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.
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.
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.
A Sunday afternoon with Uncle Howard Richardson
Yours truly, Uncle Howard, Donnie Phil
Marie Peters traveled from Prussia to New Braunfels with her parents in the 1850s. I heard a story about Marie a number of years ago. She knew Philipp Bauer in Prussia. He must have lived in the same area as her family. Once she arrived in New Braunfels she wrote and told him to come to Texas. He took her advice and on 19 August 1855 they married in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. G. W. Eisenlohr a minister of the Gospel performed the ceremony.
Marie and Philipp had five children Bertha, Otto, Louise married Carl Wessley, Ernest married Rosa Bender, and Emma married Henry Schuetz.
She is buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery in Kendall County. Her tombstone states,
20Ten Aug. 1827
13Ten Maerz 1905
77 yahr 7 monat
Comal County, Texas, marriage certificate No. 122 (1855), Bauer-Peters; Comal County Court House,New Braunfels.
When Connie Schneider Krause graciously shared her translation of the obituary of Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz with me I was so excited! I knew so very little about this grandmother who came from Nassau in 1845. One time I asked my Grandma Lillie if she had any memories of her great- grandmother. She would have died when Grandma was about nine years old. She had a very vivid memory. Grandma told me her great-grandmother always wore an apron with a pocket. Whenever the grandchildren came around she would reach into her pocket and bring out a piece of hard candy for each child.
Maria Margarethe was born 6 December 1807 in Langenbach which was located in the Province of Hacheburg in Nassau (Germany). About 1838 she married Ludwig Schütz. She was almost seven years older than him according to their tombstone dates. Her obituary states “she shared 54 years in a happy marriage.”
In 1845 Ludwig, Maria, and two small sons, Carl, age 7, and Louis (Ludwig Jr?) made the journey to Texas aboard the Bark Harriet with 28 other families and a total of 175 passengers. They sailed from Antwerp on 31st of October and arrived in Texas around the 31st of December. The ship was traveling under the auspices of the Adelsverein and were headed to New Braunfels, a German colony in the Republic of Texas. With all the hardships they had to face just traveling from Nassau to Texas, Maria Margarethe still faced another hardship. Her granddaughter Annie Schuetz Saunders said Louis died during the voyage and was buried at sea. Another fact I found in a one paragraph biography about Ludwig, on file at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, was a baby girl was born to them in Galveston but did not survive. Her obituary does not make any mention of these hardships but there is one sentence which tells about this time in her life. “On December 27, they landed in Galveston and then from there they went to Indianola where they stayed about 8 days and saw much sickness and had pity for all the suffering occurring there.”
She died at the ripe age of 96 years and 11 months on 4 November 1904. This is my favorite quote from her obituary “The deceased was vigorous for her age; she could still read and do needlework without glasses. She was respected and loved by all those that knew her.” She sounds delightful!
Thank you Connie Schneider Krause for translating and sharing this obituary with me.
“Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz.” obituary. New Braunfelser Zeitung (New Braunfels), 17 November 1904, sect. C, p 4; translated from German by Connie Schneider Krause.
“Ludwig Schuetz” Sophienburg Museum and Archives, New Braunfels, Texas.
Personal Interview. Annie Schuetz Saunders, 1970.
Personal Interview. Lille Schuetz Adam, 1970.
Every day online records are being transcribed by volunteers to help family researchers. This saves time for the researcher and is very helpful when searching for ancestors who moved around a lot. The handwriting on many of the documents is difficult to read. Looking at census records for my great-grandfather, Henry Schuetz, I found several spelling variations of his last name. When his father Carl came from Germany, he spelled his last name Schütz. Just to illustrate how difficult the handwriting can be, here are the spellings I found for his name from the transcribed census records from 1940 to 1870. Name spellings can make researching your family interesting and challenging! The e and u caused a little trouble for the transcribers.
- 1940 Schuetz
- 1930 Sch?Tz
- 1920 Schultz
- 1910 Schultz
- 1900 Schuetz
- 1880 Shute (actual spelling on census)
- 1870 Scheetz (on census Schutz)
So what did I find out about Henry from the census records? He was the second oldest son of Charles (Carl) and Catharina Schütz and was born in Texas. In 1870, the family lived in Precinct No. 1 in Blanco County, Texas.
In 1880, the Schutz family is living in Precinct No. 4 in Blanco County. Henry is 16 and a farm laborer along with his older brother Willie. There are now 10 children in the family.
By 1900 he is married to Emma, is 36 years old, was born in December 1863, a farmer, still living in Precinct No. 4 in Blanco County and has three children, Alex, Lillie, and Harry. Henry and Emma have been married for 11 years.
In 1910 he is 45 and has been married for 20 years. The family speaks English. He has three living children out of four and is a self-employed farmer. His father Charley is living with them. He is 71 years old and widowed. The family has moved and are living in Precinct #3 in Kendall County.
In 1920 Henry is 55, owns his farm and ranch. His youngest son, Harry, is the only child living at home with him and his wife Emma. Harry’s occupation is farm helper. They are living in Precinct #1 in Kendall County and all three can read and write.
In 1930 Henry is widowed and 65. Harry, a World War veteran, is living with him in Precinct #1 in Kendall County.
In 1940 Henry is 75, owns his farm, had 4 years of elementary schooling, and is a farmer “working on his own account.” His son Harry, age 41, is living with him. In 1935 they were living at the same address. The week before the census was taken both had worked 48 hours on the farm and in 1939 they each worked 52 weeks. Harry had 6 years of schooling and is a farmer.
Despite the name variations, I found quite a bit of information about Henry Schuetz.
Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 1, Blanco, Texas; Roll: M593_1576; Page: 354A; Image: 13; Family History Library Film: 553075.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 4, Blanco, Texas; Roll: 1291; Family History Film: 1255291; Page: 353D; Enumeration District: 026.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Blanco, Texas; Roll: 1612; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0008; FHL microfilm: 1241612
Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Kendall, Texas; Roll: T624_1570; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1375583.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Kendall, Texas; Roll: T625_1821; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 167; Image: 461.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Kendall, Texas; Roll: 2364; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 459.0; FHL microfilm: 2342098.
Year: 1940; Census Place: , Kendall, Texas; Roll: T627_4086; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 130-2.