Showing posts with label German Immigrants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label German Immigrants. Show all posts

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Visit to Hortontown

Grave of Emma Raabe
A Google search of "shell graves" produces many sites and numerous theories regarding the practice but in the end, there really is no credible explanation for them. In south Texas, the shell graves are most often found in communities settled by German immigrants, such as these graves in New Braunfels' Hortontown Cemetery.

Gravestone of Marie Sophie Karoline Stolle Kretzmeier

Hier Ruht
(Here Rests)

Geb. Stolle
(nee Stolle)

(Born in)
Nov. 27, 1823

Mai 6, 1897

In Dankbarer
und liebevoller
gewidmet von
den treuen gatten.

English Translation -

Thankfully and in loving memory.
Dedicated to the loyal spouse.

Hortontown Cemetery

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New Braunfels' Hortontown Cemetery

Fall days are perfect for little road trips into the Texas Hill country. An early morning stop was the Hortontown Cemetery in New Braunfels. German immigrants from Hanover began to settle New Braunfels in 1845. Thousands had died from disease on the beaches of Indianola waiting for wagons to transport them to their land grant in the hill county. When no wagons came, they eventually walked all the way to the area on the Guadalupe River where New Braunfels is located. Many more died during the walk to New Braunfels, but once settled in their new home, they began to build homes, establish farms and prosper. Later groups would travel further and reach their land grant in Fredricksburg, Texas.

Front of Richter StoneBack of Richter Stone

Hier Ruhen in Frieden
(Here Rests in Peace)

Wilhelmine Richter
Geb. (Born) Bruckisch

Geb. (Born)
Juli 29, 1833
Gest. (Died)
Juli 10, 1892
         Heinrich Richter

Geb. (Born)
Jan. 29, 1809
Gest. (Died)
Mai 20, 1892

Ruhe in Gott
(Rest in God)

Ferdinand Beicker
Marz 26, 1829
Nov. 14, 1901

St. Martins Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in 1850 and is the oldest Lutheran church in Texas. The church was originally built on a nearby site and was moved to its current location adjacent to the Hortontown Cemetery.

There are many more photographs from this cemetery, if I can prevail upon a friend to do a few translations.