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Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Wends of Texas Records, 1855-1885



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kilian, John
Creator: St. Paul Lutheran Church (Serbin, Tex.)
Title: Wends of Texas Records
Dates: 1855-1885
Abstract: The Wends of Texas Records, 1855-1885, are photocopies of account records, church regulations, obituaries, and church minutes for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas. The account records list church members and their contributions.
Accession No.: 1978
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in Sorbian, German, and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In September 1854, a group of 558 Wends, or Sorbs, left Slavic Germany for Texas to establish a colony. The very religious Lutherans left Germany under the guidance of Pastor Johann P. "John" Kilian to avoid official interference with their faith. Following an outbreak of cholera, which killed seventy-three, on the voyage, the Wends landed in Galveston, Texas, in December 1854. In the timbered region of Texas, they founded the town of Serbin, now in Lee County. In this colony, the Wends purchased land, established homesteads, and built log houses. The community also erected St. Paul Lutheran Church with John Kilian as pastor until his death in 1884. The colony grew under its own power, and Texans of Wendish descent live throughout the state.

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Scope and Contents

The Wends of Texas Records, 1855-1885, are photocopies of account records, church regulations, obituaries, and church minutes for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas. The account records list church members and their contributions.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kilian, John
Subjects (Organizations)
St. Paul Lutheran Church (Serbin, Tex.)
Subjects
Sorbs -- Texas
Lutherans -- Texas
Lutherans, Sorbian -- Texas
Church records and registers -- Texas -- Serbin
Places
Lee County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Serbin (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources

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Related Material

See also Arthur W. Arndt Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wends of Texas Records, 1855-1885, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Julia Payne, June 1983.

Subsequent revisions were made by Laurel Rozema, September 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
3P149 Accounts, 1855-1884, undated
Church regulations, 1877
Minutes, 1877-1885
Obituaries, [ca. 1855-1885]

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