Peleg was born in Berne on January 16, 1837 to Adam Reinhart and Sophia Snyder. Peleg's birth date has often been reported as being in June, January 15, and the year has also been given as 1838. In 1908, Peleg gave a sworn statement to the pension board explaining that he could not prove his date of birth. His statement reads that he “knows his age from the record kept in the old family bible owned by his grandparents, that the last time he saw said Bible was in the year 1881 on a visit home, that at that time the covers were torn off of said book and that he then took a memoranda of his birth record which showed that he was born January 16th, 1837, that the said Bible was then in possession of his mother who lived in the town of Berne Albany County - NY that his oldest brother was then living at home unmarried, that at the time he visited his old home aforesaid was to attend the funeral of his mother and that thereafter his oldest brother got married and the old home was broken up and that he can not get any trace of the old Bible. That the above is the best evidence he can give of his age.” Based on the acceptance of this statement, Peleg was given a pension increase. By the time he died in 1916, he was receiving $30 per month as his military pension.
It is interesting to note that Peleg’s statement has been supported through genealogy research done by one of his great-granddaughters, who filed the paperwork to obtain the government headstone. Another of Peleg’s great-granddaughters now owns what appears to be the same Bible described by Peleg. The Bible has no cover and has several pages of handwritten family records, including a line clearly stating that Peleg was born on January 16, 1837, just as Peleg had said in his sworn statement.
Peleg was a farmer.
Marriage & Children
On September 28, 1867, Peleg married Jane Ann Mariah Green in Gilbertsville, Otsego Co., NY. They had the following children;
- Elizabeth Sophia (Libby) (b-July 4,1868; d-March 8, 1869)
- Charles Henry (b-March 4, 1870; d-Nov 4, 1901)
- Harriet Belle (b January 28, 1872; d-after 1920)
- William P. (b-October 3, 1873; d-Aug 20, 1889)
- Elsie Mae (b-February 13, 1879; d Sept 17, 1948)
- Sarah S. (b-January 7, 1881; d-February 20, 1881)
- Clara A. (b-July 23, 1882; d-after 1930)
- Theodore E. (b-May 17, 1884; d-after 1920)
- Ruth Ida (b-July 21, 1886; d-March 2, 1915)
- Melinda B.(b-August 14, 1889; d-April 1972)
- Allan M. (b-October 27, 1892; d-November 24, 1968)
- Henry Milton (b-September 16, 1897; d-December 21, 1955)
- Gertrude Francelia (b-June 18, 1895; d-Spetember 23, 1961
- unknown child (probably died as an infant)
|Residence at Enlistment:||Berne |
|Place of Birth:||Berne, NY|
|Date of Birth:||16 January 1837|
|Names of Parents:||Adam (Reinhart) and Sophia Snyder |
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||August 1, 1862, age 24|
|Enlistment Place:||Albany, NY|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Promotion Date:||June 3, 1864|
|Reduced Date:||19 February 1865|
|Promotion Date:||25 May 1865|
|Muster Out Date:||June 16, 1865|
|Muster Out Place:||Baltimore, MD|
|Muster Out Status:||Distinguished Service|
|Additional Remarks: "Promoted to Sergeant June __1864 Discharged June 29, 1865 P.O.Address Bern Albany Co N.Y."|
|Sources Used: Adjutant General's Document, Oct 29, 1883; Pension documents; discharge papers; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War|
Peleg died April 19, 1916, in Schenectady, NY. His cause of death is listed as "old age". He was buried on April 22nd in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland, NY. In plot 304. According to cemetery records also buried in the plot are his wife, Jane; their son, William Reinhart age 15, their daughter, Ruth Reinhart Veeder age 28. There may also be a Clara or Claud? Reinhart age 24? buried there. This probably is their daughter-in-law, Clara, the wife of Charles Henry Reinhart. The family Bible indicates that she died on Feb 4, 1892 at age 25.
Here are some references to Peleg Reinhart found in the newspaper, The Altamont Enterprise
- PELEG REINHART - May 1, 1886 - Peleg Reinhart has purchased of Wesson Cook, a house and lot adjoin the school house on the Fort Hunter Road.
- August 24, 1889 - William, son of Peleg Reinhart, died on Tuesday last, aged 16 years.
- September 24, 1897 - Mr. Peleg Reinhart and Mr. Isaac Dane each have an increase in their family. (Note: This is probably a reference to Henry Milton Reinhart born September 16, 1897)
- December 29, 1899 - Mr. Edwin Ostrander has purchased the house and lot of Peleg Reinhart who has moved to South Schenectady.
- May 25, 2006 - From the historian's desk, Old grave marked with new headstone.
- Reinhart Family Photo's - Reinhart Photo's Hosted On Shutterfly
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War