Maria G. Kratzmeir was born on Jan. 7, 1827, in Hanover,
Germany. In 1843 her parents emigrated to the United
States, landing at New Orleans on Nov. 15, and at St.
Louis on Nov 25, of that year. On Nov. 10, 1846, the
subject of this memoir was united in marriage with
Barnard Brockmann, a native of Germany, who emigrated to
the United States in 1842. In 1847 they removed to
Dubuque, Ia., remained one year, then located in
Guttenberg. Mr. Brockmann followed brick-making there ten
years, then purchased a farm of eighty acres in Jefferson
Township, upon which he resided until his death, which
occurred on Jan 12, 1864. Seven children blessed this
union, viz.: Joseph, born April 26, 1849; Mary, Mar. 30,
1851; Margaret, Sept. 9, 1853; Katie, July 20, 1856;
Frank, July 24, 1858; Matilda, Aug. 1, 1860, and August,
Jan. 10, 1863. After the death of her husband our subject
continued the management of the farm, and on July 5,
1868, married Frederick Kratzmeir, of German birth. He
died on Nov. 22, 1869. Since his death Mrs. Kratzmeir has
cultivated the farm, which is situated near the village
of Guttenberg, and is one of the finest in this section.
She is a member of the German Catholic church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 870