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Johann Philipp (Bermes) Barmes (1796 - 1857)

Johann Philipp "John" Barmes formerly Bermes
Born in Germanymap
Husband of — married 5 Jul 1821 in Kriegsfeld, Donnersbergkries District, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hope, Indianamap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Feb 2015
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Birth Johann Philipp was born January 26, 1796 in Kriegsfeld, Bavaria - present day Kriegsfeld, Donnersbergkreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He was the son of Johann Philipp and Anna Margaretha Bermes. He had three known siblings, Johannes, Anna Margaretha, and Johann Michael. Baptized January 31st[1].

Married Maria Margaretha Damm on July 5, 1821 in Kriegsfeld.[2]

Arrived in the US in 1834, and soon after settled in Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana.[3]

1840 Census: "Philip Barmas" was listed as head of household living in Haw Creek Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana. Listed part of the household were 2 free white males under 5 (Frederick and Charles, both 2), 1 free white male 5 to 9 (Philip, 8), 2 free white males 10 to 14 (John, 9? and Jacob, 14), 1 free white male 15 to 19 (William, 17), 1 free white male 40 to 49 (Philip, 44), 1 free white male 80 to 89 (probably Philip's father-in-law Michael, 80), 1 free white female 5 to 9 (Christina, 7), 1 free white female 40 to 49 (Margareth, 41), 3 persons employed in agriculture, 1 person over 20 who can't read or write, total all persons: 10.[4]

As of yet, he has not been found in the 1850 census.

Death: Philip died March 18, 1857 in Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana, age 61. He is buried at Moravian Cemetery in Hope, Indiana under the name "John P. Barmes"[5].


1. Michael Thomas Bermes: Michael was born in Kriegsfeld, Rheinland-Pfalz in 1820. He moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana as a teenager. There he married Eliza Jane Ray on March 24, 1843. They had eight children: Lydia Ann (1842), John William (1846), Charles Edwin (1849), James F. (1852), Michael (1854), Miranda F. (1856), Willard P. (1859), and Mary Jane (1860). He was a farmer and died in 1865, age 45.

2. Wilhelm Bermes: Wilhelm, William in the US, was born in Kriegsfeld on November 25, 1823. He moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana at age 11, and later married Elizabeth Lucinda Sowers in the county on January 12, 1854. They had nine children: Lucinda Margaret (1855), Thomas Edward (1858), Mary Alas (1860), Malinda Caroline (1862), Louise Elizabeth (1866), Louis William (1866), Charles Franklin (1869), Nancy Emma (1872), and Martin Henry (1875). He lived most of his life in Bartholomew County, working as a carpenter. In later life he moved with his son Martin's family to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where he died on May 30, 1905, age 81.

3. Jacob A. Bermes: Jacob was born in March 1826 in Kriegsfeld. He moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana as a boy and there married Lucy Jane Reed about 1853. They had four children: Lewis S. (1854), George Henry (1855), Sarah E. (1858), and Helen (1859). After Lucy's death he married Mary E. Shore on June 17, 1873 in Columbus. They had a daughter, Minnie F. (1876). He was a stone mason and later a farmer, and his death is not known but was certainly after 1880.

4. Johannes Bermes: Johannes, who went by John in the US, was born in Kriegsfeld in February 1831. He moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana about 3 years old, and there later married Mary Ann Patterson about 1855. They had seven children: Margaret J. (1858), William W. (1858), Henry (1861), Martha A. (1863), Nancy Ann (1863), Frank H. (1866), and Elizabeth (1866). He was a farmer and died in 1896, age 65.

5. Philipp Bermes: Philipp, spelled Philip in US, was born in Kriegsfeld in September 1832 and moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana as a toddler. There he later married Maria Elizabeth Holder on June 17, 1852. They had three children: Nancy Lione (1853), Samuel (1854), and Martin (1855). He was a day laborer/farm laborer and died March 4, 1893 in Hope, age 60.

6. Christina Bermes: Christina was born May 10, 1833 in Kriegsfeld and moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana as an infant. There she married German immigrant George Mehne on August 9, 1854. They had five children: Jacob William (1855), Charles Edward (1858), Margaret Louise (1859), Eliza (1864), and Lucinda Ellen (1867). She remained in the county all her life and died near Hope on May 2, 1905, age 71.

7. Frederick Elda Barmes: Frederick, sometimes Fred, was born March 1, 1838 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. On August 20, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, 67th Indiana Infantry and later transferred to Company K 24th Indiana Infantry on December 10, 1864 before his discharge on July 19, 1865. On February 13, 1877 he married Mary Jane Cline and they had four children: Jesse Delmar (1877), Elda R. (1880), Elsie Blanche (1889), and Hazel (1891). He was a lumber manufacturer, later a farmer, and died in Hope on June 10, 1897, age 59.

8. Charles L. Barmes: Charles was born March 1, 1838 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. He married Eliza L. Bauer there on February 7, 1861, and they had a daughter, Emma Matilda (1861) before he enlisted in Company K, 24th Indiana Infantry on August 20, 1862. On December 10, 1864 he transferred to Company I, 67th Indiana Infantry before being discharged on July 19, 1865. They had eight more children: Edwin Charles (1863), Frank Henry (1866), Harry Alan (1868), William Grant (1869), Ida May (1871), George A. (1873), Anna Louise (1878), and Arthur Jones (1881). He was a stone mason and later a farmer, and died on March 30, 1911 in Hope, age 73.


  1. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch ( : 28 November 2014), Johann Philipp Bermes, 31 Jan 1796; citing Kriegsfeld, Bayern, Germany; FHL microfilm 193,924.
  2. "Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 December 2014), Johann Philipp Bermes and Maria Margaretha Damm, 05 Jul 1821; citing Evangelisch, Kriegsfeld, Pfalz, Bavaria; FHL microfilm 193,925.
  3. Obituary of Margaret (Damm) Barmes
  4. "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2015), Philip Barmas, Haw Creek Township, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States; citing p. 85, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 74; FHL microfilm 7,722.
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