Sophie (Friedenheit) Kingsbacher
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Sophie M (Friedenheit) Kingsbacher (1863 - 1946)

Sophie M Kingsbacher formerly Friedenheit
Born in Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 27 May 1883 in Manhattan, New York, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 2 Feb 2014
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Biography

Sophie (Friedenheit) Kingsbacher has German Roots.
Sophie (Friedenheit) Kingsbacher has Jewish Roots.

Sophie was a daughter of Gerson Friedenheit and his wife, the former Fannie Winklein, born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1863.

According to family historian Ann Sunstein, "Soon after Sophie's birth in Missouri, the family moved to a Brownstone in the Nineties on the West Side of New York City." Records show that the family did move to Manhattan, New York, in 1865 or 1866, but they lived at a number of different addresses in the city before settling down on West 96th Street after 1900.[1] (See profiles of Gerson Friedenheit (1833-1920) and Fannie (Winklein) Friedenheit (1840-1921) for details.)

Sophie left school after the 8th grade.[2] In 1877, Sophia M. Friedenheit's examination scores qualified her for enrollment in the New York City Normal College, a high school-level public school for girls, intended to prepare them to be school teachers. She did not attend, however, so Sophie W. Fredenheit was dropped from the rolls.[3]

Ann Sunstein said: "Sophie married Morris and they moved to Pittsburgh, where they raised their family. They lived in a small house on Marlboro Road. She always made her grandchildren feel very welcomed. Her apple strudel was special. She had a special affection for Ted (Kheel) even before he married me (Ann). She taught me (Ann) to cook after I became engaged and inscribed the Settlement Cook Book to me."

"Sophie was known as the "dimpled Mrs. Kingsbacher" as opposed to her sister-in-law, the "pimpled Mrs. Kingsbacher and was always ready for a chuckle."

"After her husband died, she moved to Santa Monica, California where she lived out her days on an annuity with Hilda Werner, the nurse who had taken care of her husband and my (Ann's) Grandma Sunstein in their terminal illness), partly because of the climate and partly to be near her sister."

Sophie remained in Pittsburgh for some time after the September 1930 death of Morris Kingsbacher. The 1934 Pittsburgh city directory listed Sophie Kingsbacher, widow of Morris, at 1723 Wightman, apartment 1.[4] The 1940 U.S. Census recorded Sophie Kingsbacker, 76, a widow, living at 1415 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, but indicated that she had lived in Pittsburgh in 1935. Sharing her household was Hilda Werner, age 42, identified as a servant.[2]

Note

Although she moved to Santa Monica and was living there, she died in the home of her daughter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5][6]

Sources

  1. Sunstein, Ann. "A Capsule Description of Parents, Grandparents, & Great-Grandparents of Ann & Ted Kheel," written July 1984, at the request of Marti Kheel.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9WL-Y6S : accessed 03 Feb 2014), Sophie Kingsbacker, Tract 375, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-762, sheet 61A, family 57, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 256.
  3. Seventh Annual Report of the President of New York City Normal College, for the Year Ending December 31, 1877. /32761_2221301230_1723-00090 pages 89 and 94, accessed on Ancestry.com.
  4. Polk's Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) City Directory, 1934, page 1073. Accessed on Ancestry.com at https://www.ancestry.ca/imageviewer/collections/2469/images/2952378
  5. Sophie Kingsbacher, born 8 Apr 1863, Missouri, died 28 Apr 1946 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. Death certificate 39108, Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968. Ancestry Record 5164 #5554009
  6. OBITUARY: https://www.newspapers.com/image/93305455/ Pittsburg Post Gazette, 30 Apr. 1946. View in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1880; Census Place: New York City, New York, New York; Roll: 893; Family History Film: 1254893; Page: 454C; Enumeration District: 561; Image: 0911.
  • US Federal Census; 1900; Census Place: Allegheny Ward 6, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1356; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0056; FHL microfilm: 1241356.
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1920; Census Place: Pittsburgh Ward 14, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1522; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 546; Image: 844.
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1930; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1977; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0222; Image: 600.0; FHL microfilm: 2341711.
  • "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9WL-Y6S : accessed 03 Feb 2014), Sophie Kingsbacker, Tract 375, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-762, sheet 61A, family 57, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 256.
  • Research of Annie Jacobs, dated November 6, 1998.

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