Joseph and Magdalena came to the US in about 1867 with their children. They bought land and settled in the area north east of Moulton near Novohrad. Their daughter Magdalena died at an early age, leaving a young son and daughter, Frank, and Lena Anders. Within the span of 8 years more than half of them died, first in 1900, Joseph Jr, then Louis, then Joseph Sr, then the elder, Magdalena. in 1908. Remaining were Ferdinand A, and his 3 neices and nephews. Ferdinand A. lived until 1939. They are reported to have had 6 children, only 4 reaching adulthood. They outlived 3 of those.
Joseph and Magdalena were both born in Germany, or possibly Moravia, Austria. Joseph was born on January 20th, 1822, and Magdalena on May 10th, 1829. I have no information on their parents. They were married in 1850 in Germany according to the 1900 Census. They are said to have had 6 children, 4 of who lived to adulthood. Magdalena, Joseph Jr., Ferdinand A., and Louis. All their children were born in Austria, some say Vienna, some say Moravia. On the 1870 Census they said Bohemia. They all came to America in 1867, on the S.S. Teutonia, and they were naturalized in 1874 according to the 1900 Census. We find the Joseph Richter Sr. and Magdalena family first on the passenger list of the Teutonia, then on the 1870 Census In Fayette County, Texas. There is no Precinct assigned, it is described as being “between Halletsville Road and Buckners Creek”, on page 74. They use the Flatonia Post Office. Shown as dwelling 535, family 503, we find the Joseph Richter Sr. family. It shows Joseph Sr as a 59 year old Field Hand from Bohemia. Magdalena, (as ‘Lena’) is 53, a daughter Lena age 16, a son Joseph age 18, a son Ferdinand age 12, and a son Louis age 9. Both the mother and daughter work in the field and house, and Joseph Sr. and all the sons, are listed as field hands. All are shown to be from Bohemia, with parents of foreign birth, and none can read or write English. On the 1880 Census for Precinct 7 Lavaca County, Texas, we find the family in dwelling # 155. Joseph is shown as a 61 year old farmer, born in Austria, as well as both parents. Magdalena is 50, keeps house, and her as well as both her parents born in Austria. It does not say they cannot read or write, so I am assuming they can. Joseph is shown as Josepha, a single 28 year old daughter at home, who cannot write English. Ferdinand is 20 years old, and apparently can read and write. Alois is a 17 year old son who cannot write English. Magdalena Anders is a 2 year old grand daughter who was born in Texas, and her mother and father were born in Austria. In the Ag Census for 1880, Fayette County, Tx, Joseph is shown owning 40 (or 50 - it is tough to read) acres of land, 20 acres is tilled, the remaining in forrest. The value placed on the land was $800, equipment and machinery $100, and livestock was $250. Estimated value of farm products produced was $700. He owns 6 milk cows, and 12 ‘Other’ cows.. They had 6 calves drop, 5 born alive, 3 died, or ‘lost’ as far as production. (not slaughtered or sold). I have to assume that counts the one not born alive... They made 350 pounds of butter on the farm. They had 3 hogs, and 16 barnyard poultry, and produced 60 pounds of lard. They grew 6 acres of Indian Corn and harvested 100 bushels. They grew 12 acres of Cotton, and harvested 10 bales.
In 1883 Joseph Sr. is found in land documents buying 2 parcels of land amounting to 500 acres, in Lavaca and Fayette County, putting $1000 down and having payments on the remainder, $5385.50. We know from their Probate records, that Joseph Sr also purchased 50 acres in Gonzales County, in 1884, and signed over 16 acres of it to Joseph Jr. directly after the purchase. Joseph Sr was left with 34 acres of timberland. Of the 500 acres Joseph Sr purchased in 1883, 106 acres was sold to Louis and also to Ferdinand, for $1272 each, on November 20th 1890. They gave $600 down, and were to pay the remaining by November 20th 1893. It seems Louis sold his back to Joseph Sr., who bought it back from him for $5 in July of 1891. I do not show where Joseph Jr. purchased a part of this land.
At some point, before Joseph Sr. and Magdalena gave property to Lena Anders, their grand daughter, who was married to Julius Hohensee.
Joseph Sr. died on January the 3rd, 1908, near Novohrad, in Lavaca Co.
Joseph and Magdalena and their children appear on a passenger list for the ‘S.S. Teutonia’ in New Orleans, where it reports they boarded in Hamburg, Germany, and passed through Southampton, England on the way. They are recorded as:
#403 Joseph Richter, 45, Laborer from Germany #404 Magadal Richter, 48 female from Germany #405 Joseph Richter, 16, male from Germany #406 Magdal Richter, 16, female from Germany #407 Ferd Richter, 7, male from Germany #408 Alois Richter, 5, male from Germany
The report also says the part of the ship they occupied was between decks.
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The S.S. Teutonia was a 282 foot long passenger and cargo ship built in 1856. At the time it was being operated by the ‘Hamburg Amerika Line’, out of Hamburg. After a few more owners, this ship was scrapped in 1891 in Italy. There is drawing of it still in existence, drawn in 1856 (you can see a faded representation of it on the background of this page, and on the picture page). It had a steam engine and a top speed of 10 knots. (in 1872 they added another engine). 10 knots is really slow... just imagine driving 12 miles per hour across the US... TWICE! ...with 4 kids = “are we there yet?” times a million, LOL
On the 1870 Census for Fayette County, Texas,Between Halletsville Road and Buckners Creek, Fayette, Texas, Flatonia Post Office page 74, we find the Joseph Richter Sr. family. It shows dwelling number 535, family 503:
Richter, Joseph 59 years old, field hand from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot read or write
Richter, Lena, 53 years old, field and house, from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot read or write
Richter, Lena, 16 years old, field and house, from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot read or write
Richter, Joseph, 18 years old, field hand, from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot read or write
Richter, Ferdinand, 12 years old, field hand, from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot read or write
Richter, Louis, 9 years old, field hand, from Bohemia, father and mother of foreign birth
It is important to say I do not know if the Mr. Richter shown in this case is our Richter, but would like to dig deeper into the Richter involved to find out. It is in the right area, so it’s possible he is our Joseph Sr...
7th day of April A.D. 1883 pages 17, 18 & 19 Vol "Z" of the deed records of Lavaca County, Texas V&O Ellis Deed Joseph Richter
The State of Texas County of Lavaca
Know all men by these presents that me, Volney Ellis and Olinthus Ellis by Volney Ellis his Atty in fact, for and in consideration of the sum of six thousand three hundren and eighty five 50/100 dollars ($6385.50) one thousand dollars of which amount is to us in hand paid by Joseph Richter of the State of Texas and County of Lavaca and the remainder ($5385.50) is recursed to be paid by three promissory notes of the said Joseph Richter payable to V&O Ellis, each for the sum of $1795 and (16-2/3)/100 one thousand seven hundred and ninety five (16-2/3)/100 dollars, each bearing interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from date and of even date herewith, one due and payable Nov 1st 1883, one due and payable Nov 1st, 1884, one due and payable Nov 1st, 1885, the receipt of said notes is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold, released and conveyed and do by these present grant, bargain, sell, release and convey unto the said Joseph Richter all of the following described two pieces or parcels of land situated in said State of Texas and County of Lavaca. The 1st a tract of three hundred and twenty acres more or less, Patented in the name of V&O Ellis assignees of Jacob Kiderli, said patent being date 30 day of September 1873 and is here referred to for certainty in the description meets and bounds. The 2nd is a tract one hundred and eighty acres more or less and patented in the name of V&O Ellis assignees of C.R. Schmidt of date 5th Dec'r 1873 and here referred to for certainty in description Meets and bounds. Together with all and singular the rights, ---, hereditaments and appurtances to the same belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have and to hold the above mentioned premesis unto him, the said Joseph Richter, his heirs and assigns, forever, and we do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular said premeses unto him the said Richter, whomsoever claiming or to claim the same lawfully or any part thereof. An express lien is herein retained on said above described premises to secure the said purchase money notes and it is understood that until said purchase money is fully paid this the 7th day of April A.D. 1883.
Volney Ellis Olinthus Ellis by Volney Ellis, Atty in fact.
In Deed Book 12 pg 526 we find where Joseph has paid off the loan, and handed the deed to the land
The State of Texas County of Lavaca
Where as on the 7th day of April A.D. 1883, Volney Ellis and Olinthus Ellis, by Volney Ellis atty in fact did execute and deliver to Joseph Richter, their certain deed of conveyance wherein the parties first named did convey to the party last named the following described tracts or parcels of land to wit = 1st tract of 320 acres of land patented in the name of V&O Ellis assignees of Jacob Kaderli, said patent bearing date Sept 3rd, 1873, 2nd a tract of 100 patented in the name of V&O Ellis assignees of C.R. Schmidt, patent date Dec 5th 1873 both tracts situated in the county of Lavaca, in the state of Texas, and the deed from V&O Ellis to said Joseph Richter, being of record in book Z of the Records of Lavaca Co on pages 17-18 & 19 is here refered to for certainty in description, and whereas a part of the consideration for said land the said Joseph Richter did execute and deliver to the said V&O Ellis his certain three certain promissory notes each bearing even date with said deed and payable to the order of V&O Ellis for the sum of $1795 and 16-2/3/100 each and falling due respectively, on the 1st day of November 1883- 1884 & 1885, (The later two notes being afterward transfered and endorsed by E. J. Kinkler) And a vendors lien was expressly retained in such deed to secure the payment of said promissary notes, And whereas said promissary notes have been fully paid off & discharged, both prinipal and interest and at the times of said payment, said notes were the property of the undersigned. Now therefore Know all men by these presents that we Volney Ellis and Olinthus Ellis, by Volney Ellis his atty in fact and E.J. Kinkler of the County of Lavaca, and the State of Texas, for and in consideration of the premises and full & final payment of said notes, have remised, released, quit-claim, discharge and acquit unto the said Joseph Richter his heirs and assigns the vendors lien heretofor existing upon the land, and premises aforesaid, witness our hand this 21st day of Nov A.D. 1890.
Volney Ellis Olinthus Ellis by Volney Ellis, Atty in fact. E.J. Kinkler
Wow, so I deciphered all that legalese to the best of my ability here...
On April 7th of 1883 Joseph Richter Sr. bought land from Volney Ellis and Olinthus Ellis, In total 500 Acres, one parcel 320 acres, and the other was 180 acres. Joseph gave them $1000 down, and financed 3 payments of $1795 and 16-3/2rds cents to be paid each November 1st (Nov 1, 1883, Nov 1st, 1884, and Nov 1st, 1885) A vendors lien was put in place to secure the loan.
The Loan was paid off, and title transferred to Joseph Sr. on November 21st, 1890.
1. Joseph Richter Sr. (b.22 Jan 1822-Germany; d.3 Jan 1908-near Novohrad, Lavaca Co., Texas) sp: Magdalena Heger married abt 1850 (b.10 May 1829-Germany; d.24 Jun 1906-near Baursville, Lavaca Co., Texas) 2. Joseph Richter (b.2 Dec 1851-Vienna,Austria;d.19 Jul 1900-Dubina, Fayette Co.,Texas) sp: Marie Berger (b.17 Mar 1860-Vienna,Austria;d.24 Jun 1946-Moulton,Texas) 3. Joseph Emil Richter (b.25 Sep 1884;d.21 Feb 1932) sp: Frances Loika (b.29 Jan 1885-Lavaca Co.,Tx;d.22 Apr 1943-Huth Memorial Hosp,Yoakum,Lavaca Co.,Tx) 4. Edwin Joseph Richter (b.3 Sep 1907-Lavaca County,Texas;d.15 Dec 1950-Hallettsville,Lavaca,Texas) sp: Elnora Helen Maresch (b.6 Jul 1913;d.18 May 1996) 5. Raymond Edwin "Bubba" Richter (b.8 Dec 1934-DeWitt County,Texas;d.24 May 2011-Austin,Travis County,Texas) sp: Ann Marie Gajdusek 6. Lisa Ann Richter (b.7 Aug 1964-Huth Memorial Hospital,Yoakum,LC,Texas;d.7 Aug 1964-HMH,Yoakum,LC,Texas) 5. Mary Ann Richter (b.18 Dec 1943-DeWitt County,Texas;d.21 Mar 1998-Victoria County,Texas) sp: Immenhauser 6. Daughter 5. Joyce Richter sp: Rennie Ray Lux (b.1936;d.2006) 4. William Richter (b.7 Jul 1914-Yoakum,Dewitt County,Texas;d.13 Feb 1915-Yoakum,Dewitt County,Texas) 4. John Charlie Richter (b.24 Jun 1909-Yoakum,Dewitt County,Texas;d.24 Jan 1971-Huth Memorial Hospital,Yoakum,DC,Texas) sp: Minnie H. Janssen (b.23 Sep 1911;m.14 Apr 1936;d.31 Dec 1989) 5. Roy Richter sp: Landra 5. Lily Mae Richter sp: Edwin James Bolech (m.23 Nov 1957) 5. Dorothy Jean Richter 4. Helen Mary Richter (b.12 Oct 1916-Lavaca County,Texas;d.13 Oct 1991-Yoakum,Lavaca County,Texas) sp: J A Janssen 4. Lillian Richter (b.Abt 1919) 3. Emil Ferdinand Richter (b.9 Aug 1886-Baurville,Texas;d.21 Dec 1939-Bebe,Texas) sp: Anna Pauline Walzel (b.4 Nov 1889-Colorado County,Texas;m.24 Sep 1907;d.30 Nov 1920-Yoakum,DeWitt County,Texas) 4. Emil Edward Richter (b.18 Feb 1908-Moulton,Lavaca County,Texas;d.1992) sp: Thelma Lucille Bailey (b.3 Dec 1915; m.1933; d.23 Nov 1964) 4. Anton Alfred Richter (b.26 Aug 1909-Cameron,Milam County,Texas;d.20 Apr 2002-Seguin,Guadalupe County,Texas) sp: Doris Marie Kiser (b.19 Jun 1920-Monthalia, Texas; m. 5 Dec 1940;(D) d.29 Jul 1994) 5. Daughter - Living sp: Mary Loraine Meyer (b.26 Jul 1926) 5. Daughter - Living 4. Joseph Adolph Richter (b.30 Jun 1911-Cameron,Milam County,Texas,USA;d.13 Dec 1972-San Antonio,Bexar County,Texas,USA) sp: Ester Geneva Bailey (b.20 Sep 1915-Monthalia,Gonzales County,Texas,USA;m.11 Nov 1935) 5. Daughter - Living 5. Son - 4. Reuben F. Richter (b.14 Jul 1915;d.10 Feb 1990) sp: Jewel Beatrice Bailey (b.6 Mar 1922;d.28 Feb 1998) 5. Judith Mae Richter (b.8 Sep 1944) sp. William Joseph Kasberg 6. Son - 6. Daughter - Living 4. Frank Charles Richter (b.20 Sep 1918-Hocheim,DeWitt County,Texas; d. San Antonio,Texas) sp: Ruth Tuch 5. Son 5. Daughter - Living 5. Daughter - Living 4. Richter (infant,deceased) 2. Ferdinand A. Richter (b.16 Jan 1858-Germany; d.3 Jul 1939-Moulton, Lavaca Co., Texas) sp: Hulda Theresia Hohensee (b.10 Feb 1862;d.27 Jan 1943-Moulton, Lavaca Co., Texas) 2. Louis Richter (b.May 1861-Moravia, Austria;d.4 Apr 1905-near Novohrad, Lavaca Co., Texas) sp: Emma Hohensee 3. Lillie Richter 3. Adalie Richter 3. Frieda Richter 3. Louis Richter 3. Hugo Richter