Wilhelmina Carman Macbeth Funeral Card (1968)

When my grandmother passed away I inherited a collection of funeral cards. Most were for family members, a few were for friends. I thought I would post them here on Fridays.

In Memory of Wilhelmina Macbeth, Died March 11, 1968.  (Francis J. Flanagan & Sons, Funeral Directors, 2531-33-35 E. Clearfield St., RE 9-4147)

Image of funeral card, transcribed text & 23rd psalm reverse side of funeral card, illustration of Jesus at door

Wilhelmina “Minnie” Macbeth née Carman was my grandmother Naomi Carman’s first cousin. Born 14 Jan 1890 in Philadelphia,1 she was the daughter of Jacob H. Carman (1863-1942) and Wilhelmina Schanbacher (1863-1895). She died 11 March 1968. She married John Callahan Macbeth (1884-1967) on 25 Dec 1907 in Wilmington, Delaware.2

I was perplexed at first why my grandmother wrote ‘mother’ on this card. At first glance  I thought this meant that she was the mother of my grandmother’s cousin or was a cousin through her mother, but then realized that she was actually my grandmother’s first cousin through her father. My theory is that Wilhelmina’s daughter, Wilhelmina “Minnie” Macbeth (1910-1995),  was closer in age to my grandmother and my grandmother may have thought of her as a cousin more so than her mother. So, cousin Minnie’s mother, who was also cousin Minnie.


  1. “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” index and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7488 : accessed 20 July 2017), Minnie Macbeth & children, S.S. Advance sailing from Cristibal C.Z., 1919.
  2. “Delaware Marriage Records, 1806-1933,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1673 : accessed 20 July 2017), Minnie Carman & Jno. C. Macbeth, Jr., 1907.


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