Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1875 Death Notice for Martha Matilda Schaffner in Oakland, California

The treasure today is the 1875 death notice for Martha Matilda Schaffner in Oakland, California:

The transcription of this death notice is:

"SCHAFFNER -- In this city, January 23d, 1875, Martha Matilda, wife of Frederick Schaffner, a native of Ireland, aged 37 years, 7 months and 6 days.

"Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 o'clock P.M., from residence, corner Franklin and Ninth streets, without further notice."

The source citation for this death notice is:

"DIED," death notice, Oakland [Calif.] Tribune, 23 January 1875, page 3, column 6, Martha Matilda Schaffner death notice; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 26 June 2018).

Martha Matilda (--?--) Schaffner was born 17 June 1837 in Ireland if the age at death is correct in the notice.  She married Frederick Schaffner (1828-1899) in about 1850 (first child born in late 1851), probably in New York City.  They had at least six children between 1851 and 1870.  She died 23 January 1875.  The Frederick Schaffner family resided in San Francisco and Oakland, California from about 1857 until their deaths.

Age 13 is really young for a marriage in 1850, so it is possible that she was Frederick's second wife.  In the 1870 U.S. Census, she is listed as age 35 (so about 1835). 

This is the only death record available for Martha Matilda Schaffner.

Martha Matilda (--?--) Schaffner is my wife's 2nd great-grandmother, through her oldest son Herman Schaffner (1851-1921), who married Mary Ann Paul (1854-1908).


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