Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Franz Meyer and Marie Klinger

Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Franz Meyer and Marie Klinger were born in Bohemia and came to Missouri around 1850. On April 26, 1853, they were married in St Peter & Paul's Church by by Father Simon Sigrist, St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church (Eighth and Allen). The couple is listed as Francis Meyer and Mary Klinger witnesses are Thomas and Barbara Bertscheek. (Source: Rev. Simon Sigrist; He attended Mattis Creek until 1849, when he was called to St. Louis to found the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul (Source:

Marriage Record signed by Father Simon Sigrist

Their children are:
Frank Richard Meyer (1854-1915) Married Clementine Flach
John Meyer (1854-1925) John Meyer married Amelia Galoskowski
Joseph Meyer (1860)
Louis Meyer (1863-1937)

Left: Soulard Market, Middle: Row Houses, Right: Sts Peter & Paul Church Detail

 Photo credit: Soulard Market and Sts Peter & Paul Church: Karrie Bannahan (Some rights reserved)
Row Houses:  Chris Yunker (Some rights reserved)

They lived in the Soulard area. Soulard is an old neighborhood in St Louis.  In this area, there was also a place called Bohemian Hill. You can read about it here: Link

Photo Credit: Parker Botanical - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Frank and John were baptized at St John Nepomuk Church, according to a woman hired by Ruth Meyer Ashford and Dick Meyer to research the Meyer family. This was the first Bohemian Catholic Church built in America. Construction on St John Nepomuk started on May 17th 1854.

These are two records that the researcher found that she says came from St John Nepomuck.  The first is a Baptismal record dated 1-7-1854.  Frank Meyer was not born until February of 1854, so it is unclear what this record means.  The second is a marriage record for Franz Meyer and Marie Klinger.  This is likely a copy that was made for St John Nepomuk's records.

Franz Meyer died on January 8, 1868 and was buried in Sts. Peter & Paul's Cemetery, according to his death record.

This date is confirmed by Marie Klinger Meyer Borovicka's deposition for a Civil War Widow's Pension.

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