Below is the information I extracted from Sophia's 1920 Ohio Certificate of Death.
1 Place of Death: Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County
2 Full name: Sophia Kropp
Residence: West Market Rd.
3 Sex: Female
4 Color or race: White
5 Marital status: Widowed
Husband: Carl Kropp
6 Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1842
7 Age 78 Years 2 Days
8 Occupation: Housekeeper
9 Birthplace Germany
10 Name of father: Deidrick Meinzen
11 Birthplace of father: Germany
12 Maiden name of mother: Don't Know
13 Birthplace of mother: [blank]
14 Informant Mrs. John Spahn, Steubenville, O.
15 Filed 9/7, 1920 Registrar Chas T. Beans
16 Date of death: Sept 6, 1920
17 Cause of death: apoplexy
18 Signed: Thos. M. Kirk, Coroner, M.D. on Sept. 27, 1920, Steubenville, O.
19 Burial: Union [Cemetery], September 8, 1920
20 Undertaker: D. F. Coe, Steubenville, O.
Comments, Thoughts, Observations
Sophia's father's surname was transcribed as Munzen at FamilySearch. When I looked closely at the image this is what I saw:
As for Sophia's father's given name: Henry Carl Meinzen's father's name was recorded as "Carl" (probably spelled Karl in German) in various records, including family records. I know that in the German naming system it was not uncommon to give male children in the family the same first name and a different middle name and use the middle name as a call name. Is it possible that Sophia and Henry are siblings and their father's given names were Carl Deidrick or Deidrick Carl? If I depend on their fathers' names declared in various records in the U.S. I may never find enough information to solve this mystery.
I think it's interesting that the coroner signed the death certificate. I have heard that when he does it often suggests that an autopsy was performed. Some later death certificates have autopsy as a box to check but that was not a question in 1920.
Henry Carl Meinzen was born in 1837, Sophia in 1842. Those dates align for them to be siblings, with another one or two between them.
I am very hopeful that Sophia is Henry's sister and that this information leads me to their parents and siblings. My next searches will include:
- Census records for Sophia and her family to see what information I can find. Perhaps they lived near Henry and Elizabeth.
- Naturalization records for Carl Kropp. They may show Henry Meinzen as a witness to Carl's having living in the U.S. the required number of years.
- Immigration information, including passenger lists
- Newspaper articles. They may show Carl and Sophia Kropp as guests at weddings and other family events. Online searches may also reveal news articles about the Kropps.
- Other resources?
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