Joseph and Marie were both from Austria, and immigrated to Texas, where they met and married. They had two sons, Joseph and Emil. Joseph died in 1888. Marie remarried to Emil’s wifes’ father, Anton Walzel.
For quite too long we had this Joseph as a son of Josef Richter and step son-of Maria Schubert, which has since been properly proved as incorrect. Through land documents, and probate documents, there is no question now that Joseph and Magdalena (Heger) Richter are the correct parents. You can see these documents by clicking the Documents tab above.
Which leaves us to consider the parents of Marie Berger... I see something looking quite odd there
Ok, here is my disclaimer: The story on this page is 1/2 questions, and partly conjecture! (The rest are facts...) I will tell you how I came to this conclusion, but it is still, fabricated partly in my mind, and not an historical account in some trustworthy document. Please don’t copy this verbatim, because when all this is proven or disproven, we’ll all have to fix our mess and it makes it worse to be spread all over the internet wrongly... That said, I bet I see this on at least one website somewhere... But here I go, enjoy!
PS: If you have any facts to help polish this closer to the truth, please let me know, I am not attached to any part of this story that is disprovable, I would much rather this be the whole truth, and therefore “Joseph’s Story”, not “My Story”! The letters just after facts will refer to the footnotes as to the source, or reasoning behind the statement.
Joseph Richter was born in Vienna, Austria on December 2nd, 1851A. His father was Josef RichterB, and we do not know his mother. His Step Mother was Maria SchubertC, who married his father in Austria and together they had 3 daughtersC by the time Joseph left for Texas in 1867 at the age of 15A. Afterwards they had 3 more children, including a son, Stephen.
Whether it was the wars in the Germanic states, or that he didn’t like his step motherD, or possibly he came over to make money to send home to bring the rest of the family over, we cannot be sure. We are not even certain he came alone, he may have had younger siblings with him, although I doubt it. When he arrived he might have gone to stay with an uncle in the La Grange areaE, or he might have joined the cattle drives to KansasF. It was a whole new world to a 15 year old young man, the romance of the west was all his. It is also possible that he might have been indentured to someone here, and worked for a period of time under them. During the 13 years following his arrival in Texas we find no record of him. While we should find him on the 1870 as well as the 1880 census, I have not been able to. I have to wonder if in that 13 years he might have found love. There are references to a Mary “Mamie” WalzelG that might have been a wife, but again, no I have no verification of this. Marie Berger immigrated in 1880A. (Her father Franz immigrated a year after her, in 1881A, and there was a reference to the fact that he might have been a painter of some of the art in the “Painted Churches” of the area.) They were married in 1884A in Texas and had their first son, Joseph Emil on September 25th, 1884H. Emil Ferdinand was born August 9th, 1886 in BauervilleI, Fayette County, Texas. They had only 2 sons. The story we got from another family member was that one night Joseph had been drinking, and did not want to face the wrath of Marie so he slept on someone’s chicken house. He then caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwardsJ. Joseph died on July, 19th, 1900K.
A: 1900 US Federal Census for Lavaca County, Tx His birth month and year are stated here, the 1 on 1851 is tough to read unless you get zoomed in close, the top of the 5 is crossed into it and it looks like they made the 1 taller to compensate. It also shows him immigrating in 1867.
D: I find it hard to believe, due to the fact that the obituary for her, spoke so highly of her character. I guess that depends on who wrote the obit, (I’m guessing Emma, her youngest daughter, who might have been more favored). Many times we hear of step mother’s not being so nice to their step children.
E: This is wild conjecture, there was a Richter who came over in the 1850’s with 6 children that moved to that area with 2. We don’t know what happened to the other 4.
F: The large cattle drives to Kansas started in 1867, up the Chisolhm Trail, the first was 2400 head of Texas Longhorn steers. See more info at The Handbook of Texas Online.
G: Mamie Walzel is mentioned as a wife at www.moravian-connection.com but they do not show if they think she was a first wife, nor do they show a date or source. She could not be a wife after Marie Berger as Joseph died while married to her. That reference may just have Marie Berger as Mamie, and put her name at her death as Walzel, since she we remarried to Anton Walzel. (So, I think Marie Berger and ‘Mamie’ Walzel are one and the same) ie - see Emil Ferdinand’s death notice
H: The 1900 Census as well as the 1910, 1920, 1930, and his WW1 Draft card state his birth.
I: From Emil’s Draft card.
J: From a letter sent to us by Joyce Richter; that particular story was related by Mary Ann Richter
Here is the old story I wrote, until I did a little more digging and thinking. The results of which are the questions and clues below.
Joseph Richter was born in Vienna, Austria on December 2nd, 1851. His parents are said to be Josef and Marie (Schubert) Richter .Marie Berger was born on March 17th, 1860 also in Vienna. Joseph immigrated in 1867 to Texas and Marie immigrated in 1880. (Her father Franz immigrated a year after her, in 1881) They were married in 1884 in Texas and had their first son, Joseph Emil on September 25th, 1884. Emil Ferdinand was born August 9th, 1886 in Bauerville, Fayette County, Texas. They had only 2 sons. The story we got from another family member was that one night Joseph had been drinking, and did not want to face the wrath of Marie so he slept on someone’s chicken house. He then caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards. Joseph died on July, 19th, 1900.
The questions on my mind about Joseph are many: Here are a few
Since Joseph was born 13 years before Maria (his closest sibling) Did they have the same mother? Or had Joseph’s mother passed away and his father remarried to Maria Schubert?
If that was the case were there any other siblings from that first marriage? And did any of them immigrate with him?
If Joseph was here in 1867, as it is stated on the 1900 census, he was about 15 or 16 years old, (which is not unheard of at the time) what was he doing for the next 13 years before he met and married Marie?
Also his parents immigrated in 1880 to High Hill, then moved to Weimar that same year. Was he here to help make money for their passage? This was also common.
If his parents went to High Hill, was it because that was where he was?
In all those 13 years did he have a sweetheart... or possibly wife?
If so, what about children?
If he came over in 1867, he was here when the great cattle drives were just getting started up the Chisolm Trail to Kansas etc, was he part of it?
When Marie Berger came over the year before her father, was it also to make money for his fare? She was 19 or 20 and he was about 69 years old
What happened to Marie’s mother? Did she die before Franz came over? Is that why he left Austria?
Clues to Maria Schubert NOT being Joseph’s mother
Joseph Richter was born in December of 1851. His father, Josef, was born in August 1837. That would make Josef 14 years old. If we accept these dates as fact, we can be pretty certain there was no sibling prior to Joseph.
We can follow Maria Schubert on the census reports pretty well after, and including 1900.
In 1900 she was in Weimar Town married to Ferdinand Schenk with Emma Richter, her daughter, the last child of her’s and Josepf’s. He (Ferdinand Schenk) is 66, being born in July of 1833. She is 58 being born in Oct of 1841. They have been married 4 years. According to the census she has 6 children and all are still living. It says they are both from Austria, as were their parents. Emma was born in Texas in Sep 1883 and is 16.
I always thought it was odd, we show 7 children, all living...
In 1910 once again she is shown with Ferdinand Schenk in Weimar and shows both in their 2nd marriage in the 14th year, and shows her to have had 6 children, all still living. He is 76, she is 68. Both came over from Germany in 1880. Her owns free and clear his own house. He is a shoemaker at his own shop. They are shown to be on Center Street.
She seems to be insisting she only has had 6 children, we still show 7...
In 1920 Maria is with her daughter, Emma in San Antonio; as Ferdinand Schenk had died. We get no additional clues here or in her obituary except the omission of who has preceded her in death, Josepf (her first spouse), and Joseph (her son?) Read my revised story by clicking on the “My Story” tab at the top of this page.
1. Joseph Richter (b.2 Dec 1861-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) 2. 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) 3. 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) 4. Raymond Edwin "Bubba" Richter (b.8 Dec 1934-DeWitt County,Texas;d.24 May 2011-Austin,Travis County,Texas) sp: Ann Marie Gajdusek 5. Lisa Ann Richter (b.7 Aug 1964-Huth Memorial Hospital,Yoakum,LC,Texas;d.7 Aug 1964-HMH,Yoakum,LC,Texas) 4. Mary Ann Richter (b.18 Dec 1943-DeWitt County,Texas;d.21 Mar 1998-Victoria County,Texas) sp: Immenhauser 4. Joyce Richter sp: Rennie Ray Lux (b.1936;d.2006) 3. William Richter (b.7 Jul 1914-Yoakum,Dewitt County,Texas;d.13 Feb 1915-Yoakum,Dewitt County,Texas) 3. 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) 4. Roy Richter sp: Landra 4. Lily Mae Richter sp: Edwin James Bolech (m.23 Nov 1957) 3. Helen Mary Richter (b.12 Oct 1916-Lavaca County,Texas;d.13 Oct 1991-Yoakum,Lavaca County,Texas) sp: J A Janssen 3. Lillian Richter (b.Abt 1919) 2. 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) 3. Emil Edward Richter (b.18 Feb 1908-Moulton,Lavaca County,Texas;d.1992) 3. Anton Alfred Richter (b.26 Aug 1909-Cameron,Milam County,Texas;d.20 Apr 2002-Seguin,Guadalupe County,Texas) sp: Mary Loraine Meyer (b.26 Jul 1926) 3. 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) 3. Reuben Richter (b.14 Jul 1915;d.10 Feb 1990) sp: Jewel Beatrice Bailey (b.6 Mar 1922;d.28 Feb 1998) 3. Frank Charles Richter (b.20 Sep 1918-Hocheim,DeWitt County,Texas) sp: Ruth Tuch 3. Richter