Roeder, Albrecht Von (1811–1857)

By: Flora von Roeder

Type: Biography

Published: November 1, 1995

Updated: January 26, 2019

Franz Ferdinand Albrecht Ludwig von Roeder, fighter in the Texas Revolution, son of Lt. Ludwig Siegismund Anton and Caroline Luise (Sack) von Roeder, was born on July 31, 1811, at Vorden, Westphalia, Prussia. On January 26, 1831, he enrolled at the University of Heidelberg, where he studied until the end of the 1831–32 winter semester. On October 1, 1832, he enrolled at Georg August University in Göttingen, where he studied law. In the late winter of 1834 Roeder, two of his brothers, Joachim and Louis von Roeder, and his oldest sister, Valeska, immigrated to Texas as an advance party for the purpose of establishing a settlement to which the rest of the family was to follow. Shortly after their arrival at Cat Spring in Stephen F. Austin's colony in July they became seriously ill with yellow fever, and Joachim and Valeska died. Albrecht and Louis were nursed back to health by their brother Rudolf and brother-in-law, Robert Justus Kleberg. From November 3 to December 13, 1835, Roeder served in the Army of the Republic of Texas. He participated in the siege of Bexar and after the fall of the Alamo, during the Runaway Scrape, helped the settlers rather than rejoin the army. After the war, Roeder returned to the vicinity of Cat Spring to farm. He was issued a certificate entitling him to one-third league of land on March 29, 1838. On August 6, 1841, he married his brother's widow Caroline (see HINUEBER, CAROLINE ERNST VON); they had seven children. About 1847 the Roeder and Kleberg families moved to the Lateiner Community (see LATIN SETTLEMENTS OF TEXAS) on Five-Mile Coleto Creek in the vicinity of Meyersville, DeWitt County. Roeder and his brother-in-law were among forty volunteers ambushed by Comanche Indians near Yorktown on Escondido Creek east of the San Antonio River. They both survived, but many of the volunteers, including Capt. John York, were killed. Roeder died on June 11, 1857, perhaps a casualty of the Cart War. His burial site is believed to be in the vicinity of Five-Mile Coleto Creek.

John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Kleberg Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Rosa Kleberg, "Some of My Early Experiences in Texas," trans. Rudolph Kleberg, Jr., Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1, 2 (April, October 1898). Nellie Murphree, A History of DeWitt County (Victoria, Texas, 1962).

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November 1, 1995
January 26, 2019