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Henry Nicholas Meier
By Charles Barnum

Background: The first child of Seaborn J. Thompson was Francis Louisa Thompson, b. 2 Mar. 1828, Seaborne's first wife was Francis Smith. They married 2 Nov 1826 probably in Wilkes County, GA. Francis Smith Thompson died 14 May 1828, 12 days after bringing Francis Thompson into the world. The place where the child Francis Thompson lived from that time until her marriage to Henry Nicholas Meier in Troup Co. Ga., is not known. (Married 26 April 1849 in Troup Co. GA.)

Note: Seaborn Thompson married Jane Briden Moreland 19 April 1832 and one of their children was named Edward Young Hill Thompson. It's worth mentioning that a man named Edward Young Hill ran for governor of the state of Georgia. Also Seaborn's close friend was an Edward Young Hill, Superior Court Judge in Troup County. The Honorable Edward Young Hill, was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina in 1821.

After receiving an education, Edward Young Hill moved to Jasper County, GA. Edward ran for Governor of Georgia in 1840 but was defeated by George W. Towns. Edward Young Hill married Annabella P. Dawson 12 December 1827 in Jasper County, Georgia. He had three brothers and seven sisters. His parents were Joshua and Nancy Collier Hill. Incidentally, my Thompson family lived in Jasper County at this time also.

Edward Young Hill's youngest brother was Senator Joshua Hill who ran for governor in 1863 but was defeated by Joe Brown. Edward Hill died 20 November 1860. Seaborn named a son after Edward Young Hill.

Why are we looking at Henry Nicholas Meier? Because I do not know know what happened to Francis (Thompson) Meier, his wife. Following is Henry N. Meier's application for citizenship:

Georgia, Troup County: United States of America.
Be it remembered that on the Sixth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty nine in person appeared before me, Henry B. Williams, Clerk of the Superior Court of said county, [The said court being a court of record having common law jurisdiction, a clerk of seal ] Henry N. Meyier that he was born in Germany in that part of it called Hanover Helsom(?) District that he is thirty two years old, Brown eyes, (ink spot), hare (brown hair?) and fare (fair) completion, that he is a subject of the Kingdom Germany that his allegiance is due to Arnst (?) Argust(?) the (now?) German(?) King. That he emigrated from Bonn(?) and landed in New York in the United States of America on the 20th day of June 1845. That he came to LaGrange Troup County and the state of Georgia in the 26th day of May 1848 and that he intends to settle in the State of Georgia and further despondent sayth that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen if the United states and to renounce forever all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince or potentate, state or sovereignty whatsoever and particularity to the government of Germany of which Kingdom he was lately a subject.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 6th day of July 1849. Henry B. Williams Clerk,

H. Meier

N. Meier; Affidavit application for citizenship,
Filed in the Office 6th July 1849. Henry B. Williams Clk, Original Affiant

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State of Georgia, Troup County:
In the presence appeared before me Godfred Kener and Fredrick Rieke citizens of the United States, who being duly sworn, say that they have been acquainted with Henry N. Meier for more than five years last pass. That during that time he ahs resided in the Sate of Georgia within the United States a portion of the time at the city of Columbus and a portion at the La Grange in said County to wit for a longer term than two years. That he has behaved himself as a man of good moral character, attached to the constitution of the United States, and will, disposed to have good order and happiest (?) of the same.

Sworn to and subscribed before me the 21st day of May 1852.
Edw. Young Hill, JCS, CLK, F. Ricke, Godfred Kener.

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State of Georgia, Troup County: To the Honorable superior court of said County:
The Petition of Henry N. Meier late of Helson District in that part of Germany called Hanover, respectfully showeth that on the sixth day of July, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty nine , he filed in the Clerk's office of said superior count of he country of Troup, in said state, the same being a court of record, his declaration under oath of his intention to become a citizen of the United states, a certified copy of which declaration is here in court produced and shown. And your Petitioner further states that he has resided in the United States for the continuous term of five years next preceding this application for assumption (?) to citizenship to wit: From the Twentieth day of June in the Year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and forty five, until the date of this application and that he came to live in said county and state, on the twenty fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty eight, at which place he has resided for a longer period than one year to wit: Since the day and year last above states. And that he as resided in the United States for a period of time longer than five years, and has not been beyond the territory of said Country boundaries in that time. And your petitioner further shows that he is now in the Thirty fourth year of his age and that he has borne no hereditary title or order of Nobility. Therefore he prays this Honorable court that he may be permitted to take and subscribe to the path of Allegiance and fidelity as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, and that laws passed in Conformity thereto by the honorable Congress and be admitted a Citizen of the same.

Dated May 21st 1852. H. Meier

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State of Georgia, Troup County: Superior Court, May Term, 1852,
I Henry N. Meier, do solemnly swear that I do herby absolutely, entirely and forever, renounce and adjoin all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty whatsoever, and particularity to the reigning and sovereign home in Germany having having dominion over Hanover, (of which Country I lately was a subject), and I do further swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the government of the United states of America to the utmost of my ability, support and defend the Constitution thereof, and the constitution for the State of Georgia: So help me God.
Sworn to and subscribed in open court this May 21, 1852 Test. Edw. Young Hill, J.S.C. Clk.

H. Meier

(Note the name, Edward Young Hill; end.)

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In Troup Superior Court, May Term, 1852.
Present the Honorable Edward Young Hill the Judge of Said court.

It appearing to the court that Henry N. Meier has heretofore filed his declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States, in the clerk's office of the superior court in the Clerk's Office of the Superior Court of the county of Troup, in terms of the laws of the United States in each case made and provide and said Henry N. Meier having produced satisfactory evidence of good moral character of his attachment to the Constitution of the United States and of his good deposition towards the government thereof, it is now considered by the court the said Henry N. Meier be, and he is hereby admitted to all the rights immunities and privileges of a citizen of the Untied States in terms of the constitution and the laws thereof and it is further ordered that the clerk of this court do issue to said Henry N. Meier a certificate copy of these Proceedings.

Judgment signed this 21 Day of May 1852, Edw. Young Hill, J.C.S. Clk.

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Questions: Where was Francis Thompson in 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900? Where did she die; what children did she have?

It is known that Seaborn J. Thompson, moved to Mississippi by 1860, but his wife, Jane Briden (Mooreland) Thompson, had apparently died on or before 1860. By 1870, Seaborn Thompson moved to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. His father-in-law had also moved to Claiborne Parish. Charles Thompson also moved to Claiborne Parish. Charles was the father of Seaborn. Several Thompson relatives moved there as well. Henry Meier and his family have been difficult to find on the censuses. Perhaps that is due to the different possible spellings of his last name, Maier, Myer, Meier, Mier, etc.

The 1870 Ouachita page 27 (148)  Parish in LA showed a Myer, Henry age 54 (Born ca. 1815) Cabinet maker, born in Hanover, Germany, living in Ouachita Parish in the Trenton TWP, Ward #7, Family #208, Census taken 12 August 1870. He had  $12,000 asset worth. With him was his wife, Francis, age 42 (born ca. 1828) in Georgia. Henry and Francis who were living next to Claiborne Parish where other relatives from Georgia had moved.
Living with them was Elizabeth Hesterbach? going to school, born in Ohio.
Two household's away was John Myer, age 42 Cabinet maker, born in Hanover, Germany. Wife, Mary age 37, born Darmstadt? Germany. Bernard age 3 born in LA; Augustus Age 1, born LA;
Ann age 5, Frank 3, (LA), and a Jacob Gusmyer? from Bader? with two Gusmyer? families next door. (John Meier applied for citizenship about the same time as Henry in Georgia.)

On the 1850 Troup County census, a Henry Meier (listed as Mor on Familysearch.org) lived next door to Seburn Thompson, (SEABORN Thompson) --in La Grange, Troup, Georgia. Henry was married to Francis. He was a Cabinet maker. This is the Henry Meier / Myer who married Francis L. (Louisa) Thompson and who lived in Ouachita Parish, LA in 1870. I have found no other reference to Henry Myer, or Meier after 1870. Where was he in 1860 and 1880 and under which name spelling?

Series: M593  Roll: 526  Page: 148 Surname Given Name Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year
GUSMYER JACOB 24 M W BADE (Baden) LA Ouachita, Trenton, LA P O 1870

Henry was found on the 1860 Mississippi Census in Beat 4, Lauderdale, Mississippi as follows:

H. N. Mier age 44 Mechanic Born in Germany, value of estate was $29,000.
Frances Mier, wife, age 38, Domestic Business, Born in Georgia.
Also listed was a Helen Mier age 14, born in Alabama. Helen could not be their daughter as they had no children in 1850. Perhaps she was the daughter of his brother, John.
Henry was wealthy in 1860. The Civil War probably destroyed his fortune as it did most Southern Families.

 

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1870 Census:
Name: Jno L Meyer (Meir / Myer)
Residence: Trenton, Ouachita, Louisiana
Birth date: 1828
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Spouse's name: Mary Meyer
Spouse birthplace: Germany
Father's birthplace: Germany
Mother's birthplace: Germany
Race or color (expanded): White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 52 years
Occupation: Proprietor Sawmill and Sash Factory
NARA film number: T9-0465
Page: 126
Page: C
Entry number: 4301
Film number: 1254465
Collection: United States Census, 1880
1880  LOUISIANA  Ouachita  5-WD; TRENTON
Series: T9 Roll: 465 Page: 126
Surname Given Name Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year
MEYER JNO L 52 M W GERM LA Ouachita 5-WD; TRENTON 1880
Meyer, John 52 Germany Germany Germany
Meyer, Mary 46 Germany Germany Germany
Meyer, Annie 10 dau Ohio Germany Germany
Meyer, Charlie 9 LA Germany Germany
Meyer, John 5 LA Germany Germany

Surname  Given Name  Age  Sex  Race  Birthplace  State  County  Location  Year

 GUSMYER  JACOB 24 M W BADE LA Ouachita  TRENTON P O  1870

1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Jacob Gusmyer Birth:     abt 1811 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Mina Gusmyer Birth:      abt 1846 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Jacob Gusmyer Birth:     abt 1846 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Kyster Gusmyer Birth:   abt 1846 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Jane Gusmyer Birth:       abt 1847 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Elizabeth Gusmyer Birth:              abt 1854 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: John Gusmyer Birth:       abt 1857 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Frank Gusmyer Birth:     abt 1861 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States

Name: Mary Gusmyer Birth:      abt 1865 – location
Residence:          1870 - city, Ouachita, Louisiana, United States