Indiana is a U.S. state located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Indiana is the least extensive state in the contiguous United States west of the Appalachian Mountains. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. The state's name means "Land of the Indians," or simply "Indian Land." It also stems from Indiana's territorial history. On May 7, 1800, the United States Congress passed legislation to divide the Northwest Territory into two areas and named the western section the Indiana Territory. In 1816, when Congress passed an Enabling Act to begin the process of establishing statehood for Indiana, a part of this territorial land became the geographic area for the new state.
A resident of Indiana is known as a Hoosier. The etymology of this word is disputed, but the leading theory, as advanced by the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society, has "Hoosier" originating from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee (a part of the upland South region of the United States) as a term for a backwoodsman, a rough countryman, or a country bumpkin.
German is the largest ancestry reported in Indiana, with 22.7% of the population reporting that ancestry in the Census. Persons citing American (12.0%) and English ancestry (8.9%) are also numerous, as are Irish (10.8%) and Polish (3.0%). Most of those citing American ancestry are actually of English descent, but have family that has been in North America for so long, in many cases since the early colonial era, that they identify simply as American.
Henry A. was born on September 01, 1822 in Pfuhl, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany as Heinrich Adolf Steup, son of Henrich Steup and Anna Margarete Hisgen. In the year 1838 he emigrated with his parents to America. Henry was also as his sister illegitimate born but both were recognized with the marriage of their parents on February 13, 1851.
When he died the following death notice appeared in "The Fort Wayne Sentinel" on Friday, March 17, 1899
Henry A. Steup, another of Fort Wayne's older residents, died at 2 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Gottleib Steup, 106 West Jefferson street, of dropsy, aged seventy-six years, six months and seven days. Mr. steup came to America from Germany in 1838, stopping in Pennsylvania, where he worked as a coal miner one year. He then started westward, walking from Pittsburg, Pa., to Cincinnati, then to Piqua, Ohio, and from that place to Fort Wayne. Entering the employ of Hon. William Rockhill1), he followed the plow over the land bounded by St. Mary's river, Fulton and Washington streets and the greater part of "Nebraska", all now covered by fine business houses and elegant homes.