THE VILLAGE HISTORY:
Anna (later known as Alice) was born in Nieder-Weisel, the youngest child of the village tailor, Konrad Jung and his second wife Katharina Elisabetha Schaefer. She had three brothers who survived childhood, Christoph, Konrad and Philipp, and also at least one stepbrother from her fatherís first marriage living with her during her own childhood. Her only sister had not survived infancy. Her father, who was 23 years older than her mother, died when Anna was only eight years old, and her mother died just two years later, leaving her an orphan at 11 years of age.
Anna and her brothers later left Nieder-Weisel, and at the age of 17 she came to Gateshead in Durham, England where she met and married Peter Stumpf who was from Frankfurt in Germany. Peter was the brother of Christina Katherina Stumpf, who married Johannes Riegelhuth from Nieder Weisel. On her marriage record in February 1845, Anna's name was anglicised to Ann Elizabeth Young, but she signed the certificate in German script and spelling. German people were usually called by their second name and Elisabetha in German was often called Elise, hence she was known as Alice. One of the witnesses to the marriage was Peterís younger sister, Christiana Stumpf, her name also anglicised to Christina. A year later they were still in Gateshead and a daughter Christina (or Christiana as she was baptised) was born to them. From there they appear to have moved to Scotland for a few years with other villagers from Nieder-Weisel before heading for a better life in Australia. In Scotland they had two baby boys but of these two, only Conrad survived.
Anna and Peter, together with their daughter Christina, then aged seven, and their infant son Conrad, arrived in Melbourne on 23 July 1854 on "Miles Barton" when Anna was 27 years of age. They had travelled from Liverpool with Peter's sister Christina Katherina, her husband Johannes Riegelhuth and a small number of others from Nieder-Weisel.
Within a year they had found their way to Sydney, where they lived in Swan Street with Henry Reuss, and where another son Jacob was born. In early 1856, the family moved to the Ovens district of Victoria, where their daughter Catherina and son Joseph were born, and where Peter tried his luck on the gold fields. Jacob died at the end of 1856 in Melbourne, aged 18 months. From there they moved to the town of Young in New South Wales, where in 1863 the two youngest children died of croup within three weeks of each other. By this time Anna had lost four of her seven children.
In about 1866, Anna and Peter moved to Gundagai, NSW, along with their youngest daughter, Elizabeth. Christina and Conrad remained in Young. Alice and Peter settled in Gundagai for over 30 years where Peter established himself as a fruiterer. At the age of 78 Peter died after a fall from his fruit cart at Nangus (near Gundagai) - he was apparently reaching for a rug at the front of the cart and fell on the shaft. He survived only for five days after the accident. An inquest was held into his death as two local doctors disagreed on the extent of his injuries; Peter was apparently a hardy man and had never taken any medication, consequently, when advised by the doctors to go to hospital, he refused, stating that he did not want to leave his wife alone. One of the doctors administered a draught to Peter, inducing a sleep from which he did not wake. The jury brought in a verdict to the effect that Peter died from the effects of the accident, and no wrong doing was attributed to the doctor.
Anna then moved back to Young, probably to be with Christina and Conrad. She died two years later in 1899.