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Category Archives: Early Kendall County Settlers

Tombstone Tuesday: Gottlieb Stephan

Mr and Mrs. G. Stephan and Daughter

On May 22, 2020 The Genealogical Society of Kendall County posted a biographical sketch of Gottlieb Stephan and his wife Henrietta on their Facebook page. Click on G. Stephan to read the sketch.

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Gottlieb Stephan marker; personally read, November, .2020

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Jacob Saner

Jacob Saner’s tombstone in the Boerne Cemetery

In Memory of

Jacob Saner

Born in North Carolina on May 20, 1790

Died July 29, 1873

Jacob Saner, his wife Mary Douthit, and his family left Tennessee and arrived in Texas in 1849. They lived in several Texas counties before settling in the Kendall County area in 1853. Jacob is descended from Peter Sehner, Jr., an American Revolutionary War veteran who served three years in the North Carolina Continental Line. The family changed the spelling of the name to Saner sometime after the war. Jacob and his wife were both in their 80s when they passed away. In the 1870 Kendall County Census, Jacob is a farmer and his wife is keeping house. They are living next door to their son Patterson Douthit Saner and four grandchildren. His grandson, James Monroe Saner, was the eleventh Kendall County Sheriff. He served from 1908 to 1916.

I have searched for a Joe Saner who settled in Kendall County and have not yet located one. There isn’t a Joe in the deed records either, only a Jacob. Also, when the cemetery plots were sold they were border plots to the cemetery and Jacob is in the border plot facing west. I’m thinking Joe Saner on the original Boerne Cemetery document is Jacob Saner, Jac. was transcribed as Joe. Do I have the wrong Saner?

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Jacob Saner marker; personally read 2020.

“James Monroe Saner.” Keys to the Past, Spring/Summer 2019.

 

Tombstone Tuesday: August Ludwig Pfeiffer

Hier ruht

August Ludwig Pfeiffer

Geb Oct 5, 1809

Gest Dec 23, 1876

Hiet ruht

Wihelmine Pfeiffer

Geb Feb 14, 1815

Gest Mai 30, 1901

August, age 46, and Wihelmine together with eight children arrived in New Orleans on 26 November 1855 from Prussia. They sailed on the ship Ernestine and their destination was Texas. They settled in the Kendall County area where he became a naturalized citizen on 29 July 1867.

August Ludwig Pfeiffer was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). August Ludwig Pfeiffer marker; personally read 2020.

Ancestry.com. Texas, U.S., Voter Registration Lists, 1867-1869 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

 

Tombstone Tuesday: John F. Stendebach

Katharina (Nichols) and John F. Stendebach, Boerne Cemetery

Katharina Stendebach

Born in Germany

Jan 29, 1834

Died Oct. 11, 1915

John F. Stendebach

Born in Germany

Oct. 20, 1826

Died July 20, 1890

Johann Franz Stendebach immigrated to Texas in 1850. While living in San Antonio, he met and married Katharina Nichols. He farmed and was an excellent stonemason and built many building in Boerne including the first court house. He signed the 1859 petition to form Kendall County and was elected Sheriff of Kendall County in 1870 and was reelected three times.

John F. Stendebach was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). John F. Stendebach marker; personally read 2020.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Caroline Dienger

Caroline Dienger, sister to Karl Dienger and Bertha Staffel

Caroline Dienger

Geb. 26 Nov 1818

in Hausen, Baden

Gest. 4 Mar 1880

Caroline came to Texas with her brother Karl and her sister Bertha. She never married. On the 1870 Kendall County Census her year of birth is about 1825, but on her tombstone it is 1818. I am unsure which one is correct as she only appears on the 1870 census when she is living with her sister Bertha and family.

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Caroline Dienger marker; personally read 2020.

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Karl Dienger

Karl and Dorothea Dienger’s tombstone, Boerne Cemetery

Dorothea Dienger

Born in Bodenwerder

Hanover, Ger.

July 7, 1837

Died Sept 29, 1930

Karl Dienger

Born

in Hausen, Baden, Germany

Apr. 26, 1821

Died Apr. 27, 1899

Karl came to Texas with his two sisters, Kundingunda Bertha (married August Staffel) and Caroline. In 1856 he married Dorothea Boerner. For twenty years, Karl taught German and music in the Boerne School. He signed the 1859 petition to form Kendall County, was a founder of the Boerne Genangverein in 1860, and served in a company in the Third Frontier District in Kendall County during the Civil War. The couple had six children.

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Karl Dienger marker; personally read, November, 2020.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Ferdinand E. Harz

Ferdinand and Marie Harz’s Tombstone

Ferdinand E. Harz

Oct. 22, 1824

Apr. 8, 1903

Marie Harz

Feb. 5, 1844

June 2, 1933

Ferdinand Harz was born in Saxony, Germany. He came to Texas in 1853 and lived for a time in New Braunfels and later San Antonio. From 1854-1856 he took freight from Port Lavaca to El Paso. In 1861-1864 he served in the Confederacy with Captain W. E. Jones in a company with the Third Frontier District. He married Marie Beyer. They lived in Sisterdale for a time and later moved to Boerne. They had three children: Clara (Henry Clemens), Bertha (Adolph Weyrich) and Adolph married Ida Phillip.

Ferdinand E. Harz was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Ferdinand E. Harz marker; personally read 2020.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Herman G. Froebel

Herman G. Froebel Tombstone in Boerne Cemetery

Herman G. Froebel

Geb. 26 Mai 1827

Zu Schwarzburg, Rudolstadt, Stadtilm

Gest. 25 Aug 1879

Herman G. and his wife, Therese Caroline Elbel, came to Texas in 1852 and settled in the Boerne area the same year. He farmed land he purchased along Bandera Road. When his wife died in December 1865, he moved to town and worked in August Staffel’s store. H.G. and Therese had three children: Hilmar, Rudolph, and Agnes ( August Theis).

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). H. G. Froebel marker; personally read, November, 2020.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Christian Ammann

Mother

Sophie Ammann

Born March 6, 1824

Died Jan 4, 1914

Father

Christian Ammann

Born April 8, 1815

Died Dec. 14, 1881

Christian Ammann was born in Verlberg, Tyrol, Austria. He came to Texas in 1846 with two brothers, Louis and Andreas, and settled in La Grange. One year later he married Sophia Meckel. They moved to San Antonio and lived there for about four years and then moved to a farm along the Guadalupe River. The river crossing near their home is now called Ammann’s Crossing. He was one of the signers of the 1859 petition to form Kendall County. Christian and Sophia raised seven children, Claudia (1m Ernst Toepperwein, 2m Joe Barino); Carl married Katrina Gombert; Albert married Emma Zimmermann; Mary (Adam Schwarz); Anna (John Reinhard), Adolph married Anna Schwarz; Fannie (Rogers).

Christian Ammann was one of thirty-three inhabitants who purchased burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Christian Ammann marker; personally read, November, 2020.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Wilhelm Vogt

Hier Ruht

Wilhelm Vogt

Geb Apr 15, 1826 Gest Sept 24, 1912

Vater

Hier Ruht

Ernstine Vogt

Geb Apr 8, 1830 Gest Okt 4, 1907

Mutter

Wilhelm was born in Kamitz, Schlesian, Germany. He came to Texas in 1852 and settled in Seguin. There he farmed and raised stock. He married Ernestine Neisher. In 1856, they moved to Boerne where he continued to farm. The couple had nine children: Joseph, Caroline (Ernst Pfeiffer), Augusta (Jacob Wenz), Pauline (Charles Bergmann), Emma (Adam Phillip), Wilhelmina (Charles Reinhard), Emilie (Ferdinand Zoeller), Ferdinande (Henry Day), and Carl.

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Wilhelm Vogt and Ernstine Vogt. marker; personally read, 2020.

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