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John Frederick Gibmeyer

John Frederick Gibmeyer

Male 1853 - 1924  (71 years)

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  • Name John Frederick Gibmeyer 
    Born 16 Mar 1853  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 17 Mar 1853  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Dec 1924  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I469  Simon and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2014 

    Father Frederick Gibmeyer,   b. Abt 1817, Tecklenburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 10 Jul 1875, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Maria Catherine Elisabeth Koch,   b. 6 Apr 1813, Schwagstorf, Ostercappeln, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1898, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 3 Feb 1839  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Histories
    Gibmeyer, Fredrick | Schuette, Joseph
    Gibmeyer, Fredrick | Schuette, Joseph
    The Gibmeyer-Schuette Family -- by Agnes Simon Riesett. Vignettes of members of the Gibmeyer and Schuette families, written down by Agnes Simon Riesett from memories of stories in the family and her personal knowledge of some family members.
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Antonia Wilhelmina Schütte,   b. 16 Dec 1853, Papenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1929, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1879  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Josephine Elizabeth Gibmeyer,   b. 8 Jun 1880, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1959, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Caroline "Carrie" Gibmeyer,   b. 1 Mar 1883, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. William Frederick Gibmeyer,   b. 24 Jul 1885, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1946, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Catherina Josephine "Kate" Gibmeyer,   b. 9 Oct 1887, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1907, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Bernard M. "Ben" Gibmeyer,   b. 5 Jun 1892, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1911, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     6. Anne Mary Gibmeyer,   b. 30 Apr 1895, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1974, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     7. John Frederick Gibmeyer, Jr.,   b. 11 Nov 1897, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1984, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Mar 1853 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 17 Mar 1853 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jun 1879 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Dec 1924 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gibmeyer, John Frederick
    Gibmeyer, John Frederick
    Chalk and pencil portrait of John Frederick Gibmeyer, made on the occasion of his 1879 wedding. Original in possession of Robert M. Simon.

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH:
      Full date from Register of Baptisms for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Microfilm # MdHR M1538-1. Baptismal name was Johann Gibmayer.
      Year of birth of 1853 consistent with age (7 years) in 1860 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 192, line 16. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as John Myer, with parents Frederick and Catherine Myer, but their surname was apparently misunderstood by the census taker.
      Year of birth of 1853 consistent with age (17 years) in 1870 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 162A, line 4. Place of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as John Gipmayer, with parents Frederick Gipmyer and Catherine Gipmayer.
      Year of birth of 1853 confirmed by age given in 1879 marriage record (26 years).
      Year of birth of 1853 consistent with age (27 years) in 1880 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 81A, line 39. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as John Gibmeyer, married, along with his mother, Catherine Gibmeyer, widow, but not with his wife and family. It appears that Catherine Gibmeyer listed her married children to the census taker as being resident with her when they were not.
      Month and year of birth given as March 1853 in 1900 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 67, Sheet 14A, Line 18. State of birth given as Maryland, with both parents born in Germany. Enumerated as John F. Gibmeyer, with wife Agnes Gibmeyer, 7 children, and a nephew who is characterized as a son.
      Birth in March 1853 consistent with age (57 years as of April 1910) in 1910 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 16, Sheet 6B, Line 81. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as John F. Dittmar (apparently the census taker misunderstood his last name), with wife Agnes Dittmar, and children Josephine, William F., Bernard M., Anna, and John F. Dittmar, Jr. This correspondence to the known children of John and Agnes Gibmeyer, the identical birthplaces of the couple, and the address and occupation for "John Dittmar" (the same as for John Gibmeyer in the 1900 U.S. Census), establish that this is the same family.
      Birth in 1853 consistent with age (66 years as of 1 January 1920) in 1920 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 16, Sheet 7B, Line 78. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as John F. Gibmeyer, with wife Agnes and children.

      CHRISTENING: Register of Baptisms for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Microfilm # MdHR M1538-1. Baptismal name was Johann Gibmayer. Baptismal witness--Johann Rudolph Koch.

      MARRIAGE:
      Full date from Register of Marriages for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm in the Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Microfilm # MdHR M-1543. Witnesses were Catherine Schuette and Heinrich Arnheim.
      Wife named as Agnes Gibmeyer in 1900 U.S. Census. Census record states that they had been married for 21 years, consistent with a marriage in 1879.
      Wife named as Agnes Dittmar in 1910 U.S. Census. Census record (from April 1910) states that they had been married for 30 years, consistent with a marriage on 26 June 1879.
      Wife named as Agnes Gibmeyer in 1920 U.S. Census.

      OCCUPATION:
      Carpenter assistant (1870 U.S. Census)
      Undertaker (1880 U.S. Census)
      Carpenter (1900, 1910 U.S. Census)
      Carpenter, contractor (1920 U.S. Census)

      ADDRESS:
      First Ward, Baltimore, Maryland (1870 U.S. Census)
      2019 Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (1900, 1910 U.S. Census)
      2019 Fleet Street, Baltimore, Maryland (1920 U.S. Census)

      DEATH: Date from research by Ormond D. Higgins.

      FAMILY HISTORY SKETCH: The following biographical sketch of was written by Agnes Simon Riesett, from oral history that had come down in the family.
      "John Frederick Gibmeyer was born on Mar. 16, 1853. He said in later life that he was born in the Fleet St. house, was married in the Fleet St. house and would die in the Fleet St. house. This quote presents a problem since his father, Frederick Gibmeyer, did not buy the house until 1857. The family may have lived in the house as renters at the time of John Frederick's birth. Before his marriage, John Frederick worked with his brother Henry as an undertaker. Since this was before the days of embalming, when people were laid out in their own parlors; the job of undertaker was a branch of cabinetmaking and the basic skill involved the making of the coffin. Probably the brothers were continuing their father's business, living at home and working in his shop.
      "John Frederick married Agnes Schuette on June 26, 1879. On June 8, 1880, they had a daughter Josephine. It was about this time that Bernard Gibmeyer died and his son Frederick came to live with John Frederick. In 1882 or 1883, Henry died and in 1883 a daughter, Carrie was born. In 1885, Will was born, and it was in 1885 that Catherine Koch Gibmeyer sold the family home to John Frederick. On October 9, 1887, Kate was born. Bernard was born on June 5, 1892, and Anne was born on April 30, 1895. John was born on Nov 11, 1897, and in 1898, Catherine died.
      "Somewhere along the line, John Frederick went to work for the Old Bay Line Steamship Co. as the ship's carpenter. At the time of the Baltimore fire in 1904, he and a helper ferried a boat back and forth from the company shop at Pier 3 on Pratt St. to Fells Point to save tools and supplies from the fire. On the last trip, they saw a drunk leaning against the warehouse and, recognizing that he would be caught by the fire and burn to death before he could realize what was going on, they put him in the boat to bring him over to Fells Point with them. Half way across, they saw that the man's coat was afire from a burning cinder that had fallen in the drunk's pocket, unbeknownst to any of them. The fire was put out and they got safely ashore. They never had time to complete the job of emptying the shop. All day long there had been a stream of people going out Fleet Street and fleeing from the city with blankets and bundles, toward Patterson Park where they could camp out. Josephine kept urging that they should leave too, but her father would go over to wall, put his hand on it and say, "It's not hot yet.” Actually, the fire got as far as Jones Falls, which was the dividing line between Baltimore proper and Fells Point, and before it could jump the Fallsway, the wind turned and the fire burned itself out.
      "When John Frederick returned to his shop after the fire, he found his metal tool chest had survived the fire, but some gold pieces that he had been keeping in his tool chest to buy a present for his wife, were gone. They had apparently been stolen because had they melted, the residue would have remained.
      "Several years after the fire, there was a turnover in management at the Old Bay Line or something that made John Frederick's job less desirable (I can't remember the details) and his children told him that had worked long enough and he should retire and let them support him for awhile. Josephine was running the house for her mother who was unable to do much standing because of open sores on her legs. Will was working as a carpenter and earning a good wage. Carrie was working making fronts for ladies blouses -- detailed and exacting work that also paid well. Kate was working with a woman who had a record shop in her home and, although she worked late into the evening, she also made a good salary. I don't know what work Ben was doing but I’m sure he was employed since it was unusual for children to stay in school after the eighth grade. Anne and John were still in grade school. So John Frederick retired. Within the next five or six years, Carrie got married - Will got married -- Kate died of "galloping consumption” and Ben died of peritonitis. This left only Joe, Anne and John, none of whom were wage earners.
      "John Frederick tried to pick odd carpentry jobs but couldn't make enough to support the family. Joe got a job (I believe in a laundry) but only made $4.00 a week. Anne graduated from grade school and, although she could have gotten full scholarship to high school, went to work collecting rent while attending night school to learn shorthand and typing. John went to work as soon as he completed the eighth grade.
      "John Frederick eventually got a job as Sexton at St. Michael's Church where he worked until he died. He was attending evening service at St. Michael's when he slumped over in the pew. They carried him into the Rosary Chapel where he died--not in his home on Fleet St. as he had always said that he would. He died December 1, 1924."


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