Carrie Belle Ensign
F, b. 2 August 1878, d. 14 March 1964
- Charts: Descendants of John Maddern , Descendants of Stephen Lower, Descendants of John Gill (#1), Descendants of John Gill (#2)
- Carrie Belle Ensign was born on 2 August 1878 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, USA.
- She was the daughter of Eugine J Ensign.
- At the age of 40 years, Carrie Belle Ensign married Walter Garfield Bray, son of Digory Hamlyn Bray and Grace Maddern, in 1919.
- Carrie Belle Ensign appeared as a member of the household of Walter Garfield Bray in 1930 in Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California; Walter was shown as a 48 year old Manufacturers broker, born California living with his wife Belle C, parents born Ohio, also 48 and a Eugene J Ensign, 79, Bell's father, a widow whose parents were both born in Ohio.
- On 21 February 1960,her husband, Walter Garfield Bray died in San Francisco, California, USA, at age 78. His social security number was SSN 554-46-3019.
- Carrie Belle Ensign died on 14 March 1964 in San Francisco, California, at age 85.
Eugine J Ensign
M, b. 1851
- Eugine J Ensign was born in 1851 in Ohio, USA.
- He appeared as a member of the household of Walter Garfield Bray in 1930 in Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California; Walter was shown as a 48 year old Manufacturers broker, born California living with his wife Belle C, parents born Ohio, also 48 and a Eugene J Ensign, 79, Bell's father, a widow whose parents were both born in Ohio.
Child of Eugine J Ensign
- Carrie Belle Ensign b. 2 August 1878, d. 14 March 1964
Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple
F, b. 6 January 1882, d. 15 June 1922
- Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple was born on 6 January 1882 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Christian Epple and Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck.
- At the age of 16 years, Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple married Emil Claudius Johann Peters, son of Johann Nicholas Peters and Elisibia Catherina Magdelina Geitz, in 1899 in Queensland.
- On 3 August 1920,Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple's son, Bertie Joseph Peters was buried in Goombungee Cemetery.
- Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple died on 15 June 1922 in Queensland at age 40.
- She was buried on 16 June 1922 in Goombungee Cemetery.
Children of Anna Louisa Fredricke Epple and Emil Claudius Johann Peters
Catherine Chase Epple
F, b. 1854
M, b. 1857, d. 15 September 1889
- Victims of Murder: Other Victims of Murder/Manslaughter/Suicide
- Christian Epple was born in 1857 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Johan Michael Epple and Friedrike Neufer.
- At the age of 24 years, Christian Epple married Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck, daughter of Henry Wieck and Anna Elesbeath Dorothea Gardels, in 1881 in Queensland.
- Christian Epple was murdered by Thomas Reilly on 15 September 1889 just Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The Sydney Herald reported on the trial:- " (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)WAGGA WAGGA, FRIDAY.
The Circuit Court was opened to-day at 10 a.m., before Mr. Justice Foster. Mr. F. E. Rogers prosecuted for the Crown. Thomas Reilly, who said he was 20 years old, was charged with having wilfully murdered Christian Epple, about 45 years of age, at North Wagga common, on the morning of Sunday, the 15th of September.
The facts of the crime are, briefly, that the drover Epple, having four children, brought a mob of about 950 cattle from Cobb and Co.'s station, on the Warrego, Queensland, to Wagga, where they were sold in the early part of September. In his employ as drovers were Reilly and five other men, and a cook. The camp was formed on the common, about four miles north of Wagga, on Thursday, the 12th of September. On the Sunday following, Epple and two of his party intended to commence the return journey to Queensland. At 6 o'clock in the morning a gunshot was heard in the camp, and about an hour afterwards Epple was found dead in his bed in the tent with a bullet wound in his head. Reilly, at the time the shot was heard, was seen by a boy to ride away from the camp. Reilly was suspected of having killed Epple. After a chase he was captured on the Book Book- road, 16 miles from Wagga. A coroner's inquest was held three days following the 15th September. On the night of the second day of the inquest, Reilly made a statement, in which he confessed having murdered Epple. He was accordingly found guilty, and the jury committed him for trial.
When asked how he pleaded, the accused said, "I plead guilty." Reilly stood up in the dock at the request of his Honour, who addressed him as follows:—
Accused, let me beg of you solemnly to consider what you are doing in pleading guilty. The charge is one of murder. It is a capital offence, and the penalty is death if you adhere to your plea of guilty. You must not, therefore, hope to obtain any money at the hands of justice. This would entitle a self-convicted murderer to no more consideration from the law than a murderer convicted of his crime by a jury. If you desire to withdraw your plea of guilty and plead not guilty, you are well at liberty to do so. If you do not intend to admit that you killed the deceased man, you must, of course, plead not guilty. If you admit that you killed him, and think you have any lawful excuse, or mitigation of your crime, you ought also to plead not guilty, and try and establish your defence before a jury, and you shall have all proper assistance. But if you admit you wilfully killed him cold-blooded, and that you had no lawful excuse, God forbid that I or any Judge should tell you in your awful present position to say what would be untrue by pleading not guilty. Prisoner, you are at liberty to withdraw your plea and plead not guilty.
Accused : I do not wish your Honour to withdraw my plea. I murdered him sure enough, and I cannot plead otherwise.
His HONOR : You fully understand, prisoner? Accused : Yes, I understand your Honour.
His HONOR: Then your plea must be recorded, prisoner. I must read the depositions. I think it would be better to remove the prisoner for a little while until I have an opportunity of reading the depositions. Prisoner,—Notwithstanding that you have pleaded guilty I will take time to read the depositions and I will now remand you until I have read them, before I pass sentence upon you.
The accused was then removed. His Honour perused the evidence given at the coroner's inquest and sent for prisoner. After a lapse of four minutes Reilly was again brought into Court.
Prisoner was asked in the ordinary way if he had anything to say to the charge of murder to which he had pleaded guilty, why the Court should not pass sentence upon him.
Accused : All I have to say is, I don't ask justice from the hand of man. It is only from God, and I say, God's will be done. That is all I have got to say.
His Honour, in passing sentence on the accused, spoke as follows :—Thomas Reilly, you have pleaded guilty to a charge of feloniously and maliciously murdering Christian Epple. You have done so after it has been explained to you that you have no hope of mercy through making the confession at this time; no hope of money from man. You have done so after I have explained to you that if there were anything to mitigate your offence or excuse it in the eye of the law, your duty would have been to have pleaded "not guilty." You have however admitted, after having been cautioned, that you have, in cold blood, murdered this unfortunate man, and there remains to me nothing but the painful duty of pronouncing the terrible sentence of the law upon you. It is painful in the case of a young man like you. It is more painful even than in the case of others who may have mingled more with the world. Your case is indeed a very bad and terrible one. I have looked over the sworn testimony that has been already given against you, and also your own written statement with regard to the offence which you have committed, and it appears to me clear that on testimony, which has been offered against you the crime was made out beyond all possibility of doubt, and was scarcely rendered more clear, if at all, by your own confession of having done it. It appears that you were employed by this Christian Epple in the capacity of drover, that you had been with him for some considerable time, and that on the occasion of his receiving money to pay all his men off you were seized by this terrible temptation, urged on, as our Lord used frequently to express it, by the instigation of the Devil, for it cannot be explained in any other way, and that you determined some time before on this terrible act, that you had it in your mind, had endeavoured to watch for an opportunity to carry it out, and that you failed on the first occasion. You afterwards carried it into effect whilst the man was lying asleep in his bed. You do say in your statement "that this temptation was pressed in some way with the instigation of some woman. If it is so, her remorse must be awful and terrible if she caused such a terrible and awful crime. Whoever the woman may be, she has been the means of helping the temptation of the devil. Her remorse ought to be awful and terrible, but it does not lessen your offence. The fact of its being instigated by another in aiding the terrible crime of taking away a fellow creature's life does not mitigate in any way the offence. You were instigated by the devil, as I have said, and by your evil mind on that occasion when you went to his tent and saw the man while he was lying on his back, and fired with a rifle belonging to the camp and belonging to himself. Immediately afterwards you were seen going from the tent on horseback. You were followed down by the police, and found with the property of the deceased man which you had robbed him of, and which clearly identified you, independent of your having been seen at the tent immediately after that shot was fired. In this circumstance you thought fit then, as you have thought fit now, to make open, full, and, I believe, true confession of the offence which you committed. You ask for no mercy at the hands of man ; but I do thank God that that is not so with regard to the future. We thank God that there is a Being, who can pardon the guilty even at the last hour. In His name I beg of you to go before Him and ask His forgiveness. Cast yourself upon him who is ready to forgive the worst sinners. Use the time which will remain to you before the carrying out of the awful sentence of the law in making your peace with that God, and may He have mercy on you. I will not repeat at more length the circumstances of the offence which you have committed. Far be it from me to add more pain to you than your conscience now causes you. You state in your confession that you did not care how soon death might be your lot, and that you do not ask mercy from the hand of man." It would be in vain, however, to do it. You say " it is the judgment after that you fear." You must say from your very heart that you find that your necessity is God's opportunity, and may you find that pardon which shall save you from the awful penalty of the terrible evil and wickedness that you have committed. I only now have to pronounce the sentence of the Court. The sentence of the Court is that you, Thomas Reilly, be taken from hence to the place whence you came, and that on a day hereafter to be named by his Excellency the Governor, and the Executive Council, you be taken to the place of execution, and there hanged by the neck until you are dead, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.
His Honour gave way to tears during the latter part of the sentence, and the prisoner cried. Prisoner was then removed. After the Judge had retired for 13 minutes, the business of the Court was resumed."
Other reports state that Thomas Reilly was a cousin of Ned and Dan Kelly, his mother being Ned's mother's sister.
- On 10 October 1938 the story of Christian's murder was printed in the Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga):- On Sunday morning, September 15, 1889, there occurred at North Wagga what the 'Advertiser' 'described as one of the most cold-blooded and atrocious murders In the criminal an nals of the district. It was probably one of the strangest crimes on record, as there was no apparent motive for it. The murder was committed on the North Wagga common by a man named Thomas Riley. His victim was Christian Epple. Epple had lately brought a mob of cattle from Cobb and Co.'s station on the Warrego River (Q.), and had in his employ a number of drovers, including Riley, W. Green and a half-caste named John Draper. Riley bad been engaged at Bourke on the way through. The long journey had been safely made and Epple had delivered the whole of the cattle. With the plant of the camp he was about to start on the return journey. He had camped on the common, where he had two tents, one for himself and the other for the drovers. Epple had paid all the men and had drawn £20 for himself. They had supper and retired to the tents on Saturday night, with the exception of Riley, who slept before the camp fire. Green and Draper, being very tired, slept soundly.
Green did not wake until between 7 o'clock and 8 o'clock on Sunday morning. He went to the tent to wake Epple and was horrified at what he saw. Epple was lying just as he bad retired, but there was a bullet hole through one eye and his head was shattered in a terrible manner. The evidence was that the rifle had been held within a few inches of the sleeping man's head when the shot was fired. Riley was missing from the camp, and Green and Draper at once com municated with the common ranger and the police. A lad named Matthews reported that he had heard a shot fir ed between 6 o'clock and 7 o'clock that Sunday morning, and that shortly afterwards he had seen Riley with a bridle in his hand, trying to catch a horse. He caught and saddled the horse and then rode away toward Wagga. The police sent telegraphs throughout the district. Riley was trail ed through Wagga (where he had called at several hotels) and along the Tarcutta road, and within an hour or two three or four police constables were in pursuit of him. They came in sight of Riley at the gate of Mr. Moroney's selection on the Book Bo__ road. The moment he saw them he galloped off at full speed and an exciting chase took place. The murderer had a mile start, and for over two miles the wild man-hunt continued. Then Riley's horse became exhausted and he was quickly overtaken. Senior-constable Dixon got within hailing distance and called upon the man to surrender. There being no response Constable Davidson fired a shot over Riley's head. Then Senior-Con stable Dixon galloped alongside and struck Riley a blow in the face which nearly knocked him out of the saddle. But he made another attempt to get away and another shot was fired. The murderer then threw up his hands and offered no further resistance. He was handcuffed and conveyed to the Wagga lockup. Riley was a powerful young man, aged 25 years, and a native of Lancefield (V.) At one time he was a jockey. When questioned Riley said : he could tell who committed the crime but he did not do it himself. Later he confessed that he had killed Epple - a highly reputable Dane who had been droving in the north for many years and was much esteemed by his em ployers. Iit appeared that there was no motive for the crime, which rend- ed it the more inexplicable. Riley has no ill-feeling against his victim and did not kill him for money. It appeared to be one of those strange cases in which the psychologist is more at home than the police. Riley said he was seized with an overpowering des sire to kill Epple when he saw him lying asleep, and so he took a rifle a shot him. Judge Foster, who presided over the Circuit Court, where he pleaded quilty said Riley "must have been instigated by the devil.' Riley was executed tbe Wagga gaol on Wednesday, Nov ember 6, 1889, and his remains were interred in the Catholic portion of the Wagga cemetery.
Children of Christian Epple and Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck
Christian Henry Epple
M, b. 1890, d. 3 October 1908
Christian Herman Epple
M, b. 1913, d. 1977
Frederick Christian Epple
M, b. 1884, d. 1 July 1967
- Frederick Christian Epple was born in 1884 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Christian Epple and Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck.
- At the age of 24 years, Frederick Christian Epple married Martha Mary Kath, daughter of Hermann Kath and Minna Annie Dorothy Schultz, in 1908 in Queensland.
- Frederick Christian Epple and Martha Mary Kath appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Goombungee. Frederick was a farmer.
- Frederick Christian Epple died on 1 July 1967 in Queensland.
- He was buried on 3 July 1967 in Goombungee Cemetery. LUTH1-00A-0015.
George Peter Epple
M, b. 1855, d. 5 May 1891
Gladys Dorothea Epple
F, b. 1909
Henrich Herman Epple
M, b. 1894, d. 1967
- Henrich Herman Epple was born in 1894 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck.
- In April 1932 Henry was a slaughterman living at Goombungee. He was fined by the Taxation Department for failing to furnish an income tax return.
- Henrich Herman Epple died in 1967 in Queensland.
M, b. 1860, d. 28 July 1928
Johan Jacob Frederick Epple
M, b. circa 1860, d. 1918
Johan Michael Epple
M, b. 1823, d. 26 October 1869
- Johan Michael Epple was born in 1823 in Germany.
- Johan Michael Epple married Friedrike Neufer circa 1850.
- Johan Michael Epple died on 26 October 1869 in Queensland.
- He was buried on 28 October 1869 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. CEOLD1-008-0020.
John Henry Epple
M, b. 1886, d. 1886
Katherina Dorothea Epple
F, b. 1888, d. 12 May 1974
- Katherina Dorothea Epple was born in 1888 in Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Christian Epple and Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck.
- At the age of 20 years, Katherina Dorothea Epple married John Charles Naumann, son of Johann Heinrich Naumann and Johanna Justina Wilhelmina Felgenhauer, in 1908 in Queensland.
- Katherina Dorothea Epple witnessed the burial of Marjorie Naumann on 6 May 1909 in Goombungee Cemetery; LUTH1-00H-0013.
- Katherina Dorothea Epple died on 12 May 1974.
- She was buried on 14 May 1974 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. CE2A-006-0030.
Lilly Myrtle Epple
F, b. 1911
Louisa Catherine Epple
F, b. 1862
F, b. 1904, d. 1904
- Marjory Epple died in 1904 in Queensland.
- She was born in 1904 in Brisbane, Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Wiebke Christine Dorothea Wieck.
M, b. 6 July 1915, d. 7 July 1915
Alice Marjory Erb
F, b. 1912
Ann Catherine Erb
F, b. 1864, d. 1971
Arthur John Erb
M, b. circa 1916, d. 1964
M, b. 1889, d. 1971
- August Erb was born in 1889 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Ann Catherine Erb.
- At the age of 20 years, August Erb married Johanna Fredricka Helsham, daughter of George Macklin Helsham and Johanna Fredricka Augusta Erb, in 1909 in Queensland.
- August Erb and Johanna Fredricka Helsham appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Claybank. August was a dairyman.
- August Erb was listed as the next of kin of Lawrence Edward Erb when she enlisted in the Australian Army on 22 April 1942 in Brisbane. Lawrence was living at Esk at the time he enlisted and gave his next of kin as his father August. He was discharged from the 9th Transport and Movement Office with the rank of Corporal on 25 Jan 1946.
- August Erb died in 1971 in Queensland.
Elizabeth Louisa Erb
F, b. 1863
M, b. 1911
Ernest Edward Erb
M, b. 1895, d. 1982
- Ernest Edward Erb was born in 1895 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Henrietta (Jane) Erb.
- At the age of 22 years, Ernest Edward Erb married Sarah Louisa Strack, daughter of Johann Strack and Auguste Minge, in 1917 in Queensland.
- Ernest Edward Erb and Sarah Louisa Strack appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Geham. Ernest was a farmer.
- Ernest Edward Erb died in 1982 in Queensland.
Frederika Margaret Erb
F, b. 11 July 1862, d. 28 September 1954
Fredricke Augusta (Ricke) Erb
F, b. 1908
- Fredricke Augusta (Ricke) Erb was born in 1908 in Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Heinrich (William) Erb and Johanna Emelie Minge.
- May and Fredricke was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Esther Louise Hartwig and Alexis Wilhelm Ferdinand Hoppe, son of Hugo Paul Hoppe and Johanna Emelie Minge, in March 1925 in Groomsville, Queensland; On March 17, The Brisbane Courier reported:- "The marriage of Miss Esther Hartwig, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. F. Hartwig, of Groomsville, to Mr. Alex. Hoppe, second son of the late Mr. Hoppe and Mrs. Erb, was solemnised recently at the residence of the bride's parents, Rev. A. R. Reuther officiating. The house was decorated for the occasion with masses of greenery and flowers, and festoons of coloured ribbon streamers, while palms were arranged in the drawing room, where the ceremony took place. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a wedding gown of ivory satin Marocain, with sleeves of white georgette, the wide girdle being composed of richly beaded georgette, caught at one side with a cabochon of orange blossom. A bouquet of white asters and fern tied with satin ribbons was carried, and she wore a simple tulle veil banded to the head with a coronet of white flowers. Misses May Hartwig (sister of the bride) and Richa Erb were the bridesmaids. Miss Hartwig wore a frock of shell-pink crepe de Chine, trimmed with softly draped side panels of cream lace, finished at one side of the waist with a sky-blue ribbon rosette, and Miss Erb was gowned in white fugi silk. Both wore hats to match their frocks, and carried posies of white roses and fern tied with pink steamers. Mr. Henry Helsham carried out the duties of best man, and Mr. Andrew Hartwig was groomsman. After the ceremony a reception and wedding breakfast took place, the tables being decorated with asters and maidenhair fern. The bride's mother was gowned in black satin Marocain, relieved with cabochons of jet, and she wore a black hat to match. In the evening a dance was held, and later Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Hoppe left for Mackay, where they will in future reside, the bride travelling in a lemon Marocain costume trimmed with touches of Oriental silk, and a black hat finished with tiny sprays of hand- made flowers and streamers."
Heinrich (William) Erb
M, b. 1880, d. 4 December 1979
- Heinrich (William) Erb was born in 1880 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Leonard Erb and Johanna Fredrike Feigell.
- Heinrich (William) Erb appeared on the Electoral Roll with Leonard Erb in 1903 in Geham. Leonard was a farmer, son William a labourer and daughter Jane carried out domestic duties.
- At the age of 28 years, Heinrich (William) Erb married Johanna Emelie Minge, daughter of Ferdinand Minge and Johanna Emilie Zielke, in 1908 in Queensland.
- Heinrich (William) Erb died on 4 December 1979 in Queensland.
- He was buried in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.