The Froelich Letters

These typescripts of letters translated into English were found in the documents I inherited from my Aunt Leona. I have included them here because they include many mentions of Ferdinand Engelking as well as giving us a lot of insight to the conditions pertaining around the end of the 1849 – 1869 in this part of Texas.

Things were changing rapidly now and the steamship had become a means of transport, making it a little easier for people to travel from Galveston further inland. The reader will note what an important role the person of Ferdinand Engelking played in helping German immigrants find their feet.

The Froelich family is connected to the von Rosenberg family. Gustav Froelich became a photographer, having a studio on the square at Round Top Texas. His father was Dr. Christoph Froelich and his mother was Eleanore von Rosenberg. (

Steve Engelking, February 2011