This is very interesting. I have known about all the “provinces” (as we called them) but not how it all fit together. My ancestors on my dads side came before the Civil War (Eckert, Leifeste). My moms paternal family came in 1884. (Radetsky) It I have no idea when her maternal side Hensch, Klocke) came. One question, if my grandfather came to Chicago and then immediately came to Texas, are the German American or German Texan? Not important, just an interesting bit of info. Thanks for posting.
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An excellent history lesson Sir! Thank you so much. I will offer a little on the Texas Germans. They were very clan-ish as a people. For the most part, Germans only married other Germans. While civil to non-Germans, they weren’t overly friendly to them. Even among the Germans, they weren’t overly friendly with Germans from other German towns and counties. This lasted well into the 1900s. My grandmother for instance, born in 1908 in Kendall County, was the darling of her family. She was a favorite of all her many aunts and uncles and cousins. The she committed the “horrible sin” of marrying a non-German. Overnight she was shunned.