Jake and Mina

Wilhelmina Marie Christine Hellwege was born 163 years ago. Her birthday was July 1, 1858. This girl would most often be called Mina or something similar on future documents. Mina’s parents were Heinrich and Friedericke (Winter) Hellwege. A previous post was written about Mina’s father and his four wives titled, The Fourth Marriage. Mina was one of those children born to Heinrich’s fourth wife. In fact, Mina was the first child born to this fourth wife. Mina was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Her baptism record is displayed below.

Mina Hellwege baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Mina is found in her first census in 1860 when she was 2 years old. Her father was a carpenter.

1860 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Mina in the 1870 census. It would be the last census before she was married. This time, her father was called both a farmer and a carpenter.

1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Let’s now turn our attention to Mina’s future husband, Jacob Koch. He was born on the Ides of March, March 15, 1857, the son of Gottfried and Maria (Haertling) Koch. Even though Jacob’s parents’ marriage record is found in the books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Jacob’s baptism is not found in our German Family Tree. I believe the Koch’s were living near New Wells, but Immanuel Lutheran Church was not established there yet. Jacob was likely baptized by one of the local pastors, but his baptism record was not documented. Jacob was the oldest son in this Koch family. The first census in which I found the Koch family was the one taken in 1870. They were living in the Shawnee Township of northern Cape Girardeau County.

1870 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Before I discuss her marriage, I should mention that when a little sister of hers was born in 1871, her family must have moved to Frohna because that child was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church. That explains the fact that when Jacob Koch married Mina Hellwege, they were married at Concordia. The church record for that marriage is shown here.

Koch/Hellwege marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

I had to use the strategy of just entering the date of the marriage to find a civil record for this wedding. Ancestry transcribes the names of the bride and groom as Jacob Kook and Mina Helhvege.

Koch/Hellwege marriage record – Perry County, MO

The German Family Tree lists 10 children born to this couple, 5 boys and 5 girls. All of the children were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. We find just Jacob and Mina, along with Jacob’s brother, Edward, in the 1880 census. Jacob was a farmer.

1880 census – Shawnee Township, MO

All of their children were born before the 1900 census was taken. Two children died early, so there are 8 children in this entry. This time, his family was living in the Apple Creek Township.

1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

The 1910 census shows the Koch household in the entry below. Jacob was assisted on his farm by several of his sons.

1910 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Next, we can see the Koch’s in the 1920 census. This would be the last census in which you find Mina.

1920 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Mina Koch died in 1927 at the age of 69. I find it interesting that Dr. G.A. Palisch from Frohna signed his death certificate.

Mina Koch death certificate

Jacob is still found in the 1930 census. He was living in the household of his son, Edwin Koch. It also says Jacob was still a farm laborer at the age of 73.

1930 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Jacob Koch died in 1931 at the age of 74. His death certificate says that he died from injuries that resulted from an accidental fall at his home.

Jacob Koch death certificate

Jacob and Mina are each buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Wells.

Several previous posts have been written about certain children of Jake and Mina. One of them, The Degenhardts’ Grandma, demonstrated that the creator of the German Family Tree, Lynn Degendardt, would be the great grandson of today’s Koch couple.


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