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The history for the descendants and family of:


Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Koehler

Born - 26 Aug 1790, Germany
- unknown
Married - 15 Nov 1815, Germany
Johanna Henrietta Wilhemina Klapproth
Born - Mollershausen,Germany 26 Dec 1797
Died -
15 Mar 1871 Mount Gambier South Australia

1 known Child who emmigrated with them

1. Caroline Augusta Koehler
Born 1824 Germany
Unknown - Mount Gambier South Australia.

1 known child who died before they immigrated.
2. Johanne Caroline Friederike Koehler
Born Unknown
22 Aug 1853, Berlin Germany

There appears to be more Koehlers as the message below indicates.
There are many Koehlers in the phone book who may be descended from her brother/s and Margaret Yarwood does not appear in my data base either.


Margaret Yarwood has left the below message on another source
if anybody knows her current email please contact me.

"Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Koehler and his wife Johanna Henrietta Wilhemina Klapproth came to Australia in 1849. His parents were Christian Ludwig Koehler and Dorothea Henrietta Muller.

Her parents were Christian Klapproth and Caroline Hartwig. They came on a ship, "Auguste and Meline" which sailed from Bremen. I am trying to find out more about their forbears in Germany. Johann was born on 26 August 1790 and Johanna was born 26 December 1797. They married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Andreasborg, Harz, Hannover.

Johanna was born in Mollershausen. All of their 8 children were born in St. Andreasborg. The eldest, Johanne Caroline Friederike Koehler died on 22 August 1853 in Berlin so she obviously didn't accompany the family.

I am also trying to establish the location of St. Andreasborg and Mollershausen."

Pictured at their 50th Wedding Anniversary
(from a photocopy)


A Golden Marriage – On Wednesday last the interesting ceremony known among our German friends as a golden marriage or jubilee, took place in the Evangelical Lutheran Chapel, Mt. Gambier, on the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr H. W. Koehler and Henrietta W. nee Klapperroth falling upon that day.

As few of our English readers will know anything of this ceremony, we may as well explain what it is.

When a German married couple reach the 25th anniversary of their marriage they celebrate the event with a religious ceremony and great rejoicing, and the wife is crowned with a silver wreath by her friends. This is called the silver marriage.

Should they live to see the 50th anniversary the event is celebrated in like manner, but with greater pomp and ceremony (the event being comparatively so rare) and the lady is this time crowned with a golden wreath.

In Germany not only the immediate friends of the couple interested attend at these celebrations, but also all the leading families of the district, and very often the King or Emperor himself.

We believe this is the first event of the kind that has been celebrated in Australia. The couple are aged respectively 75 and 68, and were married on the 15th day of November, 1815.

We were present at the ceremony, but prefer to give the following account of it furnished by a German correspondent; -

β€œIt was indeed a grand sight to look upon. There was the venerable old gentleman with his lady sitting on chairs before the altar, with all his children and many of his grandchildren around him, and both looking the picture of health and happiness.

There were besides a good number of German friends present, as also a good many English ladies, who all joined in the services. After singing and prayer the Rev. P. Meischel then explained that the jubilant chose his own text, which he said was from Psalms, chap. 119, 124-128 verses.

He then preached a most excellent sermon, in which he referred to past mercies, and exhorted them to trust and hold fast to the true faith, even until the end. After the sermon they again sang another hymn, and before singing the last verse the venerable old gentleman and his lady knelt down before the altar, and the rev. gentleman putting a hand upon the head of each of them pronounced a blessing upon them, after which the congregation sung the last verse and were dismissed.

The relatives and the rev. gentleman then drove off to Mr Gellart's schoolroom, where the most excellent dinner was provided for them, of which they all partook heartily. They there enjoyed themselves until late in the evening, and afterwards they joined in singing hymns, and the Rev. Meischel prayed, when they separated to their respective dwellings.”

Our correspondent adds;- I may mention that Mr Wilhelm Koehler is perhaps the only one in South Australia of the remaining veterans of the Peninsula war and served in (un-readable ??) division under Prince Ernest Augustenberg, Prince.
...................The Division is unreadable and this last line is missing.............................

From a photocopy of piece of A4 Paper containing text generated by a type writer.
I suspect it was from a Mount Gambier Newspaper of the day circa mid November 1865.

Contact me if you know what was written on the last line, have a better image or know the Division he served in, we must credit this ancestor correctly, this is of historical importance.