FRANZ JOSEF SCHUCK b. 1834-37 (b. 1834-37 in Roßbach near Aschafenbug)Bavaria to parents unknown.
He emigrated to Australia as a teenager (apparently on his own on the ship "Catteaux Wattle" in 1855.There was a advertisement of a "17 year old Franz Schuck of Nassau" advising of his intention to emigrate in one of the local papers but that’s the only info the paper carried.Franz doesn't appear on the passenger lists for assisted emigrants aboard the Catteau Wattle and appears to have been an unassisted emigrant.
He accidently drowned on 10 February 1883 in the Hunter River at Raymond Terrace, NSW. On his Death Certificate it states his parents are a Martin John and Catherine ???but this could be incorrect, as these were the names of twoof his 16 children.
In Australia he worked as a gardener in Newcastle, 2 hrs north of Sydney.
I'd love to hear from any connections, and am happy to share information with anyone interested.
I'm not sure what religion Franz was though - he married in NSW in the Church of Scotland, a couple of his children were baptised R/Catholic but he was buried C/England - I think though it wasn't a case of his religion that dictated the baptisms, funerals etc of his children but rather the church closest to where he was living at time.
Regards from NSW Australia CHERYLANNE (my mother's maiden name is SCHUCK)