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Margaret Thomae Thornbladh 1901 – 1975

Margaret Thomae was born on June 10, 1901. It has been difficult to find information about Margaret. I have tried to piece together some of the clues that I have found.

I believe that Margaret was  the daughter of Friederike (do not know her maiden name) and Jakob Thomae.

In the 1930 census, Margaret states that her birthplace was Romania, but also lists in that same census record that her language spoken was German. (Her husband Nils also states that his mother tongue is German.) She states that in 1930 she is 28 years old, and she lives in Ohio. In this same census her husband’s occupation is recorded as a draftsman working for a Steel Company.

Note that Margaret lists her date of immigration as 1921. This would have made her a young woman of 20 when she arrived in the states.

1930 census Thornbladh

1930 census recap

By the time of the 1940 census, Margaret has changed her birth place to Austria (previous records stated it was Romania) Her husband Nils lists his birth country as Sweden (in the 1930 census he had stated his birthplace was Germany.) Even though Nils lists his birthplace as Germany in one census, I was able to locate Swedish index birth records. Here is a recap:



Margaret was 23 years old when she gave birth to her son Robert Nelson Thornbladh. She was 28 years old when she had her daughter, Sonja Greta Thornbladh.

Margaret died on April 14, 1975, in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the age of 73. Nils died at the age of 83 in 1980.

death of Margaret Thornbladh from Palm Beach Post 15 Apr 1975

listing above is from the Palm Beach Post 15 Apr 1975


Note from Kurt Thornbladh about his grandmother: “She had a social security card. They left the Austrian Hungarian empire and went to Canada. I saw an old photo of WWI soldiers sitting and drinking wine . Grandmother didn’t know who they were except to say they were the Austrians. Grandmother didn’t know her father.”

Notes from Kurt Thornbladh about his grandfather: “He was the purser on the Drotningholm [sp?]. Whether he had an understanding with the ships master I don’t know. He had a fight with his father before i do know.”

“Great Grandfather had a lucrative business of some sort. A civil engineering firm or something like that. Grandfather did his military service in an elite regiment. The Royal Life Guards. He was studying engineering in Berlin in World War I when he was drafted into the German Army. He was a lieutenant on the Eastern Front fighting the Russians in I suspect Finland. Great Grandfather believed, I suspect correctly, that his son could look forward to a brilliant career serving the king. But with typical bad Thornbladh genes he insisted he should take over the business and great uncle should serve the King. Probably had a poor service record. I have to take great grandfather ‘s side on that one.”

Marion P. Annis Watts 1837-1894 ( the 2nd great grandmother of Heidi Thornbladh)

When Marion  P Annis (her first name was also recorded as Mariam by census takers) was born on September 7, 1837, in Londonderry, New Hampshire, her father, John Annis, was already 45 years old, and her mother, Delilah Coburn Annis, was 40. Marion had 12 siblings!

Marion married Charles H Watts on January 1, 1861, in Derry, New Hampshire.

Watts and Annis

Charles Watts

photo above of Charles Watts- husband of Marion P. Annis Watts

photo below of death certificate for Charles Watts

death of Charles Watts


Charles and Marion had seven children together. Their 4th child, Olive Annis Watts, is the direct ancestor of my friend Heidi Thornbladh. Olive was Heidi’s great grandmother. Olive married William Lawrence Joyce.

Marion died on July 2, 1894, in Derry, New Hampshire, at the age of 56. Her death certificate is listed below:

death of Miriam Watts

There is some evidence that following Marion’s death, her husband Charles Watts, may have remarried to Eldora Martha Nichols. (Not many details to verify this 2nd marriage) Charles was 53 years old at the time of Marion’s death. He lived another 31 years after her death.

Here is a record of the descendants starting with Marion’s father:

John Towns Annis (1791 – 1871)
3rd great-grandfather
Marion P Annis (1838 – 1894)
daughter of John Towns Annis
Olive Annis Watts (1873 – )
daughter of Marion P Annis
Celia Marion Joyce (1898 – 1961)
daughter of Olive Annis Watts
Ruth Beverly Moller (1924 – 2006)
daughter of Celia Marion Joyce

Olive Annis Watts Joyce 1873 –



Watts Family at Beaver Lake 1903

When Olive Annis Watts was born on July 16, 1873, in Londonderry, New Hampshire, her father, Charles Watts, was 32, and her mother, Miriam P. Annis Watts, was 35.

Olive married William Lawrence Joyce on June 30, 1897, in Derry, New Hampshire. They had two children during their marriage. She had one brother and five sisters.

Sonja Greta Thornbladh Harris


Sonja Thronbladh Euclid Central HS 1947

When Sonja Greta Thornbladh was born on June 25, 1929, in Ohio, her father, Nils Magnus Thornbladh, was 32, and her mother, Maragret (Thomae), was 28. Her older brother was Robert Nelson Thornbladh (1925-2004).

Sonja married George Russell Harris in 1950 in Cuyahoga, Ohio.

Marriage of Sonja Thornbladh

(please note that in the above certificate of marriage the Maiden Name of Mother is listed as Margaret Thomas – actually should be Margaret Thomae)

In 1955, Sonja and George had a son, Todd George Harris. At the age of 24, Todd married Thereasa Probst.

Sonja was 45 years old at the time her mother, Maragret passed away on April 14, 1975, in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the age of 73. When Sonja was 50 years old, her father Nils Magnus Thornbladh, passed away on April 28, 1980, in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the age of 83.

Sonja was divorced on January 9, 2004, when she was 74 years old. The grounds for divorce were “gross neglect of duty.”