Mina Hintze (Minnie Wernse)

My gr-gr grandfather, William F. Wernse, married Mina Hintze (in the photo above). There’s been hardly any info about her passed down through the family, and now that everyone is gone, I’m on my own to see what I can find. I’ve been able to gather bits and pieces about her family but it’s not much. Thus far I have only a handful of sources I’ve gleaned some info from (her death certificate, an old copy of The Central Magazine, Vol. VI, No 5, Nov. 1875, and internet census reports). Here’s what I’ve found out:

- William F. Wernse and Mina Hintze married in 1869 (Central Magazine).

- She was born 28 OCT 1850 (death certificate), though that doesn’t jive with the 1880 census.

- Born in St. Louis, MO (death certificate).

- Her father’s name was Henry Hintze (dc) and her mother’s Sophia __?__ (1880 census), both from Germany.

- She graduated with academic honors from the Ursuline Convent at Alton, IL (Central Magazine).

- Her occupation was listed as “housekeeper” (1880 census; death certificate).

- She died on 4 DEC 1930 at age 80 (death cert.).

- She was buried 6 DEC 1930 in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO (death cert.).

- She and William had 14 children.

I don’t know if “Mina” is short for Wilhemina, though it’s likely. Her death certificate identifies her as “Minnie Wernse”.

  1. Howard Banney’s avatar

    I have a Dorothea Louisa Hintze b. hannover 1822/1827 married 1853 St. Louis to Henry Kielhorn. They had a Mary 1857/1858 Missouri, Helena b.1859 ,William b 1861. In a 1880 census one of them were living with a Wernse. Please contact me.
    Howard Banney

  2. paula’s avatar

    Hi Howard,

    Thanks for contacting me. Your information is helpful, thank you! I have the same census listing from 1880 that shows a Mary Kielhorn living with Wm. and Minnie (nee Hintze) Wernse. It said “cousin” but I assumed it was a relation on the Wernse side. Now, from what you tell me, Mary is most probably Minnie’s first cousin, her father’s sister’s daughter. The Sophia listed is Minnie’s mother. Are you researching Wernse or Kielhorn? I still have nothing on Minnie’s family, other than her mother’s name. Perhaps your added info will add some clues.

    You may write me via my email address:

    beckerp@ca.inter.net

    Thanks Howard!