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A Plucky People: The Wends Weathered Cholera and Yellow Fever to Settle in Texas

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 06:46 am

This article was written by Jack Maguire for "Profiles" in the Southwest Airlines Magazine of June 1981.

Note: It is generally understood that the trip and the arrangements were made by a steering committee rather than the pastor.

Note: The Delaplane League was purchased in what was then Bastrop County for $1/acre, not 50 cents/acre.

Note: The 1859 church was a wooden frame structure, California style, built just to the north of where the existing church structure is located.


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Wendish Still Flavors Speech of Serbin Folk

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 06:00 am

This article was written by Kay Powers but the date and name of the newspaper are unknown.


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Wendish Paper Founded in 1889

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 05:33 am

This article is believed to have been printed in a San Antonio paper on 10 Jul 1969.


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Wends Trade Ethnicity for Freedom, Prosperity

Monday 14 September 2015 at 7:53 pm

This article by Samuel Hudson, appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas on 24 May 1983.

Note: Lusatia, Upper Lusatia and Lower Lusatia were not provinces in Germany but rather geographical regions.

Note: Black Wendish wedding dresses were in vogue even into the early years of the 1900s. In the 1920 they started turning gray and then white.

Note: In 1854 the Wends settled in Bastrop county about 26 miles from Bastrop. Giddings and Lee County did not exist then. They bought the Delaplane League for $1/acre not 50 cents/acre. The area was originally called Rabbs Creek or the Low Pinoak Settlement.


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The Odd Ways of the Wends

Monday 14 September 2015 at 5:56 pm

This article by Mary Lasswell appeared in the "I'll Take Texas" column of The Chronicle, Houston, Texas in December 1963.


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The Wendish Lutherans of Texas

Monday 14 September 2015 at 07:34 am

This article was written by Ron Lammert and William G. Wagner for the March 1981 edition of The Lutheran Witness.

Note: When the Wends bought the Delaplane League they paid $1/acre not 50 cents.

Note: C. F. W. Walter and Jan Kilian went to the University of Leipzig at the same time but there is no indication that they were ever close friends while there.

Note: To the best of our knowledge eight Wends did not return from the Civil War. There is no indication that any of them died from wounds received while fighting, just disease.


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A Story of Romance: Serbin is born in Texas

Monday 14 September 2015 at 06:20 am

This article by George and Bonnie Carmack first appeared in "Weekender Visit..." of the San Antonio Express/News, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, 21 April 1973.

Note: The Wends bought the Delaplane League for $1/acre not 50 cents.


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Wendish Colony Founded Mother Lutheran Church

Monday 14 September 2015 at 05:09 am

This article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas sometime before August 1970 when Rev Ewald Recks was still the pastor.

Note: The first Serbin church was not built the same month the Wends landed, December 1854, because they did not find the Delaplane League land until January and did not close until 11 Feb 1855.

Note: The Australian migration stated in 1848 and did not end until the 1860s with a few more families arriving in the 1870s.

Note: When the Wends came to Texas they settled in Bastrop County since Lee County was not formed until 1874.


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Gone With the Wends? Not in Copperas Cove!

Monday 14 September 2015 at 01:06 am

This article was written for Liberty in its July/August 1975 edition by Michelle Pemberton, a free-lance writer in Austin, Texas.

Note: There is an error in the article. Michael Mickan,  while on board the Ben Nevis, had nothing to do with Copperas Cove and was not an ancestor of Lou Ida (Mrs. Ed) Meissner. His entire life in Texas was spent in the Round Top, Texas area of Fayette Lounty. Lou Ida's mother was Pauline Mickan whose father John Mickan came to Texas in 1858 aboard the Fortuna. Pauline's grandfather on her mother's side, Johann Gottlieb Neitsch, who eventually settled in Walburg,  had been a Ben Nevis passenger.


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Old Serbin School Donated to Wendish Culture Club Museum

Sunday 13 September 2015 at 10:19 pm

It is believed that this article appeared first appeared in The Giddings News, Giddings, Texas, in 1979.

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Wends Found Museum Commemorating Culture

Sunday 13 September 2015 at 10:02 pm

This article by Betty Flinspach first appeared in the Bastrop County Times, Smithville, Texas on Thursday, 26 Feb 1981.

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Wends and The Handbook of Texas

Tuesday 04 August 2015 at 01:48 am

This article written by Slylvia Grider can be seena and read by clicking on the following link.


The Wends of Texas: The Smallest Ethnic Group of All

Tuesday 04 August 2015 at 01:38 am

This article by Christopher Swan of the Christian Science Monitor can be read by clicking on the following link:


As you read this article I want to point out to you that there is a mistake in it. The Wends did not purchase land in the Delaplane league for 50 Cents per acres. It was 1 Dollar per acre.

Wends of Texas Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Migration to Galveston

Monday 27 July 2015 at 05:58 am

This article by Pastor Walter Dube appeared in The Giddings, Texas, Times and News on Thursday, December 20, 2004.

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Sesquicentennial of Migration Celebrated: Wends gather to embrace heritage despite cold, rain

Monday 13 July 2015 at 05:53 am

This article by Anthony Jones first appeared in a Galveston County newspaper in December 2004.

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Trip To Moon Spoils Centuries-Old Wendish Myth

Sunday 12 July 2015 at 06:04 am

This article most recently appeared in The Giddings, Texas, Times and News - Thursday, April 23, 1970.

(Editor's note: The following article appeared in the Apri1 8 issue of the Los Angeles Times, written by Charles Hillinger. It concerns the Texas Wends and includes interviews of Serbinites, where two historical markers have now been placed).


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Wends Retain Haven in Giddings

Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 07:12 am

This article for a column written by Ed Syer first appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Ft. Worth, Texas on 24 April 1962. A typewritten copy of the article is in the Lee County file at The Texas State Archives.

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Tracing Down The Drifting Wends

Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 07:03 am

This article by Mary Rice Brogan for the Tall in Texas column of the Houston, Texas Chronicle, 19 Apr 1964.

Note: Upper Wendish does not use the Cyrillic alphabet, the alphabet of the Russians. It uses the same Western European alphabet but accents appropriate letters with acute, corona, and slash marks to come up with different sounds.

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Old Stone Church Wends’ Monument

Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 06:50 am

The article by Charlotte Phelan first appeared in The Houston Post, Houston, Texas on 30 Apr 1961.

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Advance Man in Wendenland

Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 06:42 am

This article by Sigman Byrd first appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas on 9 Dec 1960.

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Standing in the Shadows: The Innocent Victims of the War by Carroll Scogin-Brincefield

Saturday 23 May 2015 at 06:47 am

The Civil War was one of the most turbulent periods in America's History. Texas had the role of a supply state for the Confederate cause because of the port cities, limited rail and numerous wagon trails. This was one of many reasons that the Union was concerned about Texas.

Texans had a well-defined and consistent sense of right and wrong. Texas' population in 1860 was 421,649. The Civil War records state between 70 to 90,000 Texas boys and men joined the ranks of the military ranging from 16 years to the mid 50's that is roughly 16 to 21% of the men in Texas going to war Sons, Husbands, brothers, uncles, cousins these families were torn apart some never returned; others returned but life was never the same for them. The loss of so many men had a devastating effect on the state, but more on the families they left behind in the shadows.

The world as Texas women and children knew it was turned upside down. The war placed pressures on the women and children that their life prior to 1861 had not prepared them to handle. Texas did not have a Gettysburg or a Vicksburg but we did give our men to those battlefields. The Texas cry was heard from the East coast to the Arizona desert. Families of these brave soldiers lived in the shadows in Texas a state once seemed by many as a safe refugee. Their stories need to be told, The Civil War is the most written and researched topic in today's study of history and the stories of the silent victims the women and children need to come out of the shadows and into our lives as students of the Civil War and as Texans.

Your Reconstructed Ancestors by Doug Kubicek

Saturday 23 May 2015 at 06:45 am

With its immense physical size, Texas presents a formidable challenge in the location of our Texas ancestry. Mr. Kubicek will take us down this path of challenges using historical events as our guide.

From 1865 to 1875 the Reconstruction Era was upon Texas and the South. Among the many things, the Federal government had devised was a plan (Voter Registration Act) to control and register all male citizens of Texas after the Civil War. This is just one of the many facets of the Reconstruction records overlooked by many genealogists.

The Reconstruction Plan failed, but as Mr. Kubicek has discovered the government records remained, giving genealogist's untapped sources of locating our ancestors. Traditional genealogical sources are enhanced during this time period by more precise records required by the Federal government, as well as the non-traditional sources discovered by Mr. Kubicek's research.

Pride in our heritage, an understanding our past, a concern for the present and a vision for our future, stems from a close attachment to our cultural roots. The close attachment to our heritage, the ability to locate and understand their lives comes from this amazing snap shot of a turbulent time period in the State of Texas and of our ancestors.

The Wends and the Nazis

Thursday 14 May 2015 at 04:09 am

Than you to John Jacob for providing a source of relatively new research into the struggle of the Wends/Sorbs during the Nazi regime in Germany.

Burleigh, Michael and Wolfgang Wippermann. The Racial State: Germany, 1933-1945. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991, pgs. 133-135.

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Wends in Texas by Helmuth Esau and Sylvia Grider

Wednesday 01 April 2015 at 01:45 am

This paper was first presented by Helmuth Esau (deceased) and Sylvia Grider (Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University) as follows:

Helmut Esau and Sylvia Grider, "The Wends: A Case Study of Ethnic Variables" in Wolfgang Wölck and Paul L. Garvin (eds.) The Fifth LACUS Forum1978 [Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States], (Columbia, S.C. : Hornbeam Press, 1979), 383-96.

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Serbin: Where Lutheranism in Texas Originated by Linda née Rubke Kennell

Sunday 29 March 2015 at 11:42 pm

This article appeared in The Junior Historian magazine of the Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas in March 1967. Here is how it happened.

My family moved to Austin, Texas when I was just 16. (My dad, Walter Rubke, had accepted the position of President at Concordia College in Austin.) I had no idea how different Texas and California could be. I felt like an immigrant! Before I could graduate from high school, I was required to take Texas History. (Really?) The course required a research paper, using first person sources whenever possible. So, one lovely Saturday morning my dad drove me out to see St Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas to learn about how immigrating Lutherans began their lives in Texas. We touched the 3' thick walls of the church, climbed upstairs to the balcony where men sat during worship, and stood in the pulpit above the altar. We wandered through the cemetery and took a rubbing from one of the tombstones. A Serbin resident translated the inscription for us, since it was written in Wendish. It was a memorable adventure. I hope you enjoy revisiting it with me.

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