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Welfare in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Beseler Family

 
 
Beseler Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 16, 2021
1. Beseler Family Marker
Inscription.  Carl Joseph and Augusta Beseler and their two sons immigrated from Germany to Texas in 1848. They settled in Kendall County on a land grant in the 1850s. The community of Welfare was established on the Beseler Land Grant. The Beselers' son Ernst died in the Battle of Nueces. His brother Carl Philipp was instrumental in building Welfare into a railroad shipping point in the 1880s. Carl Philipp served as justice of the peace, postmaster, county commissioner, and tax assessor. The general store is among the few physical remnants of the community of Welfare.
 
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 382.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 29° 54.552′ N, 98° 47.192′ W. Marker is in Welfare, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on Waring Walfare Road, 0.4 miles north of Little Joshua Creek Road, on the right when traveling north. The marker
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is located on the south side of the old store building by the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 Waring Welfare Road, Boerne TX 78006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nicolaus Zink (approx. 1.3 miles away); Waring Schoolhouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Brownsboro Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Brownsboro Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ottmar von Behr (approx. 5.2 miles away); A Recovering Prairie (approx. 5.2 miles away); James Kiehl River Bend Park (approx. 5.2 miles away); Army Spc. James M. Kiehl Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Nueces massacre.
The Nueces Massacre, also known as the Massacre on the Nueces, was a violent confrontation between Confederate soldiers and German Texans on August 10, 1862, in Kinney County, Texas. Many first-generation immigrants from Germany settled in Central Texas in a region known as the Hill Country. They tended to support the Union and were opposed to the institution of slavery. Because of these sentiments, the Confederate States of America imposed martial law on Central Texas. A group of Germans, fleeing from the Hill Country to Mexico and onward after that to Union-controlled New Orleans, was confronted by a company
Beseler Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 16, 2021
2. Beseler Family Marker
of Confederate soldiers on the banks of the Nueces River. Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on December 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Welfare, TX.
Welfare is four miles southeast of Waring in west central Kendall County. It was once known as Bon Ton or Boyton, but when the post office was established in 1880, the name was changed to Welfare, possibly for the German word "Wohlfarht," meaning pleasant trip. In 1887 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company completed the section of track between San Antonio and Kerrville, giving Welfare easy access to markets.  Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on December 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Beseler Family Marker next to the general store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 16, 2021
3. The view of the Beseler Family Marker next to the general store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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