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 Margaret L. <I>Cavier</I> Stiegert

Margaret L. Cavier Stiegert

Sanborn County, South Dakota, USA
Death 24 Oct 1957 (aged 56)
Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 103094061 · View Source
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Margaret Cavier married Charles W. Stiegert February 27, 1924 in Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota. On the 1935 S.D. State Census, Margaret reported that 'Smith' was her maiden name.

Margaret was adopted by Henry Julius Cavier at the time of her mother's marriage to him in 1902. Born in 1901 in Butler Township near Letcher, Sanborn County, South Dakota, she was the daughter of Grace Pearl Wares (1881-1942), who had assumed the Smith alias to hide their identities.

In 1980, Margaret's birth (and true heritage) was discovered by the Mitchell family, who were searching for their own mother's roots. Margaret was found to be the full blood sister of their mother, Etta May Chase (1899-1944), who was born Thelma Marie Wares, Grace's first daughter.

Both Thelma's and Margaret's biological father was Jasper Nooten Conley (1876-1949), Grace's neighbor, William Haden's visiting nephew. The couple were unmarried.

Having been forced by her family to give up her first infant daughter in 1900, Grace fled with Margaret to Tyndall where she assumed the alias 'Mrs. Smith'. Shortly thereafter, she married Henry J. Cavier, a resident of the town, who raised Margaret as his own.

In 1988 the descendant families of Etta, and the two surviving brothers of Margaret, united at her graveside in Wagner.

Charles Stiegert's family came to S.D. from Iowa in 1895:
Father, Frederich C. Stiegert 'Fritz' (1856 GER < 1910 SD)
Mother, Sofie (Weichman) Stiegert (1863 GER - 1943 TX)
Twin, Henry E. Stiegert (Dec. 23, 1889 Remsen, IA - 1971 TX)
Sister, Caroline 'Lena' Stiegert (1891 Fredonia Twp, IA -
Brother, John Stiegert (1894 IA -
Sister, Clara Stiegert Bertram (1896 SD - 1993 TX)
Sister, Mary 'Minnie' Stiegert (1901 SD -
Paternal Grandfather, August Stiegert (GERMANY)
Paternal Grandmother, Jennie Hardow (GERMANY)
Maternal Grandfather, Frank Weichman (GERMANY)
Maternal Grandmother, Mary Waong


Margaret and Charles had two children, born in Bonesteel:
Melvin Henry Stiegert (June 13, 1924 - Mar 12, 2009 SD)
Donald C. Stiegert (February 27, 1927).

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Gravesite Details Headstone shared with husband Charles




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 103094061
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret L. Cavier Stiegert (27 Mar 1901–24 Oct 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103094061, citing ZCBJ Cemetery, Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by SB°ancestry (contributor 47325517) .