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Zeitung Ships Lists
100th Anniversary Issue
Aug 1952

The ship lists are printed in English in the 100th anniversary issue of the Zeitung, August 1952, that I have. They say the first 3 ships of 1844 were reported in one listing to the State Dept by the Verein, sent by D.H. Klaerner.

Lists of the First Settlers Brought By the Adelsverein Preserved by Secretary of State of Texas Republic

    All too often the true pioneers of any country open the land and then pass into oblivion.  When they are gone, a new generation springs up and soon they replace the memory of their predecessors, and only the oldtimer nostalgically harking back to the days of his youth and the hours he spent listening to the old grandfather's tales, can call their names
    That was not the case with the settlers of this area of Texas.  They came under the leadership of an organized emigration company, and their names were entered into the archives of the Republic as part of the agreement under which they were permitted to settle the land assigned to them by the company.

   True, there were a few early settlers like the small group of Baptists that settled northwest of New Braunfels long before the Civil War.  These came as independent settlers---- some joined with the Germans they found here, others moved away again.  For the record it might be well to name a few of these independent settlers here, although they came later than the ffirst of the emigrants brought here by the Adelsverein.
    Your editor is a descendant of one of these Baptist families, the Bells, that were at home in Blanco before the Civil War.  Others were the Johnsons, the Smithsons, after whom Smithson Valley was named, the Georges, the Cages, and the Edges.

    The first settlers of New Braunfels were among the passengers of five ships that came to Texas in 1844.  According to Dr. Rudolph L. Biesele, whose work in the early history of the colony here has been of great value,  the first of these ships, the "Weser" brought 85 persons and landed in Galveston July 8, 1844.  These emigrants had been recruited by Henry Francis Fisher for his San Saba Colonisation Company, but the Adelsverein took them over after thje contracting with Fisher June 26, 1844, to take over Fisher's rights and interests in the Fisher and Miller Grant on the Llano.
    Not all of these 85 persons remained to join the wagon train to New Braunfels.  Some remained in Galveston and Houston, others went to the Nassau Farm in Fayette County, which belonged to the Verein.  The most of them, however, went to Indianola to join the first colonists.
These 85 colonists were:
F. Radensleben from Stolzenau;
Bernard Bohmerth, wife, mother, sister and two children, Rosetta and Chalomma, from Muenster;
Hendrich Meimann, wife, and four children, Johann, Joseph, Lisetta, and Wilhelmina, from Muenster;
Philip Volkmar from Cassel;
Adam Stranz from Cassel;
Balthasar Meismer, wife, and two children, Barbara Joseph and Johann Adam, from Celle;
Heinrich Riel from Meunster;
Johannes Arnold from Hessen;

Thomas Schwab from Hessen;
Johannes Schneider from Hessen;
Peter Reiss from Hessen;
George Mueller from Hessen;  
F. Johann Fischer from Pot;
V. Schulenmeier, wife, and four children, T. Faub, T. Leopold, Wilhelmine, and Johanna, from Sachsen-Gotha;  
Sebastian H. C. Moeschen, wife, and one daughter, Friederike, from Sachsen-Gotha;
Adam Bockel, wife, three children, Christina, Anna Margaretha, and Conrad, from Muehjlhausen;
Lorenz Kaufholt from Didorf;
E. Asmus Bockel from Muehlhasuen;
Conrad Meyer, wife, and four children, Wilhelm, Heinrich, Ludwig, and Christian, from Hanover;
Friedrich Meyer from Hanover;

Friedrich Meyer from Hanover;
Bernhard Huebinger from Bavaria;
W. Dickmann from Prussia;
Heinrich Nolte, wife, and two children, Justine and Anna Maria, from Waldeck;
Michael Hammel from Wuerttemberg;
Johann Ch. Ruether from Eystrab;
Hermann W. Buehmann from Dahnhausen;
Wilhelm Meyer from Hannover;
Heinrich Rabe from Waldeck;
Conrad T. Tuerener from Bremen;
Carl Schilling, wife, mother, and two children, Henriette and an infant, from Braunschweig;
C. F. Schlueingbann from Lippe;
Joseph Palmer from Fothaermel;
Anton Wiemann, wife, and two children, Maria Rogena and Joseph, from Prussia;
Ferdinand Sack from Prussia;
Ernst Ebeling from Elze;
F. A. Koch from Prussia;
F. Schilling from Preussminden;
Joseph Dalhaus from Bamsdorf;
Heinrich Reith from Hessen;
Johannes Walt from Sachsen-weimaar;
Dr. Christian H. Matthaey from Rodenberg;
Andreas Eikel from Prussia.
    The first settlers recruited by the Adelsverein in the autumn of 1844 arrived in Galveston on three ships, the "John Dethard," captain Th. Luedering, the "Herrschel," captain J. Lamke, and the "Ferdinand," captain A. Hagedorn. They made port November 29, December 8, and

December 14, respectively.  The list of passengers on these three ships were not kept separately by ship, but were sent by D. H. Klaener, the agent of the Verein, to the State Department in one listing.  Neither did he list the names of the children, nor the town in Germany from which the emigirent came.
    The 287 persons arriving in thes three ships were:
Johann G. Kirchner,
Andreas Mattern,
Christian Phillip Luck,
Cark A. Elmendorf, wife and child
Johann Meier, wife and child,
Friedrich Tausch,
Georg F. Holekamp and wife,
Johann M. Kreuz, wife and four children,
Julius Voelker
Jacob Mueller
Wilhelm Reuter,
Louis Vogel, wife and five children,
Heinrich Bevenroth and wife,
Adam Peltzer, wife and four children,
Katherine E. Schade,
Stephan Klein, wife and two children,
Joseph Klein,
Jacob Klein,
Valentin Klein,
Friedrich Schlichting, wife and three children,
Anton Riedel and wife,
Nicolaus Riedel, wife and two children
Carl Bellmer,
Johann Heinrich Schulze, wife and two children,
Conrad H. Roege, wife and four children,
Hermann Wilke,
Friedrich Saalmueller,
Georg Wenzel, wife and four children,
Ignaz Wenzel,
Peter Arnold, wife and three children,
Johann Adolph Wuest, wife and four children,
Peter Stock, wife and five children,
Adolph von Wedemeyer,
Friedrich Bruns,
Liesbeth Kraft,
Johann Baldus,
Edward Martz and wife,
Johann Holzapfel and wife,

Johann Wilhelm Reinarz, wife and five children,
Enoch Schmidt, wife and four children,
Johann Hasseler,
Georg Benfer,
John Jahn,
Carl Stock and wife,
Louis Hartwig,
Hermann Seele,
Heinrich Herbst,
Heinrich Bothmer, wife and two children,
Arnold E. G. Henkel von Donnersmark,
Christian Hoff,
Christian Engel,
Katherine Burdorf,
Joseph Wersdoerfer, wife and two children,
Johann O. Weil, wife and four children,
Theodor Weil,
August J. Weil,
Andreas Meisener, wife and three children,
Johann Wengeroth, wife and five children,
Heinrich Christian Bremer, wife and five children,
Theodor Goldbeck.
Adam Voigt, wife and four children,
Christian Kaiser and wife,
Heinrich Schaefer and wife,
Caspar F. Kreutzer,
Elisabeth Loos,
Margarethe Feick,
Heinrich Reininger and wife,
Peter Horne, wife and child,
Wilhelm Moeller,
Phillip Luck, wife and three children,
Heinrich Zuschlag and child,
Christian Hartung, wife and four children,
Johann L. Hartung,
Johann J. Brecher, wife and two children,
Gerlach Reeh, wife and child,
Gerlach Peter, wife and two children,
Marianne Brecher,
H. Breilipper,
Johann Startz, wife and three children,

Christian Loeffler, wife and one child,
Carl Schaefer, wife and seven children,
Carl Schaefer,
Philipp Schaefer,
Johann Rieck, wife and five children

Gustav Hoffmann,
Gabriel Remmler,
Carl F. Muenzler,
Theodor Wilhelm Kuehn  
Adolph Benner,
Justus C. Thielepape,
Oscar von Claren,
Dr. Theodor Koester,
August Nette,
H. Heinrich,
Alois Busser,
Jean J. von Coll,
Wilhelm Kracke,
Louis Pook,
Christian Thiel,
Christian Hanz,
Wilhelm Wetzel,
Andreas Sauerborn,
Martin Helmuth,
Heinrich Roeser and wife,
Katherine Geisendoerfer,
Nicolaus Zink and wife,
W. Zink,
Christian Luentzel,
Franz Marheinicke,
Hermann von Assel,
Eleonore Reinarz,
Jacob Heim, wife and three children,
Richard Cluth,
Peter Burg,
Heinrich Kraft,
C. H. Siebert,
Louis Martin,
Franz Hemmerle, wife and two children,
Daniel Letsch,
A. Imhoff,
B. Imhoff,
D. Schmidt,
F. Schellentraeger,
H. Hoffmann,
Carl Fortemps,
E. Siehn,
Christian Brust.
    The brig "Apollo" with 62 persons on board, landed at Galveston on December 20, 1844, and then, like the three previously named, sailed on to the port Carlshafen, near Indianola, where Prince Solms had been preparing to send them inland. The list of passengerssuffers from the same faults that the others

had.  It reads:
Augustus Wullferona,
Richard von Cloudt,
Wilhelm Frels,
Gerhard Frels,
Friedrich Claren,
Diedrich Pleuss, wife and three children,
Friedrich Ramm and wife,
Georg Hollien and wife,
Anton Meuendorf,
Adolph Pohlmann,
Louis Bennings,
Emil Berg,
Johann Bunnemann,
Jacob Folte,
Heinrich Herbst,
widow Anna Horste,
Johann Wichmann and wife,
Johann Schwarting,
Victor Vinzent and wife,
Wilhelm Meussner,
Johann Sachmann,
Hermann Sackmann,
Friedrich Mueller,
Peter Hellmann,
Friedrich Jacobi,
Friedrich Juergens,
Friedrich Siems and wife,
Reinhard Stolje, wife and one child,
widow Obenhaus and four children,
Heinrich Bohls, wife and three children,
Heinrich Busing, wife and one child,
Diedrich Ahrens, wife and four children,
Christian Finke,
Joseph Kappel,
Wilhelm Martens.
    In other lists which D. H. Klaener sent to the State Department are to be found the names of
Mrs. Beissner, her two children,
Alexis von Bauer,
who came over on the brig "Weser" in 1844.
A. Vocler, no ship named, but arrived in 1844.
Dr. Wilhelm Remer,
Louis Negendank,
Friedrich Heidemeyer
E. von Lockhausen  without mention of ships name.
Johann Sieghertner on Steamer "New York" in August 1844

Then, of course, we must count Prince Solms, his secretary, Friedrich Wilhelm von Wrede II, who came in August 1844 and accompanied the prince from that time on, the Rev. L. C. Ervendberg, whom the prince had engaged as Protestant minister for the new colony.
    The succeeding ship lists were not as carefully preserved as these first, but from a number of sources in Austin, in Fredericksburg, and in the local Sophienburg Museum it has been possible to obtain the following lists.  Not all sources agree but it has been the practice of the editor to give as complete list as possible in every case.  Where a name appears on one list but does not appear on others, in this printing it has been left in.  None of the originals of the following lists has been available, so these must be expected have inevitable mistakes made in transcribing.  Sepecifically, there are errors in the names of the home towns, evidently dut to an unfamiliarity of the transcriber with the handwriting or the spelling of names.  Therefore, it is only reasonable to suppose that similar errors have been made in transcribing the family names in the lists.  With this warning, the editor is happy to give the following lists of the first families of New Braunfels and the German colonies in Texas.
Please note that this was all that Sarah sent.  I already have a listing of ships on this page    Wanda Qualls