Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lutheran branch.

Hans Casper Rinker was born in Neurensdorf, Zurich Canton, Switzerland in 1727. He arrived in Philadelphia with family members in 1743. The Rinkers were Lutheran. Rinker settled in Germantown and married Maria Schultz in 1757.

Casper and Maria moved to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley shortly after they married. Casper became a prominent landowner in Frederick Co. and a militia captain during the Revolutionary War. Among his neighbors was Quaker Evan Rogers. Rogers was considerable landowner in his own right.

Following the death of her first husband, Casper's daughter Mary married John Rogers. John was disowned for marrying contrary to faith.  John and Mary [Rinker] Evans became Methodists and donated land to the local ME Church.

Although no longer allied with the Quaker faith, both John and Mary were buried in the Quaker Cemetery near Gainsboro, VA. The Rinkers are also buried there.

The Lutheran/Quaker combo of Rinker and Rogers was attracted to the growing popularity of the Methodist faith that began sweeping the frontier about the time they converted.

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