Heins to Heyns Relatives?

Gerson Levi Heins (1784-184?)

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia... The family name HEINS appears on our family tree (a data base of almost 4500 connected persons) in the family of one of my great grandmothers, Brendel Bertha HEINS, born 25 Apr 1833 in Gandersheim and died 24 Mar 1864 in Vlotho.

Bertha is a daughter of Gerson Levi HEINS (1784-184?) and Blümchen WEISE (b. 1799). Bertha's known siblings are:

Carl Gerson b.1821
Philipp b. 1823
Emilie b. 1825
Meier b. (1827-46)
Rosalie (1835-45)
Moritz b. 1835

On 5 Jul 1854 in Vlotho Bertha Heins married Harry Herz Salomon HEINEMANN (spelling later changed by him to HEYNEMANN) who was a tanner and leather merchant in Bad Oeynhausen.

These families were German Jewish; my deceased father, born of a Jewish mother who married a German Lutheran, would be regarded as having been born a Jew but he was non-practising (any formal religion in fact) all his life, both before and after he married my Catholic mother whose faith now extends to my wife, children and granddaughter!

Thanks again, Lauren, and all the best from down under.

Bill Gräfen. 13 Jun 1998.
"William Charles Gräfen"