Descendants of the Sack Family Foundation, founded in 1792, will gather in the Round Top Rifle Association Hall Oct. 14-16, 2016, to meet cousins they never knew existed.
Royal Attorney General in Glogau, Silesia (now Poland), in the service of King Frederick the Great of Prussia, Simon Heinrich Sack never married. As his life came to a close, he chose to leave his vast fortune to the progeny of his nieces and nephews, his adopted daughter, and one or two others totaling 36 lines of beneficiaries, all named in his will. Many of these immigrated, but the benefits followed them in the form of scholarships for the boys, dowries for the girls, and widows’ and orphans’ benefits as necessary.
Sack Foundation continues
Two World Wars and the Great Depression depleted the money, but the Foundation lives on to the present, and anyone who can prove his/her lineage back to one of the ancestors is eligible for listing in the Foundation SILVER BOOKS (DAS SILBERN BUCH). One can subscribe to the semiannual newsletter, DIE TAUBE (THE DOVE), attend family reunions, visit the archives of the history of the Foundation, etc. Here in the U.S., we also have reunions, a website, a newsletter on line, THE DOVE, and a venue to subscribe to the German newsletter.
The reunions are a celebration of our Sack ancestors who left the homeland for a new life. Many of them settled in this area of Texas, but they are all over the world. Sack ancestors here are the Sack-von Roeders, Klebergs, Eckhardts, and Engelkings of Austin and De Witt counties; Bastrop, Fayette, Washington, Williamson and Travis counties became home to Sack-Ploegers, Ploeger-Sarrazins, Ploeger-Kneips and Ploeger-Schumanns. Washington County also welcomed a sub-branch of Zernials; Adolphine Sack Clark raised a large family in Nueces County; and Theodore Sack von Rosenberg and her family were prominent in Round Top.
The Chairperson of the Sack Foundation is coming from Marburg, Germany, as are family members from others parts of the U.S. and Europe. Plans include a Friday evening get-acquainted gathering for those who wish to come. The formal gathering begins on Saturday morning with presentations, exhibits, silent auctions, coffee breaks, lots of visiting time, with lunch and dinner included in the registration fee. A Sunday morning memorial service and a Sunday afternoon tour of some of the locations ancestors worked, lived and died is included. Registration details including accommodations, events, cost and how to register are being organized and will be sent by e-mail or mail when available.
To check if you are a Sack descendant, go to www.sacks.cc
For reunion information, contact Flora von Roeder: [email protected] or 713-666-6085. Ms. von Roeder contributed this information.