Christian Eisenbach from Villmar Germany 1821 – 1859 to Bastrop County Texas

I have been researching my 3rd great grandfather on my dads side on the male line and have traced him back to Villmar Germany.

He signed a German Immigration Company land grant that Baron Von Bastrop was a part of that was later taken over by the Miller Fisher grant and administered by Meusebach.

I have seen documents with the Meusebach name, Miller Fisher name, as well as Baron von Bastrop name all associated with Christian Eisenbach related documents.

John O. Meusebach is interesting in that he was the only guy in Texas to sign a treaty with the Comanche indians and live to tell about it.

You can read about the treaty here I was able to get a significant number if not all of the Eisenbach’s recorded in the Catholic church in Villmar Germany from a very helpful lady there.

I have information on all “Eisenbach” families in the Villmar Germany area also known as being in the region of Bad Camberg or Taunus Selters. This information has been a great help to me but I cannot publish it on the internet.

There is even a small village near Villmar called Eisenbach and a river called Eisenbach but this area is not to be confused with the larger city called Eisenbach that is further South.

Christian came to Texas with 2 other brother on the ship the James Edward in 1846 and either ported in Galveston or Indianola Texas.

According to researchers you always go with the German source regarding place of departure and arrival and so based on that we must assume they ported in Indianola Texas.

His older brothers name is Antonio Eisenbach and also went by Anton Eisenbach. His brother closest in age to him was Wilhelm Eisenbach.

They all settled in Bastrop County Texas and there are numerous Bastrop County Texas tax roll documents to prove this. In the tax rolls you can see each one had several head of cattle, a few horses, oxen, sheep, pigs, a wagon and a few other things.

According to a story I read in a German book that one of the Eisenbach’s also either farmed or primarily carted via wagon and 24 oxen,  large 500 pound cotton bails from Bastrop County to Houston on behalf of the cotton farmers in the area.

I assume he hauled cotton but did not farm it but this is speculation. In 1859 he owned $1,970 worth of  livestock, a wagon, and land.

You can read the original document here 1859 (FW Grassmeyer Survey – Pin Oak Creek). 1855 – (Charles Edward Survey – Pin Oak Creek) This might be why his son or my 2nd great grandfather lists his occupation as a “truck farmer”.

Perhaps his son Anton C. Eisenbach (2nd great grandfather) achieved his trade by learning from his father how to haul freight.

But Anton was able to make use of a truck while his dad had only a cart and team of oxen. Later on in the late 1850’s Christian is shown on Bastrop County tax rolls to have moved off of the Charles Edward survey of land near the town of Serbin and Giddings and settled on a farm very near Smithville on the FW Grassmeyer survey.

You would think he was probably located near Shipp lake or closer to the Colorado river. After further inspection it appears I am likely wrong about this.

He probably never left the Charles Edwards survey. It looks like in older maps FW Grassmeyer survey is a survey where the later Charles Edwards survey now sits.

I am still verifying this is the case. In this 1847 map of Bastrop County you can see that F.W. Grassmeyer survey # 4 was on Pin Oak Creek very near the Fayette County line. This would be the survey in which Christian lived and farmed. FW Grassmeyer survey 4

Christian lived fairly close to Wilhelm as can be seen in this map below.


Serbin where he previously lived was a town made up of Slavic Germans who were Lutheran and had their own peculiar Wendish German language. 3-brothers-final

Here is a 1861 map that made it easy for me to show where each brother lived in proximity to each other.

Although Christian was not a slavic German he lived in this area and was listed as being a member of the Democratic party with men of Wendish decent in the Serbin area of Bastrop County. Here is a GIS map where you can locate the exact abstract in map form and find the road to drive on to drive by the property he lived on in 1855.

It looks like of the brothers Wilhelm continued to accumulate more land although less valuable while Anton maintained a meager amount of land and Christian came out with land worth more money compared to the other brothers.

A confusing thing shows up in Concho County Texas where both Christian and Wilhelm Eisenbach appear on land next to each other on a 1862 Concho County map on original colony surveys with their names being the survey name.

Also a man name Johann Eisenbach appears in these land grant records  as a witness with his brother Wilhelm who is not listed as having come on the James Edward ship. I am making an assumption that this might actually be Johann Geis who is related somehow by marriage to the Eisenbach brothers but then again it could be a brother of theirs.

Concho County appears to be where they first settled but there is no history of them here that I can find beyond these land grants and survey maps. It appears they got here in 1849 and made a go of it only to eventually leave and settle in Bastrop County Texas where there is more written about them there.

Paint Rock Texas, Concho County was Indian territory back then and not many people if any chose to settle out there in 1846 even if granted hundreds of acres there because it was too dangerous with having to deal with fighting indians.

There are no tax rolls to show what they did on this land although I speculate they had cattle and sheep here. concho

An interesting note is that this area is now known as Paint Rock Texas and is just outside the city of San Angelo Texas where many Eisenbach’s still live today and where my dad and granddad are from.

Christians wife and my 3rd great grandmother remarried in 1860 so I assume Christian may have died around 1859. He likely did not get to accomplish much in Concho County because of his soon departure.

No one has found his grave or any news on how he died but I wonder if while travelling to Concho County Texas something might have happened to him on his journey. We may never know.

Julia Sophia Rabe was Christians first wife although Julia had been married 2 times before and probably widowed both times only to marry a 3rd time to Christian.

Some speculate that Julia Sophia’s maiden name is Peterson although this is unconfirmed. Considering Julia has been married 4 times one wonders if she was the one who courted and pursued these men.

4 marriages is a lot and so you have to wonder what exactly was going on there? Maybe she badly needed companionship and protection in the hard life of the frontier in Texas.

Regarding the legend of “Eisenbach” in this German book it records that of “all the men standing in Texas ‘Eisenbach’ was considered the strongest”.

It goes on to say that on his journey from Bastrop County to Houston his cart and oxen became stuck several times in the spongy mud near Houston.

He would have to remove each 500 pound bail of cotton, then get the cart unstuck from the mud and then proceed to put each bail back on the cart again. We may never know if this is referring to Christian or one of his brothers but it definitely makes for an interesting side note.


Here is a German Immigration contract in 1846 for Christian Eisenbach

Here is another German Immigration contract for Christian Eisenbach

This is the Fisher Miller Colony Transfer for Christian Eisenbach

I found a Christ. Eisenbach living nearby in Camberg Germany in which he is listed as the husband of a wife involved in a witch trial in 1643 He could be a distant grandfather of Christian’s perhaps?

On my to do list. A Mr. D Velten wrote the following: “The most important sources besides the church books are the censuses of 1643 and 1665 in the Amt (that is comparable to county) Camberg and the Beede (tax) lists of Camberg 1700 – 1740, which have been evaluated by the genealogist Hans Schmitt for
Camberg and its surrounding villages. The Beede lists are therefore very interesting for the genealogist, because there is an entry in the list when the tax goes over to another man. In most cases that means, that the land of
someone who has died is inherited to his children or his children-in-law. So it becomes possible to investigate the birth name of the wife in many cases with a high probability. So let’s see what can be found for the persons in the family tree you gave me:”

I need to contact Hans Schmitt and see if he has this information because I am not able to travel to Germany to look at it myself.

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  • Mary Richardson August 17, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I am researching ancestor of my husband. 3 days ago I found an article entitled ” Die Auswanderung aus dem Kreis-Limburg-Weilburg in den Kreis Bastrop-Texas”, written by Manfred Junz, Bad camberg, Germany and translated by Carol Marlo of St Louis, MO dated 1991. I copied 2 pages for my husband to see. Now the article of the immigration of Germans to Indianola, TX is GONE from Did you post the article? Quite a bit mentions Adam Becker, the ancestor.

  • admin August 17, 2014, 2:58 pm

    I inadvertently removed that when removing some copyrighted material that I was not supposed to publish on the internet. I will send this article to you.


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