Emma was born on 31 January 1864 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was baptized on 20 February 1864 in St. Edward’s RC church in Coal Township. She is the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger and she is my 2nd great-aunt.
Emma seems to be known by various first names. Her baptismal record lists her as Emily Margaret Meisberger. All the census records where she lived with her parents list her as Emma M. Meisberger, while those records where she lived with her husband show her variously as Margaret E. and Emma. Her death certificate also shows her as Margaret M. Some family trees have her named Amelia, which sounds like a variant on Emily. Her father’s will, surprisingly, identifies her as Annie.
She married John G. Madara on 21 February 1887 in St. Edward’s in Coal Township. Together they had the following children: John (1887 – 1895), Mary (1889 – 1895), William Charles (1891 – ?), Theodore C. (1892 – 1914), Margaret E. (1895 – ?), Florence H. (1896 – ?), George Lincoln (1898 – 1952), Elizabeth A. (abt. 1901 – ?), Anna Rita (1902 – 1979), Arthur C. (1904 – 1944), Nellie C. (abt. 1907 – ?) and John (abt. 1912 – ?).
Emma died on 14 February 1928 in Coal Township. She is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery, also in Coal Township. I have her husband’s death certificate as well and I noticed that he is buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. The family lived on the outskirts of Shamokin in Coal Township. Theobald Meisberger was a staunch Catholic. He and his family were founding members of St. Edward’s. My suspicion is that John Madara may have been a non-Catholic. I need to do a bit more research.
Emma’s death certificate lists her father as David Miceberger. Theobald was also known as Theodore but I have not yet encountered any document where he was called David. The information on the death certificate was provided by Emma’s son, Arthur, who would be a grandson to Theobald and may not have known his grandfather’s first name since Arthur was born after Theobald died.
Week 38 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.