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About my book:
"This is what I want to give ye report of :
I am Justina
immigration literature based on authoritative research.
Translated from German tongue by Juergen LAUDI.
Copies available at www.CarolynEricson Books.com , Nacogdoches,TX 75961,
> Family histories > Catalogue No. L1000,
price : $ 45, Email: Contact
You can find the book in the following libraries:
Public Library -Nacogdoches,TX; German Texan Heritage Soc.-Austin,TX ;
Sophienburg Archives -New Braunfels,TX; Vereinskirche Museum
-Frederiksburg,TX ; New York Baylor University Library -Waco,TX;
Jefferson Parish Library -Metairie,LA; University of Texas at Austin,TX;
"I am Justina Tubbe"
tells the lifestory of a simple Prussian woman from the small town of ODERBERG
She came from the lower
middle-class, wife of a linen weaver in the first half of the 19th century.
When she emigrated
in 1855 with two of her sons she was already 60 years old.
She gave birth to 9
children during 26 years and cared for two orphant nieces.
Justina Tubbe is one of 15 typical emigrants documented in "Deutsches Auswandererhaus", the German Emigration Museum
in Bremerhaven, counterpart to "Ellis Island" in New York.
Visitors may follow her life by listening to an acustic guide. This newly
built museum was opened in August 2005. It is extremly interesting, worth
visiting and a good reason for a trip to Europe ...
of the opening event in 2005
and the trip with Sarah Tubbe
and daughter Tammy
Church and town of Oderberg
in Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia, 1855
Genealogical lists and files of the following
acting families are included in the book :
"I am Justina Tubbe"is a richly illustrated book of her
time including also maps
of the scenes of action, translations of original documents, and lists
of family genealogy.
All this makes "Justina Tubbe" not only the story of
one person, but also a
worthwhile example of overall German immigration in the middle of
"I am Justina Tubbe" is living history and is both
informative and entertaining for
anyone who is curious to learn about living conditions during that
- How did people think and
feel in those days ?
- What was the history of
the Oderbruch area and the Kingdom of Prussia ?
- What was the typical
workday of a master craftsman's wife and mother of nine children
- What were the different
reasons why people decided to leave their homes and emigrate ?
- What were conditions
aboard a sailing ship like during the eight week voyage at sea ?
- What traditions and
family tales did Justina's neighbors contribute to the story ?
- What was the role of the
Adelsverein in German colonization of Texas ?
You will read about how lifestyle changed both in Old Germany and
in the New World
during the Napoleonic wars in Europe, times of peace, and the
American Civil War.
is portrayed as an elderly woman looking back
her life as she sits under "her" pecan tree writing
her memories in order to save them for those
would come after her. In the few years that
in her life after coming to the U.S., Justina
probably learned very little English -
if any. The
is reminded of this fact by the German idiom
is employed in the English translation.
to the US on board the SS. TUISKO
original oil painting, Fokke Museum, Bremen(center>
oldest sons Ludwig TUBBE and
Wilhelm TUBBE never married,
but her daughter Charlotte TUBBE
and husband Frederic (Fritz) JUNGE
many descendants as did
Justina's youngest son
August TUBBE & Mary KOLB
and his wife Mary born KOLB
Still today August Tubbe's name is fondly remembered in
Nacogdoches. He came to the U.S. as a boy of 14 years in 1855. During
the American Civil War he and his brothers were drafted into the
Confederacy Army and survived . Later August inherited his older brothers'
land and became a successful lifestock holder and farmer. He held
numerous honorary posts during his lifetime as well. He set aside a
plot of land for Saint's Rest Cemetry and Saint's Rest Church, founded
several Baptist churches and served as a circuit rider. After joining
the Masons he established schools in Nacogdoches. He also owned the
first waterpowered sawmill in Nacogdoches. Because he never became a
naturalized citizen of the U.S., he was put in jail during WW I as a
possible foreign enemy in-- after having lived in Texas for 63 years !
He died in 1918.
August Tubbe & Mary Kolb
Interesting links :
A shortened version of the book is
published in German with the title :
"Justina Tubbe –
Der weite Weg
vom Oderbruch nach Texas"
house Westkreuz Verlag
Berlin, ISBN 3-929 592-48-7,
248 pages, 84 pictures,
15 Euro,order phone Germany-30-7452047
Gisela and Juergen Laudi and the
memorial set for Justina Tubbat Saints Rest Cemetery in Nacogdoches
Justina Tubbe's lifestory was chosen by the WORLD-EXPO-2000 to be part of
multi-media infotainment exposition
"Abenteuer Spurensuche" in Bremerhaven/Germany showcasing six
German immigrants and their different fates in different times:
- Justina Tubbe, a weaver's widow from
- Franz Daniel Pastorius, founder of Germantown/Pennsylvania
- Carl Wiedow, a simple day laborer
well known from the German novel "Joernjacob Swehn"
- Carl Schurz, who later became US
Secretary of the Interior
- the Jewish couple
Scheuer, who fled from the Nazis to escape the holocaust
- ...and the famous movie
actress Marlene Dietrich.
August Tubbe. Essay in TEXAS GERMANIC
HERITAGE by W. T. Block
Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society Winter 2012
GTHS-article layout Part 1
, by Gisela Laudi "MAROWSKI-JUNGE Went West"
articel Part 2 , by Donna Rau
Genalogical links to our families:
TUBBE / FOERSTER,
Please contact me in Germany :
GiselaLaudi ( provider ) AOL.com