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I created Conrad's Stories to connect and reconnect with relatives, descendants of early settlers of Kendall County, Texas and to share information so we will know from "whence we came."

52 Ancestors – #23: The Autograph Book That Almost Disappeared

A number of years ago an autograph book belonging to Bertha Adam Froebel Haby was found in a flea market in San Antonio. Fortunately the person who discovered it recognized some of the names, purchased it, and donated it to the Boerne Historical Society Archives. The autograph book was analyzed by a relative, Dorothy Ebert in 1991. Friends and relatives from Boerne, Austin, San Antonio, Clear Spring, and Windsor signed the book. Some of the signers wrote in English but most wrote in German script. The earliest date is 1881. Bertha was 16 years old and perhaps had received  the autograph book as a gift. She continued to collect autographs until 1911. Eleven of the autographs are from people living in Austin in 1881. Perhaps she was visiting her sister Emilie who was living in Austin with her husband William Schoenert. Emilie and William married on her parent’s 24th wedding anniversary, 16 February 1880.

Austin autographs:

Adam, Emilie, December 1881, sister; Behrens, Lina,1881; Kirschwink, Anna and Lina, 2 December 1881; Meyer, Katie, S. A., Susie, 13 & 16 November 1881; Schoenert, Emilie 27, June 1881, sister; Schoenert, William, 14 December 1881, brother-in-law; Weyermann, ?, 8 December 1881

Autographs from Boerne, San Antonio, Clear Spring and Windsor span thirty years,1881-1911.

Boerne Autographs:

Adam, Emma, sister; Bergmann, Bertha, cousin?; Dietert, B and Rosa; Dienger,  Louise; Fabra, L.; Froebel, Hilmar G.; Grady, Mary; Gimbel, E. and Emma, maybe same person; Grossmann, ? and Charles; Harz, B and Bertha, maybe same person; Ransleben, Emilie, Hilmar, Hilmar Fritz; Theis, Anna and Robert; Voges, Therese, sister; Vogt, Emilie and Pauline, Wilhelmine; ?, Anna

Windsor autograph:

Zoeller, Bertha

Clear Spring (near New Braunfels) autograph:

Voges, Wilhelmine

San Antonio Autographs:

Dienger, Joseph; Froebel, Gunther, son; Hannich, Anton; Toepperwein, Ad. and E. A. F., first cousin and uncle

Place not listed:

Bergmann, Minnie; Clemens, Clara; Dietert, Emil, cousin; Froebel, Ralph, son; Froebel, Udo, son; Saner, T. P.

Bertha was the fifth child of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam. She born the summer after the Civil War ended on 8 July 1865.  At the age of 20, she married Hilmar Guenther Froebel on 24 January 1885.  H.G. and Bertha had three children who lived to adulthood, Guenther Hilmar, Udo Julius “Jack”, Ralph Alfred Froebel.  H.G. died in 1905. In 1907 she married Charles J. Haby.

 

Ebert, Dorothy, Alphabetical Index to Bertha Adam’s Autograph Book of 1881, Boerne Historical Archives, 1991.

City Cemetery No. 6 (San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas), Froebel, Hilmar G. and Bertha Haby, personally read, 1979.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Adam, Froebel

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Willie and Hilda Adam

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Brother and Sister

Willie and Hilda Adam

Adam, Willie and Hilda. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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52 Ancestors – #22: Anna Maria Hölzemann Schütz

Drum roll!! My newly discovered fifth great-grandmother’s death record from Langenbach, Hessen-Nassau!!

Anna Maria Hòlzemann Schütz

born 5 January 1785 in Langenbach
a widow of Johann Gerlach Schütz who died 1 November 1843
died 21 November 1862  while living in Limburg  (she must have been living with a relative)
Her parents were Johann Jakob Carl Hoelzmann and Anna Katharina Giel (another set of grandparents!!!)
She was 77 years, 10 months, 16 days old
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Schütz, Anna Marie Death Record. Hessen-Nassau, Prussia, Germany. Evangelische Kirche Kirburg, Langenbach, Amt. Hachenburg (Oberwesterwaldkeis) Book IV: 122, 1852-1870; microfilm reel 2003138.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

Wordless Wednesday: Heinrich Carl and Katharina Fries Schütz

Carl and Katharian Fries

 

Heinrich Carl and Katharina Fries Schütz

At age seven, Carl came to Texas with his parents Friedrich Ludwig and Maria Margaretha Held Schütz in 1845. The family settled in New Braunfels.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

52 Ancestors – #21: Johann Gerlach Schütz

schutzjohanngerlachDC1843A month ago I didn’t know the name of my fourth great Schütz grandfather and wasn’t even sure I would ever know.  Every time I look at the records I found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City I get excited all over again. The death record of Johann Gerlach Schütz was full of information!

John Gerlach Schütz

born 14 October 1781 in Nisterburg (a village not too far from Langenbach)
married, lived in Langenbach
His parents are Johann Heinrich Schütz and Elizabetha Catherina Held from Nisterburg (another generation  – my fifth great-grandparents!)
married 14 October 1804 to Anna Maria Hoelzemann
died 1 November 1843 (two years before his son Friedrich Ludwig Schütz moved his family to Texas)
Schütz, Johann Gerlach Death Record. Hessen-Nassau, Prussia, Germany. Evangelische Kirche Kirburg, Langenbach, Amt. Hachenburg (Oberwesterwaldkeis) Book IV: 144, 1842-1851; microfilm reel 2003138.
 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

52 Ancestors – #20: Christian Ludwig Schütz

Friedrich Ludwig and Maria Margaretha Held Schütz’s third child was named Christian Ludwig. He was born in Langenbach on 27 June 1843.  At the end of October 1845, Ludwig, Maria Margaretha and two children set sail on the ship Harriet for Texas. They arrived in Galveston at the end of December. My great-Aunt Annie Schuetz Saunders said there was a boy who died during the voyage and was buried at sea. It was Christian Ludwig and he would have been almost 2 ½ years old. Christian Ludwig’s birth record is the second entry.

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Schütz, Christian Ludwig Birth Record, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia, Germany. Evangelische Dirche Kirburg, Langenbach, Amt. Hachenburg (Oberwesterwaldkeis) Book III: 16, 1842-1851; microfilm reel 2003138

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

52 Ancestors – #19: Friedrich Wilhelm Schütz

I recently returned from a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City with the Genealogical Society of Kendall County. My goal was to find some of my German ancestors. The Schütz family has been on my mind because I have been filling out the application for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Not being able to read German or German script I didn’t have high hopes of really finding anything.  I did have a German script chart and practiced writing Schütz until I was able to recognize it. So armed with the name of the town, the German script chart, dates and names, I began my search. After looking at several microfilm reels that I thought were the correct ones and weren’t, I was ready to give up. I changed my mind and searched the catalog again and that’s when I found reel 2003138. Not only was I able to recognize the name Schütz but the recorder had wonderful handwriting and didn’t write totally in German script! Bless him! The first person I found was Friedrich Wilhelm Schütz.. He was the child the family said died before they came to Texas. He was born 19 January 1841 to Friedrich Ludwig Schütz and Maria Margaretha the daughter of Johannes Peter Held! (Woo hoo! another generation!) The birth was recorded in the church book from Kirburg, village of Langenbach, Amt. Hachenburg. The birth, marriage, and death records were on the same reel and I was able to find Friedrich Wilhelm death record. He died 7 October 1842. Love it when I can find records to match what the family has been saying all along!!

Birth Record for Friedrich Wilhelm Schütz

 

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Hessen-Nassau, Prussia, Germany, Evangelische Dirche Kirburg (Oberwesterwaldkreis) Book II:62, 1830-1841; FHL microfilm 2,003,138.

Hessen-Nassau, Prussia, Germany, Evangelische Dirche Kirburg (Oberwesterwaldkreis) Book III:136, 1842-1851; FHL microfilm 2,003,138.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

52 Ancestors – #18: More Questions Than Answers About Wilhelmine Bergmann

  • She married Gustav Bergmann, the brother of my great-great grandmother Adalbertha
  • She is my third grand-aunt
  • In the 1870 Bexar County Census, Gus Bergmann age 31 from Austria is listed in the household of Dietrich, Leo age 64 from France, Minnie Bergmann age 36 from Prussia is keeping house and there are 3 children listed Chs Keller age 14, Rosa age 5, Minnie age 6 months born in November

 

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  • In the 1880 Bexar County Census, Gus age 40 from Austria, Mina is 45, Rosa is 14, Minna is 10, Ida is 7. The last name listed for the girls is Bergmann
  • Rosa was born 6 July 1865. Her tombstone says she was born in Boerne, Texas and moved to San Antonio at the age of 6; Mina born 31 Dec 1869 death certificate states birthplace is Boerne, Texas;Ida born 4 Dec 1873
  • A Gus Bergmann marries a Mina Kellen in Bexar County on 25 August 1874; witnesses are S.M. Morris and A.P. Morris; married by Justice of the Peace  H. Klocke
  • In Gustav’s will  he states: “ I, Will Give and Bequeath of my beloved wife Wilhelmine Bergmann, my only heir, all that I die possessed of, or have a right to, real estate, personal property and claims or rights of any kind whatever, to be used, controlled and enjoyed by my beloved wife, during her natural life.”
  • In The St. John’s Lutheran Burial Records Wilhelmine Bergmann born 2 April 1832, died 5 March 1904. She was geb. Knopp and had three daughters and one son.
  • So who is Wilhelmine Knopp Keller (Kellen) Bergmann? Who are her parents? Where exactly in Prussia was she born? When did she arrive in Texas? Since Gustav said his only heir is Wilhelmine does that mean the daughters are hers? Were her children really born in Boerne? Who was their father? What happened to him? What is her relationship to Dietrich? What happened to her son Charles? Did he also use the Bergmann name? Is her maiden name really Knopp? Is she related to the Knopp family from Fredericksburg? Why didn’t she leave a few more bread crumbs?

 

Bexar County Marriage Certificate #4623, 25 August 1874, Bergmann-Kellan, San Antonio.

 
 

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Sentimental Sunday: Donnie Phil and Kathy Lou

Kathy Lou and Donnie Phil

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Adam, Richardson, Sentimental Sunday

 

52 Ancestors – #17: Friedrich Ludwig Schütz

Friedrich Ludwig his wife, Marie Margarethe, their sons Carl and Louis left their home in Langenbach, which was located in the Province of Hachenburg in the dukedom of Nassau in the fall of 1845. Traveling with the family was Ludwig’s brother, Johann Peter Schütz. This small group traveled to Antwerp to board the ship Harriet that was set to sail on 31 October. Before boarding, Ludwig and Peter signed an Einwanderungs Vertrag or Immigration contract with the Verein Zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas, Protection of German Immigrants in Texas.  By signing the contract, Ludwig, as a married man, was entitled to 640 acres of land and Peter, an unmarried man, was entitled to 320 acres in the Fisher Miller Grant. For a fee the Verein made arrangements for the sea voyage, land transportation upon arrival, food, housing, grain and implements. The Verein also promised to provide churches and school for the settlers in their new settlement.

The voyage to Texas lasted two months. Not only did the Schuetz family face the hardships of traveling across the Atlantic Ocean, they also faced the death of their son Louis who was buried at sea. In Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz’s obituary which was published in the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung on 17 November 1904, it was stated “…[Maria] came in 1845 with her husband under the auspices of the Adelsverein to Texas. On December 27, they landed in Galveston and then from there they went to Indianola where they stayed about 8 days.” From Indianola the family traveled in oxen-drawn wagons. They made overnight stops in Agua Dulce, McCoy’s Creek, Gonzales, Seguin and finally to the new village of New Braunfels.

The Schütz family learned that the land in the Fisher-Miller Grant was unsafe for settlers because it was located in Comanche territory. The family stayed in New Braunfels and Ludwig worked as a laborer. In 1848 Ludwig and Peter were issued certificates for the land in the Fisher Miller Grant but the family decided to stay in New Braunfels. By this time Peter had died and the family had increased. Theodore, a daughter, was born 24 July 1847. Three years later their last child, Wilhelm “William”, was born on 24 May 1850.

Ludwig supported his new homeland. In 1849 he signed a document stating his intention to become a citizen of the United States and that his name was Friedrich Ludwig Schütz. He became a naturalized citizen in 1851. In 1847 the Verein was out of money and did not built the churches and schools as promised. So in 1850, the First Protestant Church of New Braunfels was organized by 136 heads of households of which Ludwig was one. Each signer agreed: “We obligate ourselves willing to bring an annual contribution in amounts as set by the church council in order to allot our pastor a reasonable salary and for the present contribute at least 50 cents quarterly into the treasury.”  Eleven years later when the Civil War started, he chose to support the Confederacy and served in the 31st Brigade of Texas State Troops as a private in Company A.

 

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By the 1870s Ludwig and Marie were living on a farm in Blanco County near the Little Blanco River. In 1892 Ludwig, now called Louis, died at the age of 78 and was buried on the land where he lived.

Gregory, Rosemarie Leissner and Myra Lee Adams Goff. A Journey in Faith: The History of First Protestant Church New Braunfels, Texas 1844-1995. Austin: Nortex Press, 1994

Immigration contract for Ludwig Schütz. General Land Office, Austin, Texas. October 1845, http://www.glo.texas.gov/ncu/SCANDOCS/archives_webfiles/arcmaps/webfiles/landgrants/PDFs/1/0/2/7/1027493.pdf

“Friedrich Ludwig Schütz Naturalization” Comal County District Court Fall Term, November 1849, p186, New Braunfels, TX

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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