Maria Reinfort

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Maria Reinfort (von Heidecker)

Birthdate: (35)
Death: 1852 (35)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Josef Heidegger and Anna Maria Heidegger
Wife of Joseph Reinfort
Mother of Amelia Rainold; Mary Reinfort and Sarah Rosalie Reinfort

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About Maria Reinfort

The story of Maria Reinfort is particularly interesting. Maria came to Minden along with her husband Joseph, and their three daughters, Marie, Amelia, and Rosalie, through the port of New Orleans. Hearing of German settlers in the Minden area, they came here in 1848, and Joseph purchased a store building in downtown Minden. Finding his business not profitable, Joseph joined the Gold Rush to California to make his fortune. Tragically, he contracted Cholera while transversing the Isthmus of Panama and died, leaving his widow and daughters in Minden with no means of support. In 1852, Maria died of Yellow Fever, and her three daughters were taken in by the "Countess" Leon at Germantown, who had become Maria's friend after Joseph's death. The girls lived with the "Countess" until 1865, and received a very good education from the teachers at the colony. In the lore of Germantown, they are known as the "three orphans." Eventually, the middle daughter, Amelia, married Professor Frank Rainold, a music teacher from Homer, and using an inheritance received from Maria Reinfort's family in Austria, they moved to New Orleans. The family became prominent in the cultural and social circles of the Crescent City. The oldest Reinfort daughter, Marie, never married and moved to New Orleans with her sister, while Rosalie Reinfort married a Union soldier and moved to Texas. Jim Croad used this story of the Reinfort family as the basis for his play about Germantown, "Visions of Utopia", produced by Cultural Crossroads at the colony a few years ago.

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Maria Reinfort's Timeline

April 8, 1847
Age 30
Vienna, Austria
Age 35