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Margaret Dahm Druck
Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 9, 1868

Margaret Druck was interred April 11, 1868.

A record of the burial of Margaret Druck was found when looking for information on the burials of two other people - Dr. Frances M. Druck and her sister Dorothy Druck Manger.

At first it was suspected that this lady was yet another Druck sister, because Frances and Dorothy did have a sister with a similar name. The two known Druck sisters were born in Germany and their names became Anglicized in the US - Frances Mary had been Maria Francisca and Dorothy had been Dorothea. It is certainly possible Margaret had been Margaretha, a sister of the Druck ladies whose christening information matches theirs of being KATHOLISCH, and done in INGENHEIM, PFALZ, BAVARIA.

That Margaretha was christened 13 Feb 1827. Most of the sisters seem to have been christened near birth, so if we work on the assumption this is true for Margaretha too, a woman born in 1827 and dying in 1868 would be near age 40, and this is not so by her death certificate information:

Name Margaretha Druck
Death date 09 Apr 1868
Death place Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender Female
Race or color (on document) white
Age at death 79 years 3 months
Estimated birth year 1789
Birth place Bavaria, Germany
Marital status Widowed
Cemetery name Laurel Cemetery
Burial date 11 Apr 1868
Film number 1994001
Digital GS number 4010070
Image number 943
Reference number item 1

So who else would a widowed Druck lady be? Of course, their mother.

A visitor to this memorial sent the following-

The Saturday, April 11, 1868 Philadelphia Inquirer said:

Druck - On the morning of the 9th inst; Mrs Margaretta Druck, in the 80th year of her age. Funeral this (Saturday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the residence of John Stucke, No 1229 Coates street.

The Druck sisters' parents' marriage was recorded thusly:

Groom Georgium Michaelem Druck
Bride Mariam Margaritam Dahm
Marriage date 07 Aug 1810
Marriage place Roemisch-Katholische, Billigheim, Pfalz, Bavaria

Going by the birth info on the death certificate, showing Margaretha was born about 1789, this lady would have been about 21 when married, certainly a probable age for a young woman to marry.

Knowing now that she was in the US, let's go back and look at censuses. She is found in two, 1850 and 1860.

In 1850 she appears in the household of her daughter Frances. This census was not previously found because Frances appears as Mary Francisca Druck, a name not searched for before. Frances is 29, Margaret is 61, and also in the house is Lorettica age 24, and the sister Margaretta age 22. People with different surnames in the home are Mary Cooney born in Ireland, age 16, Magdalene Steanter born in Germany age 21, and a female whose first name is illegible but last name McCaterus or McCatherns, age 31, born in Germany.

In 1860, she is in the home right next to her daughter Frances. Shame on me for not catching this before, she was on the next page of the census, but I should have remembered to look! There's Margaretta, age 71, born in Phalz (a mispelling of "Pfalz" Germany), Jonathan Cook, 39, born in Hesse Cassell (Germany), Margaretta Cook born in "Phalz" (probably the now-married Druck daughter though her age of 27 is off from the previous census), Fanny Cook, 3, and Lilly Cook, 1. Of these people, only the younger Margaretta is shown to have real estate (valued at $7000) and personal estate (valued at $5000).

Note that her funeral was held at the home of John Stucke and in this census is living with John Cook... making one wonder if the census taker misunderstood.

Many thanks to White Light for sponsoring Mrs. Druck, as well as her daughters Dr. Frances Druck and Dorothy Druck Manger. Plus, he also sponsored the memorial of Dr. Lemoyne who opened the first crematorium in the United States. How's that for hitting it out of the sponsorship ballpark?

Family links: 
  Frances M Druck (____ - 1885)*
  Dorothea Druck Manger (____ - 1899)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 9, Lot 74
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Jun 01, 2010
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Margaret <i>Dahm</i> Druck
Added by: Russ Dodge
Margaret <i>Dahm</i> Druck
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- sniksnak
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White Light would be pleased to see the new photo of your resting place.
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