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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837

Susan WATT

Susan WATT

Female 1837 - 1880  (42 years)

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  • Name Susan WATT  [1
    Born 26 Apr 1837  Fife Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 7 May 1837  [1
    • Ancestry in Scotland select births and baptisms 1564 to 1950
    Gender Female 
    Emigration 1838  [1
    James made an application for assistance to emigrate with a wife and two daughters (Isabella age 29 months and Susan 10 months) on 16 April 1838. The parents and two daughters arrived South Australia, aboard the Rajasthan, on the 16 Nov. 1838, from London. 
    Biography Notes Susan was born in Kettle in 1837. As a one year old, she migrated to South Australia with her parents and older sister.

    Susan lived in Adelaide and then Oakbank/Woodside until her marriage.

    She was the first daughter to marry and she married Wilhelm/William WIEDEMANN on 23 June 1859 at the Caledonian Church Inverbrackie.

    Wilhelm WIEDEMANN may have come to Australia on the 'Princess Louise', which left Hamburg in March 1849 and arrived Pt Adelaide in Aug 1849.

    Susan and Wilhelm had three children registered under three different spellings in the birth index: WIDEMANN and WEIDEMANN and correctly WIEDEMANN. A son, William at Balhannah in 1860. A daughter, Susan Isabella, in 1862. The third child, Robert Albert was in 1865.

    On 1 July 1861, Wilhelm WIEDEMANN was granted the license at the Miners Arms, Kanmantoo. At some stage he moved to Callington where he was the publican at the Callington hotel. What is interesting is that, in 1866, Maryann, Susan's younger sister, marries Frederick SOMMER, who grew up in Callington. Did they meet when Maryann visited her elder sister at the Callington hotel? Also importantly Wilhelm's brother-in-law, Frederick SOMMER, was later to be the publican at Callington hotel and as he had been a farmer and labourer for many years I am assuming it was in 'imitation' of his brother-in-law.

    There are several interesting articles about the German community. William WIEDEMANN and his hotel seemed to provide a focus for the German community. In 1864 there is the annual rifleman's day. William is the captain of the rifle club and after the shooting the party returned to his hotel where they dined and were joined by their wives it seems. Awards were made and what is exciting for me is that the three brother-in-law's names are there together, Robert WILLEMER, Frederick SOMMER and William WIEDEMANN.

    Later WIEDEMANN was to be the innkeeper at Mount Barker.

    But Mt Barker was also where Susan died, on 3 March 1880, at the age of only 42. The cause was 'cirrhosis of the liver, ascites, often known as dropsy'.

    The three children of Susan and Wilhelm:-
    * William WIDEMANN, was born at Balhannah on 26 June 1860. He was not to survive childhood and died in September 1863 at the age of three years and four months.
    * Susan Isabella WIEDEMANN, known as Isabella, was born on 25 May 1862. She was baptised on 31 Aug. 1862 at Inverbrackie, three months after her birth. Isabella married Norman Underwood GOYDER on 25 July 1891 at the age of 25. The marriage was at St Bartholomew's Church, Norwood. She was to have four children born between 1891 and 1902. The eldest son died at the age of 28 in 1902 at his residence Eastwood.
    * Robert Albert WEIDEMANN (recorded with the second and third letter transposed) was born on 2 Dec 1865. He married Ida Florence ROBINSON on 9 Aug. 1898, at Norwood,. They had three children all born at Norwood between 1899 and 1905.

    William or Wilhelm WIEDEMANN died on 7 Feb. 1904, at Norwood, at the age of 77.

    Cause of death Cirrhosis of the liver, ascites, often known as dropsy. 
    Died 3 Mar 1880  Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-8391  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 

    Father James WATT,   b. 1812 
    Relationship -2739 
    Mother Barbara WILKIE,   b. 31 Jan 1815, Fife Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1888, Mannum SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship -2739 
    Married 20 Dec 1833  Fife Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F-2739  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wilhelm WIEDEMANN,   b. c1827, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1859  South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children of marriage Susan and Wilhelm had three children.  [1
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 08:20:22 
    Family ID F-2744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-61] FM Susan Nicholls, nee Moore - ID 8186 -evidence pending, Draft for magazine article in March 2017.