A Guide to the George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956
George August Edward Henkel (1818-1895), known more commonly as Edward, and his first wife, Louise Leopoldine Schoenwerk, both of Germany, arrived at the Port of Galveston, Texas, June 1846. Five days after their arrival Louise gave birth to a son, Carl, who died at the age of 17. Their next son, Franz George, was born in 1849 and died two years later. A daughter, Mathilde was born in 1852. Louise died during the birth of their next child in 1855, also named Louise, who survived only one year. One year after his wife’s death, Henkel returned to Germany, where he married Louise’s sister, Mathilde Schoenwerk, and they returned to Texas. They had two children, George and Albert.
Henkel received a land grant in Round Top, Fayette County in March 1854, and transferred ownership of the land to Conrad Timann later that year. He also served as a Justice of the Peace at Round Top, helped establish the first Lutheran church there, and founded a private school there.
Mathilde Henkel (1852-1925) married George Frederick Fricke of Fayette County in 1874. They had five children: Ernest, Edward, Louise, Albert, and Anita. Ernest (1875-1945) was a businessman and postmaster at Round Top for 30 years. Edward (1881-1953) owned a general merchandise business at Woodsboro, Texas, and taught school. Lula, or Louise (b. 1883), earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Marcos Normal School in 1929. She taught school in Texas for 20 years.
Source: George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
The George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956, include pamphlets, a commission, a book, a photograph, a ledger index, and court records relating to the life and family of Henkel, merchant and justice of the peace. The papers particularly pertain to Henkel’s professional and commercial activities in Fayette County (1860-1870). Included in the collection is a detailed history and genealogy of the Henkel family, written and compiled by Josie V. Henkel Hoskinson of Norman, Oklahoma, 1956. Furthermore, the papers include a German dictionary/encyclopedia, ca. 1877, and Henkel’s certificate of election as Justice of the Peace, Fayette County, 1860.
The collection is open for research.
George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Walter H. Richter, November 1965.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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