PETER B. REIDENBACH, a native of Pennsylvania, was born October 29, 1832, and is the son of Jacob and Rebecca (Baker) Reidenbach. The father was a native of Pennsylvania, of German descent. The mother is a native of Pennsylvania, of English descent. Our subject's boyhood and youth were spent on a farm in Pennsylvania. At the age of seventeen, he commenced to work at the blacksmith's trade, served his apprenticeship, and is now recognized as the first mechanic in Nineveh Township. At the age of twenty-one years, he began life for himself by working at his trade. He received a common school education, and, in 1862, he enlisted in Company H, Fifty-fourth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. O. M. Wilson; he served sixteen months, and was discharged at New Orleans, December 14, 1863. November 1, 1860, he was united in marriage with Josephia Paskins, a daughter of Thomas and Delilah (Safriples) Paskins. The father was originally from England, and was born in the year 1801. The mother was a native of Virginia, of English descent. This union was blessed with the following children: William, born July 19, 1861; George, October 20, 1863; Thomas E., October 15, 1866. Adam, May 7, 1868; Amanda, May 28, 1873; Alonzo, August 15, 1875. The mother of these children was born September 12, 1837. he and wife are members of the Christian Church. In politics, he has always been an ardent democrat. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He now owns forty-two acres of very fine land under a high state of cultivation.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.