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Ghost Riders

Sunday 30 October 2011 at 3:45 pm

        Pastor John Jacob Trinklein, a Frankenmuth native, was fresh out of the seminary when he received his first call in 1881 to serve as a “circuit rider” missionary in Texas.  His assignment was to seek out the scattered German Lutherans in Texas and try to gather them together to form congregations.  His travels were mostly by train.  But in more isolated places where there was no train, he either had to walk or go by horseback.  In later years, he told of a strange experience on one of these trips by horseback.  His young grand-daughter who heard this story later wrote it up and send it in to have it published in the Guidepost magazine.  This is her story.

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Ben Nevis and The Hamburg Passenger Lists

Sunday 30 October 2011 at 12:32 pm

During 1853 and 1854, someone, who most logically would have been a representative of the V. L Meyer Shipping Company, went to Lusatia to collect names and deposits of Prussians and Saxons interested in going to Texas with the group of "old Lutherans" from the churches of Klitten and Weigersdorf.  As he went to and fro he accumulated the names and the fares and recorded them on a document heretofore known as the "Ben Nevis List."  This list accompanied the Wends to Texas and was used by Pastor John Kilian as a resource to document the birth and death events in the lives of his parishioners.  In 1953-1954, Anna Blasig relied on these lists to write her masters  thesis, "The Lusatian Wends Who Came to Texas" which was published as the book, The Wends Of Texas, and upon completion of her research deposited these lists in what was then named Barker Library at the University of Texas.  Today the "Ben Nevis Lists" are in the same place, now named Dolph Brisco Center for American Studies, Sid Richardson Hall, University of Texas, next to the LBJ Presidential Library.

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Delaplain League and Johann Dube - and his papers?

Monday 21 March 2011 at 09:08 am

Johann Dube and Carl Lehmann set out from Houston in advance of the oncoming Wends to find land to buy.  After several dry runs they settled on what came to be known as the "Delaplain League," a little over 4000 acres around the St Paul's Lutheran Church in Serbin.  Forty of the 41 tracts were sold to the church and Wendish families at a dollar per acre based on the amount of money each family had.  They started living on it right away.  It took a period of time to get it surveyed and a longer period of time for the titles to be transferred from Dube, as the grantor, to each respective grantee.  The deeds can be found in both the Bastrop and Lee County Courthouse.

Who kept the books and where are they now?

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