Elizabeth Eduardine Helm

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Elizabeth Eduardine Freiin Helm (Freiin von Puttkamer)

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Sülzow, Pommerarie, Germany
Death: November 1, 1913 (65)
Hope Fountain, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Georg Frederick Alexande von Puttkamer and Delphine von Puttkamer
Wife of Rev. Charles Daniel Helm
Mother of Annie Kate Winnifried Helm; Jessie Constance Lovemore; Cecil von Puttkamer Helm; Balfour Anderson McMillan Helm; Alexis Gunther Helm and 3 others

Managed by: Patricia Ann Seaton
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About Elizabeth Eduardine Helm

http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=1715528 - photograph of gravestone.

http://www.bulawayomemories.com/other_helms/helm.html - The Helms of Hope Fountain by Gwenda Newton.

She was a countess in her own right, in Pomerania, of the family of Puttkamer and whose cousin married Bismark, the great Chancellor who consolidated the German Empire.


MRS. C. D. HELM, 1875

Neé Elizabeth Eduardine, daughter of Baron von Putt Kamer. Wife of the well-known missionary of Hope Fountain, the Rev. Charles D. Helm. Before coming to South Africa she lived in her father's castle in Germany. She left home and was governess for a time to Lord Plunket's family in Ireland. Mrs. Helm entertained Cecil Rhodes and many other distinguished people and was renowned for her kindness. She died in 1913 and was buried at Hope Fountain, near Bulawayo. Pages 86-91 "First Steps in Civilizing Rhodesia", by Jeannie M. Boggie. On Roll of Women Pioneers.


Annie Kate Winnefried Helm was born at Hope Fountain and buried there in 1952. She was the second daughter of the Rev. C. D. Helm and Mrs. Helm. She taught at Plumtree when the school was first started there. On Roll of Women Pioneers.

HEDWIG HELM, 1882 or 1883

Hedwig Louisa was the daughter of the Rev. C. D. and Mrs. Helm and twin sister of Erica Elise (Mrs. Hepburn). She only lived three weeks. She was born at Hope Fountain. Information, p. 89 "First Steps in Civilizing Rhodesia" (Mrs. Boggie).


Norah Delphina was the third child born to the Rev. C. D. and Mrs. Helm. She lived only three weeks and was buried in the newly-made cemetery at Hope Fountain, which already contained the graves of Willie Thomson and Mrs. Grey Palmer. Information, p. 88 "First Steps in Civilizing Rhodesia" (Mrs. Boggie).

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Elizabeth Eduardine Helm's Timeline

March 31, 1848
June 1, 1874
Age 26
Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
August 18, 1875
Age 27
Bechuanaland, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Age 27
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
April 26, 1878
Age 30
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
April 19, 1881
Age 33
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
August 16, 1882
Age 34
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
August 16, 1882
Age 34
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
April 10, 1890
Age 42
South Africa
November 1, 1913
Age 65
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)