Monday, January 26, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

Here is another tombstone from the cemetery in my hometown, Castroville, Medina County, Texas. The cemetery is called Saint Louis Catholic Cemetery, and is still in use and managed by the Catholic Church.

August was a Civil War Veteran from Ohio. He is one of the few ancesstors that I have that was not an Alsatian immigrant! After the war, he settled in Castroville and married a widow with three children, Catherine Mehr Schmitt. They had 8 more children together. Catherine immigrated to Castroville with her parents, Joseph and Anastasia. The Joseph Mehr, Sr. They were from Oberentzen, Alsace, France and the family came to Texas in or about the 1840's. They settled in the Bader Settlement four miles west of Castroville, whre Joseph cleared the land and took up ranching and farming.

I blogged about August Holzhaus' photo earlier, in a Wordless Wednesday post.


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    Just wanted to let you know that I have really been enjoying your blog and am finding a lot of good tips on it. Also, we seem to have a lot in common - I live in nearby Fairfax County, also come from a FFT (First Family of Texas/DRT - my McKinneys and Brinlees arrived in 1824), and have a husband from Brooklyn!