University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Henkel, George August Edward
Title: Henkel, George August Edward Papers
Dates: 1735, 1860-1870, 1956
Abstract: The papers 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.
Accession No.: 66-020
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Henkel, George August Edward, 1818-1895--Archives.
Heinzelmann, W. (Wilhelm).
Hodge, William, 1804-1887.
Jenkins, William E.
König, Ernst.
McElhaney, Willis.
Woodford, Erastus Sterling, 1808-1870.
Subjects
Court records--Texas--Fayette County.
Genealogy--Texas.
Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century.
Germans--Texas--Fayette County.
Places
Round Top (Tex.).
Fayette County (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George August Edward Henkel Papers, 1735, 1860-1870, 1956, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2N170 Fayette County, Justice of the Peace court records, 1857-1870
Alphabetical index to accounts receivable ledger of G. A. E. Henkel, 1860-1861
Typescripts of abovenamed records
History of the George Edward Henkel family, 1735-1956, compiled by Josie V. Henkel Hoskinson, 1956
German dictionary/encyclopedia, [ca. 1877]
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2N171 Autograph book: German manuscript and English translation
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4N245 G. A. E. Henkel, certificate of election as Justice of the Peace, Fayette County, 1860
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3T84 Photograph of G. A. E. and Mathilde Henkel, Round Top, Texas, [ca. 1856]