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Nicholas MINICH
Elizabeth CHAMBERS
Birth:  6 Dec 1821, Prussia
Death apparently:  1900-1910, presumably in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI
Occupation:  furrier, hatter, milliner
Migration:  departed 27 May 1846 from Havre, arrived 3 Jul 1846 in New York City
Migration:  autumn of 1848, to Massillon, Stark Co., OH
Religion:  English Christ's Church
Father:  Adam MINICH (d. 12 May 1846)
Mother:  Margaret AULT
Marriage:  4 Jul 1849, Stark Co., OH
Wife:  Elizabeth CHAMBERS / CHAMBER
Birth:  1824, Carroll Co., OH
Death:  27 Jan 1885, presumably in Massillon, Stark Co., OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Religion:  Disciples' Church
Father:  James CHAMBERS (1787-1860), VA > OH > IN
Mother:  Sarah BARRACK / BARRICK (1794-1881), VA > OH > IN
Children born in Massillon, Stark Co., OH:
1.  Mary Florence "Flora" MINICH, b. 1849
2.  Mary F. MINICH, b. 1852/3; m. William PERONG; lived Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH
3.  William James MINICH, b. 1856/7
4.  Francis "Frank" H. MINICH, b. 1858/9
5.  Charles O. MINICH; died young
6.  Charles MINICH; died young
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRG, Germany, Deutschland, Preussen, Preußen; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia


1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Nicholas NUNICH
Spouse: Elizabeth CHAMBER
Marriage: 4 Jul 1849, Stark, Ohio
Source: Marriage Records, 1809-1916. Ohio. Probate Court (Stark County)

2a.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #75-76 of 114 indexed "W Minnick"):  Perry Twp., Stark Co., OH, Roll M432_731, pp. 247A-247B, 500/529, enumerated 31 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
N Minnich 29 M   Capmaker   Germany
Eliza  " 26 F       O
Mary   " 7/12 F       O
Polly Miller 19 F       O
S Prowty 44 M   Carpenter   NY
Alvina " 39 F       Conn
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Celia Prowty 17 F       NY

2b.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  As expected, James CHAMBERS (æ 62, b. VA) is living in Wilmington Twp., DeKalb Co., IN (p. 262), with his wife, Sarah (æ 55, b. VA); also as expected, Elizabeth is not with them.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #38 of 96):  Massillon P.O., Massillon, Stark Co., OH, Roll M653_1038, p. 290A, PN 137, 1143/1007, enumerated 20 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
N Minic 32 M   Furier 2000 3000 Prussia
Elisabeth 32 F         Ohio
Mary 13 F         "
Mary  9 F         "
James  5 M         "
Francis  1 M         "

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #24 of 30):  Massillon P.O., Massillon City (Ward 1), Stark Co., OH, Roll M593_1269, p. 367B, PN 24, 174/171, enumerated 9 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Minich Nicholas 48 M W Hat Cap & Furs 12000 4500 Prussia
______ Elizabeth 44 F W Keeps House     Ohio
______ Flora 20 F W       Ohio
______ Mary F 17 F W       Ohio
______ William 13 M W       Ohio
______ Frank 11 M W       Ohio

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 35):  45 East Main Street, Massillon, Stark Co., OH, Roll T9_1067, p. 154A, PN 1, SD 8, ED 146, enumerated 1 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
* 45 6 6 Minich Nicholas W M 58     / Dealer in Hats & Caps Prussia Prussia Prussia
      ______ Elizabeth W F 54 Wife   / Keeping House O Md Vir
      ______ W J W M 24 Son /   Clerks in Store O Prussia O
      ______ Frank H W M 21 Son /   " O Prussia O
*East Main Street

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #41 of 50):  113 Paris Ave., Grand Rapids (Ward 3), Kent Co., MI, Roll T623_721, p. 329A, SN 21, SD 5, ED 54, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27
* 113 466 488 Hopkins David S Head W M Sep 1834 65 M 20     NY RI NY             Y Y Y H
      _______ Florence Wife W F Feb 1862 38 M 20 1 1 OH Ger OH       At School   10 Y Y Y  
      _______ Hazel M Dau W F Jul 1888 11 S       MI NY OH             Y Y Y  
      M?nnich Nicholus Father in L W M Dec 1821 78 Wd       Ger Ger Fra 1850 50 Na       Y Y Y  
      Lobdell Charles Coachman W M May 1877 23 S       MI MI MI       Coachman 0   Y Y Y  
*Paris Ave
Florence (MINICH) HOPKINS is fibbing about her age, big time (she's 50, not 38); she has also fibbed as to her years married (actually 25).  Nicholas made the crossing in 1846, not 1850. 

8.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

9.  P. William Filby, ed.  2003.  Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s.  Gale Research, Farmington Hills, MI (online at Ancestry.com):-
Name: Nicholas Minnich
Year: 1809-1852
Place: Ohio
Primary Immigrant: Minnich, Nicholas
Annotation: Date and place of declaration of intention or of naturalization. Extracted from Stark County Common Pleas Journals, on microfilm at the Stark County District Library. Page reference to original record is also provided.
Source Bibliography: LANDIS, LAUREN K. Index to the Naturalization Records of Stark County, Ohio (1809-1852). Canton, OH: The Stark County District Library, 1994. 62p.
Page: 35

10.  William Henry Perrin.  1881.  History of Stark County, with an Outline Sketch of Ohio.  Baskin & Battey, Historical Publisher, Chicago (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):
p. 679 NICHOLAS MINICH, hatter, furrier and millinery, Massillon, was born in Rhine-Prussia, Dec. 6, 1821, the youngest of a family of four children, two sons and two daughters, born to Adam and Margaret (Ault) Minich, both of whom died when our subject was young, 2½ years when his mother died, 9 when his father died, May 12, 1846; left Europe May 27, setting sail from Havre, and arriving in New York July 3; stayed there two years; his brother came several years previous; he was two years in Texas fighting Indians; afterward joined the regular army; was eleven years a United States soldier, and was killed at the storming of Vera Cruz.  Our subject learned the furrier's trade before leaving the old country; when he arrived in the United States he only had $3; first worked at the cap business, and then at the furrier's trade.  In the fall of 1848, he came to Massillon; was first with Hiram Wellman, in the cap business, and after six months bought him out, and started in the manufacture of hats, caps, furs and gloves, on Erie street, which lasted two years, when he removed to Main street, but his place was burned out the fall after he started, when he moved to No. 45 Main street, about 1851, where he has continued ever since.  In 1868, he erected the building he now owns, 30x65 feet, which cost about $15,000.  July 4, 1849, he was married to Elizabeth Chambers, born in Carroll Co., Ohio, in 1824, daughter of James and Sarah (Berk) Chambers, he of Maryland, she of Pennslyvania.  Had six children:  Flora, Mrs. David Hopkins, Grand Rapids; Mary, Mrs. William Perong, Cleveland; William James, Frank H., Charles O. and Charles, 2d, who died respectively at 5 years and 7 months and 11 months.  Mr. Minich is a member of the English Christ's Church; wife of the Disciples' Church.

11.  Anon.  1885.  History of De Kalb County, Indiana.  Inter-State Pub. Co., Chicago (online at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com):
p. 976 James Chambers, deceased, was born in Loudoun County, Va., near Harper's Ferry, Sept. 3, 1787, a son of William Chambers, also a native of Virginia, of English descent.  He was married in 1811 to Sarah Barrack and soon after moved to Jefferson County, Ohio, and settled in the woods with Indians and wild animals for neighbors.  Subsequently he moved to Carroll County, Ohio, where he followed farming till the fall of 1844 when he came to De Kalb County and settled on section 15, Wilmington Township, making another home in the woods where he lived till Sept. 15, 1860.  His wife died July 2, 1881.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They had a family of eleven children, seven of whom are living Lucinda, Catherine, Melinda, Robert, Mary, James and William.  Lucinda is the widow of Samuel Hankins, and has had four children, three living.  Melinda married A.T. Packer, and has had seven children; five are living.  James married Sarah Griffith.  One daughter, Delilah, who died in 1864, was the wife of T.T. McCurdy.  Another daughter, Elizabeth, died Jan. 17, 1885.  She was the wife of Nicholas Minich, of Massillon, Ohio, and
p. 977 had six children, four of whom are living. Robert, William, Catherine and Mary live on the old homestead which contains 105 acres of valuable land.
Some have mis-read the last sentence of this sketch to mean that Elizabeth's four surviving children were "Robert, William, Catherine and Mary," but this sentence refers to four of Elizabeth's siblings, not her  children.

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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