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Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph D. Johns, Sr.

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Joseph D. Johns Sr

Born Nov. 24, 1832

Died Oct 11, 1908

Christ is my hope

Joseph Dupuy Johns was born in Lunenberg Co.,Virginia in 1832. In 1862 enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private in Company A of the 33rd Regiment 5th Texas Cavalry, Duff’s Partisan Rangers. Another Kendall County citizen, Carl Adam was a soldier in this unit.

Tapatio Springs is located on the land that was once owned by Johns. The road to the property is named Johns Road in honor of Joseph D. Johns.

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Joseph D. Johns Sr. marker; personally read 2014.

“33rd Regiment , Texas Cavalry (Duff’s Partisan Rangers.” The Civil War, National Park Service. U.S. Department of Interior. February 2014. http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm?.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Tombstone Tuesday

 

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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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Today is…Conrad Adam’s Birthday!

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Conrad was born in Tiefenbach, Prussia, a small village in Hesse in 1828. I know the location of his birthplace because on his naturalization papers he states he was from Tiefenbach. But then comes every genealogist’s nightmare, I do not have documentation for the rest of his family tree. I do know that what I have feels right.

About 11 years ago, the Adam family in Kendall County was contacted by Gerhard Adam from Braunfels, Germany. He came to Boerne with his wife, Regina, and shared a copy of the Adam family tree which his father had researched and compiled. Tiefenbach is about 5 miles from Braunfels and yes, Braunfels is the sister city of New Braunfels, Texas.

Conrad and Carl Adam’s parents were Wilhelm Christian and Wilhelmine Klotz Adam. Wilhelm was born on 3 June 1807 in Tiefenbach and married Wilhelmine Klotz on 2 March 1828 in Tiefenbach. She was born 12 August 1809 and died 2 July 1833 of consumption. I am guessing that since his brother Carl, who was born in November 1832, was an infant and Conrad was 5 that it was important to get married right away, so on 22 December 1833 Wilhelm married Anna Elisabeth Muller in Tiefenbach. They had three sons, Frederick, John, and Henry. This goes along with information Bertha Adam Froebel Haby stated in her letter to her son, Guenther in 1927. She says, “ The one thing I can tell you my father was from a very good family, but he lost his mother when he was very young and then went to stay and live with an uncle who owned a large farm and he had to work very hard as a young man. His father married again soon after his mother’s death. From this marriage there are two sons, Henry and John Adam, both whom later moved to America.” Wilhelm died on 27 January 1848. Conrad was 19 years old.

It appears Conrad’s birthday was a day for celebrations. His two oldest daughters, Kathinka and Theresa, were married on his birthday. Kathinka married Paul Toepperwein on 30 December 1874 and Therese married Frederick Voges on 30 December 1878.

I have included a picture that “I think” is Conrad. The original is not in very good shape and I will post the complete picture at another time. It is a family picture of the Toepperweins with a few Adam family members sprinkled in. Paul and Kathinka Toepperwein are in the picture. Anyway, if this is Conrad it gives me a whole different view of him. He looks rather dapper!

Happy Birthday, Papa, and thank you for coming to Texas!

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Adam, Today is

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Carl Adam

Carl Adam's Tombstone

Carl Adam is Conrad’s brother.

In 1854, they traveled together from Tiefenbach, Prussia to Boerne, Texas.

Carl Adam

born 20 November 1832

died 24 October 1879

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Carl Adam marker; personally read, July, 1971.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Adam, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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New Beginnings for Conrad Adam

Conrad Adam

1854 was a new beginning for Conrad Adam. This is the year he made a life changing decision to move from Tiefenbach, Prussia to Boerne, Texas. Boerne is nestled in the hills of the Texas Hill Country much the same as his home village of Tiefenbach. He was 26 years old and traveled with his younger brother  Carl. They arrived in Galveston on 20 November 1854.

A 157 years later, as I sit in my air conditioned home with all the gadgets that make my life much easier than his,  I just can’t imagine getting on a small wooden ship and heading to a relatively unknown place.  What an adventure it must have been!

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Texas

 

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