The von Rosenberg Family
Genealogy Pages

Home Page  |  What's New  |  Photos  |  Histories  |  Headstones  |  Reports  |  Surnames
Search
First Name:


Last Name:



Print Bookmark
Carl Wilhelm VON ROSENBERG

Carl Wilhelm VON ROSENBERG

Male 1821 - 1901  (80 years)

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Carl Wilhelm VON ROSENBERG 
    Nickname William 
    Birth 14 Oct 1821  Memel, Memel, Ostpreußen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 4 Dec 1901  Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sec 1, Lot 141
    Person ID I3879  von Rosenberg Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2022 

    Father Peter Carl Johann VON ROSENBERG,   b. 2 Oct 1794, Eckitten, Memel, Ostpreußen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Oct 1866, La Grange, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Johanna Dorothea FROELICH,   b. 12 Jun 1797, Tilsit, Ostpreußen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Apr 1826, Memel, Memel, Ostpreußen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 28 years) 
    Marriage 2 Jun 1819  Memel, Memel, Ostpreußen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Peter Carl von Rosenberg and family
    Peter Carl von Rosenberg and family
    Family ID F2723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Auguste Franziska ANDERS,   b. 6 Nov 1825, Herzberg, Schweinitz, Sachsen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 6 Oct 1897, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 71 years) 
    Marriage 5 Sep 1849  Herzberg, Schweinitz, Sachsen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Carl Wilhelm VON ROSENBERG, Jr.,   b. 13 Jul 1850, Round Top, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Aug 1918, Greeley, Weld, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 68 years)
    +2. Arthur VON ROSENBERG,   b. 1 Sep 1851, Nassau, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Aug 1934, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 82 years)
    +3. Ernst Johann VON ROSENBERG,   b. 25 Nov 1852, Round Top, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 18 Aug 1915, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 62 years)
    +4. Paul VON ROSENBERG,   b. 12 Aug 1854, Round Top, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 Mar 1935, Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years)
    +5. Laura VON ROSENBERG,   b. 26 Feb 1856, Round Top, Fayette, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Oct 1918, Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 62 years)
    +6. Emma VON ROSENBERG,   b. 15 May 1857, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Dec 1924, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 67 years)
    +7. William VON ROSENBERG, Jr.,   b. 14 Jan 1859, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Jan 1919, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 59 years)
    +8. Anna VON ROSENBERG,   b. 10 Oct 1860, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 8 Jul 1932, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 71 years)
     9. Marie VON ROSENBERG,   b. 31 Jan 1863, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 Aug 1864, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 1 year)
    +10. Lina VON ROSENBERG,   b. 27 Oct 1864, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Jun 1959, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 94 years)
    +11. Frederick Charles VON ROSENBERG,   b. 3 Nov 1866, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 Nov 1931, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 65 years)
     12. Minna Agnes VON ROSENBERG,   b. 17 Jan 1869, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 Mar 1949, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years)
    Family ID F2735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2014 

  • Photos
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg with his sons and sons-in-law
    Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg with his sons and sons-in-law

  • Notes 
    • Carl Wilhelm, son of Peter Carl and Johanna von Rosenberg, was born on his father's estate, Eckitten, near Memel, East Prussia. He was tall, with piercing brown eyes and dark or brown hair.

      Upon completing the course at the Memel high school, Wilhelm served as a government surveyor's apprentice. In 1838 he was employed as private secretary to an administrative land official and accompanied him to Saxony. He held this position until 1841. Wilhelm then entered the army and served his time as a soldier until 1844, when he was appointed lieutenant in the reserves.

      Upon completing that assignment in June 1849, he was promptly discharged, proscribed because of outspoken democratic ideas and barred from further employment with the Royal Prussian government. This was during the time of political upheaval in Germany leaned toward despotism. Rather than have him receive a dishonorable discharge, Wilhelm's major allowed him to resign his commission as lieutenant in the Prussian Reserve Army.

      Wilhelm realized that he would always be opposed by governmental influences because of his liberal ideas, so, like many other cultured Germans of that period, he chose a career in America. At that, his father tried to dissuade him, believing that the princely despotism would surely not last long. Therein he erred. Being liberal and democratic father Peter Carl himself may well have been having difficulties and, with his family, suffering unpleasantness. At any rate, they were all deeply attached to one another and concluded that all should emigrate together and seek happiness under freer institutions.

      Wilhelm married Auguste Anders near Berlin shortly before sailing. The group of eleven landed in Galveston, Texas, in December, 1849.

      Early in 1850 William purchased a small farm, part of Nassau Plantation, owned by his father, near Round Top, Fayette County. He farmed for six years, learned the English language and in 1855 became a citizen of the United States. Being a skilled draftsman, he was called upon to draw a design for the Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange. This work gave such general satisfaction that he was recommended by American friends to the Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas. In consequence, William sold his farm and moved to Austin in April, 1856. He was appointed draftsman at the first vacancy in October.

      In the meantime he made drawings of homes and buildings. His drawing of the Harrell home, one of the earliest in Austin, had hung in the Memorial Museum. He also made a drawing of the old Capitol, copies of which were in possession of several members of this family. It is his pencil drawings of Eckitten that we reproduced in the first von Rosenberg book (blue).

      The land office then occupied a small frame building in the Capitol yard. In 1861 he was appointed chief draftsman, which position he held until 1863, when he left to serve as topographical engineer under General J. Bankhead Magruder in the Confederate Army. His rank was Captain, in Hood's Brigade.

      Having known of slavery here before coming, William felt it his duty, upon the outbreak of war, to stand with the people of his adopted state. He participated in East Texas skirmishes near Sabine Pass. After the war ended, he resumed his position as Chief Draftsman in the General Land Office until the trying "Reconstruction" period.

      Starting from scratch after the war, in order to buy a home for his large family, William borrowed $800 in gold from Jacob de Cardova, a friend in Marlin. In 1871 he built a substantial stone residence on the corner of Sixteenth and Guadalupe Streets, where he resided the remainder of his life. In about 1867 he entered partnership with Major C. R. Johns, J. C. Kirby, and F. Everett in a profitable land agency business, which lasted about ten years. When banking was combined with the land agency, however, the business failed. Broke again through no fault of his, William then opened a land agency of his own in 1877 and did very well. He knew sound engineering principles and advised correctly against the location of a proposed Colorado River dam site.

      Once, when a newly arrived German immigrant came to his office, bowing and scraping with "Herr Baron" this and "Herr Baron" that, William declared emphatically, "This is America, where we don't have that." Though politically a Democrat, William ever reserved the right to follow the dictates of his conscience. He never sought nor desired public office. He was solicited to run for the legislature on the Horace Greeley ticket, but opposing Greeley's nomination, declined to enter the race. William von Rosenberg at all times manifested a deep interest in the prosperity and general welfare of Austin and Texas. He took a leading part in establishing the first free school in Austin.

      He was tall, erect, and dignified in appearance and of a composed and gentle manner, which his piercing eyes seemed to belie.

      He passed away at his home in December, 1901, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.