Bibras in America
18th & 19th Centuries  page 1
Wolf von Bibra from Brennhausen emigrated from
Europe to the New York area in 1888 or 89 after marrying a
girl of a lower social standing.  He had to leave his elite
calvary regiment in Austria and went to America to start a
new life.  He supported his family using his hobby at artist.  
He was my great grand father.
Link to Wolf's art
Texas - August von Bibra-Irmelshausen
August von Bibra, who as director of the business affairs of Hermann, sovereign
prince of Wied, became general manager of the Verein zum Schutze Deutscher
Einwanderer in Texas (later the Adelsvereinqv), was born in Germany on January
30, 1808, a lesser member of an old line of the German nobility. He was privy from
its inception to the development of the verein, the emigration enterprise first
organized by a group of German noblemen in 1842 that resulted in the founding
of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, and other German communities in Texas. The
prince of Wied purchased a share in the society against his and Bibra's better
judgment because he was engaged to the sister of the Duke of Nassau, the
protector of the society; but he took no active part in the society until 1847, when
debts and dissension made it apparent that, if the noblemen hoped to save the
honor of their names and possibly some of their investment, a new approach must
be taken by more businesslike minds. From that point on Bibra was intimately
involved in the affairs of the verein; and in 1851, when the prince was elected
president, he took over complete management. For more than ten years
thereafter, he struggled to repay the verein debts and to revitalize the emigration
program, always with the thought that what had been accomplished had been of
great value to Texas and to the Germans who had gone there. In 1864, when he
drafted a pro memoria entitled "The Texas Enterprise with Reference to Its
Results," he still held the faint hope that the land the verein had controlled might
eventually prove valuable to its members. Little else is known about Bibra. He died
in Germany in 1894.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Gothaisches genealogisches Taschenbuch der freiherrlichen
Häuser, Vol. 9 (Gotha: Perthes, 1859). Wied Archives, Barker Texas History
Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Jeanne R. Willson

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the
preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "BIBRA, BARON AUGUST LUDWIG KARL GEORG
FRIEDRICH VON," (accessed
December 16, 2005).

The Handbook of Texas Online is a joint project of The General Libraries at the
University of Texas at Austin ( and the Texas State
Historical Association (
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Link to German Wikipedia article on August von Bibra
Link to Site on August's cousin's son & Texas, Count
Ludwig Joseph von Boos-Waldeck