Family of Frederick John and Mary Catharine
Top Row: Frank F. Barkmeier, Henry M.
Barkmeier, George H. Barkmeier and August F. Barkmeier
Middle Row: Anna M. Barkmeier, Mary C. (Tepe) Barkmeier, Frederick J. Barkmeier and John F. Barkmeier
Front Row: William F. Barkmeier and Frederick A. Barkmeier
Frederick John (Johann Friedrich) Barkmeyer/Barkmeier, the son of Franz Carl and Maria Catharina (Schulte) Barkmeyer/Barkmeier, was born in Westendorf, Germany on December 1, 1842. Westendorf is a small settlement approximately 2 kilometers from Riemsloh, Germany. He married Mary Catharine Tepe in the Catholic Parish of Riemsloh on September 25, 1863. Mary Catharine (Maria Catharina), the daughter of Johann Heinrich and Maria Elisabeth (Schnitker) Tepe, was born in Krukum, Germany on January 7, 1846. Krukum is a small farming area approximately one kilometer from Riemsloh.
Their eight children were born in Westendorf, Germany and baptized in the Catholic Parish of Riemsloh, Germany. Frederick John and Mary Catharine (Tepe) Barkmeier immigrated to America from Germany in 1889 with their sons, George, Henry, August Frank, John Ferdinand, William Frederick, Frederick August and daughter, Anna Marie. Their oldest child, Frank Ferdinand, immigrated to the United in 1887 and worked to help provide funds for the other family members to immigrate in 1889.
The other members of the family stayed in the Exeter, Nebraska area and married, except Frank "Franz" Ferdinand Barkmeier who was not married:
Joseph, as foster father, holds the child Jesus. Joseph is the patron saint of carpenters.
Symbol: The lily of St. Joseph
Legend says that according to Jewish
custom, Joseph chose Mary as his betrothed from an assembled
group of eligible maidens. When he made his choice, the
staff he was carrying turned into a lily. Artists often use
the lily as a symbol to identify Joseph.
Children of Fred and Mary