Joseph Bumen & Clara Strobel Bumen
of Kieschlinsbergen Genealogy

Joseph, born 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
(Photo on 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 Frank Steinberger)

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, Joseph.

Molly Bumen

Graves of Joe and Molly Bumen

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