52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Out of Place   

In the Mayer Cemetery in Washington County, Texas, there is a headstone located towards the edge of the property, approximately 75 feet away from other graves. It is a common design, multi-tiered and topped by a spherical finial. The writing is in German and reads: Hier ruht meine Schwester  Die blume pranat und fällt dann …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Overlooked

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Overlooked The Connersville Primitive Baptist Church African American Cemetery is located in Round Top, Texas. Situated behind the Richter Cemetery, this burial site was dedicated as a historic Texas cemetery in 2018. The Connersville Cemetery is of particular interest because it was used by slaveowners long before the abolition of …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Road Trip

  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Road Trip: Finding the van den Heuvels Bluebonnet Genealogy is home to an extensive database of individuals buried in Washington County cemeteries. Volunteers spent countless hours researching and compiling the information into something easily accessible to the general public. When the Jaeger Witte Heritage Cemetery Association was formed in 2014, …

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Where There’s a Will

Where There’s a Will  From 1820 to 1870, a second wave of German immigrants landed on the shores of Galveston Bay, seeking a new life. The collapse of the old agricultural society and the dawn of the industrial age displaced peasants, and artisans found themselves jobless. Improvements in medical care led to a reduced death …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Blended Family

The following entry is about the Stork family. They were one of the first pioneer families to settle in the Washington County area.  Barry Graul, great-grandson of the Reverend Doctor Jacob Graul (a neighbor of Peter Jaeger), and I have been in contact for nearly five years. Barry has visited his ancestors’ farms and became …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Courting

Henry C. Jaeger & Lillie Neumann's Wedding My grandparents, Henry and Lillie, were married on September 18, 1929, one day after Grandpa’s 19th birthday. Granny was 16. They were married, in Shelby, Texas at the home of Granny’s father and step-mother, Theodore and Selma. Because Granny spoke only German, Pastor Henry Brunotte of Martin Luther …

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