Sunday, June 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #21 Margaret Elizabeth Ditman

Margaret Elizabeth Ditman Wiedrich

My second great grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Ditman is one of those ancestors that remains something of a mystery. She was born on 11 Dec 1827. One mystery is where. Whether it was France or Prussia or Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany is not clear. More than likely it was not France. Census records show her birthplace as Germany, Prussia and Hessen-Darmstadt. Her parents are unknown. Also unknown is whether she came to America alone or with her parents.
She married Henry Wiedrich, also an immigrant but from Alsace. The date was 21 Sept. 1852. They lived in Elba, Genesee Co., NY until sometime after 1870. The 1880 census has them living in Pembroke, NY as does the 1900 census. At the time of her death on 11 Jun 1907 she was living in Indian Falls, Genesee Co., NY which was probably the home of her daughter. She was buried in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, Genesee Co., NY.

The only other facts known are that she had a connection to the Methodist-Episcopal Church. Also according the census she was not able to read or write English but could speak it. Whether or not she could read or write her native language is not known. She may have been called Elizabets. Such a few small things are known about her to us today.

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