Born on the 14th of March 1848 in Büsserach, Vinzenz Josef Kubler (my 2nd great-grandfather) was the fourth and final child of Vinzenz and Carolina. Of the family, he seemed to be the one with wanderlust. As a young man Joseph, as he was known, was making a living as a wood carver in Louisville, Kentucky. In light of the fact that the country was involved in the Civil War, it is curious that he would have chosen to move further south out of Ohio. There is a record of a Joseph Kubler serving as a Union Private in the 7th Regiment, Ohio Infantry so it is possible that he was in the military and that is what took him to Kentucky.
On the 26 of November 1867 he married Josephine Hillenbrand at the office of a Justice of the Peace in Louisville. One of the witnesses was Josephine's brother, William. Joseph was 19 and Josephine was only 15. It would soon become evident that Josephine was expecting a child when they were joined in matrimony.
Josephine was from Ripley County, Indiana. The 7th child of Wilhelmus and Maria Barbara (Schantz) Hillenbrand, she was born in May of 1852. She lost her mother at the age of 2. Maria died in 1854 at the age of 38, within months of giving birth to twin girls. Wilhelmus Hillenbrand was left to raise 9 children on his own, although the oldest children were no doubt of great assistance to him. Sadly, he passed just 6 years later. Josephine was 9 at the time.
With both of her parents deceased, perhaps her older brother William had to give his approval for her to marry. Or maybe he carried a shotgun to the wedding because Josephine was pregnant. It is a mystery as to how she came to be in Louisville in the first place. The rest of the Hillenbrand family had remained in the Ripley County, Indiana area.
|Greve, Buhrlage building today|
Joseph and Josephine's first child Henry was born in Louisville in May of 1868. Josephine became a mother at the age of 16. Joseph was employed as a wood carver for Greve, Buhrlage & Co., a fine furniture company. Following the end of the Civil War in 1865, Louisville entered a period of growth with an increase in manufacturing and the establishment of new factories. This growth attracted rural workers from the south as well as immigrants. The new little family did not stay in Louisville for very long, however.
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