Windeknecht Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears State Park (MO site)
Trail of Tears State Park (Cape site)
Wikipedia Trail of Tears State Park
There is a mural entitled "Charity Along the Trail of Tears" by Brother Mark Elder, artist, at Trail of Tears State Park which includes in it a Windeknect story. On the far right of the mural is a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Windeknecht: This couple finsa and adopts a pair of Cherokee children (brother and sister), who had been hiding in the underbrush just off the trail.
I had always understood that this family was the family in the photo above. However, their name is not Henry. More research needs to be done about this story! The only "Henry" in my database is the Henry Steinhoff listed above. Maybe Ms. Stone's memory is this Henry and she has her names confused, being has the family Bible was stolen.
The march came through this park location in 1838-1839. The young boy would have been born about 1842-1843.
I am remembering that someone told me that there were to Windeknecht families that owned property that is what is now the park. One of the families' home was built exactly where the Intrepretive Center is now built and the other was closer to the entrance of the park. Help! Do you have any information?
Here is an expert from Ms. Exler's book "Tears of the Trail":
Norma Humes Stone's story
Her grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee and was left, along with her four year old brother, on the river bank by the Cherokees as they were moved out on the Trail of Tears. Many of the family had died, and the children were hiding under some bushes. They were crying when found because they were afraid and hungry.
Henry Windeknecht found them, and he and his wife raised them. Mrs. Stone said that her great-uncle went to Texas, and her mother lost track of him. She does not remember her grandmother' name, and her mother died when she was 14 years old. Mrs. Stone had this information with names written in a family Bible which was stolen from her father's home.