Part 3, Note 30
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Gammel, comp., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, vol. 1, pp. 541-542, 1080; Colorado County Deed Records, Book A, pp. 125, 176, 303; Colorado County Marriage Records, Book B, pp. 2, 11; Colorado County Book of Land Certificates, pp. 31-32, 45, 49-50; Colorado County Probate Records, Final Record Book D, p. 37; August Schröder, ed., Beiträge Zur Westfälische Familienforschung (Münster, 1966), p. 66, items 162, 163, 165, p. 275, item 3999. In addition to Wolters, Pieper, and Beimer, four other Germans, Grunder, Caspar Heimann, Bernard Schneider, and Johann Heinrich Beimer, Bernard's deceased brother, all received certificates for various amounts of land on February 17, 1838 (see Colorado County Book of Land Certificates, pp. 30-32). In Texas, Schneider, for whatever reason, apparently changed his surname from that of his father, Honerman, to the maiden name of his mother and the Beimers shortened their surnames from Silkenbömer (see Schröder, ed., Beiträge Zur Westfälische Familienforschung, p. 66, item 162, p. 275, item 3999, p. 298, item 4520). Johann Heinrich Beimer's illegitimate daughter, however, used the name Wilhelmina Silkenbömer on her marriage license (see Colorado County Marriage Records, Book B, p. 85). In addition, Zimmerscheidt's original name appears to have been Zimmerschitt. He changed his name only slightly, probably because he came to understand that its pronunciation caused titters among English speakers.