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52 Ancestors – #16: Which Willie, William or Wilhelm?

Wilhelm Schuetz, the youngest child of Ludwig and Marie Margarethe Schütz, was born 24 May 1850 in New Braunfels. According to a family story Ludwig and Marie had a son, Wilhelm, who died before they came to Texas, so perhaps they were determined to have a son named Wilhelm.

When my Grandma Lillie was alive she would go with her brothers, Alex and Harry, to a Schuetz family reunion at Eagle’s Hall in New Braunfels. I attended a couple of times and of course I didn’t document who was who or what was what. What was I thinking?  I wasn’t. While at one of these reunions, I wrote down a bit of information about an Uncle Willie. There were several males named Wilhelm, who were called William or Willie in the family. Carl, Wilhelm’s brother had a one, Wilhelm had one and I’m pretty sure this story wasn’t about Carl’s Wilhelm so it is either Wilhelm born in 1850 or his son William “Willie” born in 1880. The adventure takes place in Little Blanco in Blanco County. “Uncle Willie and a school teacher were riding their horses and a group of Indians showed up. It was good thing they both had fast horses because Willie heard the arrows wiz by his head as they raced to safety.”

25 March 1876, Wilhelm married Anna Kraft who was born 18 September 1859. In 1880 they are living next door to Ludwig and Marie probably, on the same property. Their name on the census was spelled Shute and they lived in Precinct 4 in Blanco County.

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Wilhelm and Anna had seven children: Willie, Alma, Emma, Hulda, Ottelia, Albert and Eddie. I remember meeting Ottelia and Eddie. Wilhelm died 21 Feb 1929 and Anna died 30 June 1936. Both are buried in the Twin Sisters Community Cemetery in Blanco County, Texas which is located on North 281 after you cross the Little Blanco River.

Schuetz Family Reunion, 1974.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 4, Blanco,Texas; Roll: 1291; Family History Film: 1255291; Page: 355C; Enumeration District: 026.

Travis County, Texas. Death Certificate 6652. (1929) William Schuetz. Austin.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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52 Ancestors – #15: Theodore “Dora” Schuetz Pfannstiel

Two years after arriving in Texas, Ludwig and Marie Margarethe Schütz’s daughter Theodore  “Dora” was born on 24 July 1847 in New Braunfels. Her oldest brother, Carl, was 8 years old.  At the age of nineteen, she married August Casper Pfannstiel on 31 March 1867. They had nine children: Emma, Alwina, Augusta, Thekla, Alwin, Ida, Otto, Ferdinand, and Elfrieda. Dora died in Guadalupe County, Texas on 13 March 1935. Her husband August preceded her in death on 30 September 1915. Dora and August are buried in the Marion Cemetery in Marion, Texas.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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52 Ancestors – #14: Johann Peter Schütz

In 1845 Peter Schütz traveled to Texas with the Adelsverein and settled in New Braunfels, Texas. He sailed on the ship Harriet with his brother, Ludwig, and his wife, Marie Margarethe, and their two children. Great Aunt Annie Schuetz Saunders was the first one to tell me that Ludwig had a brother who traveled to Texas with him. She said he died after a few years because there was much sickness in Comal County. According to, Chester and Ethel Geue, the authors of A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas 1844-1847, Peter died in 1848.

Peter, a single man over 17 years of age, was eligible for 320 acres of land in the Fisher Miller Grant of which he was entitled to receive 160 acres. In the Texas General Land Office the original document signed by Peter is digitized and can be viewed online at http://www.glo.texas.gov. Click on Land Grants and type Schütz in the name box.

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Johann Peter Schütz’s signature

My fourth great grand-uncle

 

Geue, Chester and Ethel. A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas 1844-1847. Waco, TX: Texian Press, 1966.

Personal Interview. Annie Schuetz Saunders, 1970.

“Schütz, Johann Peter.” Texas General Land Office. http://www.glo.texas.gov. 6 April 2014.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

Sentimental Sunday: Spent with Uncle How-who

Kathryn, Howard Richardson, Phil Asher

A Sunday afternoon with Uncle Howard Richardson

Yours truly, Uncle Howard, Donnie Phil

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Adam, Richardson, Sentimental Sunday

 

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52 Ancestors – #13: Marie Peters Bauer, My Great-Great Grandmother

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Marie Peters Bauer

Marie Peters traveled from Prussia to New Braunfels with her parents in the 1850s. I heard a story about Marie a number of years ago. She knew Philipp Bauer in Prussia. He must have lived in the same area as her family. Once she arrived in New Braunfels she wrote and told him to come to Texas. He took her advice and on 19 August 1855 they married in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. G. W. Eisenlohr a minister of the Gospel performed the ceremony.

Marie and Philipp had five children Bertha, Otto, Louise married Carl Wessley, Ernest married Rosa Bender, and Emma married Henry Schuetz.

She is buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery in Kendall County. Her tombstone states,

Hier Rubet

Marie Bauer

Geb. Dien

20Ten Aug. 1827

Gest. Dien

13Ten Maerz 1905

77 yahr 7 monat

 

Comal County, Texas, marriage certificate No. 122 (1855), Bauer-Peters; Comal County Court House,New Braunfels.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Bauer

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Willie Adam’s Birthday

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Lillie and Willie Adam

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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52 Ancestors – #12: Maria Margarethe Hild Schütz, Vigorous for her Age

When Connie Schneider Krause graciously shared her translation of the obituary of Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz with me I was so excited! I knew so very little about this grandmother who came from Nassau in 1845. One time I asked my Grandma Lillie if she had any memories of her great- grandmother. She would have died when Grandma was about nine years old. She had a very vivid memory. Grandma told me her great-grandmother always wore an apron with a pocket. Whenever the grandchildren came around she would reach into her pocket and bring out a piece of hard candy for each child.

Maria Margarethe was born 6 December 1807 in Langenbach which was located in the Province of Hacheburg in Nassau (Germany). About 1838 she married Ludwig Schütz. She was almost seven years older than him according to their tombstone dates. Her obituary states “she shared 54 years in a happy marriage.”

In 1845 Ludwig, Maria, and two small sons, Carl, age 7, and Louis (Ludwig Jr?) made the journey to Texas aboard the Bark Harriet with 28 other families and a total of 175 passengers. They sailed from Antwerp on 31st of October and arrived in Texas around the 31st of December. The ship was traveling under the auspices of the Adelsverein and were headed to New Braunfels, a German colony in the Republic of Texas. With all the hardships they had to face just traveling from Nassau to Texas, Maria Margarethe still faced another hardship. Her granddaughter Annie Schuetz Saunders said Louis died during the voyage and was buried at sea. Another fact I found in a one paragraph biography about Ludwig, on file at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, was a baby girl was born to them in Galveston but did not survive. Her obituary does not make any mention of these hardships but there is one sentence which tells about this time in her life.  “On December 27, they landed in Galveston and then from there they went to Indianola where they stayed about 8 days and saw much sickness and had pity for all the suffering occurring there.”

Maria Margarethe had a total of six children, three living to adulthood, Carl my, great-great grandfather, Theodore “Dora” born in 1847, and  Wilhelm born in 1853.

She died at the ripe age of 96 years and 11 months on 4 November 1904. This is my favorite quote from her obituary “The deceased was vigorous for her age; she could still read and do needlework without glasses. She was respected and loved by all those that knew her.” She sounds delightful!

Thank you Connie Schneider Krause for translating and sharing this obituary with me.

“Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz.” obituary. New Braunfelser Zeitung (New Braunfels), 17 November 1904, sect. C, p 4; translated from German by Connie Schneider Krause.

“Ludwig Schuetz” Sophienburg Museum and Archives, New Braunfels, Texas.

Personal Interview. Annie Schuetz Saunders, 1970.

Personal Interview. Lille Schuetz Adam, 1970.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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