About Ahrens

According to the shipping list found in Pioneers in God’s Hills Volume I, Conrad Ahrens, his wife, Dorothea Witte Ahrens, and their children, Conrad, Heinrich, and Christian came to Texas on the ship Brig Margarethea.

Their home had been in Oberg, Hanover, Germany, and they sailed from Bremen on 1 September 1845 arriving in Galveston, Republic of Texas, on 1 December 1845.

After settling in Fredericksberg, Conrad Ahrens is listed as a butcher in the 1850 census. They had three additional children, born in Texas. They included Carl, William and Dorette.

Conrad and Dorothea are buried in Cherry Springs in a family cemetery located on the Elias Rode property.

Conrad Henry Ahrens is said to have developed pneumonia after walking seven miles to his son Carl’s home to tell him the sad news of the death of Dorothea Ahrens Schuch, Carl’s sister.

Conrad Ahrens died thirteen days later on 26 April 1884. It is believed that Dorothea Witte Ahrens died approximately 11 years after Conrad.