Francis Waldman family among Matagorda County’s earliest

Charles F. Waldman’s marker at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee.
Courtesy of Nathaniel Cheairs
Camp, SCV, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Compiled by Carol Sue Gibbs
Matagorda County TXGenWeb


   The members of the Francis W. Waldman family were some of the earliest Matagorda residents. 
   Hope for starting a life of freedom in the new land of the Republic of Texas was bright at the onset, but the family would suffer many heartaches along with joys.
   Francis/Franz W. Waldman was born about 1811 in Germany and immigrated to the Republic of Texas in January 1838 at the age of 27. 
   He applied for conditional land grant No. 32 for 640 acres of land on April 30, 1839. He surrendered his conditional certificate on June 7, 1841, for an unconditional one, for he found getting a clear title for a conditional certificate was difficult. 
   The land he received was in Medina County.
   Francis married Louisa Engelke who was born in Germany about 1819.
   The family had settled in Matagorda by 1839, when the first daughter, Julia, was born on September 11. 
   Three more children soon followed: Josephine, December 13, 1841, Charles, November 28, 1843 and Louisa Henrietta November 15 in 1846. 
   The three oldest children were baptized at Christ Episcopal Church on May 29, 1845 and Louisa Henrietta on August 29, 1847. They were living in a house near Christ Church when disaster struck.

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