Franz Xavier Boeding was born on January 12,1796, in Germany. He was married to Anna Maria Lodenkamper some time before 1824. Anna Maria died and Franz remarried. Franz' second wife was named Elizabeth. Franz had at least six children, all of them emigrated to the United States of America. Franz died on September 8, 1878 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, West Point, Iowa.
The youngest son of Franz, Herman, was born in Hanover, Germany. In 1854-55, he accompanied his family to the United States, settling in the West Point, Iowa area. He married Wilhelmina Schuette, February 10, 1874. Some time later, Herman and his family moved to Glad Valley, South Dakota.
His oldest son, Gerhard, returned to West Point, Iowa some time later and married Helena Winnike on April 22, 1904, living the rest of his life in the area.
The family Winnike is of Germany Origin. Joseph Winnike was born in Germany and married Elizabeth Reves after arriving in America.