Carl Theodore Mumme, with his parents and brother, Ferdinand, came to America
in 1849 from Braunschweig, Germany.
Little is known of Carl Theodore's boyhood, either here or in Germany. From writings, poems, sermons and notes of his, it is evident that his education must have been very good. Since Texas was still a comparatively raw country in 1849, it is believed he got his educational background before coming to America at the age of eleven.
Carl Theodore and Elise Ernst were married on December 26, 1858, by the Rev. Friedrich Vordenbaumen.(1). Six children were born to Elise and Carl Theodore.
In 1869, Elise Ernst Mumme died of gall fever, leaving her husband with five small children.
After Carl Theodore's marriage to Maria Willman (2), October 25, 1869, they lived on a farm close to Mesquite Creek in Comal County, Texas. Between the years 1870 to 1874, Carl Theodore was a lay preacher. He preached in the Lutheran and Methodist Churches.
By 1879, Carl Theodore and his family moved to Atascosa County, Texas where he did extensive farming and ranching.
Carl Theodore died in 1902. He is buried in the Heickman Cemetery at Somerset, Texas, where his son, William Theodore and his father, Ludwig, are also interred.
On the following pages are poems and writings taken from a record book kept by Carl Theodore Mumme. The Translation from German to English was done by Mrs. Leonard Howard of San Antonio, mother of Mrs. L.W. Mumme.