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Tombstone Tuesday: George Wilkins Kendall

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This marker is located next to George Wilkins Kendall grave.

Kendall County

Created January 10, 1862

Organized February 16, 1862

Named in honor of

George Wilkins Kendall 1800-1867

Poet, Journalist, Author

and Farmer

One of the Founders of

The New Orleans Picayune

Member of the

Santa Fe Expedition

Most successful sheep raiser

 in the Southwest

Boerne, county seat

George Wilkins Kendall started raising French Merino sheep in 1850 along the Nueces River. By 1855 he had moved his herd to a 4000 acres ranch at Post Springs near Boerne. He continued to improve and increase his herd and “in 1858 sheared nine thousand pounds of wool.” The breed name was later changed to Rambouillet because they were developed on an estate near the village of Rambouillet, France. This estate was owned by King Louis XVI. My family raised this breed until 2008. At that time, we switched from Rambouillet wool sheep to Dorper hair sheep. Dorpers originated in South Africa.

To read more about George Wilkins Kendall go to the Texas Handbook Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fke19.

Gard, Wayne, Rawhide Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1965.

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). George Wilkins Kendall marker; personally read 2011.

 
 

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Formation of Boerne Cemetery, Kendall County, Texas

Boerne
January 28, 1867

“The undersigned inhabitants of Boerne and neighbourhood oblige themselves to the payment of the following amounts set opposite to their resp. names on the purpose to survey, to fence in etc. a common burring ground, lieing on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg Road above Mr. Joe Saner’s place, which has been granted by Hon. Adam Vogt.

Everybody, who pays $2.00 in specie, will be entitled to a space of 9 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide for reserved or families graves.

The payment must be made on or before the thirtieth day of April next to the Secretary of the Committee, H. G. Froebel.”

Joe Saner, Sr, $5.00
C. Hugo Claus, $6.00
A. Zoeller, $5.00
H. Wendler, $5.00
Jacob Theis,$2.00
T. F. Stendebach,$10.00
Chris. Humbolt, $5.00
Gottlieb Stephan, $6.00
H. Holekamp?,$3.00
Carl Adam , $2.00
Henry Dietert ,$2.00
Aug. Pfeiffer, Sr., $5.00
Ph. J. Theis, $4.00
W. Dietert , $10.00
I. Minnich,$5.00
Conrad Adam, $5.00
Ferdinand Harz, $2.00
W. Vogt, $4.00
K. Dienger, $4.00
August Staffel $25.00
H.G. Froebel, $4.00
Mrs. Caroline Dienger, $5.00
Wm. Kuhfus, $2.00
P. Werner, $4.00
C. H. Woff Maeson?, $2.00
G. A. Toepperwein, $2.00
Ph. Zoeller, $5.00
C. Theis,$2.00
F. Schaeffer, $3.00
J. D. Johns, $2.00
C. I? Stewart, $2.00
C. Aman, $5.00
Geo. Wilkins Kendall, $25.00

A total of $178.00 was collected by H. G. Froebel.

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

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Adam, Cemeteries, Dietert, Froebel, Kendall County

 

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Johann Gottfried Haufler (John G. Haufler)

Johann Gottfried Haufler_optOn 1 February 1864 John Haufler enlisted in the First Regiment of the Texas Cavalry. John lived in Kendall County and was a Union sympathizer in a Confederate state. His muster and descriptive roll dated 22 July 1864 in Brownsville states he was born in Wurttemberg, Germany and was 38 years old and a farmer. According to this muster roll, he enlisted in Kendall County for a 3 year period.  How can you enlist in the Union Army if you are residing in a Confederate state? So perhaps “enlisted in Kendall County” means he was from Kendall County? The date of enlistment was 1 February 1864. John was described as blue-eyed with light hair and a fair complexion.  He stood 5 feet 6 inches tall. John was a private and assigned to Company C. Adolph Zoeller, his neighbor, was the captain.

While in Brownsville, John wrote home to his wife, Louise, and 5 children. One letter dated 27 August 1864 survives and was translated from German script to English by Penelope Borchers, Helen Dietert, and Herbert Reitsamer. He writes from Camp at Brazos Santiago that on the 17th of August “we had a fairly heavy firefight for 4 to 5 hours. We were, with reinforcements, 50 men. I had the outpost that fine morning, with three men…A group of 6 men gave us fire, but we gave them a good answer with our bullets. A bullet of theirs, just missing by a hair, almost stretched my horse out on the sand. It was quiet for about 2 hours. Then they came back in columns, about 200 to 300 men… We were in the same old heavy firefight for four hours. Bullets were buzzing by my ears like bees.”

In the last paragraph he says, “Do not be afraid if you don’t hear from me, as the opportunity to write does not come often. Once again, greetings to you, my beloved Louise. Greetings to all friends. I believe we will meet again, all hale and hearty. Your loving husband John Haufler.”

John mustered out in San Antonio 31 October 1865 and returned to his home and family in Kendall County.

Because I am a descendant of John Haufler who is a Union veteran I was able to join the Daughters of Union Veterans.  The Clara Barton Detached Tent #3 of DUV meets in San Antonio four times a year.  If you are descendant of John Haufler, you can apply and join a DUV tent. There are always interesting speakers and a delicious lunch.

Haufler, John.  Photograph of the original held by Harold Haufler family. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

“John Haufler Civil War Union Muster Rolls Texas”  Fold 3. http://www.fold3.com : 2012.

Kiel, Frank Wilson. “Wir waren unser 20 Mann gegen 150” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, January, 2002, 464-470p.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Haufler, Kendall County

 

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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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150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Nueces

This weekend Comfort, Texas, is remembering Union soldiers from the Texas Hill County who died in the Battle of the Nueces on 10 August 10 1862. These men were Union sympanthizers in a Confederate State. They were on their way to Mexico and were camped beside the Nueces River when Confederate forces attacked them.

On 10 August 1866 the Treue der Union Monument was erected as a memorial to these soldiers and a place for their remains to be laid to rest. It wasn’t until after the war that family members were able to make the journey to the Nueces to gather their bones and return them to the Hill Country.

These men died on 10 August 1862:  Leopold Bauer, Edward Degener, C. Schafer, F. Behrens, Pablo Diaz, L. Schierholz, E. Beseler, F. Vater, H. Steves, Ludwig Borner, A. Schriener, W. Telgmann, A. Bruns, J. G. Kalenberg, M. Weirich, Heinrich Degener, H. Markwart, H. Weyerhausen

These men escaped but were later captured and killed: W. Borner, H. Flick, L Rubsamen, T. Bruckish, F. Tays, A. Rubsamen, C. Bock, A. Luckenbach, H. Stieler

These men were killed on 18 October 1862 along the Rio Grande River: J. Elstner, Peter Bonnet, M. Weisz, E. Felsing, V. Hohmann, F. Weisz, H. Herrmann, Fritz Lange

The Handbook of Texas states, “It is the only German-language monument to the Union in the South where the remains of those killed in battle are buried, and where an 1866 thirty-six star American flag flies at half-staff.”

 

“NUECES, BATTLE OF THE,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qfn01), accessed August 11, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle and Massacre at the Nueces River August 10th 1862. Commemoration Program for Events August 10th and 11th, 2012.

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Kendall County

 

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Kendall County TX Historic Court House

Click on the following link to see where Saturday’s activities will be held.

Kendall County TX Historic Court House.

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Kendall County

 

Kendall County Texas Sesquicentenial Celebration

Saturday, April 28th, is right around the corner! I can’t wait! The Kendall County 150 Sesquicentennial celebration will officially begin at 10:00 at the Historic Court House!

Schedule:

10:00-10:45 –Pledges, music, speeches, overview of other sesquicentennial events

10:45-12:00 – Local Author Book signings

10:45-1:00 – Tour Historic Courthouse and Jail; view historic displays, visit booths, and beer tasting

11:00 -1:00 – Re-enactment of the CSA and Edward Degener Trial; Boerne Village Band plays

12:00-1:00 – Food served

Didn’t Kristy Watson of Polonyx Graphic Design do a fabulous of job of designing the emblem?

 

See you there!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Kendall County, Texas

 
 
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