Karl Christian Kreder was born in Stuttgart, Germany, August 2, 1823. His Godparents were Johann Friedrich Zweigle, a vine dresser by trade, and Anna Maria and Joh. Friedr Hoschele, vinedressers.
Christiane Wilhelmine Knapple was born in Stuttgart, Germany January 8, 1825. Her Godparents were Gottlieb Friedrich Wiedmajer, a brick or tile maker in Zuffenhausen; Maria Friederika and Joseph Friedrich Erben, small farm owners in Stuttgart; and Christiana Wilhelmina and Henrich Veyhl, a carpenter.
Like his father Karl was a vine dresser in Stuttgart by trade. Karl brought his wife and some of their children to America about 1880. Other grown sons and daughters remained in Germany.
Two of their children Karl & Louise never married. They are buried together in Whitney, Texas.
Their daughter Carlena Kreder married George Gruener (Greener). Their son Ernst Hermann Kreder married Martha Minnie Hessel who came from Baden Baden, Saxony, Germany, with her family at the age of 4.
Karl died of TB before Ernst married Minnie in 1894. After Karl's death Christiane lived with Ernst and his family. When Christiane Kreder died it was her request not be buried by her husband since he was so mean to her when he was alive. She was buried in Gerald, Texas.
Herman Henry Blankenstein, Jr., a great-great-grandson of Karl Kreder has the family sword which came from Germany. The sword was used for many years to chop cabbage for kraut. It was once a beautiful, ornate sword with carved dog's heads on the handles, but it was badly damaged in the fire when Minnie and Ernst Kreder's house burned.
GERMANS TO AMERICA Glazier & Filby 929.308931 V35 V38Ship: Zeeland Ship: Belgenland
From: Antwerp From: Antwerp
To: New York To: New York
Arrived: 28 May 1880 Arrived: 27 May 1881
KREDER, KARL 56 M Unknown KREDER, CHRISTIAN 56 M Farmer (was mother)
Helene 16 F Germany to USA Carl 16 M
Herman 8 M
1910 McLennan Co, Texas Census ed 110 sheet 109 vol 199 Sheet 12BHerman Kreder Head M W 37 m16yrs Ger Ger Ger owned farm 185 free
Minnie wife F W 33 m16yrs Ger Ger Ger 5 ch 5 alive
Herman son M W 15 single Tex Ger Ger
Annie dau F W 14 single Tex Ger Ger
Mary dau F W 11 single Tex Ger Ger
Elsa dau F W 9 single Tex Ger Ger
George son M W 2 single Tex Ger Ger
CHRISTIANA mother F W 84 wid Ger Ger Ger spoke German
Aileen Dozier Blankenstein
Records from Aderhold Funeral Home - West, Texas
Anna Caroline Kreder Blankenstein
1900 McLennan Co., Texas Census records
Karl & Christiane's marriage license from Germany
Karl & Christiane's birth certificates from Germany