The case of the phantom wife [closed]

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Can anyone channel their Sherlock Holmes to help find out anything about Babetta B Rupprechet Weatherley?

She seems to have materialized out of nowhere into her grave.  The only available information is her name and birth/death dates.  Even her relationship as wife of her gravestone partner can only be inferred.
WikiTree profile: Carl Weatherley
closed with the note: Great answers - lottsa good info - profile is now added (Rupprecht-69) - THANX to y'all!
in Genealogy Help by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (907k points)
closed by Gaile Connolly

5 Answers

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A possibility for where she materialised from:

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name
Babette Rupprecht

Birth
Germany abt 1902

Departure
Bremen, Germany

Arrival
New York, New York 19/08/1928

Residence
Germany
by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
Thank you, Paul.  That gave me a start to finding more records - immigration, as well as birth, for her.  I discovered that Babette Rupprecht is kinda sorta like the German equivalent of Mary Smith in the US - there are many, many people with the same name!  After weeding through the mess, it turns out that the record you found is for a different person, but it pointed me in the right direction and gave me a shove to start out.
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Gaile, I learned the hard way never to make assumptions about folks buried under the same stone. One cemetery survey I did I mistook a brother and sister for husband and wife.

Fifteen years difference is uncommon between husband and wife, and usually it’s the husband who is older. But it does happen. Keep digging. You’ll figure this one out. I’ve got an appointment and some errands to run, so when I get back and no one else has found anything, I’ll take a stab at it.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+5 votes
      Name: Babette Weatherly
      Age: 70
      Birth Date: abt 1903
      Death Date: 5 Aug 1973
      Death Place: Germany
      Spouse: Carl Weatherly

      Source Citation

      National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.; NAI Number: 613857; Record Group Title: General Records of the Department of State; Record Group Number: Record Group 59; Series Number: Publication A1 5166; Box Number: 125; Box Description: 1973 TL - Z

      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (597k points)
      Eddie, that's a wonderful find!  It is a very important part of her profile, which I have now been able to add as a result of this and the other answers to this question.  THANX a zillion!
      +6 votes
      Babette Weatherly was visiting Germany,and died there Aug 5 1973,

      Body shipped back too Carl Weatherley,920 Roseclair Drive, North

      Little Rock Arkansas.Germany Death Certificate 1005.

      Death of American Citizen died Overseas.
      by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
      THANX, Wayne.  Great info, but I needed a citation to be able to use it.  I managed to find the record this came from and the actual document has far more info than the extract you provided.  That helped me even more, with other parts of the bio.
      +5 votes
          Name: Babette Weatherly
          Gender: Female
          Declaration Age: 57
          Record Type: Petition
          Birth Date: 11 Apr 1903
          Birth Place: Furth Bavaria Germany
          Arrival date: 29 Jun 1956
          Arrival Place: McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, USA
          Declaration Date: 23 Aug 1960
          Declaration Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA
          Spouse: Carl Weatherly
          Relatives:
          Name Relation
          Babette Weatherly Self (Head)
          Carl Weatherly Spouse
          Court District: Western District of Texas
          Petition Number: 4261

          Source Citation

          The National Archives at Fort Worth; Fort Worth, Texas; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: 21

          by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (597k points)
          WOW!  This is the real meat!!!  It absolutely nails the fact of the marriage.  You just broke your amazing record once again!!!!

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