|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1823, Germany|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 1899|
Rottger was born in Roggenstede,Ostfriesland, Germany, son of Gottfried Wilken Decker and his wife Hiemke Maria Röttgers of Narp, Germany. Rottger married Amke Maria Claaßen Freese on November 3, 1844 in Westerholt, Germany. They had nine children: Hiemke Maria; Ulrich Eden Freese; Gottfried Rottger; Almuth Engelken; Hauke Wina; Stientje; Antje; Magrace; William Rhinehart.
At the time of the marriage Rottger was employed as a worker in Narp. By 1845 he was a warfsmann in Eversmeer. In 1876 he was listed as a Colonist at Eversmeer.
He and his wife Amke arrived in New York with some of his children on March 28, 1885 on the ship Eider. Rottger was naturalized in Archer County, Texas on February 11, 1889. Decker Road in Archer County, Texas, near Wichita Falls, is named for him.
Rottger's son Ulrich, also known as A. F., built the mausoleum for his parents. Unfortunately, someone broke into it, pulled the caskets out, and built a "still" in the mausoleum. The caskets were found floating in the lake. Some boys found the bones and took some of them to school as a science project. The bones were recovered and were reburied next to the mausoleum.
Amke Christrasten Claaßen Decker (1823 - 1898)*
Heimke Maria Decker Forcher (1845 - 1920)*
Ulrich Eden Freese Decker (1847 - 1927)*
Gottfried Röttger Decker (1849 - 1916)*
Almuth Engelken Decker Oltmans (1852 - 1935)*
Hauke Wina Decker Tammen (1855 - 1937)*
Stientje Decker Schmith (1857 - 1885)*
Antje Wilken Decker Koenig (1860 - 1947)*
Magrace Decker Dietterle (1862 - 1892)*
William Rhinehart Decker (1865 - 1953)*
Maintained by: Michelle Shreve
Originally Created by: TxRose
Record added: Oct 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22058311
Rest in Peace Great-great-great-grandfather|
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