University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge Family Papers, 1769-1935



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baethge, Johann Heinrich Ludwig, 1814-1888
Title: Baethge, Johann Heinrich Ludwig, Family Papers
Dates: 1769-1935
Abstract: The Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge Family Papers, 1769-1935, is composed of correspondence, legal documents, ledgers, receipts, and newspaper clippings that chronicle the lives of the Baethge, Pape, and Eckert families as German immigrants in Texas.
Accession No.: 91-160
Extent: 1 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Mascherode, Germany, Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge (1814-1888) was one of four children of Johann Heinrich Peter Baethge and Sophie Marie Auguste Achilles. A farmer by profession, Baethge worked at a mill in Germany. His wife, Sophie Christine Conradine Pape (1824-1888), also born in Mascherode, was the daughter of Johann George Ludwig Pape (d. ca. 1846) and Dorothea Juliane Fredericke Isensee (d. 1858). Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge married Sophie Christine Conradine Pape on October 16, 1846. Two of their children, Johann Heinrich (b. 1849) and Dorothea Fredericke Juliane (b. 1852), were born in Germany, while their two younger children, Heinrich Ludwig Ferdinand Baethge (b. 1855) and Conradine Baethge (b. 1858), were born in America. On November 3, 1854, Baethge embarked with his family on the ship Neptune, en route to America. They landed at Indianola, Texas, and settled in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County.

Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge’s youngest son, Heinrich Ludwig Ferdinand Baethge, married Louise Elisabetha Eckert (1866-1935), whose family also emigrated to America from Germany. Her brother, Ludwig Eckert (1834-1920) lived in Fredericksburg with his wife Karoline Herber (1843-1897) and five children. In addition, Baethge’s brother, Peter Baethge (d. 1876) had several children who emigrated to America and settled in Fredericksburg, including Heinrich (1835-1887), or “Professor Baethge,” a well known violinist.


Scope and Contents

The Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge Family Papers, 1769-1935, is composed of correspondence, legal documents, ledgers, receipts, and newspaper clippings that chronicle the lives of the Baethge, Pape, and Eckert families as German immigrants in Texas. The majority of the papers pertain to Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge and his immediate family, including his birth certificate (1814), a prenuptial agreement with Sophie Christine Conradine Pape (1846), a boarding pass contract to America (1854), and a deed to purchase land in Fredericksburg, Texas (1857). Also included is correspondence between Baethge, Pape, and Eckert family members in Mascherode, Germany and Fredericksburg, Texas. The collection contains a substantial amount of correspondence to Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge’s nephew Heinrich “Professor Baethge,” concerning the latter’s career as a violinist after his emigration to America (1859-1887). Additionally, the collection contains documents pertaining to Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge’s brother, Peter Baethge, such as receipts for renting farmland (1842), and to the Eckert family, including a German passport issued to Ludwig Eckert (1856), as well as correspondence between Eckert family members (1872-1918), among other items.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Baethge family--Archives
Baethge, Heinrich, 1835-1887
Baethge, Johann Heinrich Ludwig, 1814-1888--Archives
Baethge, Louise Elisabetha Eckert, 1866-1935
Baethge, Peter, d. 1876
Eckert family
Eckert, Karoline Herber, 1843-1897
Eckert, Georg Bernhard, b. 1793
Eckert, Ludwig, 1834-1920
Pape family
Subjects
Germans--Texas--History--19th century
Immigration and society--Texas--History--19th century
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.)--History--Sources
Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century
Gillespie County (Tex.)--History--Sources
Mascherode (Germany)--History--19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Johann Heinrich Ludwig Baethge Family Papers, 1769-1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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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