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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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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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Today is….Veterans Day 11/11/13

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Jimmie, one of Conrad Adam’s great grandsons, served in the US Army during World War II.  He originally trained as a motorcylist and was ready to ship out to Europe when last minute orders sent his unit to Colorado to be trained as infantry soldiers. After training, the unit was sent to San Francisco where they boarded a ship to an unknown destination.  It wasn’t until they were out at sea that they were told they were going to the Philippines. During the voyage they ran into a storm. The waves were so strong and violent that it would lift the ship so high out of the water that the propeller was exposed. Jimmie saw action in Leyte, Mindoro and Mindanao and later was part of the occupation army in Yokohama, Japan. One story he has often told is while in the Philippines he was very hungry and he wrote home and told his mother, Lillie, that he was hungry for her cooking especially sausage, cookies and a cake. She received the letter and started to prepare a care package for him.  There was a cannery in Boerne during WWII and there she canned sausage she had made and other food items.  She baked cookies and a cake and added them to the package. Then she shipped it to him and amazingly the package made it to Jimmie, a little squashed but the food was edible.  He said nothing ever tasted as good as the food in that care package. He said he ate bite every down to the last crumb!

Adam, Jimmie. World War II, 1945. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Adam, Today is

 

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Today is…Veteran’s Day 11/11/11

Willie Adam WWI
Willie E. Adam Private, 32 Co. 8 Bn. 165 Depot Brigade received an
honorable discharged  from the United States Army on 24 March 1919. This was one day after his 26th birthday.

He was 25 when he enlisted on 8 August 1918.  He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and was 5 feet 10 in height. He was single with excellent character. On 15 August 1918 he was assigned to the 133 Infantry. He left the United States 17 September 1918 for France and returned 26 February 1919. Willie was paid $111.80 for his service which included a $60.00 bonus as “per the Act Congress  approved 24 February 1919.”

Willie was the grandson of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam and the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam and my grandfather.

Thank you Grandpa for defending our freedom.

Adam, Willie. World War I, 1919. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Today is

 

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