My husband is distantly related to John Rickenbacher, born in 1864 in Switzerland to Frederick and Elisabeth Rickenbacher (probably).
In the 1900 census, John's family lived in Columbus, Ohio only a few blocks away from the William Rickenbacker (Reichenbacher) family which includes the son Edward V. Rickenbacker (Reichenbacher).
Frederick Rickenbacher was born in 1820.William, father of Eddie, was born in 1858.Does anyone know if these two were cousins? Uncle and nephew?
Family "lore" says that our John Rickenbacher was related to Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker--but I can't make the connection.The fact that they lived in the same neighborhood makes a reasonable circumstantial case that there was some relationship.
Anyone else related to John who knows more than I do????