Sunday 20 November 2016 at 10:19 pm
This article, introduced by George Nielsen and written by Pat Larsen, first appeared in the July 2016 Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, Serbin, Texas.
One aspect of Wendish life that is generally ignored in Wendish studies is the daily activity of making a living. While most Wends took up farming, there were also some who became craftsmen. One of the craftsmen was Andrew Urban. A descendant of his, Patricia Swayze Larsen, has examined his life and his contribution to the community. Patricia spent her early childhood in Thorndale but then, as a student and later spouse of Brig. Gen. Philip N. Larsen, she lived in San Antonio and the Washington, D. C. area. She is an ardent family historian and is well versed in her Wendish heritage.
If you have an ancestor who impressed you with his approach to making a living, please write about that person and share your information with us. George Nielsen.
Friday 18 November 2016 at 7:08 pm
This article by George Nielsen first appeared in the October 2016 Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.
Friday 18 November 2016 at 5:09 pm
Until now we had only four accounts of the 1854 migration written by individuals who were participants.
1. Pastor Johann Kilian left his collection of a diary, letters, and notes. (See the TWHS Newsletter of October 2012 "Death on the Irish Sea."
2. A German, August Haak, also wrote an account of his experiences, which Dr. Joseph Wilson published in the Journal of the German-Texas Heritage Society and subsequently appeared in A Collection of Histories of St Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin, Texas in commemoration of the congregations 150th anniversary in 2003.
3. A third source of information was a letter written by Johann Sommer, also printed in the January 2002 issue of the TWHS Newsletter.
4. And the fouirth is a letter (Ein Brief) written by Johann Teinert many years after the actual voyage.
Now, thanks to the work of Marilyn Luce Miertschin Nickelsburg we have a fifth source - an account written by Johann Kieschnick.
Marilyn Nickelsburg traces her Wendish ties to the Kieschnick and Miertschin families, and has done extensive work on the Miertschin family. A fourth generation Wend, she was born in Texas (Ft. Worth) but lived in other states - separated from Wendish connections. She married George W. Nickelsburg, a pastor who became professor of religous studies at the University of Iowa. They are now retired and reside in Washington.