For purposes of this challenge, I will begin with my third great-grandfather, Vinzenz Josef Kübler. He is the one who, along with his immediate family, left his world behind to begin a new life in a new country.
|Statue of Liberty
"Harbors opened their arms to the young searching foreigner
Come to live in the light of the beacon of liberty..."
I imagine that many of my immigrant ancestors felt the pull of Lady Liberty's lighted torch. I'm certain Vinzenz Josef of Büssserach was no exception.
Büsserach is a small (currently 2.92 square miles) municipality located in the district of Thierstein, in the Canton of Solothurn. It is situated in northwest Switzerland, and according to the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, its history dates back to 1194, when it was known as Buezherach. The Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics indicate that in 2009 the land in the municipality was 42.4% agricultural use and 46.2% was forested.
It was here under the watchful eye of Neu-Thierstein Castle that Vinzenz Josef Kübler was born on 16 October 1806 to Josephus Kübler and Maria Anna Saner. Josef, as he was called, was the second child as well as second son; however, he never knew his older brother Ursus. Ursus Josephi was born in 1804 and died in 1805. A sister, Maria (b. 1808), and brothers Johannes (b. 1812) and Ursus Victor (b. 1814) would soon be added to the family as well. But the family faced tragedy once again when Maria died at just two years of age.
The Küblers were land owners and a farming family. They worshipped at Kirche St. Peter, a Roman Catholic church that was presumably founded in the middle ages. While the existing church was built in 1953, the clock tower dates back to 1464 and houses a museum. Inside are relics and memorabilia of church history, including a painting of the first church and the baptismal font in which the Kübler babies would have been baptized.
|Kirche St. Peter
|there is still a Kübler farm in Büsserach today