This striking tintype comes from the J.W. Hinrichs family album. We don't know who this woman is, but I suspect given the placement in the album she is related to this gentleman.
Tintypes never show a good range of tones since the best they can do for white is a light gray, but this is better than most. Note the photographer has added a little red coloring to make it look a little less dull. Red and gold painted highlights are commonly seen on tintypes.
I am inclined to think that this is John's mother-in-law, Mrs. Sims, the mother of his wife Eliza. It is doubtful if this would be his mother, as he came to the U.S. from Germany prior to the Civil War. There is a remote chance that she could have sent him a tin type....
Charlott on 20th July 2017 @ 7:14am
If Charlott is correct, then this woman would be my great-great-great grandmother. However, I don't have any way of corroborating this with any of my living family members. Eliza Ellen (Sims) Hinrichs' mother was named Mary Wise. According to Ancestry.com: Mary Wise was born on February 5, 1820, in Ohio. She married Jacob Watkins Sims in 1842 in Vermilion, Illinois. They had one child during their marriage (Eliza Ellen), born July 14, 1845 in Parke, Indiana. Mary Wise died in 1903 in Walnut Grove, Kansas at the age of 83, predeceased by her husband who died in 1874 in Kansas. I would like to know more about what is in the J.W. Hinrichs family album and will watch for future posts from the album.
kmb on 20th July 2017 @ 8:39pm
Correction: multiple sources on Ancestry.com indicate Mary Wise, mother of Eliza Ellen (Sims) Hinrichs was one of seven children, not an only child.
kmb on 20th July 2017 @ 9:00pm
Correction to my correction: what I meant to say was that Eliza Ellen Sims was one of seven children, not an only child.
kmb on 20th July 2017 @ 9:27pm
I would say of what can be seen of her clothes that they date from the 1880's - 90's, but could date to later as some people still wore the same style's long after they went out of fashion. Her glasses are a type that date from the 1830's to the 1880's, so isn't of much help. Nor is her severe hairstyle. Wish the photo gave better clues.
Lesa L. hanners on 29th July 2017 @ 12:52pm