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Chapter 89 of the book Texas Dream Catcher
Soni and Jim continue to research.
"Chapter Veintiseis, (26) Part Tres" by barbara.wilkey

Soni Adler owns the Rockin' A ranch. I35 goes through it. Drug & human traffickers use I35 for transportation to other parts of the US. Jacob Blackwood is an ICE agent. Will these two find love?


"I don't know anything about them." She continued, "It seems the land was distributed on the basis of merit and seniority. Due to the shortage of water, each portion had an area that touched water. The legalities were finalized a few months later by an act of juridical possession. The transactions were recorded in documents known as 'Acts of the Visit of the Royal Commissioners'." Her eyes met Jim's. "It seems at least 250,000 acres belong to me."

"Which of the two brothers is your too-many-to-count great grandfather? And how did he get the rest of the land?" Jim took a bit of potato salad and swallowed. "I'm curious where they got that much money."


"I don't know." Soni looked around the room. "There's a family Bible in here. It dates back several generations. Help me look. I haven't seen it since Dad died."

Jim stepped over the large dogs to get to the built-in bookshelf. "I'm guessing it would be with the books. Just a thought," he teased.

"It used to set right here." Soni patted a spot on the desk's left side. "I struggled, only a little, with Dad's death." Soni avoided eye contact. "Tatiana put away the special reminders. The Adler Bible was one of them."

"I have an idea where she might have put it." Jim opened the desk drawers. The third one held the Bible. He lifted it up and smiled as he handed it to her. "Some have the family information between the Old and New Testaments. Others have it at the front."

"It's in the front." Soni turned the first two pages and then sat. "Look, Dieter is my..." she paused to count the branches on the tree, "It looks like seven greats. Wow!" She read out loud, "Born in Wuerttemberg, Germany, on March 25, 1800 and died in Laredo, Texas, August 16, 1862."

"This Bible's in German. There's a side note. How's your German?" asked Jim.

"Very rusty. I can read more than I can speak. Are there more books in there?" Soni searched the drawer. "No."

"Wait." Jim went back to the bookshelf. "Here's some. This one says 'Familiengeschichte 1805 -- 1850."

"Family history. We're in luck." Soni took the offered book.

"Not all families keep their own history books. Mine didn't."

"Maybe you can research it and write it down." Soni's eyes met his for a few moments. Soni studied the writing and then took a deep breath. "I'm guessing Dieter was four when his parents brought him to the US. They were part of a protestant group called Rappists or Harmonists and settled in Harmony, Pennsylvania. After a few years, they started another settlement in New Harmony, Indiana, about 1814."

"That gives them about twenty years to get to Texas." Soni rubbed her right ear.

Soni laughed. "Listen to this. My family broke away from the Harmonists in March of 1815. They were expected to sign something called the 'articles of association' to establish the Harmony Society. By signing it, they'd agree all property would be held in a common fund. Members contributed all their possessions and agreed to accept no pay for their services."

"Let me see that. It sounds like a cult." Jim took the book and read silently, before he added, "They lived under strict religious doctrine, gave up tobacco, and advocated celibacy."

"Why didn't you tell me you spoke German? It would have saved me a headache," teased Soni. "They had another baby in 1814." Soni held up the family tree. "Gunter was born. Since they didn't practice celibacy, they probably weren't looked upon too kindly. Does it say where they went?"

"I studied German in high school; too many years ago. They spent time in Amana, Iowa." Jim pointed. "Finally, some important stuff. Dieter, his wife, Gisela, and a nine year old son, Karl, left for New Orleans in the spring of 1829. It seems Gunter went with them."

"I wonder why?"

"If my history memory is correct, part of the reason may have been that in February of 1829 the federal government told the Sauk and Meskwaki tribes they needed to move from Illinois across the Mississippi River to the Iowa region. Chief Black Hawk wasn't too happy."

Soni studied the family tree. "How about Mom and Dad Adler, who both died in March of 1829. Mom on the 1st and Dad on the 12th. It says they died of 'The Fever'. I wonder what the fever was."

"I'm guessing most likely malaria. I'm still wondering where they got the money to buy the land."

"That's sad." Soni hesitated. "Now we just need to get the family from New Orleans to Texas. Why'd they go there and not directly to Texas, and when did they start speaking English? We're basically guessing here? Neither of our German is worth a grain of salt."


The book continues with Chapter Veintiseis, (26) Part Cuatro. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

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Thank you Google Images for imagine of an antique family Bible. I'm sure a well used Bible would look like this. Mine is bad, but not this bad. Hey, my dictionary is, though. LOL Thank you for taking time to review and all the support you give me. I truly appreciate it.
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