I’m putting Henry Carl Meinzen to rest. Not forever. Just for a while. Not that you won’t read stories and see newspapers articles about him on this blog. But I’m going to take a break from actively searching for him for a while. Perhaps new evidence will come to light in a year or two or three.
U. S. Census records - Henry C. Meinzen was found in every census year he was in America, each year with a spelling variant of his name.
Naturalization papers - found in Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio
Church records for him and each of his children - found at Zion United Church of Christ, formerly Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For Henry, only death information was found.
Property records and deeds - found in Jefferson County court records
City directories - found in several different years in Steubenville, Ohio
Local newspapers - on specific dates for births, marriages, and deaths of him and his children. Also general searches on Ancestry.com’s newspapers - found his involvement in I.O.O.F and gardening; found articles about several of his children; obituary for him and Elizabeth
Death certificates for him, his wife, and several of his children - found at the Ohio Historical Society Archives and online at familysearch.org
Burial records - found him and the rest of his family and several non-family infants buried on his plot in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio
Passenger records - did not find him (though found someone that fits every description except first name)
Will/estate file - as far as I can tell, he didn't have one, though his wife did
Civil War Graves Registration Index - there is a card with his name but I have been unable to find any further information indicating that he served in the Civil War (4 years before his naturalization papers state his arrive in America); no pension applicaton; nor are there any family stories about him having served in the Civil War
IOOF - I know he was a member but two requests for information have gone unanswered
Possible Future Searches
Carpenters' unions, 1870-1910, Jefferson County, Ohio
If you readers have any ideas where else I can/should search, I'd be thrilled for the suggestions. Thanks.