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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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Obituary of Rosa Bergmann Dietert

OBITUARY

Mrs. Rosa Dietert, died in San Antonio, Sunday evening at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 20 days. She was born on August 10th in the year 1841, in Reichenberg, Austria. She came to America in the year 1853, at the age of twelve years; her maiden name was Rosa Bergman, she spent most of her life in Boerne and got married in the year 1860 on April the 8th, to William Dietert. She was the mother of nine children, eight living and one dead. Those that survive her are four sons, Theo Emil and Ed. of Kerrville, Ernst of Boerne, and four daughters; Mrs. Ida Dienger, of Boerne, Mrs. Olga Seffel ad Mrs. Rosy Vernon, of San Antonio, and Miss Alma Dietert of San Antonio.  She leaves seventeen grandchildren and one great. Services were read by Rev. Geo. Belsey, the Pall Bearers were Mesdames Joe Vogt, Paul Holekamp, Gus Bower, Charles Phillip, Chris. Schrader and August Dienger.”

Her funeral notice states she died June 30, 1918 and the funeral took place in the “family residence of her son, Ernest Dietert on July 2nd, at 5 p.m.”

The obituary in a San Antonio newspaper states she died at her home on “427 Montana Street, San Antonio where she had resided the past five years”

Rosa’s death certificate states she died of typhoid fever which she contracted in Boerne, Texas (yikes) and her father’s name was Bergman and mother maiden’s name was Ohnesorge.  Riebe Undertakers prepared the body for burial and sent it to Boerne. Her name on the death certificate is Mrs. Rosie Dietert. Miss Alma Dietert of 427 Montana provided the information.

It is amazing how much information I gathered about Rosa ‘Rosie” Bergmann Dietert from four small pieces of paper! Now on to census records, San Antonio City Directories, and descendants. I wonder if there was a typhoid outbreak in Boerne in 1918.

 Rosa is Adalbertha Bergmann Adam’s sister and the wife of Wilhelm Dietert.

Dietert, Rosa Bergmann Obituary. Boerne Star, 1918.

Dietert, Rosa Bergmann Funeral Notice, July 1918.

Dietert, Rosa Bergmann Obituary, “Mrs. Rosa Dietert Dead” San Antonio, 1918.

Texas. Texas State Board of Health, death certificate no. 23564, Mrs. Rosie Dietert (1918);Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2013 in Bergmann, Dietert

 

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Obituary of Johanna Bergmann Toepperwein

AGED PIONEER DIES

Mrs. Johanna Toepperwein Had Resided in this City Forty Years

“Mrs. Johanna Toepperwein, 68 years of age, died at 6 o’clock yesterday morning at a local hospital following a two week illness. She was born in Reicbendard [sic], Boehmia, Austria, September 16, 1849. She landed in Indianola with her parents in 1853. She was married to E. F. Toepperwein in 1868. She came to San Antonio forty years ago from Leon Springs. She is survived by her two sons Adolph and Ferdinand Toepperwein and one daughter Clara Toepperwein, all of San Antonio. The funeral will be held at 10′ o’clock Monday morning from her residence at Chessnut and Houston streets. Interment will be made in City Cemetery No. 1.”

“Obituary of Johanna Toepperwein.” San Antonio Express Sunday Morning Edition, 29 July 1917.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Bergmann, Toepperwein

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Rosa Bergmann Dietert

  • Dietert, Rosa Bergmann (2)_opt

                Rosa Bergmann is the daughter of Joseph and Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann

Wife of Wilhelm Dietert

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Bergmann, Dietert, Wordless Wednesday

 

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Will of Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

adam, adalbertha signature_opt The State of Texas

County of Kendall

I Adelbertha Adam,[sic] the widow of Conrad Adam deceased, residing in Kendall County, Texas,

being of sound mind and disposing memory, but well Knowing the uncertainty of this life,

do hereby make this my ”Last Will and Testament”, hereby revoking all wills and codicils heretofore by me made.

Article 1. I hereby direct that my homested,[sic]  consisting of 156 acres of land and all the improvements thereon, situated about 3 ¾ miles in a South Easterly direction from Boerne, on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg road shall be disposed of in the following manner:

Article 2. I hereby give and bequeath to my son Julius Adam said homestead, described in article 1. of this will and consisting of 156 acres of land, under the following conditions:

Article 3. My son Julius Adam shall pay to each of his sisters to wit: 1. Kathinka Toepperwein, 2. Therese Voges , 3. Emilie Schoenert, 4. Bertha Froebel, 5. Emma Herms, the sum of Two hundred dollars, or in case of any of them should die, to their surviving children in the following manner:

Article 4. One year after my death my son Julius Adam shall pay to each one of his sisters or surviving children Twenty Dollars and every succeeding year he shall pay the same amount until each of his sisters, or surviving children, shall have received Two hundred Dollars, and all of his payments amount to One Thousand Dollars.

Article 5. If the aforesaid payments are punctually and promptly made by my son Julius Adam, then he shall pay no interest during the ten years upon any of this money.

Article 6. In case my son Julius Adam should die his wife Ida Adam, nee Hauffler, [sic] shall fill his place as far as this will is concerned as long as she remains unmarried, but should she marry again after the death of my son Julius Adam, then and in that case I hereby direct that said homestead, described in Article 1 of this will shall be owned by my son’s surviving children under the condition that each of my daughters receive their Two hundred dollars out of this my homestead in annual payments of Twenty Dollars each as heretofore directed.

Article 7. I appoint my son Julius Adam the Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Article 8. I hereby direct that no other action shall be had in the Probate court in regard to the settlement of my Estate than the probating and registration of this will.

Article 9. I direct that my Executor shall not be required to give bond.

Signed at Boerne this 9th day of Aug. 1895

The said Adelbertha Adam on this 9th day of Aug. 1895 signed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for her  “Last Will and Testament,” and We, at her request and in her presence and in presence of each other have hereunto set our names as subscribing witnesses.

Texas, this 9th day of Aug. 1895                                                                Adalbertha Adam

Gus. Dietert          A. Bergmann

(Witnesses are: Gus Dietert is the son of Heinrich and Amalia Bergmann Dietert and Adalbertha’s nephew; A.(Anton) Bergmann is Adalbertha’s brother)

Texas. Kendall County. Probate Minutes. Office of County Clerk. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Adam, Bergmann, Herms, Schoenert, Toepperwein, Voges

 

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Anton Bergmann and Patent #422703

Anton Bergmann

While looking at the newspapers on the Library of Congress web site, I discovered a short article entitled “Texas Patents.” It was front page news on March 5, 1890, in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette. A report from Washington DC stated that Anton Bergmann of Boerne in Kendall County, Texas, was issued a patent on March 4th for an ointment for curing skin disease.

In my search to find out more about this patent I discovered that Google has a patent website. The patent was filed on September 19,1889 and issued March 4, 1890 and was an improved treatment for ringworm or cutaneous troubles. The ointment ingredients were water, turpentine, soap, tobacco extract, and a tincture of arnica. James M. Sauer and Hilmar G. Froebel witnessed the document. For more details about the patent go tohttp://www.google.com/patents/US422703.  I wonder if he ever marketed the ointment.

Anton was the son of Joseph and Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann.

The Library of Congress website is free and an excellent place to find primary sources. Go to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ . Take a look! You never know which relative will be in the news!

“Texas Patents.” Fort Worth Daily Gazette. March 5, 1890. Library of Congress. Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers. 13 August 2012. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86064205/1890-03-05&gt;

“Ointment for Skin Disease.” Google Patents.  13 August 2012. <http://www.google.com/patents&gt;

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Bergmann, Froebel, Kendall County

 

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Gustav A. Bergmann’s Will

 Transcription of Gustav A. Bergmann’s Will

In the Name of God Amen!

Know all men by these presents that I Gustave (sic) A. Bergmann 49 years of age residing in the City of San Antonio Bexar County Texas, being at the present time in good health, and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and knowing that death must eventually come upon me, as it reaches all mankind, do hereby make declare and publish the following to be my Last Will and Testament.

1. I desire that all my indebtedness, if any, legally and equitably established shall be paid,

2. I, Will Give and Bequeath to 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,

3. I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Wilhelmine Bergmann as the Executrix of my estate, without Bond or interference of any Court or relatives, only that this will be filed and admitted to probate as required by law.

In Testimony and confirmation of all of which I hereto subscribe my name, in the presence of the two subscribing witnesses, who sign their names at my request, in my presence and in the presence of each other in the City of San Antonio this 30th day of January A D 1889.

Signed Gustav A. Bergmann

In presence of

Anton Adam – Residing in San Antonio, Texas   Moritz Rossy – Residing in San Antonio, Texas

Texas. San Antonio City of. Probate case file 2282, Gustav A. Bergmann 1889,  Will of Gustav A. Bergmann,  23 May 1896; Probate County Clerk’s Office,  Bexar County Court House, San Antonio.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Bergmann

 

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