I just found this deed in the Kendall County Deed Records, Volume 24, pages 595-596. I was unaware of its existence and never heard anyone in my father’s family mention it. In February 1909, my great-great-grandmother Katharina Fries Schuetz passed away and was buried within walking distance from their house in Kendalia. I had no idea that in December of 1909, my great-great-grandfather created a cemetery. He was buried there in 1923, and my grandma Lillie Adam said there were two infants buried there, too. I never gave it a thought that other family members could be buried there—what a beautiful tribute to his wife and family. The last time I visited the cemetery was in 1983.
I have transcribed the deed for easy reading.
The State of Texas |
County of Kendall | Know all men by these presents
that I, Henry Schuetz of the County of Kendall and State
of Texas, for and in consideration of the sum of Five
dollars to me in hand paid by Karl Schuetz of the
County of Kendall, the receipt of which is hereby acknow-
ledged, do by these presents, bargain, sell, release and
for ever [sic] claim unto the said Karl Schuetz his heirs
and assigns, all my right, title and interest in and
to that certain tract or parcel of land lying in the
County of Kendall and State of Texas, described as
follows, to wit: Being one acre of land, more or
less out of Survey No. 2, in the name of R. W.
Montgomery and being a part of the old Karl
Schuetz homestead on Curry’s Creek. The land hereby
conveyed is now used as a cemetery for members
of Schuetz’s family and relatives. To have and to
hold the said premises, together with all and singular
the rights, privileges [sic] and appurtenances thereto in
any manner belonging unto the said Karl Schuetz,
his heirs and assigns for cemetery purposes for ever [sic]
so that neither I, the said Henry Schuetz, nor my heirs
nor any person or persons claiming under me, shall
at anytime [sic] hereafter, have claim or demand any
right or title to the aforesaid premises or appurtenance
or any part thereof.
Witness my hand at Boerne this 3rd day of Dec.
The State of Texas|
County of Kendall| Before me, Jno. Reinhard, County
Clerk in and for the County of Kendall, in the State
of Texas, on this day personally appeared Henry
Schuetz known to me to be the person whose name
is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and
acknowledged to me that he executed the same
for the purposes and consideration therein expressed.
Given under my hand and seal of office this
3rd day of Dec. A.D. 1909.
Seal Jno. Reinhard
Clk. C. C. K. Co.
Filed for record in my office the 3rd December 1909
At 11 o’clock A. M. and recorded the 10th December
1909 at 3 o’clock. P. M.
Co. Clk. Kendall Co. Tex.
By Henry East, Deputy
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