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 Herman Heinrich Meiners

Herman Heinrich Meiners

Ankum, Osnabrücker Landkreis, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death 3 Mar 1904 (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Old Block 32, Lot 5, Grave 1
Memorial ID 5131240 · View Source
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The son and oldest surviving child of Johann Gerhard Meiners and his first wife Maria Elizabeth Heuer Meiners, Herman Heinrich Meiners was born in Ankum, Lower Saxony, Germany on May 3, 1821, the second-born of four children. He also had four younger half-siblings. His stepmother was Elizabeth Dunker Meiners. Herman was a stone mason from Ankum, Germany, who worked on the Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. His ancestors had lived in Ankum since at least 1653. Orphaned at age thirteen, he was apprenticed to a stone mason. He came to America in 1841. Herman worked for six years to raise enough money to bring two of his siblings, Johann Gerhard "Georg" Meiners (buried in Saint John Cemetery in Saint Bernard, Hamilton County, Ohio) and Maria Gertrude Meiners Teipel (buried in Mother of God Cemetery in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky), to America.

By all his wives, fifteen children were born. His first wife was Caroline Bergman Meiners, and she (and the baby) died in her first childbirth.

His second wife was Agnes Kramer Meiners, and before her death (and the baby's) during her fifth childbirth, they had four surviving children: Edmund B. Meiners (a stone mason), Herman Meiners (a Catholic priest), Mary Gertrude Meiners Burdick (the wife of a farrier), and Henry G. Meiners (a pharmacist).

By his third wife, Elizabeth Kreke Meiners, whom he married on May 13, 1869 at Saint Francis Seraph Catholic Church in Cincinnati, he had nine children: George Gerard Meiners (on the Board of Directors of the Kroger Company), Rose Elizabeth Meiners Helmers (the wife of a vice president of a grocery business), John H. Meiners (a bank clerk), William Gerhard Meiners (president of his own chemical company), Mary Agnes Meiners Schinner (the wife of a machinist), Bernhard F. Meiners (a bookkeeper), Joseph Peter Meiners (a manufacturer and salesman of machinery for the oil industry), Leo Lawrence Meiners (a bank clerk), and Gertrude Elizabeth Meiners Uhl (the wife of an owner of an insurance company). Several of his sons began their working careers as bookkeepers.

Herman became a contractor and is shown in the 1850 census, when he was 29 years old, as worth $3,000 (the equivalent of $90,000+ today). He was a member of the German Pioneers of Cincinnati. From at least 1880 until his death, Herman and his family lived at 513 Betts Street in the West End neighborhood (near Linn Street) of Cincinnati. He died at age 82 on March 3, 1904 in Cincinnati and is buried among his three wives at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cincinnati. Family tradition has it that both Caroline and Agnes picked out their successor before dying. Apparently each told Herman whom he should marry next, and he obliged. His obituary appeared in the German-language newspaper, the Cincinnatier Freie Presse.

Thanks so much to descendant Mary Donnelly Minges for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.

  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5131240
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Herman Heinrich Meiners (3 May 1821–3 Mar 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5131240, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .