The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 302
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302 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
One German whom we knew in Paderborn, and who had come
to Texas several years before us, had caused to be posted on the
trees on his land notices that he was loyal to the Mexican govern-
ment, and had persuaded many of his German friends to do the
same. But when the Mexicans actually appeared on the scene, our
friend and his followers nevertheless got frightened and got away
as fast as they could. Georgens' wife and children were stolen by
the Indians; but Stoehlke and his family were captured by the
Mexicans, who wanted to hang him. He told them that if they did
so, he would die as innocent as Jesus Christ himself, whereupon
they released him and his family. There were a good many Ger-
mans on Cummins Creek. They came from Westphalia and Old-
On the afternoon of the same day, we learned the result of the
battle of San Jacinto. We did not believe the good news until
we heard it confirmed by the young men whom we had sent to
ascertain the truth of the report.
It was our intention to return home; but we heard that the In-
dians were in the country, and so we followed the example of the
families who were with us, and went to GalvestonIsland. There were
also a number of Mexican prisoners who were kept on the island by
the Texan government. We received some supplies from the peo-
ple of the United States, but we nevertheless here passed through
some of our hardest experiences. Many of us were sick, and though
there was a physician, a Dr. Jaeger, among us, who generously gave
his services, yet he had no medicines. My sister-in-law, Ottilie v.
Roeder (nee v. Donop) died here and we buried her under the
Three Lone Trees.
My husband and brother Louis, who had both been in the Texan
army all during this time, joined us here, and we first intended to
remain permanently. But it was evident that this was impossible,
and we decided to return to Cat Spring. When we came home we
found everything we had left was gone. We had buried our books,
but the place had been found and they were torn to pieces. We
had to begin anew, and with less than we had when we started.
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