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.

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