When the passenger information below surfaced, I began to wonder if Henry chose to be called by a different name when he arrived in the U.S. As far as I know, proof of identity was not required in 1866. And there is the challenge of German multiple given names.
Various U.S. records and documents tell me that Henry Carl Meinzen
- was born in Hanover/Prussia on July 25, 1837.
- came to America in 1866.
- was a carpenter, among other things.
- lived in Ohio from October, 1867, until his death in 1925.
I have been unable to find immigration documents or transcriptions of documents for Henry Carl Meinzen. But I found this for Ernst Meinzen:
Could Henry and Ernst be the same person?
- Henry would have been 28 in 1866. Ernst was 28.
- Henry immigrated in 1866. Ernst arrived in 1866.
- Henry was from Germany. Ernst was from Germany.
- Henry was a carpenter. Ernst was a carpenter.
- Henry lived in Ohio. Ernst's destination was Ohio.
This is obviously a transcription and it could be wrong. If it's correct, it seems too coincidental that everything but the first name matches. (I think I've seen a scan of the ship's manifest but was too new to family history to make a copy or to record the names of other passengers.) Of course I won’t assume they are the same person. But still, I wonder about it even as I continue to search for more information about Henry Carl Meinzen.
Do any of you readers have any thoughts about how to solve this puzzle? If so, please share. Do you have experiences with first name changes like these? Have you made a connection between a known ancestor and an uncertain name? If so, how did you find the connection?
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
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