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HELM, Heinrich Carl Jacob, Rev.
WHITE, Charlotte (Johanna)
ANDERSON, William Of Griquatown, Rev.
SCHONKEN, Johanna Maria
HELM, Daniel Johannes, Rev.
ANDERSON, Johanna Maria Williamina

HELM, Charles Daniel, Rev.


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VON PUTTKAMER, Elizabeth Eduardine, Baroness

HELM, Charles Daniel, Rev. 1 2 3

  • Born: Sep 28, 1844, Zuurbraak, Cape Colony, Southern Africa 2
  • Marriage: VON PUTTKAMER, Elizabeth Eduardine, Baroness on Aug 12, 1873 in London, England 1 2
  • Died: Sep 14, 1915, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, Southern Africa aged 70 2
  • Buried: Hope Fountain Mission, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 4

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1. Alt Birth Date: According to printed LMS Registry, Sep 22, 1844, Zuurbraak, Cape Colony, Southern Africa.

2. Occupation: Matabeleland Zimbabwe. 4 5 6 Charles took charge of the Zuurbraak Mission for a year before heading off for Matabeleland. He was one of the first missionaries to Zimbabwe

3. Historical. 4 He went to New College, London for theological training where he married Baroness Elspeth Puttkamer, whose mother was related to Bismarck. After a year in Zuurbraak he headed for Matabeleland in 1875 where they spent the rest of their lives. He served as a missionary to the Matabele at Hope Fountain (not far out from present Bulawayo) until 1913. Lobengula never accepted Christianity but became great friends with Helm. "The Harvest and Hope" describes him as "a big man in every sense, physically, mentally, and spriitually, such was the confidence he evoked from others that, when Rhodes was negotiating with Lobengula, both men chose Helm to observe the negotiations which led to the concession to the British South Africa Company. A monument to him still stands at Hope Fountain along with a museum built in his honour.
His critics complain that he served too many masters, involved himself too much in the politics of the day, and did not allign himself with the interests of his flock. The international media even went further accusing him of siding with Rhodes to the detriment of the interests of the Matabele, but this reference says that the worst that can be said of him was that he was naive and too trusting. He believedthat "a gentleman stands by his word" and himself was oblivious of Rhode's grandiose schemes. More accurately, he was widely known as " the friend of the Matabele"

4. Historical. 7 See Photo attached of a citation in the Anotated Register of Missionaries held in the L.M.S. Archives by the Society for Oriental and African Studies, King's College, London.


Charles married Baroness Elizabeth Eduardine VON PUTTKAMER, daughter of Baron Alexander VON PUTTKAMER and Unknown, on Aug 12, 1873 in London, England.1 2 (Baroness Elizabeth Eduardine VON PUTTKAMER was born in Sulzow, Pommere, Germany 2 and died on Nov 1, 1913 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, Southern Africa 2.)



1 Dr. D. F. du Toit MALHERBE, Family Register of a South African Nation (Third Edition published by TEGNIEK STELLENBOSCH, 1966.
This is a wonderful source of clues on specific families, but all data in the publication needs to be verified with Original Sources.), HELM Extract - Page 421. Cit. Date: Oct 7, 2002.

2 J. A. Heese & R.J.T. Lombard, South African Genealogie (SAG), a set of volumes being produced, augmented and maintained by the Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) in Stellenbosch.
, HELM - Vol 3 page 288. Cit. Date: Oct 15, 2002.

3 South African Government Papers, Cape Death Notice, KAB MOOC 6/9/304/1050 of 1892 for Johanna Eilhamina HELM née ANDERSON. Cit. Date: Oct 14, 2002.

4 Herbert H. HELM and Charles W. HELM, THE HELM FAMILY HISTORY (jANUARY 1999, 91 pages, limited distribution.).

5 Peter S. Anderson, Weapons of Peace: The Story of William and Johanna Anderson. (Published by Logos Production House, Unit 1011-1012, Fo Tan Industrial Centre, 26-28 Au Pui Wan St., Fo Tan, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong. Tel:2687-0331 Fax; (852) 2687-0281.
First English Edition May 1995 Copyright 1995 by Peter S. Anderson.
ISBN 962-457-091-4). Rec. Date: Aug 9, 2003.

6 PN Thompson, Notebook.

7 London Missionary Society Archives (Records are kept at the Society for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Kings College, London. Permission to view certain documents is requird from the).

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