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Frederick (aka Johann Henrich) Gibmeyer

Frederick (aka Johann Henrich) Gibmeyer

Male 1814 - Abt 1871  (56 years)

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  • Name Frederick (aka Johann Henrich) Gibmeyer 
    Born 12 Mar 1814  Tecklenburger Land, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Mar 1814  Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1871  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I651  Simon and Related Families
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Johann Kaspar Hermann Gädker-Gibbemeyer,   b. Nov 1780, Glandorf, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1837, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Maria Engel Gibbemeyer,   b. 11 Jul 1790, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1857, Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1810  Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Engagement
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Engagement
    1810 civil record of the engagement of Kasper Hermann Götker and Maria Engel Gibbemeyer.
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Civil Record, Part 1
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Civil Record, Part 1
    Page 1 of the 1810 civil record of the marriage of Kasper Hermann Götker and Maria Engel Gibbemeyer. Note that the registrar spelled his surname "Götker" in the text, but Kaspar Hermann spelled it "Gädker" in his signature at the end of the document on page 2.
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Civil Record, Part 2
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Civil Record, Part 2
    Page 2 of the 1810 civil record of the marriage of Kasper Hermann Götker and Maria Engel Gibbemeyer. Note that the registrar spelled his surname "Götker" in the text, but Kaspar Hermann spelled it "Gädker" in his signature.
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Church Record
    Gädker-Gibbemeyer, Johann Kaspar Hermann | Gibbemeyer, Maria Engel - Marriage - Church Record
    1810 marriage record for the marriage of Kasper Hermann Götker (who took the name Gibbemeyer) and Maria Engel Gibbemeyer, from the parish registers of St. Martinus RC Church, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald.
    Family ID F3079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria Elisabeth Catherine Koch,   b. 3 Sep 1814, Jostinghausen, Ostercappeln, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1898, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 3 Feb 1839  Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Michael Gibmeyer,   b. 13 Oct 1838, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1898, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Charles Gibmeyer,   b. 26 Nov 1840, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     3. Bernard Gibmeyer,   b. 18 Jun 1843, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1882, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    +4. Anna Maria "Mary" Gibmeyer,   b. 5 Mar 1846, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1883, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     5. John Gibmeyer,   b. 9 Mar 1850, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1852, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     6. 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)
     7. Frances C. Gibmeyer,   b. Abt 1856, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1877, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years)
    +8. Caroline Gibmeyer,   b. 6 Jul 1859, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1912, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Documents
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) | Koch, Maria Elisabetha - Marriage
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) | Koch, Maria Elisabetha - Marriage
    1839 marriage record of Fredrick Gibmeyer (under the name Joannes Henrich Gibmay) and Maria Elisabeta Koch, from the parish records of St. John's German RC Church, Baltimore.
    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.
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Mar 1814 - Tecklenburger Land, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 14 Mar 1814 - Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, Germany Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Documents
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) - Birth and Baptism
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) - Birth and Baptism
    1814 birth and baptism record for Johann Henrich Gibbmeyer (the birth name of Frederick Gibmeyer), from the baptismal registers of St. Martinus RC Church, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Germany.
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) - Naturalization Oath
    Gibmeyer, Frederick (1814-1871) - Naturalization Oath
    Declaration of intention to become a U.S. Citizen, dated 12 October 1843, for Frederick Gibmeyer.

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH:
      - Full date given as 12 March 1814 in baptismal record in the Baptismal Register, Book F (1808-1818), for St. Martinus RC Church, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Germany, page 64, last entry. Name given as Johann Henrich Gibbemeyer. Parents named as Johann Hermann Gibbemeyer, born Götker, and Maria Engel Gibbemeyer, farmers ("coloni"). In contrast to baptismal records of later children characterizing this couple as living in the village of Hagen, this descriptor indicates that they lived outside the village at the time of his birth. Record available at http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/deutschland/osnabrueck/hagen-st-martinus/0077/?pg=40.
      - He was the second child of this marriage to be named Johann Henrich. His older brother, of the same name, was born in 1810 and died in 1812.

      - Locality of birth given as "Tackelburg in Preussen" in the 1853 baptismal record of his son, John Frederick Gibmeyer, in Baptismal Register for St. Michael's RC Church, page 15, on microfilm in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Microfilm # MdHR 1538-1.
      - Location given as "Westfalen" in 1850 baptismal record of his son John Gibmeyer, in the parish records of St. James the Less RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland.
      - Province given as "Osnabruk" in 1846 baptismal record of daughter, Anna Marie Gibmeyer, in Baptismal Register for St. Michael's RC Church, page 137.
      - Characterized as a native of Prussia in his 1843 Declaration of Intent to become a U.S. citizen.

      - Tecklenburg is the name of a small village about 15 miles (25 km) southwest of the city of Osnabrück, Germany, and of the larger area surrounding it. While Osnabrück was in the Kingdom of Hanover in the mid-1800s, Tecklenburg was across the border in Westphalia in the Kingdom of Prussia. The town and larger area (known as the Grafschaft Tecklenburg, or County of Tecklenburg) came under the control of the Dukes of Brandenburg (and later the Kings of Prussia) in 1707. The boundary line between Hanover and Prussia that existed during Frederick's lifetime was drawn, after the defeat of Napoleon, by the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
      - At the time of Johann Henrich (aka Frederick) Gibmeyer's birth, Tecklenburg had no Catholic Church. During the Protestant Reformation, the Count of Tecklenburg had mandated that all his subjects become Lutheran. According to a communication in March 2020 from the current pastor of the combined Catholic churches in the area, Catholics in Tecklenburg in the early 1800s worshiped at churches in three surrounding towns: Brochterbeck (St. Peter and Paul), Ibbenbüren (St. Mauritius), and Hagen am Teutoburger Wald (St. Martinus).
      - Parish registers of all three churches were examined for Gibmeyer baptisms in the early 1800s. There were none in Brochterbeck and Ibbenbüren. Only St. Martinus in Hagen am Teutoburger Wald had Gibmeyer births and baptisms (under the surname Gibbemeyer).

      - So the preponderance of evidence is that Frederick Gibmeyer, under his birth name of Johann Henrich Gibbemeyer, was born in the area around Tecklenburg and baptized in Hagen am Teutoburger Wald. That the town identified as "Tackelburg" in the baptismal record of Frederick's son John is Tecklenburg is supported by its proximity to the border to the Osnabrück district of Hanover, by it being in Prussia (of which Frederick Gibmeyer described himself as a native in 1843), and by the baptismal records for Catholic Gibmeyers in one of the three parishes that served the Tecklenberg area.
      - A potential location matching these criteria is shown in a mid-19th century map of Prussia (attached to this site), under the name of "Giebelmeier." It is located at 7.9173 degrees E. Long, 52.2408 degrees N. Lat., just west of the border between Niedersachsen (the old Kingdom of Hanover) and Nordrhein-Westfalen (the old Kingdom of Prussia), in Nordrhein-Westfalen. It is approximately 6 miles northwest of Hagen. The area in which it is located has roads that lead most directly to Hagen, which is also the closest town that would have had a Catholic Church in the early 1800s, so it would have been served by the church in Hagen. Given indications that the Gibbemeyer family moved into Hagen in the early 1800s, it is possible that "Giebelmeier" is a corruption of the name "Gibbemeyer" that was remembered in the mid-1800s, when the map was drawn.

      - The baptismal record showing a birth date of 12 March 1814 for Johann Henrich Gibbemeyer can be reconciled with 1850 and 1860 U.S. census records indicating a birth in 1816-1817, on the grounds that Frederick's wife, Maria Elisabeth Catherine Koch, was also born in 1814, but is described as the same age as her husband (and therefore also "born in 1816-1817") in these same census records. The 1870 census record has both of them born in 1814-1815.

      - Year of birth would be 1816-1817, according to age (33 years) in 1850 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 65B, line 31. Place of birth given as Germany. Enumerated as Frederick Gipmeyer, with wife Elizabeth and 4 children.
      - Year of birth would be 1816-1817, according to age (43 years) in 1860 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 192, line 11. Place of birth given as Prussia. Enumerated as Frederick Myer, with wife Catharine and 6 children, all of whom have the correct names and ages fitting with the Gibmeyer family. The surname was apparently misunderstood by the census taker.
      - Year of birth would be 1814-1815, according to age (55 years) in 1870 U.S. Census for Maryland, Baltimore, page 161B, line 40. Place of birth given as Hanover [Germany]. Enumerated as Frederick Gipmyer, with wife Catherine and 5 children.

      CHRISTENING: Full date given as 14 March 1814 in baptismal record in the Baptismal Register, Book F (1808-1818), for St. Martinus RC Church, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Germany, page 64, last entry. Witnesses-- Johann Gerhard Harnsmann, Johann Henrich Meyer from Westamp, and Anna Maria Ekamann.
      Record available at http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/deutschland/osnabrueck/hagen-st-martinus/0077/?pg=40.

      NAMES:
      - Before coming to the United States, his name was Johann Henrich Gibbemeyer.
      - His name in his first record in the United States (the 1838 record of his son's birth) is John Henry Gibmyer. This name is also given in his 1839 marriage record (it is given in Latin as Joannes Henrich Gibmay).
      - Beginning with the 1840 record of his second son's birth, his name is given as Fredrick Gibmayer. It seems that he adopted this name around 1840 and used it thereafter.

      IMMIGRATION:
      Frederick Gibmaier took an oath of his intention to become a U.S. citizen on 12 October 1843 in U.S. District Court for Maryland in Baltimore. He was described as a native of Prussia and renounced his allegiance to the King of Prussia, indicating that he was born in Prussia and not the Kingdom of Hanover. Record in "Maryland, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931," 1840-1844, page 414, on ancestry.com.
      Enumerated as a U.S. citizen in the 1870 U.S. Census.

      MARRIAGE:
      Full date from Register of Marriages for St. John's German RC Church, Baltimore, Maryland. On microfilm in Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Microfilm # MdHR M-1584-1, page LXXV (not in index). Named as Joannes Henrich Giebmay and Maria Elisabeta Kochs. Witnesses--Carolo Wagner and Heinrich Fihing (?).
      Wife named as Elizabeth Koch in the 1850 baptismal record of his son, John Gibmeyer.
      Wife named as Elizabeth Gibmeyer in 1850 U.S. Census.
      Wife named as Catharine Myer in the 1860 U.S. Census.
      Wife named as Catherine Gipmyer in 1870 U.S. Census.

      OCCUPATION:
      Day laborer [Ger: Taglohner] (1846 baptismal record of daughter Anna Maria Gibmeyer)
      Laborer (1850, 1860 U.S. Census, 1860 Baltimore City Directory, 1863 Baltimore City Directory, 1864 Baltimore City Directory)
      Ivory worker (1870 U.S. Census)

      ADDRESSES:
      Ward 1, Baltimore, Maryland (1850, 1860, 1870 U.S. Census)
      239 Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1855-1856, p. 125 - listed as Frederick Gilmyre, but between William J. Gibbs and Michael Gibney)
      383 Canton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (Wood's Baltimore City Directory, 1860, p. 146; E.M. Cross & Company's Baltimore City Business Directory, 1863-1864, p. 149; Wood's Baltimore City Directory, 1864, p. 149)
      383 Canton Avenue (before 1880); 341 Canton Street (around 1880); 2019 Canton Street (after 1887); 2019 Fleet Street (after 1900). All of these addresses are for the same house, according to the research of Agnes Simon Riesett. In 1900, the name of the street was changed to Fleet Street. According to her research, he bought the house in 1857.

      DEATH:
      - Letters of Administration for the estate of Frederick Gibmeyer were granted to his widow, Catherine E. Gibmeyer, by the Orphan's Court in Baltimore, as reported in the Baltimore Sun, Thursday, 19 October 1871, page 4, column 5. So, a death in 1871 is likely.
      - According to the genealogical research of Agnes Simon Riesett, in 1877, Baltimore City land records show that the home owned by Frederick Gibmeyer was sold to his widow by all of his children over the age of 21 and their spouses. Thus, he would have died before 1877 in order for them to have inherited shares in the house.

      FAMILY HISTORY SKETCH: The following biographical sketch of was written by Agnes Simon Riesett, from oral history that had come down in the family.
      "Frederick Gibmeyer was born 1815-1816, and bought a house at 383 Canton Ave. in 1857. (By 1880, the house number was changed to 341 and in 1887, to 2019. Around 1900, the name of the street was changed to Fleet St.) When he bought the house, he had five children and his last child was born two years later. Two of his sons joined him in the undertaking business. One day, as they were walking past him carrying a coffin which they had just completed, he said that this would be his coffin. His prediction was true. He died within the week. But we don't when this was. Possibly it was before 1865, since his oldest son, Henry, is shown as cabinet-maker, undertaker, and owner of 383 Canton Ave. as of that year. We know that he died before 1877, because in that year, the children, who apparently inherited the house, deeded it over to their mother."

    • OTHER RESEARCH NOTES:
      - A search of the baptismal registers of Ss. Peter and Paul RC Church, Brochterbeck, Nordrhein-Westfalen, from 1815-1820 inclusive (pages 1-51 of the register), shows no baptisms of a child with the surname Gibmeyer. This Catholic church was in the vicinity of Tecklenburg, but only one of the baptisms in this time frame was from a family from Tecklenburg. Available at http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/deutschland/muenster/brochterbeck-st-peter-und-paul/KB002/?pg=1.
      - A search of the baptismal registers of St. Mauritius RC Church, Ibbenbüren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, from 1 January 1815 to 18 July 1820 inclusive (pages 1-232 of the register), shows no baptisms of a child with the surname Gibmeyer. This Catholic church was in the vicinity of Tecklenburg, but none of the baptisms in this time frame was from a family from Tecklenburg. Available at http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/deutschland/muenster/ibbenbueren-st-mauritius/KB005/?pg=1.
      - A search of the baptismal registers of St. Martinus RC Church, Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, Niedersachsen, show over 50 Gibmeyer baptisms in registers that cover the years from 1651 to 1901. They include Gibmeyer baptisms in the early 1800s.

      - The Letters of Administration granted in Baltimore City Orphans Court are in the "Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999," Baltimore City, Administrations, volume 20, folio 67, but this volume has not been microfilmed and placed online yet by familysearch.org.


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