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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 – #24 Today is….Julius and Ida Haufler Adam’s Wedding Anniversary

Julius and Ida Haufter Adam

Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

William Kuhfuss, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 in Kendall County, united in marriage Julius Adam and Ida Haufler on 28 December 1890. Ida told the family they met when Julius stopped by her family home in Waring, Texas. The rest is history. She remembered from this visit how dashing he looked sitting on his horse with his shiny black boots. They had five children with four living to adulthood. The children were Willie Eugene born 1893, Hildegarde born 1895, Eugene Conrad born 1898 and Erna born 1902. After Julius’ father Conrad died in 1894, the family moved into the family home in the Balcones Community four miles south of Boerne. Ida was the daughter of Johann Gottfried and Louise Magers Haufler.

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Adam, Haufler, Today is


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Tombstone Tuesday: Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer

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Hier Ruhet                                                      Hier Ruhet

Marie Bauer                                                   Phillip Bauer

Geb. Den                                                        Geb. Den

20 Ten Aug. 1827                                             21Ten Juni 1820

Gest. Den                                                       Gest. Den

13 Ten Maerz 1905                                          5 Ten Jan 1902

77 yahr 7 monat                                            81 yahr 6 monat

        ALT                                                                 ALT

My second great-grandparents are buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery which is located about six miles outside of Boerne and one mile from Kreutzberg, Texas.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Bauer, Tombstone Tuesday



Sentimental Sunday: Daughters of the Republic of Texas

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Daughters of the Republic of Texas Certificate 29 June 2014

It’s official! My 3rd great-grandfather Ludwig Schütz put down roots in Texas during the republic years!

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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Schuetz



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



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




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

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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 Schuetz, Wordless Wednesday


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