Johanna Agnes Clemens, mother of our maternal (great-) grandmother Anna von Hinten, was born in Aachen in Germany, an old city steeped in European history: It was the preferred medieval Imperial residence of Charlemagne (Karl der Grosse, as the Germans call him), and from 936 to 1531, the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans there. To the English-speaking world, the city has been known by its French name Aix-la-Chapelle.
Johanna was born there on 30 January 1884, and grew up in this western-most city of modern-day Germany. As far as we know, she had four siblings, three brothers and one sister.
By the turn of the 19th century, we find her having married and living in Dorsten. Her husband was Franz von Hinten. Most of her children, however, were born in Aachen where she would have visited her mother, something that expectant mothers appear to have done a lot in that family. Franz and Johanna’s first son was born in 1908, and within the next sixteen years, eight children were born to them, four boys and four girls. Their fourth child and first daughter was our great-grandmother Anna mentioned above.
Johanna’s husband was a dentist, and after WWII they settled in the small town of Minden in the Weserbergland in Germany. There, Johanna died on 13 January 1952, a little over two weeks days before her 68th birthday.
Rest in Peace, Great-Grandma von Hinten. You raised your children in turbulent times, and were lucky to lose only one of your four sons in WWII.