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About Me

Great-Great Granddaughter of Conrad Adam

I  am a retired school librarian and have been interested in family history and the history of Kendall County, Texas since I was in high school.

For years I have collected bits and pieces of information about my family and Kendall County. In 1979, with the help of Margaret Kutzer Morries, I transcribed the 1870 Census of Kendall County. The Genealogical Society of Kendall County under the direction of Kate Skinner-Klee published the transcribed version. I am a charter member of the Society and was the first editor for their newsletter Keys to the Past.  While reading through land records, I discovered that a portion of my parent’s property had been farmed by the Adam family for over 100 years. In 1984, the Adam Farm was recognized as a Texas Family Heritage Farm.

I have been looking for a way to share information and stories about the family and settlers of Kendall County while I organize and sort though my drawers, boxes, and notebooks. I also wanted to have a place for others to share their stories too. So, I created Conrad’s Stories to connect and reconnect with relatives, descendants of early settlers, and to share information so we will know from “whence we came.”

Enjoy!

Kathryn Adam-Hurst

You can contact me at: kathryn1828(at)gmail(dot)com

or leave a comment on Conrad’s Stories.

 

5 responses to “About Me

  1. Glenna

    August 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Kathryn, this is awesome! Not officially an “Adam” anymore, but my kids and grandkids are and I love learning of their heritage. I was wondering how many generations back was Conrad. For some reason I thought he was further back. So it goes: Conrad, Eugene, Jack, Jesse, Jason and Jack Wyatt. This will be an awesome blog for Jason to read to Presleigh, Sydney and Jack Wyatt. Thanks for the memories!

     
    • Kathryn

      August 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you! One missing in the line up: Conrad, Julius, Eugene, Jack, Jesse, Jason, Jack Wyatt. Jack Wyatt is 7th generation. :)

       
  2. Leslie K. Vogt-Murphy

    July 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I guess you could say I found you accidentally (googling C. Dienger). Really enjoyed your site.-

    I too descendent from the early settlers of Boerne (Vogt and Dienger/Dietert/Bergmann).

     
  3. Nuala Benson

    March 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I am a descendent of Ferdinand Simon (survivor of the Nueces Massacre) and Carolina Bauer Simon. They are my great grand parents and are buried in the Boerne cemetary. Carolina was the daughter of Gottlieb Bauer (whose ranch was on Holiday creek in Comfort whose house is pictured in the book 100 years of Comfort) and sister to Leopold Bauer (the first one to die in the Nueces Massacre). Carolina’s sister was married to Ernst Cramer another survivor of the Massacre. Ferdinands rock cabin is still standing on the grounds of the old Tusculum colony on the Cibolo off of Johns Road. My mother’s father Leopold Simon, Ferdinand’s son, was named after Leopold as was Ernst Cramer’s (who moved to Idaho) first son born after the Civil War, a promise both Ferdinand and Ernst made to honor in life the death their young brother-in-law Leopold Bauer.
    At any rate, my mother died and never told us her father’s family saga. All I remember her saying when we would drive thru Boerne is what a wonderful man Dr Herff was. Her best friend was Carolyn Froebel growing up whose mother was a Heuerman who had a ranch on Heuerman Rd in Bexar county across I10 from the Dominion. So I was delighted to see a photo of Mr and Mrs HG Froebel who must be related to Carolyn who died unexpectedly a single woman before my mother. My mother also said she had no religion growing up and mentioned the phrase Freethinker which at the time being 7 or 8 I did not understand.
    As I have gotten older and become more reflective and interested in roots I began looking to see if there was anything on Ferdinand and Carolina Simon in Kendall county and found they had died in 1878 one month apart from each other leaving 3 orphans, my grandfather Leopold, and his two sisters Mina, and Bertha. (Perhaps there was an outbreak of some disease that took them slowly since they changed their wills in anticipation of their soon to come and quite tragic demise.)
    There are many unanswered questions I have with regard to this family. One is where Bertha Simon is buried. She was the youngest orphan dieing only a few short years after her parents. The other is what Ferdinand and Carolina may have looked like.
    I have searched and searched but cant seem to find anyone who might have photos. I think Ferdinand may have been a commissioner around 1876 or 1877 and may have overseen the building of the small rock building, still standing, that may have been the jail back then, standing in a rowe next to the other jail buildings in Boerne. Ferdinand is also listed online as the first Post Master in Leon Springs in the 1850′s prior to the Civil War. How and why he goes to Boerne would be good to know as well as owning several lots in Comfort next to the Brinkmann house in Comfort.

    I dont expect you to have any oth these answers. Its just my very long way of teling you how much I appreciate your website as I am interested in any and everybit of history I can find about the early days of Kendall county and the lives of the first German immagrants.

    Sincerely,
    Nuala Benson

     
    • Kathryn

      March 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you Nuala for telling me about the Simon family. I will definitely keep a look out for any information about them. Keep those questions out there. You never know when the answers will show up. It keeps us going!

       

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