This story takes up where I left off months ago with these two pages:

Adolphine Charlotte Ottilie Sack married Arnold Freidrich Ploeger 4 Jun 1807
Ottilie Auguste Arnoldine Ploeger 9 May 1809 - 2 Dec 1881 Adolphine Auguste Theodora Ploeger 25 May 1815 - 1880 Ferdinand Friedrich August Ploeger 8 Jul 1817 - 18 Feb 1890 Auguste Louise Amalie Ploeger 3 July 1819 - 14 Mar 1844 Antonie Theresa Emilie Valeska Ploeger - 27 Jun 1822 - 4 Nov 1896 Carl Ludwig Heinrich Ploeger 12 Mar 1824 - 17 Mar 1863 Note: The name underlined was the name by which this family member was known.

Five of Adolphine’s children moved to the Republic of Texas and then later to the United States after Texas became a state in 1846. First to arrive was daughter Theodora (known as Dora) her husband Philipp Sack in 1840. Unfortunately Philipp died in 1844, a year after the couple’s third child was born. Dora became the topic of family gossip when she accepted the romantic attentions of her cousin Frederick Arnold Otto von Roeder within a couple of months of her first husband’s death. The couple were married in Austin, in 1845.
Dora was followed by brothers Ferdinand and Carl and sister Auguste in 1843. Ferdinand married his first cousin Ottilie Sack (pictured at right)The couple and their children lived in the Dewitt County area. Ferdinand eventually established a business and farmed near Round Top. By the 1860 census his mother Adolphine was living with the family. Carl was a physician who settled and practiced in Bastrop. He died young, at age 39 , leaving a wife (Marie Langhammer)and five children. Auguste married Joseph Frank Martin Sarrazin. One of their noteworthy descendents is the Actor, Rip Torn. Emilie was the last daughter to immigrate. She is the first to immigrate to the United States, as she did not arrive until after Texas achieved statehood. Emilie is our direct ancestor and her story is told in more detail later in the book.
Adolphine’s place of burial is the source of one of those long standing family arguments. I can remember my grandmother telling me that Adolphine was buried in Texas. However, my mother insisted that she was buried in Germany. To be fair to my mother, the 1886 Silver Book did list Adolphine as buried in her homeland. So, as with many things in family history, what turns out to be incorrect information has some basis in “fact.” In 1986 my uncle and grandmother visited Round Top Texas, where Ferdinand and Adolphine had lived. They found the burial marker in the cemetery adjacent to the Bethlehem Luther Church in Round Top. This picture is of Elinor Emmy Roger Houston, Adolphine’s great, great, granddaughter. I took the full color photo in 2008, when my husband and I visited the cemetery. That was an adventure in itself, since I could remember that the cemetery was in Round “Something.” We visited Round Mountain and Round Rock with no luck. Finally, in New Braunfels we happened upon a monument in Landa Park to commemorate the early German settlers. This monument mentioned Round Top. And off we went. Even then it was a near miss as we visited two or three cemeteries but did not realize there was one behind the church. Luckily, we stopped at a feed store and were directed to the Lutheran Church. Later that year, we returned to the cemetery, this time with my mother in tow. Adolphine’s great, great, great granddaughter and her great, great, great, great granddaughter had now visited her final resting place. Interestingly enough, each time I had visited the grave, it had been tended by someone and there was a fresh flower arrangement. At our first Sack Family reunion in 2009, I found that cousin Loretta Leonhardt was the one tending this plot. Loretta is a 5th cousin twice removed.