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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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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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52 Ancestors – #16: Which Willie, William or Wilhelm?

Wilhelm Schuetz, the youngest child of Ludwig and Marie Margarethe Schütz, was born 24 May 1850 in New Braunfels. According to a family story Ludwig and Marie had a son, Wilhelm, who died before they came to Texas, so perhaps they were determined to have a son named Wilhelm.

When my Grandma Lillie was alive she would go with her brothers, Alex and Harry, to a Schuetz family reunion at Eagle’s Hall in New Braunfels. I attended a couple of times and of course I didn’t document who was who or what was what. What was I thinking?  I wasn’t. While at one of these reunions, I wrote down a bit of information about an Uncle Willie. There were several males named Wilhelm, who were called William or Willie in the family. Carl, Wilhelm’s brother had a one, Wilhelm had one and I’m pretty sure this story wasn’t about Carl’s Wilhelm so it is either Wilhelm born in 1850 or his son William “Willie” born in 1880. The adventure takes place in Little Blanco in Blanco County. “Uncle Willie and a school teacher were riding their horses and a group of Indians showed up. It was good thing they both had fast horses because Willie heard the arrows wiz by his head as they raced to safety.”

25 March 1876, Wilhelm married Anna Kraft who was born 18 September 1859. In 1880 they are living next door to Ludwig and Marie probably, on the same property. Their name on the census was spelled Shute and they lived in Precinct 4 in Blanco County.

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Wilhelm and Anna had seven children: Willie, Alma, Emma, Hulda, Ottelia, Albert and Eddie. I remember meeting Ottelia and Eddie. Wilhelm died 21 Feb 1929 and Anna died 30 June 1936. Both are buried in the Twin Sisters Community Cemetery in Blanco County, Texas which is located on North 281 after you cross the Little Blanco River.

Schuetz Family Reunion, 1974.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 4, Blanco,Texas; Roll: 1291; Family History Film: 1255291; Page: 355C; Enumeration District: 026.

Travis County, Texas. Death Certificate 6652. (1929) William Schuetz. Austin.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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52 Ancestors – #15: Theodore “Dora” Schuetz Pfannstiel

Two years after arriving in Texas, Ludwig and Marie Margarethe Schütz’s daughter Theodore  “Dora” was born on 24 July 1847 in New Braunfels. Her oldest brother, Carl, was 8 years old.  At the age of nineteen, she married August Casper Pfannstiel on 31 March 1867. They had nine children: Emma, Alwina, Augusta, Thekla, Alwin, Ida, Otto, Ferdinand, and Elfrieda. Dora died in Guadalupe County, Texas on 13 March 1935. Her husband August preceded her in death on 30 September 1915. Dora and August are buried in the Marion Cemetery in Marion, Texas.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

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52 Ancestors – #14: Johann Peter Schütz

In 1845 Peter Schütz traveled to Texas with the Adelsverein and settled in New Braunfels, Texas. He sailed on the ship Harriet with his brother, Ludwig, and his wife, Marie Margarethe, and their two children. Great Aunt Annie Schuetz Saunders was the first one to tell me that Ludwig had a brother who traveled to Texas with him. She said he died after a few years because there was much sickness in Comal County. According to, Chester and Ethel Geue, the authors of A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas 1844-1847, Peter died in 1848.

Peter, a single man over 17 years of age, was eligible for 320 acres of land in the Fisher Miller Grant of which he was entitled to receive 160 acres. In the Texas General Land Office the original document signed by Peter is digitized and can be viewed online at http://www.glo.texas.gov. Click on Land Grants and type Schütz in the name box.

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Johann Peter Schütz’s signature

My fourth great grand-uncle

 

Geue, Chester and Ethel. A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas 1844-1847. Waco, TX: Texian Press, 1966.

Personal Interview. Annie Schuetz Saunders, 1970.

“Schütz, Johann Peter.” Texas General Land Office. http://www.glo.texas.gov. 6 April 2014.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Schuetz

 

Sentimental Sunday: Spent with Uncle How-who

Kathryn, Howard Richardson, Phil Asher

A Sunday afternoon with Uncle Howard Richardson

Yours truly, Uncle Howard, Donnie Phil

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Adam, Richardson, Sentimental Sunday

 

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