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Josephine Elizabeth Gibmeyer

Josephine Elizabeth Gibmeyer

Female 1880 - 1959  (78 years)

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  • Name Josephine Elizabeth Gibmeyer 
    Born 8 Jun 1880  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 10 Jun 1880  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Jan 1959  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 31 Jan 1959  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I605  Simon and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2014 

    Father John Frederick Gibmeyer,   b. 16 Mar 1853, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1924, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother 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, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1879  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH:
      Full date from Register of Baptisms for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm # M1538-3 in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland.
      Month and year of birth given as June 1880 in 1900 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 67, Sheet 14A, Line 20. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as Josephine Gibmeyer, with parents John F. and Agnes Gibmeyer.
      Birth in June 1880 roughly consistent with age (30 years as of April 1910) in 1910 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 16, Sheet 6B, Line 83. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as Josephine Dittmar, with parents John F. and Agnes Dittmar. See notes for John F. Gibmeyer for discussion of why this surname was likely misunderstood by the census taker.
      Birth in 1880 consistent with age (39 years as of 1 January 1920) in 1920 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, E.D. 16, Sheet 7B, Line 80. State of birth given as Maryland. Enumerated as Josephine Gibmeyer, with parents John F. and Agnes Gibmeyer.

      CHRISTENING: Full date from Register of Baptisms for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm # M1538-3 in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Baptismal witness--Josephine Gibmeyer.

      OCCUPATION:
      Bookkeeper, Dying est. (1910 U.S. Census)
      None (1920 U.S. Census)

      DEATH AND BURIAL: Register of Interments for St. Michael's RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm # M1545-7 in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Buried in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

      FAMILY HISTORY SKETCH: The following biographical sketch was written by Agnes Simon Riesett, her niece, from oral history that had come down in the family.
      “Josephine Gibmeyer, the eldest of Agnes and John Frederick's children, was born on June 8, 1880. When she was a young child the railroad tracks ran down Fleet St. in front of her house and she was sitting on the front steps when a car jumped the tracks and headed in her direction. She wasn't hurt, but she suffered from St. Vitus’ Dance, a disease characterized by muscle twitching, which her parents blamed on this incident. Because of the condition of her mother's legs, Josephine did not go to work when she got out of school, but took over the running of the household and the raising of the younger children. She did work briefly when the family fell on hard times. When her youngest sister, Anne began earning a good wage as a stenographer, Anne added an extra $4.00 to her family contribution and Jo was once more free to stay home and take care of her mother and the house. Now Jo, Anne and John were the only children living at-home, and Jo and Anne became close friends. For summer vacation they would spend a week on an Emmitsburg farm that took in summer boarders, and would tramp the countryside together. By the time her parents died, Jo was the only one left at home. She got a job working for the Baltimore school system, cleaning classrooms. She stuck to this job despite the low pay because it enabled her to support herself and it brought with it a pension upon retirement. She was a very independent and private person. At one time she was invited by the Carmelite nuns to live with them and be one of their two shoppers (necessary because they were a strict cloistered order) but she refused the job because she would have to share the apartment with the other shopper. She continued to live alone in a house on Wolfe St. across from St. Michael's Church. It was a first floor apartment heated by a wood-burning stove and with no indoor plumbing. When she became too old and sick to remain alone she went to a nursing home on Ashburton St. where she died on January 27, 1959.”


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