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Tombstone Tuesday: Ignatz Minnich

Ignatz Minnich Tombstone, Boerne Cemetery

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Ignatz Minnich

Geb. Maerz den 20th 1825

Gest. Mai den 29th 1901

Age 76 years 2 mths, 9 days

On October 16, 2020 The Genealogical Society of Kendall County posted a biographical sketch of Ignatz Minnich and his wife Barbara on their Facebook page. Click on Ignatz Minnich to read the sketch.

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Ignatz Minnich marker; personally read, November, .2020

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer

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Hier Ruhet                                                      Hier Ruhet

Marie Bauer                                                   Phillip Bauer

Geb. Den                                                        Geb. Den

20 Ten Aug. 1827                                             21Ten Juni 1820

Gest. Den                                                       Gest. Den

13 Ten Maerz 1905                                          5 Ten Jan 1902

77 yahr 7 monat                                            81 yahr 6 monat

        ALT                                                                 ALT

My second great-grandparents are buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery which is located about six miles outside of Boerne and one mile from Kreutzberg, Texas.

 
 

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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.

Joseph Johns was one of thirty three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

(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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Tombstone Tuesday: Wilhelm Kuhfuss

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Carl Wilhelm Kuhfuss

Geb. Sept 14, 1832

Gest. Aug 21, 1894

In Aller von 62 yahren 11 monate

The second photograph shows the view from Conrad’s grave to Wilhelm Kuhfuss’ grave. They are on border of the original part of the cemetery.

Wilhelm Kuhfuss was born in Babens Ruhe, Germany.  After arriving in Boerne, he started buying and selling cattle.  He met Theresa Louise Reidel at a celebration in New Braunfels.  The story is he was so smitten by her that in four days he convinced her to marry him.  They opened a general mercantile business in Boerne.  Wagons from Indianola brought goods to the store.  He was the first Kendall County treasurer and from 1889-1892 served as a Justice of the Peace.  The couple had six children: Ottilie (F. W. Schweppe), Lina (Wm. Vanderstratten), Emma (Max Beseler), William, Jr. married first marriage to Bertha Stendebach, second marriage Mrs. Edmunda Guidry, Edward married Katie Platz, one son died as an infant.

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

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Carl Wilhelm Kuhfuss marker; personally read 2014.

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

 

Tombstone Tuesday: Adam Vogt

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Adam Vogt

Geb May 10, 1822

Gest April 19, 1882

Adam Vogt was one of forty young men who founded the settlement of Bettina in the Fisher Miller Grant under the direction of the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas.  Most were university students from Giessen, Heidelberg and from an industrial school in Darmstadt.  Gustav Schleicher and Dr. Ferdinand von Herff organized the group of men in 1847 and called them “Die Vierziger” or “The Forty”. This settlement was abandoned by the end of summer in 1848.  In 1849 five members of “The Forty”, Adam Vogt, Philip Zoeller, Wilhelm Friedrich, Leopold Schulz, and Christian Flach organized a farm they named Tusculum.  This lasted about two years. Not far from the farm, Gustav Theissen purchased a tract of land on the Cibolo Creek and together with John James surveyed the tract for a town which Theissen named Boerne after Ludwig Boerne, a German writer.  The first settlers in this new town were Adam Vogt, Leopold Schulz, Wilhelm Friedrich and Fritz Louis.  Vogt was actively involved in the town of Boerne and later in helping organize Kendall County.  For a time he was a County Commissioner and later a county judge.

Adam Vogt donated the land to form the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Biesele, Rudolph Leopold. The History of the German Settlements in Texas 1831-1861. Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1987.

 (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Adam Vogt marker; personally read 2013.

 

Tombstone Tuesday: George Wilkins Kendall

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This marker is located next to George Wilkins Kendall grave.

Kendall County

Created January 10, 1862

Organized February 16, 1862

Named in honor of

George Wilkins Kendall 1800-1867

Poet, Journalist, Author

and Farmer

One of the Founders of

The New Orleans Picayune

Member of the

Santa Fe Expedition

Most successful sheep raiser

 in the Southwest

Boerne, county seat

George Wilkins Kendall started raising French Merino sheep in 1850 along the Nueces River. By 1855 he had moved his herd to a 4000 acres ranch at Post Springs near Boerne. He continued to improve and increase his herd and “in 1858 sheared nine thousand pounds of wool.” The breed name was later changed to Rambouillet because they were developed on an estate near the village of Rambouillet, France. This estate was owned by King Louis XVI. My family raised this breed until 2008. At that time, we switched from Rambouillet wool sheep to Dorper hair sheep. Dorpers originated in South Africa.

To read more about George Wilkins Kendall go to the Texas Handbook Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fke19.

George Wilkins Kendall was one of thirty-three inhabitants who purchased burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Gard, Wayne, Rawhide Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1965.

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). George Wilkins Kendall marker; personally read 2011.

 

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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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Tombstone Tuesday: Wilhelm Friedrich

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Wm. Friedrich

Died December 23, 1868

Age 45 years

In a letter dated 1 January 2012, from cousin Robert Clines, “The family history in what is now Kendall County begins in 1849 with Wilhelm Friedrich who arrived in Texas with the famous 40 students who first located at the Bettina Colony on the Llano Creek. He was a fellow student with Dr. Ferdinand Herff at the University of Giessen in Germany. After the colony failed he migrated to the Boerne area and used his college training to survey and locate land grants given to various recipients by the State of Texas. The family referred to him as an uncle. He wrote to Conrad and urged him to come to Texas.”

From a letter dated 27 September 1927 written by Bertha Adam Froebel Haby, “Papa had a rich uncle in America, Wilhelm Friedrich…This uncle persuaded Papa [Conrad Adam] to come to America. This uncle was a surveyor as it was called. It was said that owned a great deal of land…he always was one of the foremost men in Kendall County and a very good friend of old Doctor Herff.”

Research provided by Regina Adam, “William Friedrich had moved to San Antonio in 1861 in order to establish a gun powder factory. He believed that the Civil War was coming and that there was a need for a factory…In 1867, Friedrich was in a financial bind and temporarily resided with his friend Dr. Herff…An unexpected explosion took place at the factory in December, 1868 instantly killing all of his thirteen workmen. William Friedrich lingered on for three days…The Herff’s buried him in City Cemetery Number One in their cemetery plot next to Baldwin Herff.”

City Cemetery No. 1 (San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas). Wm. Friedrich marker; personally read 2011.

Adam, Regina. Family Group Record William Friedrich-7391, n.d.

Clines, Robert. Letter dated 1 January 2012 to Kathryn Adam-Hurst.

Haby, Bertha Adam Froebel dated 27 September 1927 to her son Guenther H. Froebel.

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Conrad Adam

Tombstone of Conrad Adam

Hier ruht in Frieden

Here rests in peace

Conrad Adam

Born

Dec. 30, 1828

Died

Nov. 23, 1894

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Conrad Adam marker; personally read 2011.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Carl Adam

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Carl Adam is Conrad’s brother.

n 1854, they traveled together from Tiefenbach, Prussia to Boerne, Texas.

Carl Adam

born 20 November 1832

died 24 October 1879

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

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Carl Adam marker; personally read, July, 1971.

 

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