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and Beimer had appeared before the board of land commissioners on February 17, 1838
to apply for a labor to supplement their already-granted leagues. Probably shortly
thereafter, Wolters attempted to execute the certificate for a league he had received in 1836
and was told that it had been declared invalid by the constitution. On March 16, 1838, he
and Beimer were back before the board to reapply for a league of land, for which, if nothing
else, the constitution made them eligible. Pieper waited until August 2, 1838, the day after
he sold 200 acres to Grunder, when he, Zimmerscheidt, and Casper Simon each received
certificates, the latter two for a league and a labor. Shortly thereafter, Pieper's tangled
personal life took another turn which would eventually allow him to virtually double the
amount of land he controlled. Elizabeth Kotter had come to Texas in 1835 in search of the
father of her illegitimate daughter, to whom she expected to be married. The father, who
was apparently Bernard Beimer's brother Johann Heinrich Beimer, had come to Texas,
suddenly and secretly, in 1833, and by the time Kotter had followed him with their then
three-year old daughter, he had died. Stranded and without support, she found herself
another husband, marrying Simon on July 7, 1837. Once again, however, her luck was bad.
Within a month of securing his land certificate, Simon died. Almost immediately, Pieper
stepped into the breach, marrying the new widow on September 11, 1838, and taking into
his family both her daughter, and the horse, four cows, and land certificate that Simon had
Pieper finally secured proper title to his league, and, while he was at it, to an
adjacent labor, on June 11, 1841. There followed a bevy of sales to Germans: the labor and
180 other acres to Frels, 280 acres to Wolters, 128 to Bernard Schneider, 100 to Georg
Dampkin, 200 to Renke Stoeltje, and 250 to Carl Gieseke, all by Pieper; plus 100 acres to
Edward Ruhmann by Gieseke and 60 acres to Detlef Thomas Friedrich Jordt by Wolters,
all before the end of the year. The same year, another German, Bernard Beimer had taken
title to a labor immediately to Pieper's north. Meanwhile, Zimmerscheidt had to struggle
to acquire his land. In 1838, concerned about several people who had entered claims to the
30 Gammel, ed., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, vol. 1, pp. 541-542, 1080; Colorado County Deed
Records, Book A, pp. 125, 176, 303; Colorado County Marriage Records, Book B, pp. 2, 11; Colorado County
Book of Land Certificates, pp. 31-32, 45, 49-50; Colorado County Probate Records, Final Record Book D, p.
37; August Schroder, ed., Beitrage Zur Westfilische Familienforschung (Minster, 1966), p. 66, items 162, 163,
165, p. 275, item 3999. In addition to Wolters, Pieper, and Beimer, four other Germans, Grunder, Caspar
Heimann, Bernard Schneider, and Johann Heinrich Beimer, Bernard's deceased brother, all received certificates
for various amounts of land on February 17, 1838 (see Colorado County Book of Land Certificates, pp. 30-32).
In Texas, Schneider, for whatever reason, apparently changed his surname from that of his father, Honerman,
to the maiden name of his mother, and the Beimers shortened their surnames from Silkenbomer (see Schroder,
ed., Beitrage Zur Westfalische Familienforschung, p. 66, item 162, p. 275, item 3999, p. 298, item 4520).
Johann Heinrich Beimer's illegitimate daughter, however, used the name Wilhelmina Silkenb6mer on her
marriage license (see Colorado County Marriage Records, Book B, p. 85). In addition, Zimmerscheidt's original
name appears to have been Zimmerschitt. He changed his name only slightly, probably because he came to
understand that its pronunciation caused titters among English speakers.
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