NameSophia Christina Dorothea Griben [761], [762], [49], GGG Grandmother
Birth1807 [761]
Death4 Feb 1880 [762]
Birth10 Jun 1800, Klein, Pravtshagen, Germany [761], [762], [49]
Death20 Jan 1873, Aniseed Valley, Nelson [762]
BaptismLutheran Church at Kultz
FatherJohann Heinrich Busch (1753-1825)
Marriage1830, Klutz Lutheran Church [49]
Notes for Sophia Christina Dorothea Griben
[49]Listed as a housemaid at the time of her marriage. Bloody hell, and doesn’t she look grim. I’m glad I didn’t marry her.
Notes for Hans Heinrich Conrad (Spouse 1)
There is a detailed history of Hans Busch in The Busch Line: from serfdom to freedom [49], the source I got most of my Busch information. It contains photographs of him and Dorothea, their wills, children, etc. Far too much information to reproduce here. He began life as a mason and bricklayer, and after his marriage lived for about three years at Arpshagen, a village a few kilometres east of Klutz. His first two children were born here. He then moved to Reppenhagen, where he worked as a bricklayer and labourer. Five more children were born here, and it was here that their eldest son and second daughter died of tuberculosis, probably as a result of poor living conditions. An entry in the church books at Damshages states: “Hans Busch never attends Sunday mass and although he works very long hours seven days a week, he gets poorer all the time”. No wonder he emigrated to NZ. The only photos I have of Hans and Dorothea show him to be looking quite prosperous (obviously taken in Nelson in his better days), and her looking like a right old battleaxe, mouth drawn down in a grim line. Ouch. I share genetic material with her, a frightening thought.

They took off in 1841 or so for a better life in NZ. I imagine they thought it could hardly get worse, and they were probably right at that. Anyway, their life in NZ is exhaustively described in [49].

[761]From the County of Reppenhagen; occupation: Mason. He and Dorothy and their five eldest children came to Nelson in the second German ship, the Skiold, which arrived on 1 Sept., 1844.

The book by Ruth Allan [293] gives a detailed history of the two German immigrant ships to Nelson. She says that Busch was one of only two steerage passengers on the Skiold to have money of their own. On page 340 we read: “Another Skiold establishment was that of H.H. Busch. Not being able to rent or buy land to his liking, he squatted on several unused sections close to the hills, near Ranzau [Waimea East]. He called his place Schönhof, ‘beautiful farm’. He arrived with £50 sterling, and by 1849 had farmed to such good purpose that he was worth £300. He then had 40 acres under cultivation, 23 cows, four sheep, 183 goats, and poultry. After the 1849 reselection, he bought part of 60 Waimea East from the Kellings, and part of Rural XIII in that district from Hodgson, together with two lots of land in the Aniseed Valley, 53 acres from the German mission, and 24 acres from the Kellings.”

Hans Henry Busch is listed in the Waimea electoral roll (living in Waimea East) in 1870.

In a book of Nelson inscriptions in the NZGS library I found the following:
“ Isolated tombstone inscription, Aniseed Valley, Nelson.
Near right bank of Roding River, Waimea County, 15 miles southeast from Nelson and 3 miles east from the Nelson/West Coast Road, turning off at Hope.

Hans Heinrich Busch born Klen, Prarshagen, Germany, died 20th Jan. 1873, aged 73 years; & his wife Dorothea Busch nee Griben, born Klutz, Germany, died 4th Feb. 1880 aged 74 years. Arrived in Nelson “Skiold” expedition 1844; settled Aniseed Valley 1857.”
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