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Amelia Gregor

#9, Amelia Gregor is the daughter of Joseph Gregor and Rosalie "Rose" Hiller.

Born 29 Nov 1848 at Michelsdorf, Bohemia, now known as Ostrov and a part of the Czech Republic and lying about 100 miles north of Vienna, Austria.

Amelia is the eldest child of Joseph Gregor by his first wife, Rose Hiller. Her obituary says she was born in Michelsdorf; her Death Certificate says Austria, but Michelsdorf in 1848 was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Amelia's obituary reads as follows:

"She is gone; but ah--not departed. For her memory lives on as the light of the sun that is softly reflected in the moon on a calm, mellow night. Amelia Mary Gregor...died...at the age of 87 years, 6 months, and ten days.

At the age of 20 (c. 1868), she came with friends to America. A passenger roster shows she arrived at the Port of New York on 6 June 1868 aboard the sailing vessel, "Weser." She lived for a time in Wisconsin, later going to Waterville, Minnesota, where she worked for three years, perhaps as a maid or housekeeper.

In 1871 she was united in marriage to Martin Dewald. Martin and Amelia lived on a farm for a number of years, with their three sons and two daughters. On October 18, 1880, they settled on a farm northwest of Hebron. After the death of her husband in 1896, she moved to town, where she has since made her home...The funeral was held at Sacred Heart church on Monday morning, June 11 (1934) at 8:30 o'clock. Rev. Father Broermann officiated and delivered a very touching sermon..."

A granddaughter of Amelia remembers visits to Amelia's home in her later years: Amelia was described as a non-smiling, no-nonsense person; she and her son (Adolph) spoke always in German when she went with her father to visit his mother, Amelia.

She married Mathias "Martin" Dewald.


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