This site is dedicated to Mamma, and to the memory of Ralf Lawson Reveley, my big brother. Mamma entertained me with family stories, and made me proud of my heritage. Ralf taught me the art of genealogy. I miss them.
Tina's story includes the Heuser, Klein, Jaeger, and Scheid families from Germany, and the American Reveleys from England. The homepage is under construction, so bear with me! I have a tremendous amount of information, including a family tree dating back to the 1600s, photographs of family members, photographs of our homeplaces in Germany, and history. I'll be adding a little day-by-day for the next few weeks, so come back!
Sincere thanks for family history to Dave Crane in Houston for the Kleins; Gerhard Pomykaj in Gummersbach, and Rainer Jonas in Meinerzhagen, Germany; and Mary Nel Staffel in San Antonio, Texas, for the Heusers; my late brother, Ralf Reveley, for the Reveleys; and to Bill Gates for Windows. Gruss und Kuss to Liebe Couisine Susan Klein for her encouragement, family stash, and entertainment.
Very special thanks to two new friends in Germany -
Dr. Matthias Dietz-Lenssen of Mainz-Drais for the Scheid history, as well as Tina's life in Wiesbaden and Mainz; his dedication to the search for Tina's story; and the entire family's hospitality while I was in Germany.
Rainer Jonas of Gummersbach for his tremendous website on the Heuser family, and his daughter Ramona's sketches. I hope to meet them soon!
- Heuser, Klein, Reveley Family Tree (644 KB)
My tree contains my father's family, the Reveleys, who came to Virginia in the 1770s. Thomas Reveley made ammunition for the Revolutionary soldiers. It also contains my mother's families, the Heusers, Scheids, and Kleins, who came to Texas in 1880 and 1844. The Kleins were founders of New Braunfels, and Eugen Heuser (Kailer) was editor of the Neu Braunfels Zeitung.
- Roxheim, Germany Catholic Church (Klein & Teutsch) (82 KB)
In 1772, Jakob Klein married Anna Margaretha Teutsch in Roxheim in this church. Their six children, including our Stephan Klein, were born in Roxheim, and baptised in the church. Anna Margaretha Teutsch's father and grandfather were also born in Roxheim.
- Tina Kailer (19 KB)
Tina Kailer (Barbara Christina Scheid Kailer) was born in Mainz, Germany, in 1859. She met Franz Eugen Heuser in 1880, and they ran away to Amerika.
- Hattenheim, Germany Streets (110 KB)
The streets of Hattenheim are very typical....narrow cobblestone roadways with few sidewalks. 18th century homes are everywhere.
- Roxheim, Germany, Street Scenes and vinyards (131 KB)
Roxheim is a small village near Bad Kreuznach, about 20 miles southwest of Mainz. The main industry is the vinyard that produces grapes for the Spätburgunder Rotwein of Schloss Wallhausen, one of Germany`s finest and oldest traditional wine estates, owned by the Prinz zu Salm-Dalbergesches.
- Franz Eugen Heuser (Kailer) (17 KB)
Franz Heuser fell in love with Tina, and ran away to Amerika with her in 1881. In New Braunfels, he became Eugen Kailer, and was the editor of the Neu Braunfels Zeitung.
- Tina Scheid in Mainz.....1859-1876 (122 KB)
Tina lived in luxury in Mainz. Her father Joseph was a timber and coal broker, providing his family with a stately home, Gallhof, on Liebfrauenstrasse near the Dom, a few blocks from the Rhine River. Mainz was a large, progressive city.
- Roxheim, Germany Lutheran Church (91 KB)
The church was built in the 13th century, according to the plaque.....
- Hildegard and Emmy Kailer, circa 1892 (29 KB)
Tina and Eugen Kailer had two lovely little girls in Texas. Emmy was born in 1882, Hilde in 1888.
- Hattenheim, Germany Burg (128 KB)
Hattenheim is a larger village across the Rhein River from Roxheim, between Rudesheim and Eltville. The old Burg remains. I have not researched the town crest, which combines grapes with what appears to be a writing quill.
- Emmy Kailer, 1901 (53 KB)
Emmy corresponded with her cousin Bertha in Germany, between 1915 and 1923. Because of this correspondence, we were able to piece together the Heuser history.
- Hattenheim, Germany crests (86 KB)
There are several different crests in Hattenheim, still to be researched.
- Hildegard Kailer in her wedding gown, 1909 (40 KB)
Hildegard married Reno Klein in 1909. He first saw her as a young boy, and told his mother he had seen the girl he wanted to marry.
- Hattenheim, Germany "Fachwerk" (137 KB)
The Rathaus and several other buildings have elaborate decorative fachwerk, appearing to be a carved relief.
- Reno F. Klein, 1909 wedding photo (25 KB)
When Reno was a young boy, he saw Hilde and told his mother he had seen the girl he was going to marry someday. To support his family, he left the farm and went to business school. He became a merchant in Marion, Texas.
- Hattenheim, Germany and Deacon Schumann (109 KB)
When the Kleins moved to Hattenheim, the Klein and Schumann families united when Stephan Klein's daughter Katharina married Heinrich Schumann. Deacon Schumann was a Catholic Priest in
Hattenheim in the mid 1700's and used his Schumann inheritance to renovate the church in the Italian style with lots of frescos on the ceilings.
- Franz Eugen Heuser in Germany (66 KB)
Eugen came from a wealthy family in Gummersbach. From postkarten, we knew his mother lived to be over 90, and his older brother Adolph ran the family business. Franz had three sons by his first wife. We hope to find descendants of the three sons, Werner, Kuno, and Eugen.
- Hattenheim, Germany Bahnhof (131 KB)
The train station in Hattenheim was one of the most delightful we saw. The capitols flanking the entrance were the Deutschland and Hattenheim crests.
- Hattenheim, Germany - Count Schönborn's Tempeltor (100 KB)
The walls are all that remain of Count Schönborn's Tempeltor, a 19th century English garden, and the rotunda. Tempeltor is on the road leading into Hattenheim.
- The Millinery Shop, Marion, Texas Circa 1902 (38 KB)
When Eugen died in 1900, Tina moved her family to Marion, where they had property. She had a house built and opened up a millinery shop in the front part to support her daughters. Having been raised in an elite society in Germany, Tina was well educated and spoke several languages, but sewing was all she had learned that would provide an income. The house with the rounded facade is her house.
- Hattenheim, Germany Wine Country (122 KB)
Hattenheim has been a traditional German wine town for over 800 years. The vinyards are along the banks of the Rhine, right next to the town. A particularly valuable document of the viticulture is from the year 1442,
"Schroederbruderschaftsbuch". The Weinschroeter had the heavy duty to get the full wine barrels from the cellars to the boats at the Rhine's bank.