Fredrich (Fritz) Mumme

Fredrich (Fritz) Mumme

1822 - 1901


Fritz and Phillipine Mumme

     Fredrich (Fritz) was one of five children of Heinrich Wilhelm Christian Mumme and Johanne Christiane Elizabeth Gehrbrect of Braunschweig, Germany. He was born March 13, 1822 in Braunschweig, Germany. He died February 3, 1901 in Vandenberg, Texas.
     The exact date Fritz came to America is not known, but he came several years before his brother, Ludwig, who immigrated in 1849.
     Phillipine(1), her 2 year old daughter, Augusta, and started for America in 1845 on a ship with a Castro party. Phillipine's daughter was born out of wedlock, and she named her after Phillipine mother's family which was von Langenhagen.
     Phillipine Auguste Tampke was the daughter of a professional family in which there were several doctors. She was born in Wolfenbuttel, Braunschweig, Germany on September 3, 1815. Six of the Tampke family moved to America and three stayed in Germany. The three which remained were doctors and they never married, dedicating their life to medicine. Her parents were Johann August Christoph Tampke and Louise Johanna Wilhemina Langenhagen.      Later Phillipine von Langenhagen, nee Tampke and Fritz Mumme were married and lived on a farm at Vandenberg, Texas. Their children were Ludwig (Louis) Albert, August and Julia.
     In 1879, their son, August, was ambushed and murdered over a cattle dispute. August is buried in the Quihi Lutheran Cemetery. On his tombstone is a lovely verse written in German, also the initials of the three men who were reported to have murdered him.
     Besides being a farmer, Fritz was also an excellent carpenter and builder, and this brings up a story which is told, whether it is fact or fiction is not known, but it makes an interesting legend.
     Fritz, being such a good carpenter, would bore holes in the ends of posts he had cut in the woods. He would put his money in these holes and then reclose the openings so perfectly that only he could tell which posts contained money. He had these posts along with others in a pile on his farm, until one sad day the creek going by his farm overflowed and took the posts with it. So ends a legend!
     Phillipine was very disillusioned with life in America and finally solved her problem by going to bed and remaining there until her death eight years later.
     The home of Fritz and Phillipine still stands on the old home place, and the graves of these two early Texans are side by side on the bank of the creek running by their old home.

Addendum: The photo of Phillipine shown above was recreated by an artist from a small photo from a locket.
     We have learned that the correct spelling of her name was "Phillipine" and is the name on her tombstone. She was born Sep. 03 1815 and died Aug. 17 1899. She is buried on the land where she had lived.
     Stories have been told, handed down to younger ones, about parts of her life. One story tells of her long red hair and as this was an oddity to the indians they would sit for hours listening to her play the guitar and sing.
     My father, her grandson, tells of her becoming bedridden and the grand children bringing her pecans from trees by the creek close to their home and polishing the nicest and giving them to visiting children.
     She and her husband Fredrich (Fritz) had a very turbulent marriage and divorced in 1874 even though both stayed on the homestead.

The foregoing addendum information and the photos were Submitted by Asell Mumme Clayton.

(1)     Mrs. L.W. Mumme's notes indicated the name of Fritz' wife was Philamene, but her descendants state her name was actually Phillipine.

The children of Fritz and Phillipine Mumme were: Their children were Ludwig (Louis) Albert, August and Julia.

Ludwig (Louis) Albert Mumme - (1849-1900)
August Mumme - (1851-1879)
Julia Adolphine Mumme (1855-1941)

Phillipine's daughter:

Augusta Von Langenhagen - (1843-1932)

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