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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
McQueeney in Guadalupe County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Altwein Family

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1. Altwein Family Marker

Johann Gotthülf Altwein (1801-1853), a grain mill builder and operator, and his wife Wilhelmine (Quandt) (1802-1880) brought their family to Texas from Prussia in 1851 and settled on a farm on the west bank of the Guadalupe River near this site. They donated land for the first Schumannsville community school. Named Altwein School in their honor, it was moved closer to the town in 1879 and renamed Unionwein School.

Located about one-half mile east of this site is the Altwein family cemetery, established in 1853 upon Johann Gotthülf Altwein's death. Three months after purchasing the farm, he was working to clear the land and suffered a fatal heatstroke. Only one grave in the cemetery is marked with a headstone - that of two-year-old grandson, Herrman R. Altwein (1880-1882). Family history records at least fourteen burials at the site, some marked with simple native rocks. Interments also include those of Herrman's parents, Wilhelm (1840-1915) and Louise Staats (1847-1888) Altwein, and two of their daughters, one named Otillia (1884-1886). Also believed to be buried in the family graveyard are two children of a local Mexican
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laborer; the Altweins' oldest daughter Augusta (1830-1901), her husband Johannes Krams and their daughters Augusta Krams Dammann and Matilda Krams, who all died in 1883. Another daughter, Bertha Matilda Krams Scheffell (1861-1933), was the last person interred in the family cemetery.

The Altwein family is representative of the many German immigrants who came to Texas in the 19th century, and their legacy continues with descendants still living in the region.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12797.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 38.108′ N, 98° 4.179′ W. Marker is in McQueeney, Texas, in Guadalupe County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 725 north of Grove Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Queeney TX 78123, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schumannsville Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of Dietz Community (approx. 2 miles away); Blumberg Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Clear Spring Hall and Store (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jauer Family Cemetery
Altwein Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, July 9, 2022
2. Altwein Family Marker
(approx. 4 miles away); Friedens Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lone Oak Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Near River Crossing Used by New Braunfels' First Settlers (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2022, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2022, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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