Conrad's Stories

The life and times of the Conrad Adam family in Kendall County, Texas

Phillip Zoeller, Boerne Cemetery

Hier ruht

in Frieden

Phillip Zoeller

Geb. in


Oct 31, 1818


Mai 29, 1900

Translation of Hier ruht in Frieden is Here Rests in Peace.

Phillip Zoeller was one of the Darmstadt Die Vierziger (the Society of Forty) who came to Texas in July of 1847. The Society of Forty was founded by Herman Spiess, Ferdinand Herff, and Gustav Schleicher. Phillip sailed on the St Pauli with Ferdinand Herff and twenty other young men. They established the Bettina Colony. After the colony failed Phillip Zoeller settled in the Boerne area.

His wife, Margaretha Gretchen Schneider came to Texas in 1853 with Phillip’s orphaned nephew, Adolph Zoeller. Phillip met them in Indianola where he married Margaretha. The couple had eight children.

It has been told that when the Johann Bickel family was murdered in 1868 their son, Henry, ran to the Phillip Zoeller farm for help.

Phillip, a trained architect, designed the first Kendall County Courthouse.

Phillip Zoeller was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

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Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Phillip Zoeller. marker; personally read November 2020.

Genealogical Society of Kendall County. The Sheriffs of Kendall County, Texas 1862-2020. Boerne, Texas: The

Genealogical Society of Kendall County, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County: Family Histories, 1949.

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