Honeycutt and Pat Althaus
County Historical Commission, 101 Pitchfork, Johnson City, TX
by: June Baird (1983)
Prepared for the TXGenWeb Blanco County Web Site by Wanda
Location: Located on Joyce Koch place (1983). 2 miles
southeast of Little Blanco Inn.
Turn left off 281, through gate about 1 mile through pasture to grave.
Christian Henry Kruckemeyer
Born: Jan 11 1820 in Dolme Germany
Died: Jul 03 1871
Parents: August Friedrich and Hanna Justine Wilhelmine Peterson
Married: Wilhemine Meyer in 1851
Children: William and Henry (twins); Hermann; August; Mrs. Ad Haas nee
Mrs. John Rittimann nee Kruckemeyer.
Christian was drafted and served under the Duke of Brunswick for six
years. He immigrated
to Texas and landed at Indianola between 1848 and 1851. In 1851
he married Wilhemine Meyer
who was born May 17 1827 in Brunswick Germany. He first came to
New Braunfels and
onto Twin Sisters. He was a freighter (wagoner) besides farming
and ranching. He hauled
freight from the coast to the hill country through the Civil War
years. In 1871 with his twin sons
Henry and William (both 18) he left them at Pedernales River to go on
west with the wagons
and he came on home to Twin Sisters to see about his family. He
got home Jul 03 1871. He
went to check on a cow with a new born calf; after an hour his family
heard a shot and
soon his horse came running back to the house, riderless, with blood on
the saddle. A
search was begunn but he was not found until the next morning.
Pete Kneupper and
Gottlieb Koch found his body with a bullet hole in his mouth. His
insides had been
cut out and stuffed with a Bible and church papers. They later
found out these belonged
to Pastor Engel. He had lost them earlier on Jul 03 in a chase
with some Indians.
Christian was buried where they found him.
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