Growing up, we lived around the majority of our extended family. I knew my cousins, my parent’s cousins, and even some of my grandparent’s cousins. I can tell you all my grandparents on both side four or five generations back. A few years ago, I took advantage of a free weekend on Ancestry and did the genealogy, but it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. So when my mom told me last year that her great uncle and aunt lived in Giddings and were buried there, I was a bit surprised.
This would be my great-great-aunt and uncle. So many of our family stayed in the same area and the majority are still there. I don’t know how I had never heard of these people. Giddings is about an hour and a half from us, so I planned to make a trip to find them. I went last spring and walked the entire cemetery, but somehow missed them. My mother-in-law and I had an antique shopping trip planned to the Big Red Barn in Round Top a few weeks ago, so we tried again.
This time, we easily found them. They were by the road which is mostly likely why I missed them. It’s so weird. I wonder if they had kids. Do they live in the area? Google wasn’t very helpful on that matter. I should ask my grandma.
When I was looking up the cemetery, I did find pictures of the grave on a grave finder site. That led to finding mention of my uncle on the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum site. Since we were in town, we made a stop there too. It’s a little place, but full of history about the Wendish people. They immigrated along with Germans in the mid 1800’s. I found a picture of my uncle, as well as a lot of familiar German names (I’m from a predominantly German area and my maiden name is pure German). The man at the museum was so nice and helpful. He told us stories, showed us around, and even looked up name meanings for me.
Back to Giddings. It’s a small town, but pretty cute. It’s the county seat for Lee County and the courthouse is a work of art. I’ve found that many of the courthouses around here are in a class all their own.