Dr. Joe Wilson

The editors of the Krause Family History, Shipwreck to Settlement, asked Dr Wilson to mention his own connections with the Texas Wends and his research. This is his story, in his own words, as of 1990.

Unusual German Lexical Items for the Lee-Fayette County Are of Texas by Dr. Joe Wilson

This article by Dr Joseph Wilson, now retired from Rice University, first appeared as Chapter 8 in Texas Studies in Bilingualism, edited by Glenn G. Gilbert. Unusual German Lexical Items from the Lee-Fayette County Area of Texas[1] In a previous article[2] I gave a general description of the German spoken in the area between La …

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Wendish Language Gravestones at Serbin and Old Warda by Prof. Joseph Wilson, Rice University

First published in the Texas Wendish Heritage Society Newsletter, Vol II, No. 4 of July-September 1981.  In Texas, as had been the case in Germany previously, the Wends used German as their more official language. Therefore it is not surprising that their grave inscriptions were also in German. Until about nine months ago, I believed …

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Contemporary Materials Concerning the 1853 Emigration

This article was first printed, with Dr Wilson’s permission and consent, for the Krause family history book, Shipwreck to Settlement, published in 1990 by Weldon Mersiovsky. The following descriptions of various aspects of the 1853 emigration were written at the time of the events or shortly thereafter. The source and original language, Wendish or German, …

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