The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 81
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Early Times in Comal County
Unfortunately Prince Solms had left New Braunfels the day
before, feeling that he could not stay any longer and still make
the long trip to Boston in time to get steamship passage to
Germany."4 Many of the settlers regretted to see their former
leader leave New Braunfels, for they had learned to know and
respect him as a gentleman.2"
Finding the financial affairs of the Adelsverein in a tangled
state and hoping to get some valuable information from Prince
Solms on this matter as well as to make a personal plea with
him to prevail upon the Adelsverein to send more money to
Texas, Meusebach set out for Galveston on May 17. He returned
to New Braunfels after this important interview with his
predecessor and tried to get everything into working order, in
which task he had the undivided support and wholehearted
coSperation of Jean J. von Coll, the bookkeeper (business man-
When New, Braunfels was founded, it, together with all of the
land that now constitutes Comal County, was Precinct No. 8 of
Bexar County. This fact, to be sure, placed New Braunfels
under the government of Bexar County but also entitled it to
certain officials, such as a justice of the peace and a constable.
The minutes of the county court of Bexar County reveal that
on October 17, 1845, George Kirchner attended as one of the
four commissioners.7 The same source reveals that in a session
of the court on Thursday, January 8, 1846, Ludwig Vogel, who
was a resident of New Braunfels, received $1.98 as mileage for
making election returns of members of Congress and county
commissioners held in New Braunfels, the eighth election pre-
cinct, on September 1, 1845.2" It is reasonable to suppose that
24"Berichte" in Kalender, 63.
25Seele, Die Cypresse, 116.
2eThe painstaking work and sound business ability of Jean J. von Coll
have never been fully recognized. Great responsibilities were placed upon
him from time to time when Meusebach had to be away from New Braun-
fels, and in no instance did he fail. Much of the success of the colonial
enterprise can be attributed to von Coll, it seems to me, on the basis of
the records kept by the Adelsverein.
27Bexar County Minutes County Court, 1-A, 55. George Kirchner, whose
full name was Johann Georg Kirchner, was born at Biebrich on the Rhine
in the year 1810, as the first volume of the records of the First Protestant
Church of New Braunfels shows. He was listed as a manufacturer by
occupation in Colonization Papers, 1846-1873, Texas State Library, in the
combined passenger list of the immigrants whom the Bremen brigs, Johann
Dethardt, Ferdinand, and Herrschel, brought to Galveston in November
and December, 1844. Interestingly enough his name appears first in both
of these sources, a fact which may bespeak his qualities of leadership.
28Bexar County Minutes County Court, 1-A, 65.
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