The Senior Meister and His Angel

Yesterday’s story was about Anton G. Meister.  Today, we start with his father, Anton F. Meister.  Anton arrived in America in December of 1860.  We find him coming to this country all by himself aboard the Anna Delius.  He was 20 years old at the time.  He was born on October 22, 1840 in Germany.  This is the passenger list showing Anton arriving in New Orleans.

Anton Meister passenger list Anna Delius 1860
Anton Meister – Anna Delius passenger list

Anton arrived at the time when the United States was about to fight a war with itself.  Not even two years after his arrival, he was enlisting to fight for the Union in the Civil War.  This is a document showing his enlistment.

Anton Meister military record MO
Anton Meister Civil War record

On August 3, 1866, Anton married Gabriele Hopfer.  There are only two angels that are given names in the Bible, Michael and Gabriel.  Gabriele is a feminine form of Gabriel.  Gabriele was the daughter of Michael and Justine (Quaas) Hopfer.  Maybe Michael wanted a daughter that carried the name of the other named angel.  She was the 7th of 12 children shown in our German Family Tree for the Michael Hopfer family.  Michael Hopfer was the main character in the post, Cooper Hopfer.  Gabriele was born on October 30, 1846 and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.

Gabriele Hopfer baptism record Grace Uniontown MO
Gabriele Hopfer baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Anton and Gabriele were married at Grace Lutheran Church.  This is their civil marriage record for Perry County.

Meister Hopfer marriage record
Meister/Hopfer – Perry County marriage record

There are 13 children listed in our German Family Tree for this couple.  The first 7 children were baptized at Grace Lutheran in Uniontown.  The remaining children were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells.  The oldest child, Lydia, died in 1879.  I mistakenly said yesterday that there were no death records for any of these children, but there is one in the Grace Lutheran books for Lydia.  In 1881, twin sons, Arthur and William, were born. This is their baptism record from Immanuel, New Wells.

Arthur and Wilhelm Meister baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Arthur and Wilhelm Meister baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

As was noted in yesterday’s post, Anton was the postmaster in Shawneetown, Missouri in 1885.  Then in 1886, the last children born into this Meister family was a set of triplets, two girls and a boy.  Here is their baptism record.

Meister triplets baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Meister triplets – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

In the 1900 census, we find Anton and Gabriele living in Capps Creek, Missouri, where Anton was a farmer.  Five children were living with them, including the two girls of the triplets.

Anton Meister 1900 census Capps Creek MO
1900 census – Capps Creek, MO

It was a rare thing for triplets to survive very long in those days.  The fact that two out of these three triplets lived into adulthood is rather amazing.  Martha married a man who was a newspaper salesman in Capps Creek and Springfield, Missouri over the years.  Alma married Frank Speaker, who was discussed in yesterday’s blog.  He was a plumber in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

I find it interesting that the Meister children ended up in clusters around the country.  As was stated yesterday, several Meisters lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  I found two more living in Muskogee, Oklahoma for a while.  Several other boys ended up as farmers in Capps Creek, Missouri.  We even find a few of them dying in the San Antonio, Texas vicinity.

A plat map shows a piece of land near Pioneer, Missouri being owned by A.F. Meister.  That map is dated 1909.

A.F. Meister land map 1909
A.F. Meister land map 1909

Here is a present-day map of the area of Missouri that includes Capps Creek, Pioneer, and Purdy, Missouri.

Purdy and Pioneer Missouri map
Purdy, Missouri map

Yesterday, I showed this census for 1910 showing Anton and Gabriele living in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  That situation is a little puzzling.

Anton F. Meister 1910 census Fort Smith AR Frank Speaker
1910 census – Fort Smith, AR

We do know that Anton and Gabriele were back in Capps Creek for the 1920 census.

Anton Meister 1920 census Capps Creek MO
1920 census – Capps Creek, MO

Anton F. Meister died in 1923; Gabriele Meister died in 1934.  They are both buried in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Purdy, Missouri.


While looking for information about the Meister children, I discovered that several of them, including a number of boys, had a bunch of children.  There must be plenty of Meisters from this family still walking the face of the earth.  There are 20 burials in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery that include the name Meister.

One thought on “The Senior Meister and His Angel

  1. Hi, I was working on some genealogy for someone in Fort Smith, Ark. concerning the Meister family. I was inquiring about Salome Meister Barret, who was the daughter of Henry B Meister and Anna Meister (who are all buried in Fort Smith). Then I ran across by googling this family of Anton and Gabrielle Meister which I’m sure is a connection but haven’t figured out how. Anyway, I was especially interested in the twins and triplets. I found Alma Speaker in Fort Smith, found Martha Selvidge in California, do you know what happened to the son Adolph Herman? He must have died in childhood. My son and his wife had twins last Sept (premature) and I marvel at twins and triplets born so long ago. I sent out edits on Find a Grave to link Alma and Martha to her parents. (I take pictures for FAG) Couldn’t find the son. I live in Fort Smith so let me know if I can look something up for you. Jane Hinkle


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