|Martin Dennis Engelmann
- a vine dresser from Germany and a convict's daughter -
My Great Great Grandparents
Martin Dennis Engelmann was born in approximately 1839 in Neudorf, Germany, son of
Heinrich Engelmann and Agnes Dumm and came to Australia aboard the ‘Catteaux Wattel’
with his parents when he was 16 years old. The Engelmann family arrived in Sydney on 9th
March 1855. According to their shipping indent, Martin's occupation was a vine dresser.
Martin's other known occupations are shepherd and grazier.
In my research I have found various spellings for the name Engelmann. Variations include,
Engelman, Engleman and Englemann.
Elizabeth [Eliza] Callan, was born approximately 1831 and baptised 4th October 1831 at
Upper Creggan, County Armagh, Ireland, daughter of Patrick Callan and Alice Fernan.
Sponsors at her baptism were John Callan and Ellen Fernan. Elizabeth Cullan [sic], a
needlewoman, arrived in Australia aboard the Success in 1849, with her mother Alice aged 49
and brothers Dennis  Thomas  and Patrick . Father Patrick had arrived ten years
earlier as a convict aboard the Pekoe. Elizabeth was Roman Catholic. She could not read or
write. Variations on the spelling of her names include Callon [first marriage] Callan, [death] In
my research I have found several other variations of the Callan surname: Callen, Cullen,
First Marriage: Elizabeth Callon [sic] married her first husband, James Byrne aka James
Gillan/Burn(s)/Byrne(s), in on 4th January 1852 [ref V1852192 98/1852] at Bungendore.
They had four sons. James died 7th December 1858 at Billylingera.
Second Marriage: Martin Engelmann married widow Elizabeth Byrnes [sic] formerly Callan on
23rd January 1860, according to the Roman Catholic rites, [ref 1649/1861] at Billylingarra
[sic] Probably Billilingera Station which was 6 kilometers from Bredbo. Elizabeth's occupation
is given as Housekeeper. She signed her name with an X. Martin is recorded as a labourer.
George Bradshaw and Ellen Mooney were the witnesses and both signed with an X.
Martin and Elizabeth had six children:
Mary Alice [aka Alice Mary] Engelmann; born 25th October 1861, Cooma. Alice never
married. Residing Branxton at time of half brother James Gillon's death 1927.Death at West
Maitland 21732/1945. See headstone below.
Newcastle Morning Herald dated 6th September 1945 reported:
OBITUARY MISS A. ENGELMANN. Miss Alice Engelmann of Branxton, died yesterday, aged 87
years. A native of Cooma (South Coast). Miss Engelmann came to Branxton 40 years ago when
she took over housekeeping duties at St. Brigids Catholic Presbytery. She was the oldest
member of St. Brigid's parish. She is survived by three sisters Mrs. McCarthy (Bega) and Mrs
Reinberger and Miss Katherine Engelmann (Cooma). The funeral will take place today.
Agnes Engelmann; born 12th September 1864, Cooma. Married John Woodcroft My Great
Catherine [Kate] Engelmann; born 2nd October 1866, Cooma. Catherine never married. In
1930 she is a cook residing at the Railway Refreshment Rooms, Moss Vale. Died Cooma
9014/1946. See newspaper article below.
Edward Engelman[n]; born 20th February 1869, died 1870, Cooma. See headstone below
Mary Engelmann; born 22nd December 1872, Cooma Married Peter Joseph Rheinberger, son
of Peter Rheinberger and Rosanna McGuiness.
Maria Engelmann; born 14th January 1874, Cooma, married Michael McCarthy, 1894.
Death: Elizabeth died on 23rd September, 1877, aged 42. [ref 4756/1877] at Riverview. Cause
of death was heart disease which she had suffered from for 3 years. The informant was Martin
Engleman [sic] husband, of Umaralla. The death certificate does not mention her first husband
James or her children by him. She is buried in the Catholic section of the Christ Church
cemetery in Cooma on 25th September 1877 [plot 120b] - [ref c] She is buried in the same plot
as son Edward Engelmann. In the next plot is her first husband James Gillan Byrne and their
Martin married for a second time in 1885
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Last Update 20th February 2015
Above Left: Headstone of Elizabeth Callan 1)
Gillan 2) Engelmann at Christ Church cemetery,
Cooma, buried with son Edward Engelmann.
Above Right: Grave of Elizabeth beside that of
her first husband James Gillan Byrnes
Below: Christ Church Maneroo and cemetery
Below: Headstone of Alice Mary
Engelman [sic] at Branxton.
Courtesy of Pat.