Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by Willie E. Koenig

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

Two brothers, George Gustav and Ernest Koenig, were early settlers in Coleman County.  They were born in Marksukl, Germany to Freiderrika and Adam Koenig.  Their mother, left a widow after the death of her husband and two other sons, was a general store keeper in the small village.  After hearing about Texas from a Texan visiting in Germany, she disposed of her holdings and bought passage for herself and her two sons, George, seventeen years old and Ernest, fourteen years old, on the fastest ship afloat.  They landed at New York in August 1882, then entrained for Brenham, Washington County, Texas.
(1) George Gustav was born August 17, 1865.  Sometime in his twenties, he married first Clara Leihr and to this union was born three sons, George, Ben and Edwin and one daughter, Madie.  He came to Coleman County from Brenham and bought a farm seven miles north of Burkett in December 1897.  Clara died in June 1898.  He married second Elizabeth Bertha Packlipp in Brownwood, in December 1899.  They had four children, two sons Alfred John (see Elijah DeBusk) and Arnold Ernest and two daughters Elsie Bertha and Alwena.  George Gustav died November 9, 1921 and Bertha, in 1946.  Some of his descendants still live in Coleman County.

(2) Ernest, February 12, 1868, came to Coleman County in 1891 at the age of twenty-three, settling near Echo.  Seven years later he married Mary Delia Bolieu in Coleman on October 16, 1898.  They reared three sons, Willie, who lived in Coleman County until 1974, Albert and Ralph and two daughters, Alma and Alice.  Ernest helped clear the public right of way from Burkett to Coleman and retired from farming in 1946.  He passed away May 10, 1961, and Mary Delia, February 24, 1962, both buried in Burkett.

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