Mrs Helène Henriette WIENHOLT, née Mutzenbecher (1823–1906)
St Michael section: Row 11, Grave C51

Helene Wienholt






20TH JANUARY 1906, AGED 78.



With many thanks to Margaret Buchanan, great-great-granddaughter of Helène Henriette Wienholt (and great-granddaughter of Helène’s daughter Mary and her husband Mark Dugald Stark), who supplied the family photographs and added useful information

Helène Henriette Mutzenbecher was born in Hamburg on 5 August 1823, the daughter of Johann Daniel Mutzenbecher and Hanna Henriette Landroigt. Her father came from a long line of Hamburg mayors and merchants.

She married Daniel Wienholt (born 1822), the third son of John Birkett Wienholt of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, a merchant whose father had settled in England, and they had four children:

  • Mary Helène Henrietta Wienholt (born at 10 St James’s Terrace, Paddington on 17 September 1853 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Paddington on 18 October)
  • John Daniel Wienholt (born in Germany on 12 November 1854)
  • Agnes Elise Henrietta Wienholt (born in Liverpool on 16 February 1856 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 20 May)
  • Magdalena Ellen Wienholt (born in Lewisham, Kent on 29 July 1859).

The couple began their married life in Paddington, and were in Germany in 1854, Liverpool in 1856, and Lewisham in 1859.

At the time of the 1861 census Daniel (38), described as an East Indian merchant), was living at 28 Westbourne Park Terrace, Paddington with his wife Helène (29) and their children Mary (7), John (6), Agnes (5), and Magdalena (1), plus five servants (two governesses, a cook, and two housemaids).

The family emigrated to Australia soon after the 1861 census, but on 28 February 1865 Daniel Wienholt died in Cleveland in Queensland at the age of 42: his grave in Australia can be seen here. His effects in England came to under £300, and he was described in his probate record as being late of Ipswich and Brisbane, both in Australia, and of 34 Great St Helen's in the City of London.

Mrs Helène Wienholt returned to Europe with her four children, the eldest of whom was then aged 11, and her husband's probate record states that she was living in Hamburg on on 24 June 1865.

1871? 1881?

Two of her daughters were married in the 1880s:

  • On 20 March 1880 in Rome, Mary Helène Henrietta Wienholt married Mark Dugald Stark;
  • On 17 November 1885, Agnes Elise Henrietta Wienholt married the Revd Carl Richter.


Her daughter Magdalena was married in 1893:

On 18 March 1893 in Italy, Magdalena Ellen Wienholt married Baron Felix Ghislain de Bethune (born in Brussels in 1855). In 1898 Helène was living with Magdalena, now the Baroness Bethune, in Paris.

She was evidently staying with her eldest daughter Mary and her son-in-law Dr Mark Dugald Stark in Oxford at the time of her death:

† Mrs Helène Henriette Wienholt, née Mutzenbecher died at 6 Broad Street at the age of 78 on 20 January 1906 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Her son-in-law Mark died just six weeks later on 7 March 1906 and was buried in the adjoining plot, where her daughter Mrs Mary Stark was also laid to rest in 1908.

Mary Stark

Children of Mrs Helène Henriette Wienholt
and her husband Daniel


Mary Helène Henrietta Wienholt (Mrs Stark) (born 1853):
see separate grave


John Daniel Wienholt (born 1854) resettled in Australia and married Mary Marguerite Powell in Sydney. They had a son, Louis John Wienholt (b.1920, d.1979). John Daniel died in Queensland in 1936, aged 81.


Agnes Elise Henrietta Wienholt, Mrs Richter (born 1856) and her husband the Revd Carl Richter had one son, John Richter. In 1898 Agnes was living with her sister Mrs Mary Stark and her husband in Oxford. She changed her surname by Deed Poll to Merrick in 1915. She died in Bournemouth in 1947, aged 91.


Magdalena Ellen Wienholt, Baroness Bethune (born 1859) and her husband had one son, Herbert Felix. Her husband died in St-Lambert on 6 August 1922, and in 1925 Magdalena was living at 152 Avenue Lambeau, Woluwe, Brussels. She died at Poole, Dorset at the age of 92 in 1951.



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