Margarethe Oswald

Female2 January 1822–14 April 1877

Brief Life History of Margarethe

Margarethe Oswald was born on 2 January 1822, in Kiel, Schwesing, Ostenfeld (Husum), Husum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She married August Frierdrich Wilhelm Dreger about 1851, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She died on 14 April 1877, in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

August Frierdrich Wilhelm Dreger
Margarethe Oswald
Marriage: about 1851
Wilhelmine Susanna Dreger
Caroline Dreger
Mary Dreger

Sources (11)

  • Margt Dreger in household of August Dreger, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • New Jersey index to records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1848-1900
  • Margarite Dreger, "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1851New York, United States
  • Children (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    "Corfield vs Coryell was a significant federal court case that upheld New Jersey's existing regulation, which prohibited any non-residents from gathering clams and oysters. The case was decided by Justice Bushrod Washington of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Justice Washington primarily referenced the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment, regarding ""privileges and immunities"" to arrive at his decision."

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 3

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.


    Age 18

    Historical Boundaries 1840: Hudson, New Jersey, United States

    Name Meaning

    Scottish (Fife and Lanarkshire), northern English, German, and French (mainly Alsace and Lorraine): from an Old English personal name composed of the elements ōs ‘god’ + weald ‘power’. In the Middle English period, this fell together with the less common Old Norse cognate Ásvaldr. The name was introduced to Germany from England, as a result of the fame of Saint Oswald, a 7th-century king of Northumbria, whose deeds were reported by Celtic missionaries to southern Germany. The name was also borne by a 10th-century English saint of Danish parentage, who was important as a monastic reformer. Veneration of Saint Oswald, the king, spread from the German lands to the neighbouring Slavic lands as well. The surname in the (German) spelling Oswald is thus also found especially in Czechia and Slovakia, while in North America it also absorbed various Slavic forms (see 3 below).

    Irish (Down): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa (see Hussey 1).

    Americanized form of Slovenian, Slovak, and Czech Osvald, Slovenian and Slovak Ožvald or Ozvald, and probably also of Slovenian Ožbolt: from vernacular forms of the German personal name Oswald, of Old English origin (see 1 above).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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