John Rhinemiller was born in Breiten-back Ker Rothenburg, Hessen Germany. He grew to manhood in his native country, receiving the benefits of its fine educational system. After his school education was completed he leared the trade of cooper, and then as a journeyman he pursued his the opportunity of seeing many famos places.
In the year 1827 he was united in marriage ti Miss Anna Elizebeth Brundow, a native of the same country as himself. Having heard much in his journeys of the United States of America,of it's hospitalies to foreigners, and of it's many opportunities for a poor man, John Rhinemiller determined to seek a home for himself and family in this great country, and accordingly in 1833, with his wife and children he embarked on an American bound vessel. Their voyage was made especially memorible to that little family of emigrants, seeking a new home in a far-away country, by the birth of their third child on the ocean. At length the long voyage of fourteen weeks was ended, and they landed in New York City, where they proceeded, via the Hudson River, Erie Canel and Lake Erie to the Black River in Lorain County, Ohio.
When they arrived there, strangers in a strange land, Mr. Rhinemiller had but fifty cents of available capital, but he had plenty of courage and willing hands. He bought a tract of land on time, but was unable to put up the necessary builings so that he could at once settle on it, so he worked out by the day to support his family, employing his spare time in clearing his land. In 1834 he sold his farm at an advance ad moved to Huron, Erie County, Ohio, where he bought a tract of wild land heavily timbered, at $5.00 per acre.
He built a log home for himself and family, one and one half miles from the present site of Huron Village. By active and persistant toil he reclaimed the land from it's native state, andbuilt a good set of frame buildings.
He met with a serious loss in the burning of his first frame house six weeks after it's erection, but soon replaced it with another, in which he lived in until 1865. He then moved with his wife to the Village of Huron, where they spent the remaing days of their lives, he dying June 9, 1878, while his good wife was not long seperated from him, as she died in January 1879. They reared a family of eight children; William, Eliza, Christina, Henry, John and Joseph who lived to a ripe old age, Martha and Christina died in early life. William who was the eldest child lived to be (October to January) past 97 years of age, dying in Norwalk, Ohio. Henry, the forth child was their first child born on American soil, he dying 30 years ago last January. John Rhinemiller Jr. died in 1912, and his wife in 1913. Christina died in 1009 and Eliza died in 1897.
The article written and read at the Rhinemiller reunion in 1930 was taken from the Lenawee County History of Southern Michigan, published in 187x. Read by Katherine Rhinemiller, mother of Viola cole and wife of Henry Rhinemiller.