Biography of Henry C. Heintzelman
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

HENRY CLINTON HEINTZELMAN, president of the school board of Boardman township and identified with its agricultural interests for a number of years, owning 80 acres of well improved land upon which he lives, within nine miles of Youngstown, was born on his grandfather's farm in Beaver township, Mahoning County, Ohio, October 7, 1858. His parents were George and Hannah Heintzelman.

Jacob Heintzelman, the grandfather of Henry C., was born April 2, 1796, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, where he was reared on a farm and later learned the tailor trade. On May 18, 1823, he was married in his native state to Rebecca Lynn, who was born November 4, 1803, and they had 14 children, namely: Daniel, David, Polly, Catherine, Lydia, Israel, George, Elizabeth, Joseph, Maria, Cornelius, Sylvester, Enos, and William. Daniel, who died young; Polly and Maria each married a Mr. Hahn, Catherine married a Mr. Thomas, Lydia a Mr. Hinkle, Israel died young, Elizabeth is now Mrs. Elizabeth Thoman, Sylvester, who died young, Enos died at the age of 21 years. Of the union of Jacob and Rebecca Heintzelman there have been, up to the present time (1907), 160 descendants, a number of whom have settled in Mahoning County. Jacob Heintzelman died in Beaver township, Mahoning County, April 25, 1875, and his widow December 30, 1883. They came to this county between 1825 and 1830.

George Heintzelman, father of Henry C., was born August 10, 1833, and grew up among pioneer surroundings. He was both a farmer and carpenter, and became well known all over the county for his mechanical skill. During the Civil War, when a draft was made for 20 men from Canfield township, his was the 20th name drawn. He remained in camp at Cleveland for a short time, but, feeling that it was almost impossible for him to leave his wife and little children, a babe having been born the very day he was drafted, he sold about all he possessed and sent a substitute in his place.

In January, 1858, Mr. Heintzelman was married to Hannah Kaercher, who was born in Springfield township, Mahoning County, a daughter of Philip and Rebecca (Hahn) Kaercher. Her father was born in Germany and her mother in Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. George Heintzelman had four children, namely: Henry Clinton; Ella R., who married Monroe Beard, of Beaver township; Carrie M., who is the widow of Malcomb Clemons; and Ada M., who married (first) Melvin C. Kile, and (second) Calvin Frye, and resides in Canfield township.

For a year after their marriage, George Heintzelman and wife lived with 'his father, afterwards buying and clearing a farm of 20 acres in Canfield township. In the spring of 1869, having recovered from the setback occasioned by his paying of a substitute, George Heintzelman bought the present farm, from Andrew Amer, who had cleared it. For some 15 years Mr. Heintzelman also worked at his trade of carpenter. He died on this farm in May, 1893, and was survived by his widow until February, 1899.

Henry Clinton Heintzelman attended the district schools, but while still a boy was obliged to assume heavy responsibilities on account of his father's poor health. He lived at home until his marriage, with the exception of one winter, when he worked at Youngstown, for his uncle Fred Kaercher, in the butcher business. After his marriage he lived for eight years with his father, and after the latter's death remained two more years on the homestead with his mother, but in the spring of 1895 he rented the Hartman farm in Boardman township. A year later he returned to the home farm, which subsequently came into his possession. He has always carried on general farming and has been as well rewarded for his labors as any agriculturist in Boardman township. A log house still stands on his farm, one of the four residences built on this property, the present one of nine rooms having been erected in 1877, by his father and later remodeled by the present occupant. On January 7, 1885, Mr. Heintzelman was married to Minnie E. Osborn, who was born in Youngstown township, Mahoning County, Ohio, January 2, 1864, and is a daughter of Clark and Laura (Moore) Osborn. Her parents reside in Ashtabula County, Ohio, where Mr. and Mrs. Heintzeiman were married. She is one of a family of ten children, as follows: Daniel and Isabella, both deceased; George S., Mrs. Sarah Zimmerman, Mrs. Adelaide Osborn, Mrs. Harriet Sweet, Minnie E., Mrs. Anna Lyman, Lillian, wife of Dr. Zimmerman, of Youngstown, and H. Manning, a physician at Youngstown.

Mr. and Mrs. Heintzelman have had five children, namely: Laura Ruth, who is a graduate of the Boardman High School, Fayette C., H. Esther, John H. and Kenneth E., all residing at home.

In political sentiment, Mr. Heintzelman is a Republican. He served as township assessor, census enumerator, and for a number of years has been a member of the school board, which he is now serving as president. It was largely through his efforts that the High School was secured for Boardman township, and in 1907 he had the pleasure of witnessing the graduation of one of his daughters therefrom. He belongs to the Grange and was a delegate from Mahoning County to the Ohio State Grange, for two years, one meeting being held at Warren and the other at Mansfield; subsequently he attended the State Grange meetings at Canton and at Columbus. Mr. Heintzelman and family belong to the Lutheran Church at New Buffalo, of which he has been a trustee for the past three years.

Mr. Heintzelman takes an interest in his family history and he justly prizes very highly a German family Bible, which was handed down to him by his father, who had received it from his father. The old records in this holy Book reach far back and are entirely dependable.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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