John (Johann) Leyendecker b. 1794, d. 1876Was in the Battle of Waterloo. Immigrated to Texas 1846.Note: When Johann arrived in Fredericksburg, the town had built a community church for all to use. He led the Catholic services until a priest came. He also founded the school and taught one year until a teacher was hired. He also served as postmaster. Spouse:Maria Magdalena Zirvas Leyendecker b. 1804, d. 1873, buried in Fredericksburg, Texas. Daughter of: Matthias Zirvas and Anna Maria Herbel b. Jun. 24, 1751, d. Dec. 9, 1852 His son, John Zirvas Leyendecker, born: 9-10, 1827 at Kadenback Sayner Holz, AMB Walmerodt. Duchy of Nassau, Germany. Died 1902, buried in Laredo. Immigrated with parents on the ship ‘Riga’ sailing from Antwerp on Nov. 11, 1845—toPort of Galveston, landing on January 8, 1846. Parents went to New Braunfels, then on to Fredericksburg, TX., a German colony established in May 1846. Later, John took up residence in Laredo TX.
Gillespie County, TX 1850 Census (excerpt)dwellings 1-50 17 17 John Leyendecker 56 M Farmer Germany 17 17 Myna Leyendecker 46 F . Germany 17 17 Ann Mary Leyendecker 25 F . Germany 17 17 John Leyendecker 22 M Clerk Germany 17 17 Frances Leyendecker 21 M Farmer Germany 17 17 Jacob Leyendecker 15 M Student Germany 17 17 John C. Leyendecker 13 M . Germany 17 17 Ellen Leyendecker 3 F . Texas I do not have any more info on the Leyendeckers who stayed in Fredericksburg.