Cleggett, Friend & descendants

Friend Cleggett was born in Kent and came to South Australia as a young man. He married Julia Harvey at the St James' Church, Blakiston in 1863. The family moved about quite a bit, with some of their children being born in Mt Barker, and the others in the South East. They had 11 children altogether. Of these, Adeline Sarah, Friend, John George, and Frederick William  were born at Mt Barker, with the rest being born in the south east region of the State. Those born elsewhere were Julia, Jessie Elizabeth, Rosa May, Hannah, Gordon Harvey, Leonard Lionel, and Mabel  Isabel. Later, Friend and Julia owned a property known as Cleggett Park at Bordertown.

John Cleggett was born in Mt Barker in 1869 he married Louisa Capner, a school teacher and had 6 children including Ella, who became a teacher, as did two more of John's daughters.

Ella Cleggett, daughter of John and Louisa, and grand daughter of Friend, was born at Mt Barker in 1884. She was educated at Mt Barker Public School, and went on to be trained as a teacher. She spent 18 years with the SA Education Department, teaching at Flinders Street Model School, Adelaide, Moonta, Burra and at Mt Barker. After contracting scarlet fever and losing her hearing, she transferred to the Correspondence School. During World War I, she was active in the School's Patriotic Fund and also with the Tubercular Soldiers' Aid Society. From 1924 until her death at Rua Rua Private Hospital in 1950, she worked tirelessly raising money for the sufferers of tuberculosis.

Nuske, Johannes Gustav Ewald & descendants

Old Jack Nuske was born at Rhine Villa in 1891, the son of Ernestina Caroline Lydia Nuske, and I remember him and his wife, Agnes Alfreda Victoria nee Thiele,  living in Stephen Street, when I was a child. They had married at Tweedvale in 1926 and later lived at Ambleside before moving to Mt Barker. There were several children including Young Jack (John Alfred), Colin (Colin Gustav) and Dean, in this family. As an old man, Mr Nuske drove around the town in small blue and white Hillman Minx. The locals made fun of his driving skill - but perhaps he was just careful. Most people in the town could walk faster than Old Jack drove. His son, Young Jack, was also a well known identity in the town. He never married, and lived at the Stephen Street home until he died in the 1990's. He was well known for his deep gravelly voice, and his penchant for taking the micky out of the local Catholic Priest - Father Kelly, who had a distinct liking for a glass of Port and lemonade in the winter time.

Paech - several different families

A number of people with the surname Paech came to South Australia in the late 1830's with the migration of the Lutheran people from Prussia and Germany aboard the Zebra  and the Prince George.

Among them was Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Paech, a native of Rentschen in Brandenburg, Prussia. He took up land near Hahndorf with Pastor August Kavel's help and the Joint Stock Cattle Company was formed with cattle purchased from Hawdon & Bonney, who had overlanded the first herds to South Australia in early 1838. The land owned by J.F.W. Paech became known as Friedrichstadt.

Hannah & Georg Paech

A different Paech family, who originated in the village of Kay in Brandenburg, Prussia. Among this family was a 12 year old boy named Johann Georg Paech. He married Johanne Karoline Hartmann, who had also arrived at around the same time with her family, as a child of 10 years of age. Georg and Hannah Paech had 5 children - Wilhelm, Caroline, Hermann, August, and Bertha. They purchased some of the land from the family of J.F.W. Paech at Friedrichstadt, and that property became known as Paechtown.

Descendants of this particular family have lived in the general Mt Barker District ever since. The Paechs who currently operate the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm at Hahndorf are descended from this family.

There are many connections to the Paech family including Thiele, Nitschke, Heinrich, Kuchel, Klaebsch, Hall, Borchers, Braendler, Schubert, Fechner, Kelcey, Petty, Bates, Rocke, Hirte, Bottroff, Peake, Craig, Altmann, Faerhmann, Baumgurtel, Beck, Oster, Holt, Daniel, Noye, Bartram, Clasohm, Pym, Lehmann, Pinchbeck, Wachtel, Martin, Schulz, Hein, Pfeiffer, Oliver, Harries, Kramer, and more.


Adams - several families of

There were several families with the name Adams who came to live in the Mt Barker district over the years. In the very early days, most families lived on the outskirts of what is now the town. The following are the Adams families who made the district their home from the early days.

John Adams and his wife Elizabeth nee Williams, farmed in an area known as Spring Gully - today it is known as Mt Barker Springs. They had several children born there. Mrs Adams died at Mt Barker Springs in 1872 at the age of 59.

Henry Adams and his wife Jane nee Maddern lived at Bugle Ranges where they farmed for a few years.

William Adams and his wife Jane nee Smith, arrived aboard the ship William Mitchell in 1840 from Chichester in England, with their five children - William James, Ann, Frederick, Emma, and Caroline. Of their children, William James married Margaret Harmer and moved to Langhorne Creek; Ann married Joseph Stokes and lived at Mt Barker until her husband disappeared during the Victorian Goldrush, after which she married William Chilton and moved to Langhorne Creek; Frederick went to the gold fields with his brother in law Joseph Stokes in 1852 - Fred came back but Joseph didn't; I don't know what happened to Emma; and Caroline married William James Hazel and went to live at Kapunda.

Israel Adams, the son of Edmund Adams, lived at Littlehampton. He married Wilhelmina Augusta Henrietta Spangler at St James' Church, Blakiston in 1859 and lived in the Mt Barker District for quite a few years. His daughter, Elizabeth Ann, married John Langcake in 1872 at Mt Barker, but by this time, the family had moved to Kanmantoo.