857, but he died just before their first child was born. She later married John Dome and they had 3 children together.
  • Benjamin Franklin Steiner served in the Civil War for nearly 3 years. Looking at his family situation provided context for understanding his family history. He was enumerated on the 1890 US Census Veterans Schedule, which survived the fire that destroyed most population schedules from that year.
  • Finally, a FAN club missing link shows how Floyda Steiner met Brice Larimer McClure. Plus what Floyda's 1st husband said about her petition for divorce.
  • A Rinehart cousin of my husband enlisted in the US Army during WWII, at the age of 45. My research revealed why.
  • Creating a family-history photo book about Floyda Steiner and Brice Larimer McClure.
* Margaret Shank is still a bit of a mystery. A source in Crawford County believes that the name should be "Shank" but two death certs (Nancy Rinehart Gregg and Hugh Rinehart) clearly show the name as "Shanklin." Seeing no "Shanklin" names in local directories or cemeteries, I agree that "Shank" is quite likely. However, Shankland is another possibility. UPDATE: Because of Rinehart in-law info just come to light in mid-2019, the "Shank" maiden name is much more likely. However, some genealogy sites still show Shanklin (such as Find a Grave).


  1. AnonymousJune 20, 2013

    Very interested in your research on the Steiner Family. I also Have A Steiner line and Marriages to Rhinehart, In lower Michigan.

  2. Please get in touch . . . see my profile for info. Maybe we have some ancestors in common!

  3. I too have Steiner Family and Rhinehart in lower Michigan. They lived in Livingston County.

  4. I am interested in the Steiner family also. I am a Steiner and am working on the family tree. I am working on the line of Johann Christian Steiner who had a son named John Fredrick Steiner. John Fredrick had 9 children and I'm still working on that. Johann Christian was probably born around the beginning of the 1800's or late 1700's. John Fredrick was born in Switzerland and his children were born in Dubuque, Iowa. Several of his children moved to Okenogan, Washington and there are many descendents there. I hope we can connect. Thanks, Sheri Steiner