Johann Friedrich Meinert
By Victor Meinert
Johann (Fritz) Meinert, at the age of 38, immigrated from Ostermoor, Holstein, Germany, to America with his wife, Heincke (Heitmann) age 43 and their six children, Adeline 16, John M. 14, Cielke 12, Peter (, Margaretha 6, and Anna 4.
Accompanying them from Hamburg to Iowa was Heinrich Meinert age 44, his wife Elise Maria (Tiedeman) and their seven children: Margaretha 18, Ella 13, Antje (Catherine) 7, Martin 6, Heinrich 5, Claus 4, and baby Maria. There also was a Johann Meinert, age 26 who made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean with them.
The Hamburg Passenger List of 3 March 1866 shows Brunsbuttel, Holstein as their place of residence just prior to boarding the ship GERMANIA arriving in New York on 19 March 1866. Their journey from New York to Iowa is a mystery but upon arriving in Scott County, Iowa, Johann settled on a farm in Pleasant Valley Township while Heinrich settled on a farm in Sheridan Township.
By 1870, Adeline (Lena) and Cielke (Cecelia) were not living at home. Lena previously had a daughter when she married Firtz Keppy on 15 Dec 1873. From this union, three children were born. Augusta M. married Harry J. Luett, Henry Keppy married Anna M. Danielson, and Fred A. married Amanda Wulf. The daughter (Cecelia Mathilda) married John C.R. Weiskoph. (This Keppy/Meinert, Weiskopf family tree has been researched and recorded by Mrs. Margaret (Grell) Weiskopf and is on file in the LDS Library, Davenport, IA.)
Fritz and Heincke may have divorced about 1871-1874 as Fritz married again in Oct/Dec 1874 to Anna C. Watting. They had two sons Henry, born in Oct 1875 and Fred, born 28 May 1878. Henry Martin later moved to South Dakota while Fred remained in Davenport.
John courted and married Margaret Ella Rogers (Rodgers) on 13 Nov 1879. They had five children: John M., William Edward, Minnie, Nellie, and Etta. Ella’s younger brother Ora C. Rogers lived with them for a time until he married and later became a well-known doctor in Davenport. The Rogers family came from Claysville, Washington Co., PA and her parents were Dr. William Rogers and Sarah Conklin.
Cecelia married Henry Goetsch on 2 May 1875 and they had ten children. He was a davenport police officer for twenty years from 1880-1900. Records indicated they may have moved to CA about 1914 to be near some of their children who moved there earlier.
Peter, like his father, was a farmer at heart and lived with his older sister, Lena and brother-in-law, Fritz Keppy, on their farm on Slopertown Road in Sheridan Township until he fell in love and married beautiful Mary Matthiessen on 23 May 1885. Pete and Mary had four children; Emma, Emil, August, and George. Emil and George moved westward and finally settled in Los Angeles and San Francisco. August remained on the farm like his father who passed it to his son Ralph who, in turn, passed it on to his son Peter, which is now a 4th generation family owned farm.
Margaret (Maggie) married John Beguhn on 3 October 1879. From this marriage eight children were born. Of the Meinert names, John and Margaret are the only ones on microfiche submitted to the LDS, Salt Lake City, UT.
Anna may have never married as no record of her has been located. She may have been a housekeeper or lived with her mother for some time. She may have moved to Denver, CO with friends or relatives about 1911-1912.
Heincke’s life is also a mystery as no record of her life has been located. When research was first started on my family her name was recorded in several documents as Huettman and Schroeder. When Peter and Mary were married, their register of marriage show parents as Fritz Meinert and Heinke Schroeder. On John’s death certificate, it shows the same. Her marriage record shows her name as Heincke Meinert geb Heitman and widow name of Schroeder as recorded in church archives in Brunsbuttel, Germany.
When Fritz passed away on 18 July 1896 and Anna earlier in 1895, their two living sons, Henry and Fred, went to live with their older sister and brother-in-law, John and Maggie Beguhn until they were old enough to go out on their own.
My great grandfather Johann (Fritz) and my grandfather, John, are buried along side John and Maggie Beguhm in Fairmount Cemetery.
(Researched Dec 1993, Victor R. Meinert)