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)
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.
- “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.
- “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.