Michael Vogg




Michael Vogg

Michael Vogg was born in Wurttemberg, Germany about 1800.  His wife’s name may have been Frederica. 

It is something of a logical deduction to place Michael Vogg and his wife here as the father of John Frederick Vogg and his siblings.  I do not have definite proof of it.  However, historical records show that a Michael Vogg with his wife and family arrived at Indianola, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship Sarah Ann and on the 1900 census, their son, John Frederick Vogg, states that he arrived in this country in 1845. Also, on the 1850 census, we find John Frederick Vogg living in a household with two younger men who appear to be his brothers.  One of them is named Michael.  It is, therefore, logical to assume that the three boys, and possibly a sister, Margarete, arrived in Texas with their parents.

As did the Duffy family, the Voggs arrived in this country as part of the Verein Society.  About 1842, twenty-one German princes recognized the need to reduce the overpopulation in Germany and to that end, they organized the "Mainzer Adelsverein," later known as the "Society For The Protection of German Immigrants In Texas.”  The princes, led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels (left with German Immigrants) purchased the 4,000 square mile Miller-Fisher land grant in Tom Green County in west Texas and a coastal site, where they founded the port of Indianola.  However, when the first immigrants arrived there, they discovered that preparations in Indianola were for ships and shipboard supplies only.  Indianola was an open and undeveloped marshland with no buildings, no tents, no food and no supplies. A survivor of the succeeding 'death march' wrote an account, published in Galveston Weekly News of 12 November 1877:

"....When Baron von Meusebach returned to the coast, he found that ships carrying 6,000 immigrants had unloaded at Indianola, for whose reception and transportation not the slightest preparation had been made. With no other shelter, these unfortunate victims lived in holes they had dug in the ground, without roofs and drinking water, except that which fell from heaven. Meusebach had contracted with teamsters to take the immigrants inland to New Braunfels. Instead, the teamsters ran away to earn more money working for the U. S. Army (this was during the beginning of the Mexican War). Their principal food was fish and wild ducks, because none of them brought guns capable of killing larger game. For weeks, the rains came, and for miles around, the marsh prairies were covered with knee-deep water. Immigrants suffered first from malarial fever, and later, from a flux or dysentery, which resembled cholera and began thinning their ranks. Hundreds of corpses were buried (in shallow graves), only to be dug up by the wolves, and their bones were left dotting the prairie..."

"Finally, the trails became passable, and those who were able to started for
New Braunfels on foot, leaving behind them not only their weather-beaten household goods, but also their sick relatives. The route from Indianola to New Braunfels was strewn with the bones of those immigrants. The writer recalls coming upon a large, loaded wagon, stuck in the mud. The bones of the oxen were still there, under the (ox) yoke, as were those of the driver and his family, scattered about on all sides of the wagon. Of the 6,000 immigrants who reached Indianola in 1845, no more than 1,500 ever reached New Braunfels, and more than 50% had died miserable deaths from starvation and disease. Upon reacing New Braunfels, the writer wrote back to Prussia, suggesting that the proud German eagle be removed from the "Adelsverein's" coat of arms, and be replaced with a Texas buzzard...."

Ten years later, in 1855 and 1856, a Michael Vogg sold land patent certificates for land in Tom Green and Coke counties to a John Francis Smith as did Frederick Vogg.  However, neither the elder Michael Vogg nor his wife are listed anywhere in the state of Texas on the 1850 census.  Therefore, it is my belief that Michael and his wife died in Indianola and that their sons, Michael and Frederick, later sold the land that their parents should have received.  There is no evidence that any Vogg ever lived on the patented land.  Additionally, the small town of German Settlement on the Matagorda Peninsula was established by a colony of immigrants who had first immigrated to Indianola. After disease took many of their number, a small group of survivors moved to the Matagorda Peninsula.  I believe this group included Fredrick and his siblings after the death of their parents.

Children of Michael Vogg and Frederica were:

1.  John Frederick Vogg was born 29 Jun 1824 in Gochsen, Wurttemberg, Germany and died 20 Jul 1901 in Matagorda, Texas.  He is the subject of the next generation.

2.  Frederica Margarete Vogg was born in 1825 in Wurttemberg, Germany.  I do not have definite proof that Frederica Margarete is a member of the family.  However, her marriage to William Frederick Scott on 14 Mar 1846 in Matagorda, Texas is part of the public record.  Her age and the date and place of her marriage make it quite probable that she was a member of the family as there is no record of any other Vogg family in the area.  The 1850 census shows William and Margaret Scott living in Liberty, Texas with two children, William and Margaret.  The elder William is listed as a sailor who was born at sea. 

3.  Michael Vogg was born in 1833 in Wurttemberg, Germany.  I have been unable to find any other information about him other than the mention on the 1850 census and the land sale in 1855.

4.  Charles Vogg was born in 1836 in Wurttemberg, Germany.  He became a U.S. citizen in 1850 and is listed on the 1860 census as living in Brazora County, Texas with the Letts family and working as a sailor.  On 26 Jul 1860, he joined Company D of the 6th Texas Infantry and served as a Corporal during the Civil War.


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