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Joseph Reinhardt
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Birth: unknown
Death: Dec., 1846
Nevada County
California, USA

A member of the Donner/Reed Party.
Reinhardt was a member of the German contingent. Little is know about him. He was approx. 30 years old at the time of his death.
He was believed to have been responsible for the death of Mr. Wolfinger in October, 1846. The event is recounted as such... "At the sinks of the Humboldt, Mr. Wolfinger stopped to cache his property. Augustus Spitzer and Joseph Reinhardt stayed behind with him to help and caught up with the rest of the company some time later without him. They reported that Indians had come down from the hills, killed Mr. Wolfinger and driven off his stock. The other emigrants were suspicious of this tale, but they did not investigate the matter as they were anxious to continue their journey."

When the Donner Party was trapped at Alder Creek, Reinhardt stayed with them in their tent camp. Before he died, he confessed to having killed Wolfinger. Leanna Donner App confirmed the confession thirty years later: "Joseph Rhinehart was taken sick in our tent, when death was approaching and he knew there was no escape, then he made a confession in the presence of Mrs. Wolfinger that he shot her husband; what the object was I do not know." 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Joseph Reinhardt died in George Donner's tent camp at Alder Creek
 
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58759524
 


- JKW
 Added: Oct. 13, 2015

- Cindy Baldogo
 Added: Sep. 16, 2010
 
 
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