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Tombstone Tuesday: Paul and Kathinka Adam Toepperwein

Paul and Kathinka Adam Toepperwein's Tombstone

Kathinka is Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam’s oldest daughter.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Paul and Kathinka Toepperwein marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Adam, Toepperwein, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Knights of Honor

Seventeen men, from Louisville, Kentucky, who were members of The Ancient Order of United Workman and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, formed the Knights of Honor on June 30, 1873. The Knights of Honor was a fraternal benefit organization. One of its main objectives was to “provide fraternal unity and benevolent assistance for white men of sound moral character and good physical health.” Members did not have to go through an initiation process to join but each member had to promise “to obey the regulations of the society and to help a “brother” in need.” It was important to help a brother in distress, in business and in need of employment. Each member must believe in God, be “able to earn a livelihood for himself and his family,” and keep the “affairs of the society secret so unworthy men would not falsely obtain benefits.”

Insurance policies of $500, $1000, or $2000 could be purchased by a member. Benefits were provided to widows and orphans in the amount of $500 to $2000 depending on the need. The Supreme Lodge paid the death benefits.

By 1895, the Knights of Honor was considered a successful organization with 126,000 members. In 1907, the Supreme Lodge (national level) was made up of 36 Grand Lodges (state level) and 2,600 subordinate Lodges (local level). When the KOH changed the method of collecting fees for insurance, many members dropped out and by 1916 they disbanded.

Conrad Adam was a charter member of the Kendall Lodge Knights of Honor No. 2597.

Schmidt, Alvin J. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions. Fraternal Organizations.

Greenwood Press, 1980. Print.

Stevens, Albert. The Cyclopedia of Fraternities. Trent and Company, 1907. Print.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Adam

 

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Today is…the 117th Anniversary of Conrad Adam’s Passing

Forty years after his arrival in Texas, Conrad Adam passed away on Friday, 23 November 1894. He was 66 years old. In the Sunday Edition of the San Antonio Express dated 25 November 1894, the news from Boerne stated, ”Nov. 23. Mr. Conrad Adam who was injured some weeks ago by a wagon running over him died last night and will be buried today by the Knights of Honor, he being one of the charter members of the Knights of Honor Lodge here.” The funeral took place in the home of William Dietert (his brother-in-law) at 2:00 in the afternoon.

“Boerne.” San Antonio Express, 25 November 1894, p.15. (microfilm, San Antonio Public Library).

Funeral Notice for Conrad Adam. 1894. Privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst, Boerne, Texas. 1979.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Adam, Today is

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Conrad Adam

Tombstone of Conrad Adam

Hier ruht in Frieden

Here rests in peace

Conrad Adam

Born

Dec. 30, 1828

Died

Nov. 23, 1894

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Conrad Adam marker; personally read 2011.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Adam, Cemeteries, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Bexar County Deed Records

A while back I was complaining about how I needed to go to the Bexar County Court House to look at deed records. My other option was I could order them on microfilm which I wasn’t too excited about. Mary, who belongs to the Local Family and History Archives at the Patrick Heath Public Library, said, “You don’t need to do either option, just go to this website https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/ and register. It’s free and you can search the Bexar County Deed Records from your home computer.” Wow! I had no idea! Since Kendall County was once part of Bexar County I was able to find land information for Joseph Bergmann, Gustav Bergmann, and Conrad Adam. It’s so easy and you can download and print the documents for your files. I’m ready for all counties to jump on the band wagon and digitize! Thank you Mary for this fabulous tip.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Adam, Bergmann, Texas

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz

Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz Tombstone

Henry Schuetz

1864-1950

Emma Bauer Schuetz

1868-1927

My Great-Grandparents

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Bauer, Cemeteries, Schuetz, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Today is…Veteran’s Day 11/11/11

Willie Adam WWI
Willie E. Adam Private, 32 Co. 8 Bn. 165 Depot Brigade received an
honorable discharged  from the United States Army on 24 March 1919. This was one day after his 26th birthday.

He was 25 when he enlisted on 8 August 1918.  He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and was 5 feet 10 in height. He was single with excellent character. On 15 August 1918 he was assigned to the 133 Infantry. He left the United States 17 September 1918 for France and returned 26 February 1919. Willie was paid $111.80 for his service which included a $60.00 bonus as “per the Act Congress  approved 24 February 1919.”

Willie was the grandson of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam and the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam and my grandfather.

Thank you Grandpa for defending our freedom.

Adam, Willie. World War I, 1919. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Today is

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Emma Adam Herms

Emma Adam Herms in the youngest daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam.

Emma Adam Herms

Born: 11 September 1867

Died: 1 September 1931

married 12 January 1890 in Kendall County, Texas

Christian Herms

Born: 1 June 1862

Died: 7 January 1929

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Christian and Emma Adam Herms marker; personally read, 2011.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Adam, Herms, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Simply Amazing!

 

Ninety-four years later

I have just returned from a trip to Houston to visit my college buds, Sharen and Rhonda. We had a wonderful time catching up on all the news, attending the Houston International Quilt Show and Discovering the Civil War Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and attending a one year old birthday party! Great times!

If you are interested in the Civil War, I highly recommend you make plans between now and April to visit the exhibit in Houston. Tons of primary sources, artifacts, and several touch screen interactive programs make the visit well worth the time!

On the way to Houston, Donna and I stopped off in LaGrange to do a little research on her family. We visited the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives located in the Fayette County Public Library. In a display on one of the tables, I found the book Passenger Lists for Galveston 1850-1855 by Albert J. Blaha, Sr. Joseph Bergmann and family arrived in Texas in 1853 and sure enough there was the listing of the passengers from the ship Texas. Unfortunately, only the head of household is listed with number of persons traveling with them. I was hoping the names of each person on board would be listed because Joseph Bergmann was traveling with 11 people and I want to know their names!

The ship Texas, an Oldenburg brig, was commanded by Captain D. Rabe and landed in Galveston on 12 June 1853 with 171 passengers. There were 11 families from Bohemia and 2 from Poland, and the rest of the families were from “German lands”. Once I saw the list another name caught my eye, Johann Gohring from Garkau, Bohemia. He is also a grandfather but on my mother‘s side. The Gohrings settled in DeWitt County, Texas. Ninety-four years later a descendant from each met in Kendall County and got married. Simply amazing!

Blaha, Albert J. Passenger Lists For Galveston 1850-1855. Houston, Texas, 1985.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Bergmann

 

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