Reimer WENCK

Reimer WENCK

Male 1834 - 1903  (68 years)

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  • Name Reimer WENCK 
    Born 11 Dec 1834  Tiebensee, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • On the Queensland birth registration of Reimer's daughter, Agnes Wenck, who was born at sea, his place of birth was written 'Jimsee' or 'Timsee'.

      "There is no place Jimsee in Nord Dithmarschen. I found a Neuenkirchen right between Wesselburen and Heide, and about 2 miles southeast a small place called Tiebensee. That is probably the place you are looking for. Written in the old german writing one could easily read Jimsee for Tiebensee." (Source: part of an email to the SHRT mailing list from Ulrich Wendt 25 Feb 2005. Neuenkirchen was mentioned in the email Jennifer Crockett sent to the SHRT mailing list because this is listed as the place of birth for Anna, Reimer's sister, on her death certificate)
    Christened 25 Dec 1834  Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Register of Baptisms Neuenkirchen in Dithmarschen
      (5/1835)p. 281

      * Dec. 11th, 1834
      ~ Dec. 25th, 1834

      Reimer Wenck, legitimate son of  Johann Wenck, laborer
      in Tiebensee, and his wife Charlotte Christina née Lohse.
      Godparents :
      1.) Hans Christopher Lohse, farmhand in Norddeich
      2.) Peter Peters, resident worker in Tiebensee.
      3.) Christina Hartnack, miller ('s wife) in Tiebensee.
    Gender Male 
    Confirmation 3 Mar 1850  Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Date of confirmation: March 3rd, 1850, Oculi Sunday

      1. Running number, boys and girls separated in two lists
      12/1850 Knaben / boys

      2. Names of the confirmees
      Reimer Wenck

      3. Their father's name, or their mother's when illegitimate
      The late Johann Wenck

      4. Place of their parents' residence, or of their providers
      Neuenkirchen

      5. The child's place of birth
      Tiebensee

      6. Date and year of birth
      1834, Dec. 11

      7. Certificate of vaccination against smallpox
      1836, Apr. 26

      8. Remarks, notes, addenda
      Aegtebrief am 19. April 1859. / documents for a wedding outside the parish
    Physical Description A tall man with dark red curly hair 
    • According to his granddaughter Florence Christine Wenck b. 1894, daughter of TBJ Wenck; as told to Audrey Bailey
    Immigration 26 Feb 1879  Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3

    • WENCK
      Reimer 43, Trinke 42, Christine 18, Johann 17, Mathilde 14, Therese 13, Carl 10, Ernst 8, Theodor 6, Adolph 4, Gustav 2, Agnes Caterine Auguste - born on voyage.

      Details taken from the March 1879 issue of the Rockhampton newspaper "The Capricornia":
      Embarked Hamburg 6 Nov 1878 on board 'Charles Dickens'; disembarked Keppel Bay 26 Feb 1879.
      On her second voyage to Queensland (first in 1877) the 'Charles Dickens' left Hamburg 6.11.1878 with Surgeon-Superintendent Dr. Thon, Matron Miss Drohun and 457 immigrants - full paying 13, assisted 29, free 388, free nominated 25, remittance 1, stowaway 1.

      Wencks listed as free nominated.  (Anna, sister of Reimer was already in Queensland.  She married Heinrich Thomas Jurgensen, born Fohr Island. They sailed to Australia on board the 'Humbolt' in 1870.)

      Arrived Keppel Bay 26.2.1879 - visited by immigration agent & govt. medical officer Dr. Salmond - quarantine not necessary.  Passengers transshipped to the 'Lady Bowen' about midnight 28 February en route from Gladstone to Rockhampton.  Brought up river and landed at wharf at 6am Saturday 1 March 1879.
      Dr. Salmond instructed that two large tents be erected in the Immigration Depot as temporary accommodation for those who could not find room in the building.
    Naturalization 29 Mar 1883  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • His residence was Minden, he was a farmer and was born in Germany
    Occupation Farmer 
    Will 2 May 1903  Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reimer left the family farm to his youngest surviving son, Adolph. At the time of Reimer's death, Adolph was married with one child and had probably been working the farm for some time. There was a previous will, but Reimer made a new will the day before he died, and this second will could not be found. Adolph's brother Jack wasn't happy with the terms of the new will and tore it up and placed it in the pocket of the deceased Reimer while he was in his coffin. Ernst, another brother, found the torn pieces and the first will was therefore null and void and the second will prevailed.

      The will also provided £50 for Theresa as she had stayed at home the longest. She was 30 when she married in 1896 and had probably stayed at home to help care for her parents.

      Source: Notes from Aunty Sylvia
    FamilySearch ID KJDK-6B9 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KJDK-6B9 
    Died 3 May 1903  Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: Inability to swallow due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, 4 days, many years 
    Buried 4 May 1903  Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Coolana Private Cemetery. Part of the family farm (half an acre) was registered as a cemetery on 26 April 1900. This cemetery in Zabels Road was sold to a farmer by the Esk council in 1990. It has changed hands since then, and in 2005 it is part of a 3 acre property at 115 Zabels Road, Minden, owned by Ross Saxelby and Linda Van Engelen. The cemetery is on a separate title. In the 1970s the headstones were ploughed over and broken by a farmer who said he didn't see the graves in the long grass. There are still the remains of some of the headstones there.
      Reimer's death certificate says buried 'at Hillside, his residence'.
      The location of the family home was first called Back Plain, then Hillside, finally Coolana, near Minden, Queensland. Coolana is an Aboriginal word for 'home of flying foxes'.
    Wenck family cemetery, Coolana
    Wenck family cemetery, Coolana
    Shows grave of Adolph Wenck on right and bases only of headstones of Reimer and Trinke Wenck. After this photo was taken in 1993, it was discovered on a subsequent visit in 2005 that one of the base stones had been removed.
    Notes 
    • Notes from trip of Myrtle Colston (née WENCK) to her Aunty Martha NEUENDORF (née BEHM) 13 Oct 1974.
      Life style:
      * Bake ovens for bread - first one did not draw so a neighbour helped build the second which did work.
      * Camp ovens for cooking - tripod system over open fires.
      * Built their own homes
      * Ipswich was the nearest centre...drove by German waggon to Ipswich over the Postman's Track with eggs, corn and butter...would get value for these then buy goods...Cribb and Foote used to lend money for fencing etc to save crops from wallabies...(interest rate approx £6 for £200)
      * Postman's Track named because first mail was delivered over this roughly made track which later became a rough dirt and stony road...would have been used by the boys riding to Ipswich for teacher education. (Moonie pipe line runs parallel with Postman's Track about half a mile north.)
      * Cleared land first, with hoes and pick axes and planted between stumps.
      * Reimer made much of his farm equipment.
      * Reason for leaving Flensburg ??? Maybe takeover by Germany of Schleswig Holstein. Hopeful of a better way of life for family where much land was available cheap (about 2/6 an acre). No land available in Europe.
      * Reimer had a gentle personality - he would not let the boys whip the horses.

      Notes from visit of Myrtle Colston to her cousin Una Taplin (née Behm):
      Reimer and his family arrived off the "Charles Dickens" at Rockhampton. Reimer and Jack worked on the Fitzroy River bridge (now destroyed) and the gaol. The family went down to Rosewood and stayed with Aunty Jurgensen before building a slab hut with detached kitchen at Hillside - now Coolana. There was a row of poplars to the front road. They hoed in the maize and chased wallabies from the crops with tin cans.

      Part of letter by Audrey Bailey (1985/86) in possession of Heather Frankland:
      Aunty Flo told me her grandfather was a tall man with dark red curly hair... and called her 'little one' and took her for walks around his garden which he loved. Aunty Flo said he was a gardener on an estate in Flensburg and that his brother went to America with his family.
    Person ID I66  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2017 

    Father Johann WENCK,   b. Abt 1797, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1840, Tiebensee, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Christina LOHSE,   b. Abt 1801,   d. 16 Apr 1855, Blankenmoor, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Family ID F1095  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Trinke PAYSEN,   b. 28 Jun 1836, Stedesand, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1897, Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 22 May 1859  Emmelsbüll, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
    +1. Anna Cathrine Sophie "Christina" WENCK,   b. 19 Dec 1859, Leck, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1939, Nanango, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Johann Reimer Andreas "Jack" WENCK,   b. 26 Oct 1861, Wester-Schnatebüll, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1935, Wondai, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Mathilde Louise Amelia "Tilly" WENCK,   b. 3 Feb 1864, Weststedt, Hadersleben, Schleswig, (Vedsted, South Jutland, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1937, Laidley, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Bertha Therese Magdalena "Therese" WENCK,   b. 30 Sep 1865, Weibeck, Schleswig (Vejbæk, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1954, Murgon, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +5. Carl Heinrich Wilhelm "Charlie" WENCK,   b. 22 Jul 1868, Bau, Schleswig (Bov, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1900, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +6. Ernst August Friedrich WENCK,   b. 20 Aug 1870, Bau, Schleswig (Bov, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1952, Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +7. Theodor Bernhart Julius "Ted" WENCK,   b. 4 Aug 1872, Cluesries, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1960, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +8. Adolph Christian Georg "Otto" WENCK,   b. 1 May 1874, Kluesfeld, Bau, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia (Bov, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1941, Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     9. Emil Gustav Ferdinand "Gustav" WENCK,   b. 5 Oct 1876, Jarplundfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1897, Croydon Hospital, Croydon, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
    +10. Agnes Auguste Catherine WENCK,   b. 9 Feb 1879, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1940, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Photos
    'Charles Dickens'
    "Charles Dickens"
    Immigrant ship for Wenck family
    WENCK group 1897
    WENCK group 1897
    WENCK family group 1897. This photo may have been taken at the time of the funeral for Emma Wenck née Wruck, wife of Carl, who died 23 Jan 1897. By the end of that year both Trinke and Gustav had died. Maureen Matthews owns the original which was very overexposed on those wearing white. Jennifer Crockett had the photo professionally retouched to reduce the overexposure. (See next photo for key to individuals)
    WENCK group key
    WENCK group key
    Key to individuals in Wenck family photo 1897. This key was done by Jennifer Crockett who knew the identity of the Wenck adults from other photos and deduced spouses and children from family data.
    WENCK group 1897 with key
    WENCK group 1897 with key
    Wenck family just immigrated
    Wenck family just immigrated
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F44  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Dec 1834 - Tiebensee, Dithmarschen, Holstein Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 Dec 1834 - Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen, Holstein Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConfirmation - 3 Mar 1850 - Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen, Holstein Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 May 1859 - Emmelsbüll, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 26 Feb 1879 - Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 29 Mar 1883 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 2 May 1903 - Coolana, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Inability to swallow due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, 4 days, many years - 3 May 1903 - Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 May 1903 - Coolana, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    WENCK, Reimer circa 1897
    WENCK, Reimer circa 1897
    Wenck men circa 1897
    Wenck men circa 1897
    L to R
    Back: Gustav, Carl, Adolph
    Seated: Ernst, Reimer (father), Theodor
    Front: Johann
    House in Jarplundfeld 1928
    House in Jarplundfeld 1928
    Ernst Wenck and two other men
    House in Jarplundfeld 1993
    House in Jarplundfeld 1993
    Wenck family just immigrated
    Wenck family just immigrated

  • Sources 
    1. [S51] Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen Parish Records, Register of Baptisms Neuenkirchen in Dithmarschen, (5/1835) p. 281 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S51] Neuenkirchen, Dithmarschen Parish Records, List of the confirmees of the (church-) parish Neuenkirchen in the year 1850 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S423] QSA Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 index [database on-line], (http://www.archives.qld.gov.au), Charles Dickens 1879 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S102] QSA: Z3457 (Return of Aliens Naturalized Aug 1880 to Aug 1885), (Brisbane, 1885, Legislative Assembly of Queensland), page 259 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death certificate 1903/003688 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1903/ 003688 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Daughter Agnes' birth certificate (Reliability: 3).