University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Johann Traugott Wandke Family Papers, 1853-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wandke Family
Title: Wandke Family, Johann Traugott, Papers
Dates: 1853-1972
Abstract: The collection is comprised of eight journals and notebooks written in German, legal and financial records, correspondence, and accompanying translations pertaining to the Wandke family.
Accession No.: 86-96
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In 1855, Johann Traugott Wandke (1808-1870) emigrated with his wife Christiane (1808-1900) and his two daughters, Karoline (1837-1910) and Christine, from Prussia to La Grange, Texas. A skilled craftsman and organ-maker, Wandke built seven organs in various Lutheran churches in Texas. In 1860, Wandke and his wife moved to Round Top to live with Karoline and her husband, Zöllestin Pochmann (1835-1862). The surname Wandke changed to Wantke, after the family’s emigration to America.

Sources:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Round Top, TX,"http://0-www.tshaonline.org.sapl.sat.lib.tx.us/handbook/online/articles/hnr48 (accessed October 26, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Johann Traugott Wandke Family Papers, 1853-1972, are comprised of eight journals and notebooks written in German, legal and financial records, correspondence, and accompanying translations. In one journal, Wandke describes his 1855 journey from Bremen, Germany, to Galveston, and then to La Grange. One of Wandke’s notebooks contains written music with an alphabetical list of hymns, while another is a manual for building organs that includes calculations and specifications. A third notebook contains magical cures, charms, and incantations. In addition to Wandke’s journals and notebooks, the collection includes Zöllestin Pochmann’s travel journal from 1853 to 1856, and Wandke’s and Pochmann’s deeds for land in Fayette County, Texas, dated March 19, 1863, and October 30, 1860, respectively. The collection also contains genealogical items.

Archivist's Note:

The surname Wandke was originally Wantke.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Pochmann, Henry A., b. 1901
Pochmann, Zöllestin, 1835-1862
Wandke, Christiane, 1808-1900
Wandke, Johann Traugott, 1808-1870--Archives
Wandke, Karoline, 1837-1910
Wandke family
Subjects
Germans--Texas--Diaries
Germans--Texas--Genealogy
Organ builders--United States--Texas--Sources
Places
Bremen (Germany)--History--19th century
Galveston (Tex.)
La Grange (Tex.)
Round Top (Tex.)

Related Material

See also Pochmann Family Papers at the Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Johann Traugott Wandke Family Papers, 1853-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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2.325/L85 Journals, notebooks, and correspondence, 1853-1972.