Your great grandfather and mine are one and the same. He married a Mexican woman named Tiburcia, while working for the railroad. I think her last name was Gonzales, but I need to ask Grandma Lupe to be sure. They had two sons early in their marriage that both died of tuberculosis. After some years, they had their other children which I am sure you know all their names.
Prior to coming to the United States, he lived in Germany before his father sent him and his mother (due to the Prussian war)on a schooner with his mother's brother to Galveston. The father was never heard from again, and the mother (it was said)died in her depression of being left by her husband. Our great grandfather was raised by his mother's German family. Grandma Lupe told me that Mr. Kroger would never eat cauliflower, because the relatives that raised him forced him to eat all the time. He would not even eat her Mexican cauliflower (which is quite good, despite my not being a cauliflower fan myself).
Prior to marrying Tiburcia, it was said that Mr. Kroger had an affair that resulted in a pregancy. Mr. Kroger's friend a Mr. Cooper married the woman. She had a daughter. No one seems to know anymore about this daughter. (you know how people were in Victorian times) Mr. Kroger ran away from home and went to work for the railroad when he was about 16 years old. He never talked much about his German family. Grandma Lupe (his daughter in law) got the impression that perhaps he was mistreated by the aunt and uncle. It was also thought that his father was Jewish and that is why he never came after his family in Galveston. (If a Jew married a Christian, they were cut off from their family and considered dead) Mr. Kroger's(our greatgrandfather Phillip) father that never came after him was named Frank Kroger.
I am interested in finding our missing link too. If you come up with any iformation, please contact me. As you know, I am your cousin Teresa from DeQuincy.
Teresa Kroger Johnson
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