Carl Ludwig Meinung


Born: February 20, 1743
Died: August 1, 1817

Carl Ludwig Meinung served several roles in his time in the town of Salem, North Carolina.

In 1772 he became the post-master of Salem. He also kept the books on the major town businesses in Salem. He kept the books for several years, keeping track of the transactions within the trading town of Salem. Meinung was part of the community leadership at that point in his life. On September 17th he traveled with William Frederic Marshall, Christian Reuter, and Gottfried Aust to measure out 200 acres between the lot of Heinrich Schmidt and Bethania.

1773 saw Meinung surveying and measuring land individually. On January 5th he measured “hundreds of acres” for a man named Hill.

In 1774 he took over the school for Little Boys. He served as teacher here for several years. Aiding in the teaching and the raising of the boys in Salem.

In 1775 Meinung began formally training as a surveyor under Christian Reuter to be his successor in the business. It was listed in the Aufseher Collegium minutes that “Br. Meinung is going out into the land, Br. Reuter will furnish him with a special plot, what lines he has to measure off and a compass. When he shall have finished his work, Br. Reuter will get the work, done on the paper, into his hands for final inspection.” Meinung was paid 10 shillings per 200 acres measured. 1777 saw him measuring the line around the Bretheren’s lot in order to renew the marks and retain the land.

In May of 1778 Meinung was working as a surveyor in his own right. He was first mentioned measuring land for Cornelius Schneider and Anton Kastner in Friedland. He was then recorded measuring land with Brother Miksch below the Ens. Later in the year he measured land for the ‘English settlement’ (Hope) on the Wachovia Tract. Meinung was still keeping the books for various enterprises in town, such as the mill, at the same time. Meinung was an industrious individuals, keeping the books and surveying the land for several years. However, around 1779 he started cutting back his duties, as his need to survey grew. Often times, like on February 23rd 1779, had him traveling a good distance from home, measuring land for Philip Stolz beyond the Dorothea. Meinung was known for his far reaching travels. Once he ventured past the Yadkin River and was gone for days surveying the land. The Collegium sent out a search for him as a result. The Aufseher Collegium mentions that he no longer kept the notes for the Collegium as he had in the past.

Around the time Brother Meinung stepped back from the Collegium in 1779 he requested a raise from his other positions as writer, post-master, and surveyor. The Collegium fixed the prices to 1772 rates of Christian Reuter. This seems to be in response to him losing his tax status as church worker.

In 1780 he returned to surveying Friedland for new arrivals. He specifically is noted as measuring and dividing the land near Muddy Creek. It also seems from the records that Meinung was a land dealer as well, receiving 6 shillings for leasing the land, and 12 shillings for re-leasing the land.

In 1782 it is recorded “on the occasion that Br. Tycho Nissen shall get a lease for his house, it was said that only Br. Meinung could be entitled to write such a lease, so that we can be certain that nothing more is inserted than the approved terms.”

The next mentioning of Ludwig Meinung in the records is in 1786 when he was sent by William Frederick Marshall to Friedburg to survey the land in Friedberg where the Friedberg school stood. In 1792 he was taken to the Hope neighborhood to help settle disputes about the local land use.

In 1793 Meinung was appointed as a land surveyor for the state of North Carolina when Rowan County was split into four new districts. He was in charge of the land in which the Wachau was situated.

In the early 1800s Ludwig Meinung passed his business slowly to his son, Frederick Christian who was his successor. Ludwig spent the remainder of his days out of the spotlight, serving in musical capacities within the church. Carl Ludwig Meinung passed away on August 1st 1817 leaving a legacy of proper land and community management that kept Salem stable throughout its formative years.