Johann Valentin Braeutigam and his family made the decision to leave Kaltenlengsfeld, Germany for the Republic of Texas in 1845. Johann and his family departed Bremen, Germany in September 1845 aboard the ship Johann Dethardt. They arrived at Indianola, Texas in December 1845.
Aboard the ship with Johann (born 2-26-1791):
Maria Braeutigam - wife born 12-16-1795
Johann Wolfgang Braeutigam - son born 3-16-1829
Anton Braeutigam - relationship unknown born about 1815
Valentin would die at Indianola, along with many other German immigrants. His family departed for the German settlement of New Braunfels Texas in early 1846. They would later be among the first families to make their new home in Fredericksburg, Texas.
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Front page of Vereins contract signed by Johann Valentin Braeutigam with the Republic of Texas - 1845
Back page of Vereins contract signed by Johann Valentin Braeutigam with the Republic of Texas - 1845
This is the ship that Valentin Braeutigam and his family came to Texas on in 1845.
Photo courtesy of the Fredericksburg Winery