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Commissioner Court Minutes January term 1867

Commissioner Court Minutes for a county can give tidbits of information about the people who lived there. For example, I read in the January 1867 Kendall County Commissioner Court Minutes that Conrad Adam was an overseer for the upkeep of Road 1 in Kendall County. Who knew? Since there wasn’t a TXDOT in 1867 the men who lived along the road were to keep the part of the road where they lived in good repair. If everyone did their part, then travelers could easily travel down the road. I also learned that Conrad must have been able to speak English fairly well since not all of his road hands were of German descent. Some of the men who were road hands were not on the 1870 Kendall County Census which was taken three years later. I have listed their names at the end of the post.

Commissioner’s Court Minutes January Term 1867

“The Court proceeded to make appointments for road overseers and to designate the hands liable to work under the resp. overseers; for Precinct No. 1 there was appointed:

Conrad Adam, overseer for Road No. 1
commencing on Balcones crossing of San Antonio Boerne Road, following said Road to Cibolo crossing inclusive.

Hands: Christ. Humbold, Chs. Dienger, J. G. O’Grady, H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, Anton Bergmann, R. Westmoore, A. H. Barter, John Hermann, Chs. Cole, F. V. Henderson, W. V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen)

William Kuhfuss, overseer for Road No. 2
commencing on Cibolo crossing exclusive, following the Boerne – Fredericksburg Road to Joshua crossing inclusive

Hands: Matth Baumann, Aug. Staffel, J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Dei Sheridan, Jac. Theis, Jac. Gass, Henry Wendler, C. H. Clauss, Franz Schaeffer, H. G. Froebel, H. Baumberger, G.A. Topperwein, E. Reed, Jefferson, freedman, John Werner, Ferd. Lohmann, Ant. Koch, Rich. Street /freedm/ Ferd. Harz

Frederic Werner, overseer for Road No. 3
commencing at J. Saner’s residence in the town of Boerne following the Boerne Sisterdale Road to the crossing of Waspe [sic] Creek (exclusive)

Hands: Jul. Fabra. Ign. Minich, R. Brotze, Chas. Adam, Ad. Zoeller, Aug. Pfeiffer jun. W. Pfeiffer, Ernest Pfeiffer, Reinhold Kutzer, Dan. Meckel, Chs. Meckel, Fred. Meckel, Stewart, J. D. Johns

W. Vogt, roadoverseer for Road No. 4
commencing at the public square of the town of Boerne, following the Boerne – Curry’s Creek Road to the Guadalupe crossing at Aman’s place (exclusive)

R. Willke, H. Dietert, Jos Philipp, Jul. Philipp, F. Vanderstraten, F. Boehm, Aug. Vogt, Fred. Haag, Adolph Haag, Gottf. Hauffler, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg

J. F. Stendebach, overseer for Road No. 5
commencing at Cibolo crossing (exclusive) in the town of Boerne following the road towards Dripping Spring to the place where the road intersects the boundary line of the County

Hands: M. Schwarz, F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son(freedmen) Dimas Huimizo, [B.] Dane, R. Lincoln, Jaco. Dedecker, J. Kraft, H. Scheele.

John Moser, roadoverseer for Precinct, No. 3 and Road No. 6
commencing at the crossing of Waspe[sic] in the Boerne-Sisterdale Road, following said Road and further on from Sisterdale towards Fredericksburg to the boundary line of the County.

Hands: C. Hoffarth, H. Magers, W. Magers, Chs Seewald, Alf Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, H. Carstanjen, Otto Neuber, J. Siebeneicher,

Charles Beseler, roadoverseer from Prect. No. 3 Road No. 7
commencing at Joshua crossing (exclusive) in Boerne-Fredericksburg Road following said road to the boundary line of the County

Hands: Mc Cluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, R. B. Wilson, G. Nichols jun. Th. H. Manning, J. W. Manning, John Brown, L. W. Howell

Henry Boerner, roadoverseer for Pct. No. 4, Road No. 8
commencing at the fork of Boerne-Fredericksburg and Boerne-Comfort Road following the road last mentioned to the town of Comfort.

Hands: Alb. Beversdorff, Aug. Beversdorff, Chs. Bonnet, Sam. Ridley (fdmn), Doob, (fdm.) Henry Weber, Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, A. Faltin, Chs. Kerger, G. Holekamp, F. Spenarth, M. Lindner, Chr Flach, L. Strohacker, V. Pfeuffer, H. Harms, Johns Stecher, G. Moorhoff, Rob. Schladeur, Henry Heinen, E. Serger, P. Hanish, John Hoerner, Jos. Lamm, A. Bohnert, J. Pankratz, Th. Wiedenfeld. O. Brinkmann, W. Heuermann.

The Clerk was ordered, to issue writs to all & each of the above named roadoverseers according to law.”

Road hands not on the 1870 Kendall County Census are: H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, R. Westmoore, F. V. Henderson, W.V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen), J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Die Sheridan, H. Baumberger, E. Reed, Stewart, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg (murdered 1868), F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son (freedmen), Dimas Huimio, R. Lincoln, C. Hoffarth, Alf. Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, McCluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, J. W. Manning, Sam. Ridley (freedman), Doob (freedman), Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, Johns Stecher, Henry Heinen.

Texas. Kendall County. Commissioner’s Court Minutes Book 1, pages 67-69.

Adam-Hurst, Kathryn. 1870 Federal Census for Kendall County, Texas. Boerne,TX: The Genealogical Society of Kendall County, 1997.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Adam, 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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Louise Magers Haufler

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On the 1860 census of Comal County, Texas, Louise Magers Haufler stated she was born in Hanover and was 24 years old. Living with her and her husband, Gottfried otherwise known as John, she has two children, one year old Emma and four month old Marie (Anna). Also residing with the Haufler family is Charlotte Magers age 8.

Louise is the daughter of Heinrich and Wilhelmina Luersen Magers and was born on 24 September 1835. In 1855, she immigrated to Texas with her parents and brothers and sisters and they settled in the New Braunfels area.  On 8 November 1857, she married Joh. Gottfried Haufler. They were married by Pastor Moezle (?) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Smithson’s Valley, Comal County, Texas.

By the mid 1860s the Haufler family had relocated to Kendall County and by 1864 three more children had been added to the family, Gustav, Bertha, and Louise. Her husband, a man of strong conviction, enlisted in the First Regiment of the Texas Calvary which was part of Union forces.  Many Germans from the Comfort area had been killed at the Nueces River while on their way to join Union forces in August 1862 so the times were very dangerous for a German with Union sympathies.  The Civil War was difficult for everyone but once John left to join forces in Brownsville, Louise was at home with five small children ranging in ages of six to a few months old.  John wrote home from Camp at Brazos Santiago and tells Louise “I hope you and the children are not suffering great misery. Sell as much as you have to, but keep the wagon as long as you can.” I can’t imagine how difficult this was for Louise.

Gottfried and Louise had a total of thirteen children: Emma  born 1858, Anna  born 1860, Gustav born 1861, Bertha born 1863, Louise born 1864, Albert born 1866, Ernst born 1868, Carl born 1870, Ida born 1871, Clara born 1873, Alvina born 1875, Lena born 1876, Alma born 1878.

In 1884 Gottfried and Louise built a large two-story rock house two miles east of Waring in Kendall County. The next year on 15 May Gottfried drowned while crossing the Guadalupe River.  He was 54 years old and was buried near the house in Waring. Louise died 29 December 1899 at the age of 64 and is buried next to him.

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

Haufler, Louise.  Photograph of the original held by Doris Koenig family. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

Texas. Comal County. Marriage Records, County Clerks Office, New Braunfels, Texas, V. B, p 95.

Texas. Comal County. 1860 U. S. Census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication. Washington, D.C.: national Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Haufler

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Johann Gottfried and Louise Magers Haufler

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Johann Gottfried Haufler                                         Louise Magers Haufler

5 September 1830                                                    24 September 1835

15 May 1886                                                              29 December 1899

Parents of Ida Haufler Adam

(Waring, Kendall County, Texas). Johann and Louise Haufler marker; personally read 1971.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Cemeteries, Haufler, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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