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GRUNEWALD,Magdalena;ELS>DE,USA;1869-1950
Posted by: R. Craig Harman Date: November 04, 1998 at 17:27:08
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I'm looking for any leads about my gg-grandmother, who appears
variously on censuses in Wilmington, Delaware and her children's birth records as:

Maggie Greenwell
Mary A. Greenwell
Magdalena Greenwood
Magdalena [BURNS]
Madeline [BURNS]

and whom my grandfather calls Grandma Lena or Grandma Burns.

Her birthplace is recorded alternately as France, Germany, or Alsace-
Lorraine. (My gg-grandmother's birth being in Alsace-Lorraine is
celebrated in my mother's middle name of "Lorraine".)

Her year of birth also varies among the records but is most probably
November 1869.

I have found a Maria Grunewald who came over on the Cunard Line ship
"Hecla" from Antwerp to Philadelphia arriving October 15, 1881 the
census records her immigration as 1882) whom I suspect to be the same
woman.

Probable family members on the ship included:

Heinz or Heine age 29 (1852)
Anna age 29 (1852)
Wilhelm age 20 (1861)
Maria** age 11 (1869)
Wilhelm age 7 (1874)
Anna age 2 1/2 (1879)
Marg. age 8 mos. (1881)

**Probably my gg-grandmother.

Once here, she had an illegitimate son, John (my g-grandfather), in
1887 and then three more children: William (1891/1892), Harry (1894),
and Walter (1896). All of these bear the last name "McNeill"
(alternately, "McNeal") and for the two I have birth records for,
their father's name is listed as "William A. McNeill".

Ca. 1899, she married a John Burns, and had four more children:
David (1900), James (1903), Magarite (1905), and Anna (1907).

If you are related to any of these people, particularly, the Grunewalds
who came over on the Hecla, please let me know. I'm at an impasse
since I have no information concerning her exact city of origin and
since Grunewald and all its variants are very common in the modern
Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, and Moselle departments of France. Thanks....

...Craig



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