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Transcribed biography of J. H. Rinker


Was born in Porter county, Indiana, November 27, 1836. His parents, Henry and Dorothea Rinker were both natives of Virginia, and of German descent. When a child of four years, his parents moved to Rock Island county, Illinois, where they lived for seven years, then went to Madison county, Illinois, and in October, 1855, came to this county, and settled on the farm where they now live. He was reared upon a farm, and educated in the common schools. November 20, 1861, he enlisted in company G, Ninth regiment Illinois volunteer cavalry, as a private; the cavalry branch of the service of which his regiment was a part, was kept on scout and escort duty and guarding outposts, most of the time; while on a scout in Mississippi he was wounded in the right leg and the left foot, both in the same skirmish; with many others who loved the cause they were defending, he reenlisted as a veteran and served, in all, four years. August 22, 1867, Mr. Rinker married Miss Amy Bell. She was born December 31, 1837. They have had four children by this marriage; namely, Katie, born September 9, 1868, died September 10, 1873; Joseph T., born March 20, 1871; Virginia B., born July 16, 1873; and Bertha, born August 1, 1879. He was elected township collector in 1874, filled the office for three terms, and was elected, in April, 1881, township trustee, which office he now holds.

Source: Birdsall & Dean. 1881. The History of Grundy County, Missouri: An Encyclopedia of Useful Information, and a Compendium of Actual Facts. Kansas City, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean. 739 p.
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