Johann Friedrich Koch was born in Rackau in the
district of Züllichau, Brandenburg on November 18, 1793.
Little is known about his early life .
He married Anna Dorothea Baum sometime before 1823.
Three children, Wilhelm
August (b 22 Sep 1823), Johann
Friedrich Wilhelm (b 10 Dec 1826) and Johanna Louise (b 4 Mar 1830)
were born in Rackau and one, Johann
Gottlieb (b 25 Aug 1833) was born in Kranz, Posen .
In 1838 the Koch Family embarked on the Catharina
departing Altona in Sep 1838. They arrived in South Australia
on 25 Jan 1839.
The family settled in initially in Glen Osmond  before moving to Klemzig. In the
land returns for Klemzig in 1843, Friedrich is recorded as
possessing 19 acres of wheat, 1/4 acre of barley, 1/8 acre potatoes,
2 cattle and 1 goat . Friedrich and
Anna's fifth child Johann Christian was born at Klemzig on 7 Apr
Friedrich became an Australian citizen on 24 Aug
1841 and on 31 Aug 1844 purchased land at Rowland Flat and there
built his home. He is recorded as being a member of
the congregation of the Lutheran church at Hoffnungsthal
. In 1853, following the decline of Hoffnungsthal, he helped
found the Lutheran church at Rowland Flat with the early services,
prior to the church being built in 1867, taking place in his
Johann Friedrich died, aged 74, on 1 Dec 1867
following a stroke. Dorothea Elisabeth died, aged 91, on 4 Nov
1893. Both are buried at Rowland Flat cemetery.
Descendants of Johann Friedrich Koch and Anna Dorothea
References and Notes
 Koch Connections Koch Family Reunion Committee:
Adelaide, 1997  A family bible brought to Australia by Johann Friedrich
contains the handwritten inscription: "Christoph Koch geb.
1767/gesorban 1806/Joh. Friedrich Koch geb. 1795" (i.e. Christoph Koch born
1767/died 1806/Joh. Friedrich Koch born 1795). It is believed
Christoph is the father of Johann Friedrich  (p 21).
 Mattner, M.; Ross, D.; Coleman, L. The Mattners in Australia
1839-1980 Mattner Family Reunion Committee: Adelaide, 1981, p
 Brauer, A. Under The Southern Cross Lutheran Publishing
House: Adelaide, 1956 (facsimile edition 1985), p. 87.
 Schubert, D. Kavel's People Lutheran Publishing House:
Adelaide, 1985, pp 99, 104, 170-176.
 Twining A., Twining S. South Australian Land Returns for
1843 (first compiled by James Allen in 1844) Twining's
Secretarial: Woodcroft, SA, 1992, p. 22 (name is given as F. Keoh).
For other reference sources see individual person cards.