Note: Heinrich was born in Neistad, Hanover Germany on September 1, 1821. He came to the U.S. In 1844 and settled near Cincinnati, Ohio. On June 1, 1846 at age twenty-four, he joined the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served in Co. H. First Regiment, during the Mexican War and was stationed at Camp Belnap in Mexico. In august of 1846, during bad weather he had to wade through water up to his armpits. He became ill with a cold and was still further exposed to bad weather on a march to Saltillo, Mexico. Because of this, he developed a chronic case of conjunctivitis. He was discharged because of disability, due to this, on January 5, 1847 at a camp near Monterey, Mexico. After discharge, he returned home to Cincinnati Ohio. One military document described Henry as, five feet nine inches tall, having blond hair, a fair complexion, and blue eyes. Marie Mueller was born in Neistad, Hanover Germany on April 13, 1826. She came to Cincinnati Ohio in about 1844. Marie and Heinrich were married on March 25, 1847 by August Kroell, Minister of the Gospel. Heinrich and Marie lived in or near Cincinnati until about 1855, when they moved to Clayton county Iowa near Guttenberg. They had nine children: the first three, Henry, born November 11, 1849; William, born June 25, 1851; and John Henry born November 27, 1853, were born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Emelia, born December 30, 1855; George, born November 29, 1858; Alvina (Ella), born June 15, 1860; Augusta, born September 30, 1862; Pauline, born March 26, 1866; and Lena born May 4, 1869, were born in Iowa near Guttenberg. In October of 1881, Heinrich, aged sixty, with his three oldest sons, Henry age thirty-two, William aged thirty, and John Henry age twenty-eight, went west to Dakota Territory. John Henry homesteaded a quarter section of land, a mile and a half south of Spencer, SD. In the spring of 1882, they returned to Guttenberg to accompany their wives and children to Dakota Territory. The entire party coming to Dakota Territory included, Heinrich and Marie, their thirteen year old daughter Lena, their sons, and son's wives and grand children were as follows: Their oldest son, Henry, his wife Anna and their children, Henry Jr., George H., Fred, Lydia, Edward and Agusta; their second son William, his wife, Mary Clefisch and their daughter Lena; their third son, John Henry, his wife Mary Peppmuller, their son George Henry, and their daughter Louisa, a total of eighteen people. Most of them lived out their lives near Spencer. Most of them are buried in the cemetery south of Spencer; some relatives are buried in the Lakeside cemetery, west of Spencer. June 30, 1993 O.T.
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