Thursday, November 17, 2016

Child #2:  William Henry Kropp

William Henry Kropp is the second known child of Carl and Sophia (Meinzen) Kropp.  Sophia may be my great-grandfather Henry Carl Meinzen's sister. 

I've found two sources for William Henry's death.  The first is his Ohio Death Certificate and the second his obituary. 

Extracted information from Henry's Ohio Death Certificate:

Name:  William Henry Kropp
Location of death:  Island Creek, R.D. #4, Steubenville Township, Jefferson County, Ohio
Time in area:  65 years
Male, white, single
Birth date:  October 9, 1866
Age:  78 years, 11 months, 16 days
Birth location:  Germany
Occupation:  Retired farmer
Father's Name:  Carl Kropp, born Germany
Mother's Name:  Sophia Meinsen, born Germany
Informant:  John C. Kropp, R.D. #4, Steubenville, Ohio
Burial:  September 28, 1945, Union Cemetery
Date of death:  September 25, 1945
Cause of Death:  Cerebral hemorrhage, 12 days' duration, due to arteriosclerosis
Physician:  J. E. Gamble, M.D.

William's obituary was published in The [Steubenville] Herald-Star on Wednesday, September 26, 1945.
William H. Kropp
   Summoned by Death
   William Henry Kropp, 78, died
at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home
of John Kropp, Steubenville R.
D. 1.
   He was born October 9, 1866 in
Germany and had resided in the
Steubenville vicinity 65 years.  He
had been active in farming until
the last two years.  He was a
member of Zion Evangelical
Lutheran church and was well
known in the district where his
death will be a matter of regret
to friends and relatives.
   Surviving are two sisters, Mrs.
Minnie Schuette and Mrs. John
Spahn, both of Steubenville.
   Friends may call at the Mc-
Clave funeral home.

If William Henry had been in Steubenville for 65 years (as both of these sources state) and died at the age of 78, he would have immigrated to the U.S. in about 1879 at about the age of 13.  William's name was not on the passenger list with his parents and younger sister, Sophie, when they arrived in the U.S. in 1887.  I have not yet searched immigration records nor census records to provide more detail about his life.

While I generally like to fully research ancestors, I hesitate to spend too much time on Sophia's children since they are collateral ancestors.  My only hope in researching further is that I might find where in Germany he and his siblings were born which might, in turn, lead me to some record that connects Sophia (Meinzen) Kropp to my grandfather Henry Carl Meinzen.


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