|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1895|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1987|
New Jersey, USA
Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) Freudenberg. She was born in Greenwich Village in Manhattan and her family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey around 1900 to live in a more countrified setting. She lived on the Isle of Pines in Cuba for 2 years from around 1910 to 1912. She was abandoned by her husband around 1928 and worked as a cleaning and laundry woman during the Great Depression to raise her family. She lived to be age 92 and was the longest living member of her genetic family. (b. February 16, 1895; 294 West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York County, New York City, New York, USA - d. March 07, 1987; Christ Hospital, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA) Social Security Number 147188206.
She descends from Georg von Rohr (1550-1632) who was her seventh great-grandfather. The von Rohrs are Swedish House of Nobility noble family number 807 and Finnish House of Nobility noble family number 85. Georg von Rohr (1550-1632) was the Lord of Freyenstein Castle, Meyenburg Castle, Neuhausen Castle, Demnitz and Leddin in Brandenburg, Germany. He migrated to Sweden to start the von Rohrs of Sweden. She descends from Sir Hector Og Maclean (1583–1623) and his son, Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet (1604-1666). Sir John Maclean migrated to Sweden during the reign of James VI and I (1566–1625) and took the name Hans Makeléer. She descends from Captain Anders Örbom I (1675-1740) who served in the army of the Swedish Empire and was captured during the Battle of Poltava and taken to Solikamsk as a prisoner of war.
Maria Elizabeth Winblad, Mae Winblad.
Her parents were John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) of Sweden and Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914) of Norway. John was the son of Anton Julius Winblad I (1828-1901) and Elsa Maria Elisabeth Näslund (1829-1907) of Ytterlännäs, Sweden. Salmine was the daughter of Ole Mattias Pedersen (1822-1914) and Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1865) of Farsund, Norway.
Maria was born in Greenwich Village in Manhattan on February 16, 1895. The New York City Birth Index incorrectly lists her as "Mary E. Weinblad".
Maria's siblings are: Anton Julius Winblad (1886-1975) aka Anthony Winblad, who married Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) and after her death married Marguerite Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1891-1972) aka Marge Van Rensselaer Schuyler; Theodora Winblad (1888) who died as an infant; Mary Winblad (1889) who died as an infant; Otto Edward Winblad (1892) who died as an infant; John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899) aka Eddie Winblad, who died as a youth from pertussis; and Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) who was born in New Jersey and married Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928) and after her death he married Leah Maria Way (1901-1986).
The family moved out of Manhattan to live in the quiet of New Jersey around 1900. They had a new house built on Wayne Street in Jersey City. Otto Perry Winblad was born in 1902 in Jersey City.
Isle of Pines, Cuba:
In 1910 the family decided that they would move to the Isle of Pines in Cuba. John Winblad had wanted to be a plantation owner, and many other American families moved to the Isle of Pines during this time. Maria spent a year and a half in Cuba, where she rode a horse named "Happy". She said when she arrived in Cuba there was no one there to greet her, and she had to get help to find out how to get to the Isle of Pines from Havana.
She returned from Cuba to Jersey City on March 26, 1912 with her brother Otto. While in Jersey City she met Arthur Oscar Freudenberg I (1891-1968), who was a Sunday School teacher at Waverly Congregation Church. Maria was a very devout Lutheran at Trinity Scandinavian Church in Jersey City. Maria and Arthur married on February 28, 1914 at the Trinity Lutheran Church at 195 Claremont Avenue in Jersey City.
Death of parents:
Maria's father and mother attended her wedding, and then they went to Norway to visit family. Both parents died within a few months of each other in 1914. Otto Winblad was with them in Norway and returned to live with Maria and Arthur in Jersey City on July 6, 1915. On the same day that Otto arrived from Norway, Maria's brother, Anton and his wife Eva returned from Cuba with their two children: Anthony Leroy Winblad and Norman Edward Winblad. They brought with them Eva's two youngest brothers: Theodore Roosevelt Lattin; and Dewey Ernest Lattin. Eva's father and mother stayed in Cuba until 1924 and then settled in Lake Helen in Florida. Otto lived with Maria and Arthur from 1914 until he married in 1927.
Together Maria and Arthur had the following children: Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998) who married Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) aka Peter Van Deusen; Selma Luise Freudenberg (1921-2009); and Helen Eloise Freudenberg (1928-1989) who had a child with Edward Ganley and later married John Earl Borland I (1924-1986) and later married Albert Brindley.
Abandoned by husband:
Around 1928 Arthur abandoned Maria, although he appears as the head of household in the 1930 census. The oral family tradition has been that Arthur ran off with a burlesque stripper. At the height of the depression, Maria lived on Claremont Avenue in Jersey City and raised her three children earning money by being the superintendent of a four-unit rental property owned by someone else. She took in laundry, scrubbed floors, and prepared meals for other families. She did all that she could to keep the family housed and fed. Arthur never provided any money and lived with his mistress. Maria wore her wedding ring for the rest of her life.
When Maria's children got married she split her time between them, living at their houses. She lived in Paramus for a number of years and also spent time with Pete and Naida at their home.
In the late 1970s she broke her hip in Paramus and was confined to the Lutheran nursing home in Jersey City.
She died in 1987 of a heart attack at age 92 at Christ Hospital.
Her eulogy reads as follows: "Mae Freudenberg was born Saturday, February 16, 1895 in New York City. Her parents were members of the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church in downtown Jersey City. Mae was a member of Trinity for most of her life, and her children were all baptized there also many of her grandchildren. She taught Sunday School and was a member of Glad Tjeneste. On the 95th anniversary of Trinity, Mae received a certificate of recognition for her years of faithful service to the church. For about fifteen years, Mae was a volunteer of services to the Lutheran Home on Nelson Avenue in Jersey City."
She was buried in Bayview Cemetery. In the same plot are the ashes of her daughter, Helen; and her brother who died as an infant, John Edward Winblad II.
Many of her letters are extant and archived.
Memories of Maria Elizabeth Winblad:
Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) wrote on February 20, 2011. "When my parents moved to Paramus, Maria lived with us for several years. She did the cooking and used to wash me in the kitchen sink when I was very young. It is one of my earliest memories about her. Everyone called her "Nanny". She could read and speak Norwegian and had a Norwegian bible. She was very religious and would go to church events during the week and never miss a Sunday sermon at the Lutheran church. She was a very good cook and once told me that she cooked professionally at one time. She would make Swedish meatballs in gravy and would never buy ground beef, she would buy whole cuts and grind the meat herself. She also made excellent desserts, apple pies and lemon meringue pies. If I asked her what was going to be for desert she would tease me and say 'apple sauce'. Another dish she made that I enjoyed was Harvard beets, its beets in a sweet and vinegary sauce. I am not sure of the year she broke her hip but I was there when it happened, she was standing in the doorway to my room and talking to me while I was in bed when she just leaned against the doorway and collapsed, her hip had fractured and could no longer hold her weight. After the hospital she moved into the Lutheran Home in Jersey City and I would visit her. The home was a terrible place, but she was happy there, because she had volunteered there was she was younger and she still would visit other rooms in her wheelchair and share whatever cookies or candies I brought her. The home had a mix of demented patients and the infirmed. Some of the demented patients would be screaming or crying continuously. She had a heart attack in 1987 and was moved to Christ Hospital and I visited her the night she died."
Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) was the grandmother of Richard Arthur Norton (1958) and that has been confirmed by autosomal DNA matches with know cousins: Kevin Borland (1975), Michael Joseph Borland (1947), and Steven Thomas Borland (1981).
Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958) for Findagrave starting on June 16, 2003. Updated on February 20, 2011 with minor fixes.Updated on April 4, 2014 with autosomal DNA results and more information in the lede.
John Edward Winblad (1856 - 1914)
Salmine Sophia Pedersen Winblad (1862 - 1914)
Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891 - 1968)*
Naida Muriel Freudenberg Van Deusen (1915 - 1998)*
Selma Louise Freudenberg Norton (1921 - 2009)*
Helen Eloise Freudenberg Brindley (1928 - 1989)*
Anton Julius Winblad (1886 - 1975)*
Theodora Winblad (1888 - 1888)*
Mary Winblad (1889 - 1890)*
Otto Edward Winblad (1892 - 1892)*
Maria Elizabeth Winblad Freudenberg (1895 - 1987)
John Edward Winblad (1897 - 1899)*
Otto Perry Winblad (1902 - 1977)*
Bayview-New York Bay Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Grave 4-I North, Lot 428
Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Jun 16, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7584654
Added: Jul. 10, 2003