MR. J. GOTTLOB JAENSCH THE VICTIM. An Old and Honored Colonist. The sad fatal accident which occurred at Nairne on 29 Saturday Oct 1898 robbed the Southern districts of an old and highly esteemed resident and South Australia of an energetic colonist of nearly 60 years' standing. The late Mr. Johann Gottlob Jaensch was a man whom everyone respected and admired for his upright, straightforward character and goodness of heart. A better neighbor and friend never lived, and in the Hartley district, of which Mr. Jaenach was looked upon as father owing to the paternal interest which he always exhibited in its residents, many have reason to honor his memory. A lasting monument of his generosity is found in the church at Salem, which he built and presented to the congregation in 1890 and to the funds of which he subsequently subscribed very liberally, while there have been many instances where he has " done good by stealth," of which few but the benevolent donor and grateful recipient were aware. Mr. Jaensch possessed in the fullest degree the qualities of steady perseverance and brave courage and was imbued with an unwavering faith in the virtues of hard work, and the fact of his having started shepherding in the colony at 2s. 6d. a week and having died in possession of many thousands of acres of splendid agricultural and grazing land is a striking testimony to his energy and thrift. The accident which ended the life of this fine old colonist occurred very simply. About noon on Saturday he was driving in a buggy from his residence near Nairne into the township, and one of the wheels ran into a rut, the hood and seat (which were attached to one another, but were insecurely bolted to the trap), with Mr. Jaensch, being thrown on to the road. Mr. E. Dalton, who witnessed the accident, ran to the unfortunate man's assist ance, but his services were of no avail, and on Dr. Hine being sent for it was found that death had been instantaneous, the head of the deceased having come in contact with the iron bars of the hood. The late Mr. Jaensch, who was born on January 25, 1825, at Kay, Province of Brandenburg, Prussia, left his native land for South Australia with his parents during the persecution of the Lutherans in 1838, arriving by the ship Zebra on January 2, 1839. After living for a time under the parental roof at Hahndorf, where residence was first taken, he secured a billet as shepherd for the South Australian Company, receiving the princely wages of 2s. 6d. a week. Then he was engaged by the late Mr. Smillie, of The Valleys, near Nairne, remaining there till his employer's death. The next move was to Freidrichstadt, where farming was engaged in on a portion of what was known as the Cattle Company's run. After some years had elapsed Mr. Jaensch secured a grazing block on the Bremer, and on the 30 acres which be purchased from Mr. Henry Cross he founded his Hartley home stead,.He gradually added to his land, and when he recently made over his Bremer property to his youngest son the estate contained between 2000 and 3000 acres. Some 30-odd years ago he purchased the land at Nairne upon which a substantial residence was lately erected. Mr. Jaensch was the first man to start farming on the River Murray country, having acquired the land in the Bridge district known as Howell's. This property, now in the occupation of Mr. August Jaensch, one of the sons, is the largest cultivated block in the Hundred of Mobilong. Farms were also secured for the other sons, and the total acreage at present held along the river by these worthy descendants of a worthy sire is between 4000 and 5000. The late Mr. Jaensch was a model farmer, and his stables, barns, and fences at Hartley were always the admiration of his neighbors. A few months ago he erected a comfortable house at Nairne wherein to enjoy the ease which his hard work and unflagging energy had earned him, and although having exceeded the psalmists' span by three years he looked worth many years of life when his end came in so sad and tragic a manner. Mrs. Jaensch died five years ago, and the surviving members of the family of 12 are Mr. F. W. Jaensch, Mrs. J. G. Neumann, Messrs. Gottlob Jaensch, August Jaensch, and B. T. E. Jaensch (all of Murray Bridge), Mrs. Christoph Paech (Summerfeldt), Miss Bertha Jaensch (Nairne), Mrs. H. Rheimer (Hartley), and Mr. Jonathan Jaensch (Hartley). There are 35 grandchildren. Two brothers—Mr. Christian Jaensch, of Hahndorf, and Mr. Traugott Jaensch, of Hartley— and two sisters—Mrs. Pade, of Hahndorf, and Mrs. Gates, of Adelaide—are also living, while Messrs. Christian Paech and Gottlieb Paech, of Friedriehstadt, and Mrs. F. W. Wittwer, of Hahndorf, are cousins of the deceased. The body was removed to Hartley on Sunday, and the funeral took place at the Salem Cemetery on Monday afternoon. The attendance, which was representative of Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Hahndorf, Nairne, Hartley, Woodchester, Callington, Stratbalbyn, Monarto, and elsewhere, was, with one exception, the largest recorded at any funeral in the South, no fewer than 82 traps (many wagonettes which contained several occupants) and a long procession of horsemen following the hearse. The service in the church and at the grave was conducted by Pastor Koschade, of Callington, while the Rev. F. Davis, of the Murray Bridge Wesleyan Church, also spoke of the many good qualities of the deceased.
28 Dec 1838, ‘Zebra’ age 13
Groom Given Name(s): Johann Gottlob Groom Last Name: JENSCH (Jaensch) Bride Given Name(s): Anna Maria Bride Last Name: BARTEL Marriage Date: 1846, January 08 Marriage Place: Schoolroom Hahndorf Groom Age: 21 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1825 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: Bride Age: 22 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1824 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father Name: District: Adelaide Symbol: Book/Page: 11/27
Given Name(s): Gottlob Last Name: JAENSCH Death Date: 29 Oct 1898 Gender: M Age: 73y Approx. Birth Year: 1825 Marital Status: N Relative 1: Relative 2: Residence: Nairne Death Place: Nairne District: Nairne Symbol: S Book/Page: 255/477
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