Saturday, January 5, 2013

Surname Saturday - KOCH, Henry

Henry Koch
Henry Koch was born March 6, 1837 in Hesse-Kassel (Prussia) Germany, to Henry Koch and Mina Winker.  he left Germany from the port of Bremen on the ship Meta and arrived in New  York on September 29, 1956. His destination was Philadelphia. I think I found him in 1860 living in Harmony, Beaver, Pennsylvania.  On August 4, 1862, at he age of 25,  Henry Koch enlisted as a private into CO K  52nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served until he mustered out on June 3, 1865 at Washington D.C. As a result of serving his adopted country, he was granted citizenship November 5, 1872.

Henry Koch married Margarethe Bauer I have not been able to find a marriage record.  Henry and Margarethe had three children. Henry J. (Harry) born about 1869, Charles Edward born November 28, 1871 and Ella born May 1873.  In 1870 Henry and Margarethe were living in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit, Ohio. Margarethe had two daughters from a previous marriage to Henry Wehrle. Mary and Katherine. They are listed on the 1870 census along with Henry J. (Harry). By 1880 Henry and Margarethe were separated or divorced. Again I can find no record of this either. Henry was living with Harry in a boarding house in Cuyahoga Falls. Margarethe moved to Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio with her daughters, Katherine and Ella and son Charles.  On November 17, 1894 Henry was admitted to the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky (Perkins Township), Erie County, Ohio were he lived until his death October 14, 1917.

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