When Maria Wiederwachs was born on 23 March 1774, in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States, her father, Heinrich Wiederwachs, was 43 and her mother, Catrina Catharina Oosterhout, was 38. She died on 17 July 1834, in her hometown, at the age of 60, and was buried in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States.
A name derived from Mapia, one of the Greek forms of Miriam. Maria is found as a male name as well as a female name. Viscount Montague, of Cowdray, Sussex, who succeeded to the title as second viscount, was christened Anthony Maria Browne. In Camden's Remains (p. 44), referred to in Delicie Literarise, occurs Thomas Maria Wingfield; and there was also a Sir Edward Maria Wingfield. The name appears to have been adopted in the latter family from Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. Compare Notes and Queries 5th S. ii. 73, 316, 478. Marie is frequently found as a male name in France and in other parts of the Continent.