Hayo Christian BOHLSEN
(Abt 1735-1795)
Margarete Elisabeth
(Abt 1730-)
Johann Albrecht BOHLSEN
Catharine Elizabeth GREIFENKERL
Harm "Diedrich" BOHLSEN


Family Links

1. Ahlke Margarete LÜBBEN

2. Anna Catharine KÜSEL

Harm "Diedrich" BOHLSEN

  • Born: 22 Jan 1800, Burhave, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) 2
  • Married (1): Bef 1827, Langwarden, Niedersachsen
  • Married (2): 23 Feb 1841, Langwarden, Niedersachsen 1
  • Died: 1863, Austin, Travis Co., TX, USA
  • Buried: Bohls Ranch Cemetery South, Travis, TX, USA 3

   Came to be known as Dietrich BOHLS.

  Research Notes:

Harm Diedrich Bohlsen was a weaver in Seeverns (in the Parish of Langwarden).

After the birth of two children to Anna Catharine Küsel, the family migrated to Texas, USA.


1850 U.S. Federal Census (called Deadrch Bowls):

Age given: 51 years
Birthplace given: Germany
Dwelling Place: Austin, Travis, Texas, USA
Occupation: Farmer

Present were [wife] Anna (31), [children] (born in Germany): William (23), labourer, Caroline (10), Henry (7), Gustavus (4), Emoline (1)


1860 U.S. Federal Census (called D Boles):

Age given: 63 years [sic]
Birthplace given: Germany
Dwelling Place: Austin, Travis, Texas, USA
Occupation: Farmer

Present were wife A. (38) [sic], children H. (son, 16) of Germany, farmer, and born in Austin, TX: G. (son, 13), E. (daughter, 8), T. (son, 6), J. (son, 1)


'According to the 1850 census, Dietrich Bohls, his spouse Anna and four children were living in the Austin area and were listed as emigrants from Oldenburg. In the ship records of the Apollo that landed in Galveston in December 1844 Heinrich (sic Harm Dietrich) Bohls is listed with a spouse and three children. They were members of the German Immigration Society and arrived in Indianola, on Matagorda Bay, Texas, on December 24, 1844. Only 17 emigrants on the Apollo settled in New Braunfels. The Bohls family was not among this group. However, they had bought property in the Austin area (now Rosewood Park) in 1846. The oldest son, William, entered in the Texas forces that participated in the Mexican War, 1846-1848. A copy of his pension was found among family papers to document this...

He was married in 1826 to Anna (?) Margrethe Lubben. In 1830 he was sent to prison for two years. During this time his spouse gave birth to a girl, who could not have been Dietrich’s daughter. He divorced his spouse after leaving prison....

In 1842, he married Anna. They had a girl and two boys, who emigrated with them to America... [B]oth Dietrich and William received grants from the German Emigration Society. These grants were located in Concho and Tom Green Counties, which were not habitable at the time. Since the Society had had financial troubles, the grants were not available until 1854, and William had already married and settled in Bastrop County by that time. In the meantime, Dietrich had acquired the property in Bee Cave and was in the process of moving his family from the Austin area. The land grants are recorded in the General Land Ofhe of the State of Texas.'


Texas Land Title Abstract:

Grantee: Ludwig Jung Certificate: 7 Patentee: Dietrich Bohlsen Patent Date: 17 Oct 1855 Acres: 294 DISTRICT: Bexar County: Kimble File: 1744 Survey/Blk/Tsp: 358 Patent #: 349 Patent Volume: 12 Class: Bex. 3rd 4 5 6

  Marriage Information:

Harm married Ahlke Margarete LÜBBEN before 1827 in Langwarden, Niedersachsen. (Ahlke Margarete LÜBBEN was born about 1800 in Stollhamm, Niedersachsen and died on 21 Jun 1849 in Niedersachsen 1.

  Marriage Information:

Harm also married Anna Catharine KÜSEL, daughter of Gerd Hinrich KÜSEL and Anna Magdalene BORCHERS, on 23 Feb 1841 in Langwarden, Niedersachsen 1. (Anna Catharine KÜSEL was born on 3 Oct 1817 in Niedersachsen, died in 1893 in Travis Co., TX, USA and was buried in Bohls Ranch Cemetery South, Travis, TX, USA 7.)


1 Research conducted by German genealogist Hans H. Francksen, citing Burhave and Langwarden Parish Registers, in a letter to John Gore dated 27 Nov 1991.

2 Ibid.

3 FindAGrave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29124017 (incorrectly gives his birth year as 1793).

4 AGS Quarterly, Volume XLI, Number 1, March 2000, p. 28.

5 Texas Land Title Abstract, certificate 7, file 1744, patent # 349, patent vol. 12.

6 The History of Bee Cave, Texas, http://ezinearticles.com/?The-History-of-Bee-Cave,-Texas&id=3589494.

7 FindAGrave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29123909.

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