Joseph Bumen & Clara Strobel
of Kieschlinsbergen Genealogy
2/20/1807, was the village
weaver. It is unknown where he was born, but possibly in
Kieschlinsbergen, Germany. He and Clara
lived their lives in Kieschlinsbergen, along with their
family. The only one of their children that came to the US was
Gottlieb. Joseph sold a cow to give Gottlieb the money to travel to
the US. Gottlieb was in contact with his family after he arrived and he
told them how wonderful life was in Madison Indiana.
Gottlieb's half-uncle, Sebastian longed to come to the U.S.. Brigitte Spechtmeier, his great-great grandaughter, said that her family knew
that Sebastian always wanted to come to America, as
Gottlieb told them how much he liked it.
However, Sebastian's wife, Magdalena Schneider was very rich and he
had to marry her. This made Sebastian very wealthy. however she did
not want to go to the U.S.. Gottlieb traveled back one time to Kieschlinsbergen, to get his inheritance.
Joseph Bumen and Clara Strobel marriage record
Kieschlinsbergen, Germany, where the Bumen and
Strobel families lived
Kieschlinsbergen church, THE church where Joseph
and Clara were married.
Joseph A. Bumen of Madison IN
Gottlieb Bumen page)
Joe was known for being a joker.
On his wedding day, he had a wagon pull up in front of the church
with two dead horses, feet up, in it. He paid a man to go to the
cemetery and pick up a bag with a body in it and carry it to the
funeral home. Only he was the body in the bag and he started talking
and scared the man. He heard a worker at his farm talk about how
oriental people eat dogs and cats and the worker said he would never
ever eat that and he would be able to tell by the taste, as it would
taste very different. Joe had a big dinner for the worker. After
they finished, Joe told him that he had eaten a cat. (as told by
Joseph is mentioned as surviving son in Amelia
Bumen's obituary in 1813, living at R. R. No. 5, Madison. It also
mentions that Miss Elizabeth Bumen makes her home with her brother,
Graves of Joe and Molly Bumen
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