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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
September the 4th, 1834, the subject of this sketch
married Miss Rosalia von Roeder, daughter of
Lieut. Ludwig Anton Siegmund von Roeder, the
head of an old family of nobility who, too, were
anxious for the same reasons to emigrate to
Texas. The party had first contemplated to emigrate
to one of the Western States of the United
States, but it was now determined to go to Texas.
Again, the memorandum above referred to runs as
changed our first intention to go to one of
the Western States, and chose Texas for our future
home. As soon as this was determined upon we
sent some of our party, to wit, three brothers of
my wife, unmarried, Louis, Albrecht and Joachim,
and their sister Valesca, and a servant by the name
of Pollhart, ahead of us to Texas for the purpose
of selecting a point where we could all meet and
commence operations. They were well provided
with money, clothing, a light wagon and harness,
tools, and generally everything necessary to commence
a settlement. They aimed to go to Mr.
Ernst, the writer of the letter which induced us to go
to Texas. Six months after our party had left the
old country, and shortly after we had received the
news of their safe arrival, we followed on the
last day of September, A. D. 1834, in the ship
'Congress,' Capt. J. Adams."
The party consisted of Robert Kleberg and wife,
Lieut. L. A. S. v. Roeder and wife, his daughters,
Louise and Caroline, his sons, Rudolph, Otto and
William v. Roeder, Louis Kleberg, Mrs. Otto v.
Roeder, nee Pauline von Donop and Miss Antoinette
von Donop (afterwards wife of Rudolph von
Roeder). The other passengers were nearly all
Germans from Oldenburg, and one of them was
the brother-in-law of Mr. Ernst. They were all
bound for the same point in Texas, and after a
voyage of sixty days landed in New Orleans.
The narrative of said memorandum here proceeds:
Here we heard very bad accounts about Texas,
and we were advised not to go to Texas, which it
was said was infested with robbers, murderers and
wild Indians. But we were determined to risk it,
and could not disappoint our friends who had preceded
us. As soon, therefore, as we succeeded in
chartering the schooner ' Sabin,' about two weeks
after we landed in New Orleans, we sailed for
Brazoria, Texas. After a voyage of eight days we
wrecked off of Galveston Island, December 22d,
1834. The ' Sabin ' was an American craft of about
150 tons. The captain and crew left the island, I
think, in the steamer, 'Ocean.' The wreck was
sold in Brazoria at public auction and bought by a
gentleman who had come in the 'Ocean,' for thirtyodd
dollars. Perhaps she was not regularly
employed in the trade between New Orleans and
Texas, and was only put in order to get her wrecked
in order to get the amount for which she was
insured. This was the opinion of the passengers
at the time. It is impossible for me to name with
certainty the exact point of the island at which we
stranded, but I think it was not far from the center
of the island, about ten miles above the present site
of the city; it was on the beach side. The island
was a perfect wilderness and inhabited only by
deer, wolves and rattlesnakes. All the passengers
were safely brought to shore, and were provided
with provisions, partly from those on board ship
and partly by the game on the island. Most of the
men were delighted with the climate on the island,
and the sport they enjoyed by hunting or fishing. A
committee of five was appointed to ascertain whether
we were on an island or on main land. After
an investigation of two days the committee reported
that we were on an island. The passengers then
went regularly into camp, saving all the goods and
provisions from the wrecked vessel, which was only
about fifty yards from shore. From the sails,
masts and beams they constructed a large tent,
with separate compartments for women and children.
Thus the passengers were temporarily protected
against the inclemency of the weather. Two
or three days after our vessel had sunk the steamer
'Ocean' hove in sight and, observing our signal of
distress, anchored opposite our camp and sent a
boat ashore with an officer to find out the situation.
The captain would not take all the passengers, but
consented to take a few, charging them a doubloon
each. I, with Rudolph v. Roeder, took passage on
the steamer, which was bound for Brazoria. I went
as agent of the remaining passengers to charter a
boat to take them and their plunder to the main
land. Finding no boat at Brazoria, or Bell's Landing,
the only Texas ports at that time, I proceeded
on foot to San Felipe, where I was told I would find
a small steamer, the ' Cuyuga,' Capt. W. Harris.
I found the steamer, but did not succeed in chartering
her, the price asked ($1,000) being too high.
"In San Felipe I heard for the first time of the
whereabouts of my relatives, who had preceded us.
Here I also formed the acquaintance of Col. Frank
Johnson and Capt. Mosely Baker, under whose
command I afterwards participated in the battle
of San Jacinto. These gentlemen informed me
that two of my friends, Louis and Albert von
Roeder, had located about fourteen miles from
San Felipe on a league and labor of land, but that
Joachim and Valesca von Roeder had died. We
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/338/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .