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Updated August 10, 2001

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This page was originally submitted in Jan. 2000, using's Instant Family Tree, which is still here and accessible, in the "Family Trees" section of the page, but is somewhat incomplete/outdated and being revised.

THE PAGE IS CURRENTLY BEING COMPLETELY REVISED (offline). When completed, the page will be re-submitted (instead of just being revised/updated). Eventually I hope to be able to include photos of people, places, buildings, artifacts, copies of source documents, etc. Eventually also, perhaps it will be possible to include other media, such as, for example, photos and videotape of the required disinterment, transferal, and reinterment of the remains of our immigrant ancestors and their immediate family from their original burial place (in the 1800's) to a new location (in the last 10 years!)--which I personally arranged for, oversaw, and witnessed, taking still photos and videotape of the actual events myself.

Meanwhile, Charts for various lines of ancestors/descendants are being prepared and will be uploaded to the page starting the week of 16 July 2001 [See "Related Files" section].

Presently, the page contains info. on descendants (and, hopefully, in the future, info. on ancestors, as well) of immigrant ancestor Andrew or Andreas MEINZER [008] (born 16 Jan 1841 in Baden, GERMANY), who migrated from the port of Havre, France, aboard the ship "Harry Bluff", arriving in the port of New York City on 02 May 1859, at the age of 18, with his occupation listed as "farmer".

Andrew worked as a barber in NYC for a time, and married a girl born in NYC, Margaret or Margarethe RINCK, and he and his wife and in-laws eventually moved westward, living for a time in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, before finally settling in Scranton. Andrew and Margaret had seven sons and a daughter. The youngest, a boy, died at age 2 yrs 8 mos. The others all survived to adulthood and married, but not all had children, and a few had children who died before adulthood. Also, as part of their family, Andrew and Margaret were raising Margaret's niece Elizabeth RINCK, youngest daughter of Margaret's brother Conrad RINCK. (The reason for this is as yet unknown.)

In Scranton, the extended family lived at 334-336 New Street, in the "Pine Brook" section of the city, and Andrew supported the family by working as a barber/hairdresser at his shop in downtown Scranton. Andrew died aged 46 on 12 Sep 1887 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania).

Andrew's wife, Margaret or Margarethe RINCK [009] (spelled RINK in some sources), was born June 1843 in New York City, and her mother (Andrew's mother-in-law), immigrant ancestor Catherine Rinck [019] (maiden name as yet unknown), was born Nov 1808 in PRUSSIA.

Catherine had two sons and a daughter that we know of: Conrad (born 1836/7 in PRUSSIA), Margaret (born June 1843 in New York City), and Henry (born in 1846/7). No information is yet known about their father. Obviously Catherine came to the U.S.A. sometime between the birth of her son Conrad in PRUSSIA in 1836/7, and the birth of her daughter Margaret in NYC in June 1843. The family homestead on New Street in Scranton was owned by her. Catherine was just days short of 81 years of age when she died on 09 Oct 1889 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, two years after her son-in-law Andrew MEINZER.

On this home page also will be included, as far as possible, ancestral lines of individuals who married into the family, among which (so far) are surnames of [alphabetically]: ALLEN, APRILE, BEAVERS, BOSTON, CAREY, DAVIS, FULLER, GRINER, HARNEY, HEFFRON, HELLER, HIERS, HOSIE, JOHNSTON, KEAN, KEARNEY, KELLY, KENNEY, KORPAK, LLEWELLYN, McANDREWS, McDADE, MacNAMEE, MARREN, MILLER, MOLL, MULLEN, ROUSE, SCARLOTTA, SPRANDLE, STANZAK, STEINMETZ, THOMPSON, VICCICA, VIVADA, WELSCH, & YETTER.

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    Seated in middle is Elsie Mary HARNEY Meinzer(3). To her left is her daughter [the Author of this home page], Lorraine A. L. MEINZER(1). Above Lorraine is her sister, Elsie D. J. MEINZER Korpak Beavers(33). To Elsie's right is her eldest son, Michael James KORPAK(96), with his hand resting on the shoulder of his wife at that time, Marilyn DAVIS Korpak(138). Photo was taken at a wedding reception (in 1981) for Lori BEAVERS [daughter from 1st marriage of Albert G. BEAVERS(81), the 2nd husband of Elsie D. J. MEINZER Korpak Beavers(33)]. Numbers in parentheses immediately following surnames refer to personal Identification Numbers on Ascendancy/Descendancy Chart #1 [See "Related Files"].
    NOVEMBER 1976 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WITH PHOTOGRAPH, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Wedding of the parents of the Author of this Home Page--Henry Andrew MEINZER(2), and Elsie Mary HARNEY(3). [Mr. Meinzer's father was Arthur Emmett MEINZER(4), fifth son of our Immigrant Ancester, Andrew MEINZER(8).]
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