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Simply Amazing!


Ninety-four years later

I have just returned from a trip to Houston to visit my college buds, Sharen and Rhonda. We had a wonderful time catching up on all the news, attending the Houston International Quilt Show and Discovering the Civil War Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and attending a one year old birthday party! Great times!

If you are interested in the Civil War, I highly recommend you make plans between now and April to visit the exhibit in Houston. Tons of primary sources, artifacts, and several touch screen interactive programs make the visit well worth the time!

On the way to Houston, Donna and I stopped off in LaGrange to do a little research on her family. We visited the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives located in the Fayette County Public Library. In a display on one of the tables, I found the book Passenger Lists for Galveston 1850-1855 by Albert J. Blaha, Sr. Joseph Bergmann and family arrived in Texas in 1853 and sure enough there was the listing of the passengers from the ship Texas. Unfortunately, only the head of household is listed with number of persons traveling with them. I was hoping the names of each person on board would be listed because Joseph Bergmann was traveling with 11 people and I want to know their names!

The ship Texas, an Oldenburg brig, was commanded by Captain D. Rabe and landed in Galveston on 12 June 1853 with 171 passengers. There were 11 families from Bohemia and 2 from Poland, and the rest of the families were from “German lands”. Once I saw the list another name caught my eye, Johann Gohring from Garkau, Bohemia. He is also a grandfather but on my mother‘s side. The Gohrings settled in DeWitt County, Texas. Ninety-four years later a descendant from each met in Kendall County and got married. Simply amazing!

Blaha, Albert J. Passenger Lists For Galveston 1850-1855. Houston, Texas, 1985.


Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Bergmann


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Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann

Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann

My 3rd great-grandmother

* Born in Machendorf, Boehem on 15 October 1813

* Died 4 August 1889 at 75 years of age

* Married to Joseph Bergmann who died in 1882

I am guessing this picture was taken between 1882 and 1889.

I wonder if she made delicious pastries…

Bergmann, Theresia Ohnesorge.  Photograph of the original held by D. Lynn Rogers. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Bergmann


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I Don’t Know Much About Joseph Bergmann my 3rd Great-Grandfather

Joseph Bergmann

I don’t know very much about  my 3rd great-grandparents, Joseph and Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann. They arrived in Galveston on the ship Texas on 12 June 1853. Their destination was Bexar County. In New Homes in a New Land, Joseph Bergmann from Reichenberg, Bohemia arrived with 11 persons in his group. I have 7 accounted for and possibly one more named Gustav, that’s a total of 8. Who are the other 3???

Children are:

  • Adalbertha, born 30 October 1836 married Conrad Adam
  • Rosa born 10 August 1841 married Wilhelm Dietert
  • Amalia Margaret born 27 August 1844 married Heinrich Dietert
  • Anton born 2 April 1846 married Ernstine Beyer
  • Johanna born 16 September 1849 married E. A. Ferdinand Toepperwein

Some facts about Joseph Bergmann:

  • 30 September 1856 applied for citizenship
  • 1859 signed petition for create Kendall County
  • 14 March 1864 applied for a cattle brand BI and lived near Menger Creek near Boerne
  • By 1870 is eligible to vote
  • In June 1880, he is 80 years old. He and his wife are living with Henry and Amalia Bergmann Dietert
  • He died 2 January 1882 and is buried in the Boerne Cemetery
  • In September 1882, William Dietert was appointed temporary administration of the Estate of Joseph Bergmann. His main job was to “collect from Anna and Rosalia Schubert, of Reichenberg, Bohemia, the amount due by them to the heirs of Joseph Bergmann deceased.”

Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Adam, Bergmann, Dietert, Kendall County, Toepperwein


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History Pop Quiz! What and where is Boehem?

Joseph Bergmann’s Tombstone

Adalbertha Bergmann and her family came from Boehem. Boehem is German for Bohemia which was located in central Europe and is now in the Czech Republic. Boehem was part of the Holy Roman Empire and by 1526 became part of the Habsburg’s Austrian Empire. That is why the Bergmann family, sometimes, is listed as coming from Austria rather than Boehem.

For centuries, there was religious unrest between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants. In 1618, the Protestants revolted against the Habsburg rule and lost. In 1620, the Roman Catholics defeated the Protestants. Following the defeat, the Habsburg rule of Bohemia became stricter. Bohemia was no longer a kingdom, Protestantism and Czech nationalism was suppressed, Roman Catholic was the national religion and many families became serfs to the wealthy land holders. German became the national language and was taught in all schools. Czech was spoken mainly in the rural areas. Aha, that’s how the Joseph Bergmann family knew German! I wonder if they also spoke Czech.

In 1848, the Czechs in Bohemia and Moravia (a neighboring country) revolted. Even though the Czechs failed in their revolt, the serf system was abolished and this caused the middle class to rise.

Five years after the 1848 revolt, Joseph Bergmann of Reichenberg, Boehem (now Liberec, CZ), his wife, Theresia, and five children relocate to Texas. Joseph was 53 years old. They arrived in Galveston on 12 June 1853 and headed for the Texas Hill Country.

“Bohemia.” Encyclopdeia Britiannica. Web. 29 August 1011.


Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Bergmann


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How do you spell Adalbertha?

Signature of Adalbertha Adam

I am guilty. This is a personal issue for me. My name is Kathryn, not  Katherine. My last name was Adam, not Adams. I have a very basic name but it is always misspelled. As a result, I have always tried to spell other people’s names correctly.

My great-great-grandmother was born in 1836 in Boehem (Czech Republic). Her parents named her Adalbertha. I had never before or since heard of anyone with this name so I decided to find out more about it. Adalbertha is the feminine form of Adalbert. Adalbert or Adelbert is an old Germanic name that has been around for over a 1000 years. In fact, the first Adalbert of any importance was St. Adalbert of Prague. He is the patron saint of Bohemia, Poland, and Prussia. Adalbert, which means noble and bright, was from a wealthy family but decided to become a priest. He was very zealous about converting heathens to Christianity. In 977, he went on a missionary trip to Prussia. It seems he was cutting down some sacred oaks. They asked him to stop. He didn’t, so they stopped him.

When I first started gathering information about the Adam Family I went to the cemetery and started copying down the information from the tombstones. I thought all the information would be correct. On Adalbertha’s stone, her name is spelled Adelbertha Adams. (I should have clued in on the Adams.) I happily began spelling her name Adelbertha. I found other spellings, Adalberthe on her marriage certificate, Adebertha on the 1870 Kendall County Census, and Adallberthe on her death certificate and then in her own handwriting on her will in 1895 Adalbertha Adam. Adalbertha, Adelbertha, Kathryn, Katherine are all correct spellings, but how did she spell her name? Adalbertha Adam. I am sooo guilty…

St. Adalbert.” Catholic Encyclopedia. Web. 29 August 2011.

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Adam


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