The following information is a copy of JK Stokes data on Mount Barker as contained in her Rootsweb ( Genealogy Website  and has been included here with permission.  No alterations or additions may be made to her information without further permission, although relevant comments and/or additions are welcome to be added at the bottom of each page.  (copied July 2014)

THIELE, Samuel & descendants

The Thiele family were Lutheran refugees from the villages of Kay and Harthe in the Kries Zullichau Schweibus region of Prussia.  They arrived in South Australia with Pastor August Kavel's people aboard the ship Prince George in December 1837.  The family consisted of Samuel Thiele, his wife Anna Rosina Schulz, and their sons Johann Christian and his wife Anna Dorothea nee Klenke, Johann Friedrich, Johann Wilhelm and Johann August.  A sister of Samuel's, Johanne Christiane and her husband Johann Friedrich Suss, also travelled with them.  Samuel and wife were my 4 x great grandparents.

Samuel and his family set up home at Hahndorf where they farmed for most of their lives in Australia.  He passed away at his home in 1869, and his wife had pre-deceased him in 1862.  Of their children:-

Johann Christian, was born in 1809 in Harthe and lived in the village of Kay prior to emigration.  He was already married on arrival here, and went to live in the Murray Bridge area, where he and his wife raised her two children from a previous marriage, and had four more children together - Johanne Luise, Johann Wilhelm, Johann Gottlieb and Johann August.  In their declining years, Christian and wife moved back to Hahndorf where they both passed away - he in 1881 and she in 1887 - and are buried in the Hahndorf cemetery.

Johann Friedrich was born in 1812 in the village of Harthe, Prussia.  He married Anna Dorothea Schmidt in the first marriage ceremony conducted in the town of Hahndorf, under a large gum tree, which he subsequently cut down and used to build his home, which still stands today.  They lived in the town for all of their lives together, and raised 13 children there - Johann Gottfried, Johann Christian, Johanne Louisa, Johanne Eleanora, Johanne Dorothea, Caroline Ernestina, Maria Amalia, Ernst, Martha, Anna Dorothea, Lydia, Augusta Emma, and Hulda.  Johann Friedrich died at his home in April 1886 and his widow Anna in October 1907.  Both are buried at Hahndorf.  They were my 3 x great-grandparents.

Johann Wilhelm was born in Harthe in 1819.  He married at Hahndorf to in 1839 to Eleonore Henriette Lubasch, whom he had met on the voyage out.  They lived their whole lives in Hahndorf and raised 12 children there - Johannah Luise, Johannah Caroline, Johann Gottlob, Eleonore Henriette, Johann August, Johann Wilhelm, Carl August, Johanne Emilie Bertha, Johann Friedrich, Gustave, Hermann Reinhold and Johann Ferdinand.  Their children moved far and wide around the state.  Wilhelm and Eleonore both died at Hahndorf - she in 1901 and he in 1909.  They were small farmers and gardeners for all of their lives.

Johann August was born in Harthe in 1832.  He married Johann Louisa Thiele, the daughter of Johan Georg Thiele and Anna Rosina Kluge who had arrived in the colony on the ship Gellert in 1847.  I have not yet proved a connection between the two families, but as they came from the same area in Prussia, it is likely that they may have been related other than by marriage.  August and Louisa set up home in Hahndorf, where he worked his small piece of land.  They had 11 children, all born in Hahndorf - Johann Friedrich August, August Eduard, Johanna Louise Bertha, Hermann August Edmund, Emma Louise, Augusta Lydia, Ferdinand Heinrich, Johanna Maria Martha, Louise Bertha, Carl Reinhold, and Johann Oswald.  Most of their family remained in the Hahndorf and Mt Barker area.

Samuel's son, Johann Friedrich and his wife Anna Dorothea nee Schmidt, had a son Johann Gottfried Thiele, born at Hahndorf in September of 1841.  Gottfried lived in Hahndorf and Mt Barker for a while and after he married Rebecca Simpson, the daughter of Walter Simpson and Mary Ann Scammell, he moved to White Peg Creek, just the other side of Wistow on the road to Hartley, on property belonging to his father-in-law.  Gottfried and Rebecca had 5 children - Johann Friedrich Walter, Gottfried Hermann, Anna Amelia (Emily), Wilhelm Albert, and Rebecca Lydia.  Of those children, only two survived to adulthood, and only their daughter Anna Amelia went on to have a family of her own.  When Rebecca died shortly after the birth of the youngest child, Friedrich married a second time to Johanna Pauline Reugner and had more children with her.  Friedrich and Rebecca were my great-great-grandparents.

Anna Amelia (Emily) Thiele grew up at Wistow and married George Theodore Thompson, the son of Theodore Horatio Thompson and Johanna Collingridge.  They lived at Wistow for all of their married lives.  Their children were George Walter Henry, Mildred Rebecca, Lillian, and Reginald Thomas Stanley.  Anna Amelia and George Theodore Thompson were my great-grandparents.

Mildred Rebecca Thompson, daughter of Anna Amelia Thiele and George Theodore Thompson, married Thomas Frederick Stokes and raised 7 of their 8 children to adulthood at Wistow.  They were my grandparents.  Their children were Robert Leslie, Basil George, Mavis Emily, David Thomas, Walter Ronald, Frederick John, Gordon Thomas and Albert Roy.  Their son Walter is my father.