Ellen “Ella” Rinehart, a great-great granddaughter of Christian b. 1716

Ella married Franklin W. LONGENECKER on December 24, 1874. With Franklin, she had seven children: Iva E. (m. Donovan SHIELDS), Artha F. (m. Jesse VAN HART), Leona (m. Charles W. McDONALD), Pearl A. (m. Elmer HARTER), Olive (m. Earl WISE), Dessa Z.    (m. Walter “Bob” TIBBETTS), and Webster Orville. Ella’s husband Franklin died in May 1894.

In 1896, she married the widower Rudy FRICK (b. 1845), a carpenter and Civil War veteran. He was the father of at least seven children from his first marriage. In November 1903, well into her 40s, Ella gave birth to Rudy’s son, Robert. In February 1904, Rudy died. Nineteen months later, Rudy and Ella’s son Robert died.

About a year later, Ella married a third time, to another widower: William Calvin JENNINGS, a farmer born in 1852. Calvin died in March 1930.

In April 1930, Ella was living in Washington Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, with her daughter Pearl and Pearl’s husband Elmer Harter.

Ella died of bronchial pneumonia on March 3, 1931, in Darke Co., Ohio. Her remains were laid to rest at Hillgrove Cemetery, with her first husband and her son Robert.

Her gravestone and her death certificate together show that the puzzle pieces have been fitted together correctly:

Death certificate for Ellen Dorcas Rinehart

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