Susy Graves
Grave of Franz Xavier Heilig
Photograph, Grave of Franz Xavier Heilig in San Antonio. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

HEILIG, FRANZ XAVIER (1826–1892). Franz Xavier Heilig, music teacher, was born in Maskirchen Grandduchy of Baden in Germany on October 6, 1826. He was a German Texas immigrant who settled in the San Antonio area. He was first employed as a music teacher for San Antonio’s public schools in 1853 and as a singing teacher at the German-English School in San Antonio in 1859. He taught violin and voice and was also the first choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Heilig reportedly directed a string orchestra in the 1870s. He died on April 25, 1892, in San Antonio and was buried there at Old Lutheran Cemetery.


San Antonio Daily Express, April 26, 1892. Texas Music Pioneers (A–M)/Texas Music History Tour, Texas Music Office (http://www.governor.state.tx.us/music/tour/pioneers), accessed September 1, 2010.

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