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PETER BOPP, SR., 1812-1901
Born Germany, arrived New Orleans in 1852, settled in Missouri
Descendant of Henn
Schmid Bopp b. 1606,
d. 21 Apr 1673, in Bermuthshain, Germany
(Revised 14 February 2008)
PETER BOPP, SR. was born Jan. 29, 1812, in Groszherzogtum Hesse-Darmstadt, Grebenhain, Germany (east of Frankfurt).
Like his father (who is said to have frozen to death in the Schwarzwald),
Peter Bopp earned his living as a shoemaker. On Sep. 28, 1852, the family left Germany for America
arriving in New Orleans
on Dec. 20, after a voyage of 72 days. They remained in New
Orleans until April 28, 1853, when the threat of cholera epidemic
caused them to removed to St. Louis County
[MO]. Mr. Bopp farmed for twelve years at Harwood and Gilbert Roads, and helped
to found St. Paul's Lutheran Church
at Des Peres. On March 15, 1865, he moved to Kirkwood,
where he and his children were among the founders of the Concordia Lutheran
Church. Still later he
helped to found Friedensgemeinde in Kirkwood. Mr. Bopp died April 6, 1901; he is
buried in Park Hill
Cemetery at Sappington, Mo.
The above paragraph is from a 12 page BOPP GENEALOGY [1812-1938] prepared
for the BOPP FAMILY REUNION held June 18, 1938, in Kirkwood, MO.
The copy on this website was scanned
from a copy belonging to my husband’s father, Clarence H. Bopp (1915-1997); in the
1970's and '80's he made the "corrections" noted on his copy:
Click here for PDF copy of the document.
Johan Peter Bopp (JPB) was the son of Johann Velten Bopp (1787-1832, born in Grebenhain, Germany) and Anna Katharina Muth (1785-1872, born in Bermuthshain,
died in Grebenhain); they married in 1811. Before
World War II, JPB descendant Joachim Weidhaas
(1916-2005), went to Germany
and researched German church records in Crainfeld and
and my husband's father, Rev. Clarence H. Bopp, were first cousins
(grandchildren of JPB’s son Emil). The Weidhaas information traces the direct ancestry of JPB to Henn Schmid Bopp,
b. 1606, d. 21 Apr 1673, in Bermuthshain, Germany.
My husband has a copy of this
information but it is undocumented and as yet, the information has not been put
The Y-DNA Signature of Johan Peter Bopp has been established: See Bopp DNA .
JPB is not the progenitor of Bopp Chapel line
Johan Peter Bopp is often mistakenly believed by some to be an ancestor
of Louis H. Bopp, founder of the Bopp Chapel Funeral Home in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Some have confused Johan Peter's son
Sebastian (below) with Sebastian Bopp c.1822-1896. We have traced both lines to Germany and know
that the two families lived in Bermuthshain but we
have not yet found a shared common Bopp ancestor. If there is a relationship the most recent
common/shared ancestor was back in Germany.
Summary of Wives & Children of Johan Peter Bopp
Johann Peter Bopp, Sr. b. 29-Jan-1812 d. 6-Apr-1901 See photograph
m. 13-Aug-1833 Sabina Straub
m. 9-May-1841 Gertraud Lind b. 8-May-1818 d. 1863 (?)
m. 18-Nov-1864 Gustina Geidel
Andrew Bopp b. 1833 d. 8-Apr-1915 m. 1860 Katherine Blase [his mother - Sabina Straub]
Sebastian Bopp b. 5-Jan-1835 d. 1925 m. Elizabeth Hoffmann
[his mother - Sabina Straub]
Henry Bopp b. 23-Jan-1842 d. 1924 m. Margareta Knobeloch-Hoch
Katherine Bopp b. 15-Oct-1843 d. 30-Apr-1930 m. William Wehmeyer
Valentine Bopp b. 20-Dec-1845 d. 27-Feb-1933 m. Katherine Woerthers
Peter Bopp, Jr. b. 1-Apr-1848 d. 6-May-1923 m. Elizabeth
Dora Bopp b. 1852 d. 1900 m. William Goltz
Emil Theodor Balthazar Bopp, Sr. b. 29-Oct-1855 d.
20-May-1943 [my husband's line]
Katherine Leuthauser b. 18-Jan-1857 d. 6-Oct-1936
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