52 Ancestors: #2 Magdalena Meisberger Shuda

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Magdalena, front left, at a family birthday party.

Magdalena, front row, third from left, at a family birthday party.

Obituary - Mt Carmel Item, 25 Aug 1913, Pg-1. Lena Shuda

Obituary – Mt Carmel Item, 25 Aug 1913, Pg-1. Lena Shuda

Magdalena or Lena Meisberger, who is my 2nd great grand aunt, was born 07 Nov 1847 in Steinbach, Rhenish Prussia. Today, Steinbach is a suburb of Ottweiler in the province of Saarland in Germany. She immigrated to America with her family around 1855/56.

They settled in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, where she married Enoch Shuda, a Civil War veteran, around 1866.  According to the 1900 US Federal census, she had 10 children of which 9 were still living. 

 She died on 25 Aug 1913 and is survived by nine children, 65 grandchildren and 1 great-grand child.






Week 2 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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19 Responses to 52 Ancestors: #2 Magdalena Meisberger Shuda

  1. Schalene says:

    She sounds so much like my ancestors. Probably considered herself German even though lived in Russia (my Mom’s parents). Moving to a coal mining town (my husband’s paternal grandfather (Lithuanian) and my paternal great grandfather (Scotish).

  2. Lisa says:

    My Austrian/German ancestors also settled in Coal Township upon immigrating to America. I love running across other bloggers who are connected to Coal Township and the Shamokin area. It’s such a small town, I can’t help but wonder if my people knew your people.

    • Eileen A. Souza says:

      Lisa, it is so nice to hear from another coal cracker. My Coal Township surnames are Meisberger, Shuda, Strausser, Haley, Madeira, Depner, Burns, Quinn, and Rupp. Any connections?

  3. Lynne Black says:

    Great photo – all those relatives! I’d love to have one like that.

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  5. Amy Milo-Thomas says:

    I have been researching my genealogy and I think there is a few common ancestors one being Theresa Shuda (Gaffney)

    • Eileen A. Souza says:

      Thank you for letting me know. I am not directly descended from Magdalena so have not done a lot of research on the Shuda family. I do know that Magdalena’s husband, Enoch Shuda, was in the Civil War.

      • Amy Milo-Thomas says:

        Theresa Shuda (Gaffney) Was Enoch’s sister, making Enoch my Great-Great Uncle. Been trying to pin point that genealogy for some time now but all the different spellings for Shuda has been throwing me off.

        • Eileen A. Souza says:

          I don’t really have anything on the family of Enoch Shuda so far. I know he fought in the Civil War. He is the husband of my 3rd great aunt. I do have his father’s name as Mathias Shuda.

          • Mary McHugh says:

            Magelina Shuda is my great-grandmother. Her daughter Lena Shuda married a McHugh. They had three children. James, Frank, and Mary McHugh. I’m the daughter of James.

          • Eileen A. Souza says:

            That makes you my 3rd cousin 1x removed. I’m happy to meet a new cousin

  6. Amy Millo-Thomas says:

    Mary, great grandfather Frank J Gaffney married Bridget McHugh and when she passed so young I think my great grandfather lived with James for a while in Mount Carmel,Pa. Frank then married my great grandmother Theresa Shuda, (John and Minnie Shuda’s) daughter. John’s parents were Enoch and Magdalena Shuda.

  7. Mary McHugh says:


    Do you if anyone has a copy of this photo?

  8. Amy.Milo-Thomas says:

    Mary, I have a copy and some other photos of the Shuda family.

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