Roeder, Louis Von (1806–1840)

By: Flora von Roeder

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 1995

Updated: January 26, 2019

Carl Ludwig Socrates (Louis) von Roeder, soldier in the Texas Revolution, son of Lt. Ludwig Siegismund Anton and Caroline Luise (Sack) von Roeder, was born on October 24, 1806, either near Paderborn or at Marienmünster, Westphalia, Prussia. He and his fifteen brothers and sisters grew up on an estate called Marienmünster, a former Benedictine monastery, near Höxter, Westphalia. Roeder enrolled in Georg August University, Göttingen, in 1824 to study public affairs. He was a junior barrister at Nieheim near Höxter when he and two brothers and a sister were chosen to go to Texas in advance of the family to file a claim in Stephen F. Austin's colony. They left in the late winter of 1834, arrived in July, and settled some miles northwest of San Felipe at Cat Spring. The Roeders became immediate victims of yellow fever, which raged in the area in the summer, and two of them, Joachim and Valeska, died. The other brother, Albrecht von Roeder, and Louis were barely alive when their brother Rudolf and brother-in-law, Robert Kleberg, found them in the fall of 1834. Both of them recovered. Roeder served in the revolutionary army from November 3 to December 13, 1835, and participated in the siege of Bexar. He rejoined the war effort on March 1, 1836, fought at the battle of San Jacinto, and remained in service until June 1. On May 21, 1837, he married Caroline Ernst (see HINUEBER, CAROLINE ERNST VON). They made their home at Cat Spring, where Louis was awarded a certificate dated September 11, 1838, for a league and labor of land. The Roeders had three children, only one of whom grew to maturity. Roeder died on July 19, 1840. He is believed to be buried somewhere near the spring for which the town of Cat Spring is named.

Gilbert Giddings Benjamin, The Germans in Texas: A Study in Immigration (Austin: Jenkins, 1974). John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Cat Spring Agricultural Society, The Cat Spring Story (San Antonio: Lone Star, 1956). Kleberg Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Peoples
  • Germans
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers
  • Military
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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June 1, 1995
January 26, 2019