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Hello All: My name is Jeff Naumann, living in Torrance, California, which is in the Los Angeles area.

I'm researching my paternal great grandfather, Bruno Karl Naumann (b. 1864), and any other ancestors that came from the area of Kohren-Sahlis in Sachsen. Bruno left Saxony in about 1880-1882, reaching Chicago, Illinois. He married Carolina Josephine Schwenk (b. 1863 Ulm, Wuettemberg, who left for the USA in 1881) in Chicago in 1883. I don't know when they actually met, but don't believe that it was on the ship, since Carolina is listed on a manifest, whereas Bruno was not. I have not found information on when he actually travelled to the US. Neither G-grandparents show up in the 1880 census. Thanks to my study of genealogy I located a 3rd cousin, Don Schwenk, who has created a wonder ful Schwenk family tree. Here's a link to his site. Enjoy. [

I have two letters from Bruno's mother, written in the old Germany script, of course. They have been (mostly) translated. The first letter was written to Bruno and Carolina in 1884, congratulating them on the birth of their first child - Paul Naumann, who was my paternal grandfather's oldest sibling. The letter mentions alot of interesting things ....."suggests that Bruno had brothers named Albert, Bernhard, and possibly Richard. The letter mentions the following people living in or near Kohren-Sahlis in 1884: a 'Bruno- the old carpenter,' Olga Müller working in Leipzig as a sales clerk, Richard Müller marrying a women from Gnandstein, Heinrich Heinigs (sp?) in Meusdorf who died after being kicked by a horse, Julius Lässig who has become a carpenter in America, and Frau Dellig who wishes to find a man in America for her to marry (preferably attractive and with attractive money). A Käther Laur wishes to go to America, but does not have the money. The letter is signed as being from 'your loving parents and siblings."

The second letter was written in 1895 to Carolina after Bruno's early death, at age 31. No real information about the family in that letter. It was merely a mother's grief over the early demise of her son.

I have some evidence that Bruno was also a carpenter in that the Louisville Kentucky directory of 1890 shows a "Bruno Naumann" working as a carpenter for someone else.

Bruno (evidently) died in Saint Louis, MO, which is strange given the fact that his wife and five children were in Chicago. At least, there is a death entry for a Bruno Naumann at that time.

Maybe someone else can shed some light on the Naumanns from Kohren-Sahlis. I know that the Naumann name is somewhat common in the Kohren area to this day.

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