52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #29 Jacob Theisinger

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week’s theme is: Musical: There seems to be a musician in every family. Who is the one in yours? Don’t have a musician? Which ancestor has a lyrical name or reminds you of a song?

The ancestor I have chosen for this post is Jacob Theisinger, as he is the only ancestor that I know to have been a musician. As I did a post about him earlier this year (52 Ancestors 2015 #15 Jacob Theisinger), I’ve decided to look at the documents I have for him that show he was a musician.  I also decided to see if I could find any additional information for him.

Jacob was born in 1829 in Bavaria, and was christened 8 June 1829 at Evangelish, Katzweiler, Pfalz, Bavaria. He was the son of Jacob Michael Theisinger and Maria Philipina Reiss.

The first record found which shows Jacob was a musician was the 1851 England Census.  This census records shows he was a travelling musician from Bavaria Germany.  He was travelling with three other members of the Theisinger family – Peter age 28, Peter age 19 and Jacob age 15.

Jacob Theisinger 1851 census
1851 census of England, Dover St Mary, Dover, Kent, folio 646, page 11, Jacob Teisenger age 21; digital images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, ancestry.com (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 29 Oct 2005); citing PRO HO 107/1632; Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1851. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.


By 1853, Jacob was in Liverpool, where he married Katharina Lepper on 18 September 1853  They had one daughter in Liverpool, before migrating to Australia in 1855.  They had 2 children at Geelong, before settling in Portland.

Jacob died 14 September 1901 at Hurd Street Portland.  His death certificate lists his occupation as musician.

Jacob Theisinger death certificate

Jacob Theisinger death certificate pt2
Victoria, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, death certificate 11216 (1901), Jacob Theisinger; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne.

An additional record I was able to find for Jacob, was his obituary.

Jacob Theisinger obituary
“Obituary Jacob Theisinger,” Portland Guardian, 16 Sep 1901, p. 2, col. 4; digital images, Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ : accessed 21 Jul 2015), Digitised newspapers and more.