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Maria Wilhelmina Frank

Female 1880 - 1905  (25 years)


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  • Name Maria Wilhelmina Frank  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 10 April 1880  Neüffen, Nürtingen, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause of Death Drowned In Detroit River While Mentally Deranged.  [2
    Emmigration Bremen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration 24 May 1887  Baltimore Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Dressmaker 
    Cemetery Woodmere Cemetery, Section E, Block 3, Grave 232  [2, 4
    Death Notice May 15, 1905, Detroit Free Press, p. 5
    Made Sure of Ending Life
    Mrs. Marie Williams Left Sick Bed to Seek Death
    First Cut Her Throat, then Jumped into River
    Yesterday Was Anniversary of Her Bab’s Birth.
    Leaving her sick bed in the absence of her husband. Mrs. Marie Williams, aged 25, yesterday afternoon ran from her home in the White Car Line shops, on Atwater street, between Joseph Campau avenue and ' Chene street, slashed her throat with a razor and, then plunged headlong into the river. An hour later her body was taken from the river beneath the steamer Greyhound where it had lodged.
    Mrs. William’s suicide occurred on the first anniversary of her baby’s birth. She had previously given no sign that she contemplated self-destruction and yesterday, appeared to be in better spirits than usual.
    About noon William H. Williams, her husband, who is employed by the White Star Line as a caretaker of the repair shops, shaved himself, leaving the outfit on the kitchen table. Then he took the baby, whose birthday was being celebrated, into the fresh air. The infant laughted and cooed in the warm sunshine and the father was happy in the thought that his wife was improving in health.
    When re returned to the house he found her bed empty. He called to her, but received no reply. The house was still and as he started to go toward the river front, he began to realize that something was wrong. Four young men who were working on a yacht in the vicinity, aided him in his search, and Harry Cunningham, 149 Chene street, saw the body beneath the steamer Greyhound. With difficulty it was brought to the surface and then, the desparate efforts of the suffering woman to end her life were learned. A clean cut, made with a razor, marked her throat and her life’s blood stained her night gown.
    Coroner Toepel was called and sent the body to Forth & Masch’s undertaking establishment. An inquest will be held. Besides the widower and baby, the deceased is survived by her mother, Mrs. Wilhelmina Frank and two brothers and a sister, living at 1178 Twenty-fourth street. 
    Residence(s) 1895: Tailoress bds at 212 Eliot?, Detroit, MI
    1900: 307 Merrick Ave, Detroit, MI
    1901: 940 Eighteenth Street, Detroit, MI
    1905: 680 Atwater East St., Detroit, MI  [2, 5, 6
    Died 14 May 1905  Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 16 May 1905  Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Person ID I301  Lisa's Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 November 2013 

    Father Jacob F. Frank,   b. 18 November 1839, Mägerkingen, Reutlingen, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 June 1893, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Maria Wilhelmina Schall,   b. 7 December 1842, Neüffen, Nürtingen, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 February 1916, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 13 April 1869  Neüffen, Nürtingen, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Residence(s) 1881: Neuffen, Germany. Living with the Hermann family.  [10
    Family ID F14  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse William Herbert Williams,   b. 22 August 1860, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1935  (Age > 76 years) 
    Married 31 December 1902  Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harold Frank Williams,   b. 14 May 1905, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F205  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 December 1902 - Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 May 1905 - Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 May 1905 - Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S2664] .

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    4. [S2005] Woodmere Cemetery Research.

    5. [S1721] .

    6. [S11] .

    7. [S483] .

    8. [S703] 1869 in Neüffen.

    9. [S1116] .

    10. [S506] .



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