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William Frederick FREIBERG  1877 - 1942   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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William Frederick FREIBERG  1877 - 1942

aka William F. Freiberg, W. F. Freiberg, William Freiberg, W. Freiberg
nationality
occupation
birth 23 Dec 1877, 637 West Forty Second Street, New York City, NY (source 1918 PA, No. 2216)
baptism
death ........... (after 1942)
burial
remark
marriage married <1899> to:
Mary/Mae A. ...... - FREIBERG

b. 28 May 1880, ............
d. .. Oct 1972, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey

children
  • Myrtle Agnes / Agnes Myrtle

    b. <1905>, ..., NJ
    d. ........


PARENTS

father William FREIBERG

b. ... Sep 1846, ..................., GERMANY
d. ... 1910/1911, Newark, New Jersey

remark came to USA in 1875 (source 1918 PA, No.2216)
resided from 1875 to 1910 in New York City, NY and Newark, NJ
died Newark, NJ, 7 yrs ago (said in 1918)
remark (source : W. F. Freiberg’s Passport Application of 18 January 1918, No. 2216)
mother Johanna .........

b. .. Sep 1845, Berlin(?), GERMANY (1910 & 1930 Census); FRANCE (1920 Census
d. ................between 1920 and 1930

children
  • Louise

    b. <1868>, NY

  • Ida

    b. <1869/1870>, NY

  • Annie/Anna

    b. .. Apr 1871/1873, NJ

  • Emma

    b. <1873>, NY

  • Minnie

    b. .. Sep 1875, NY

  • William Frederick

    b. 23 Dec 1877, New York City, NY
    d. ......... (after 1942), ........

  • Clara

    b. .. May 1880, NY) may have died at an early age

  • 2nd Clara?

LIFE



New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957
Wilhelm FREIBERG (27y) farmer
SS “CIMBRIA”
Arr.: 12 March 1869, New York
IS THIS WILLIAM ????



Wilhelm FREIBERG (29y) engineer
+ Johanna FREIBERG (32y)
+ Louise (8y)
+ Ida (7y)
+ Anna (5y)
+ Emma (3y)
+ Minna (11m)
[William Frederick not listed since they had not been born yet (William b. Dec 1877; Clara b. May 1879) not yet born]
SS “ODER"
dep. ....: .. Aug 1876
arr. NY: 19 Aug 1876

1880 CENSUS (9 June 1880, New York (Manhattan), New York City, NY):
William FREIBER (sic) (29y) German // laborer
Johanna FREIBER (29y)
- Louise (13y)
- Ida (10y)
- Anna (8y)
- Emma (6y)
- Minni (4y)
- William (2y)
- Clara (1m)



1895 New Jersey STATE CENSUS (n.d., Newark, Essex, NJ)
Williall (sic = William) FREIBERG (20y-60y) German
Johanna (20y-60y) Irish
- Annie (20y-60y)
- Minnie (5y-20y)
- William (5y-20y)
- Clara (5y-20y)
No exact ages or dates are shown.



1900 CENSUS (9 June 1900, Newark, Essex, NJ, 6-7 June 1900):
William FRIEBERG (sic) (b. .. Sep 1846, GERMANY) boat engineer
Johanna (b. .. Sep 1845, GERMANY)
- Anna (b. .. Apr 1873, NJ)
- Minnie (b. .. Sep 1875, NY)
- Clara (b. .. May 1880, NY)



1900 US CENSUS (6-7 June 1900, Newark, Essex, New Jersey):
William FREEBURG (sic) (b. Dec 1867; 22y) electrician
Mary FREEBURG (b. May 1880; 20y)



If Anna was born in 1873 in NJ, her parents cannot possibly have arrived in the US for the first time in 1875 !!!!!!
They must have emigrated to the US at an earlier date (prior to April 1873) and have gone visiting Germany ca. 1876.
On 19 August 1876 the Freiberg family arrived back at New York.
Besides, on the 1876 passenger list they are listed as living in the United States...
William and Johanna must have been married ca. mid-1872 (in Germany or in America?)
The 1900 Census has “33” for the number of years married, implying they got married in 1867, which matches the approximate birth year of their first child Louise (1868).
Louise would have been 12 years old in 1880, but she is not listed in the 1880 Census. Conclusion: she died between 1876 and 1880....



From: US City Directories New Jersey Newark 1894-1895

HOLBROOK’S NEWARK CITY DIRECTORY
HARRISON AND KEARNY DIRECTORY 1895

Residence 1894-1895, Newark, New Jersey (p 502)
FREIBERG, Wm., fireman, h 189 13av


Residence 1897-1898, Newark, New Jersey (p )
FREIBERG, Minnie, cashier, h 42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm., fireman, h 42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm Jr, phonograph, h 42 Bleecker


Residence 1898-1899, Newark, New Jersey (p 481-482)
FREIBERG, Minnie, cashier, h 42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm., fireman, h 42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Gas Co, h 42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm Jr, phonograph, h 42 Bleecker


Residence 1899-1901, Newark, New Jersey (pp 487-488)
FREIBERG, Minnie, cashier, h 41-42 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm., Gas Co, h 44 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm Jr, mgr (= manager), 100 New (=Newark?), h 42 Bleecker


Residence 1899-1901, Newark, New Jersey (p 514)
FREIBERG, Wm., Gas Co, h 44 Bleecker
FREIBERG, Wm Jr, mgr (= manager), 100 New (=Newark?), h 42 Bleecker


1910 CENSUS (16 April 1910, Newark, Essex, NJ):
William F. FRIELING (sic! = FREIBERG) (33y) operator Talking Machine
May C. (= Mary A.) (29y)
they got married in 1901
- Anna (sic) = Agnes M. (5y)



Annex to Passport Application of 18 January 1918:
We propose to send Mr. William Freiberg to Cuba for the purpose of recording original wax discs of Cuban music.
Mr. Freiberg is in our employ as a recording operator sine 1898, and during that time has visited Europe [1912], the Orient [1903], Central [1908/1910] and South America [1913-1914].
We propose to have him leave for Cuba in one or two weeks and to remain there for a period of from four to six weeks.


Reference in 1918 PA:
Clyde D. EMERSON
Recording Supervisor Columbia Graphophone, residing at 431 Central Ave, Orange, NJ


1920 CENSUS (20 Jan 1920, Orange, Essex, NJ):
William F. FREILEY (sic! = FREIBERG) (42y) operator Graphophone
Mary D. (= A.) FREILEY (39y)
- Agnes M. (15y)



1930 CENSUS (16 Apr 1930, Maplewood, Essex, NJ):
William F. FREIBERG (52y) electrical engineer
Mary A. FREIBERG (49y) (parents from Northern Ireland)
- Myrtle A. FREIBERG (25y) stenographer Electric Mfg. Co.; Electrical bussiness




Wm. F. FREIBERG commercial
SS "NIPPON MARU"
(Hong Kong ? Shanghai ? Nagasaki ? Kobe)
no departure date: ..... 1903, Yokohama, JAPAN
arr.: 20 July 1903, San Francisco, CA
final dest.: Newark



William FREIBERG (30y)
+ Harry L. MARKER (31y)
+ Pearl B. MARKER (26y)
SS "MORRO CASTLE"
29 Oct 1908, Vera Cruz, MEXICO
7 Nov 1908, New York



Victor Hugo EMERSON [..y]
+ William Frederick FREIDBERG (sic = FREIBERG) [31y]
+ Mae FREIDBERG (= FREIBERG) [..y]
SS "PHILADELPHIA"
dep.: 23 June 1909, San Juan, PUERTO RICO
arr.: 28 June 1909, New York



William FREIBERG (33y)
SS "ESPERANZA"
dep: 1 Sept 1910, Vera Cruz, MEXICO
arr: 9 Sept 1910, New York


William Freiberg resided in Mexico City (MEXICO) from March 1911 to June 1911 (source: 1918 Passport Application, No.2216)



William F. FREIBERG (34y)
SS "CLEVELAND"
dep: 7 July 1912, Cherbourg/Southampton, ENGLAND
arr: 16 July 1912, New York
born: 23 Dec 1877
res: 429 Central Ave., Orange, NJ
* ELLIS ISLAND has this page but it does not show
If you type in: William F. Freiberg it gives a negative!



William FREIBERG (35y)
+ Adelbert EMERSON (21y)
SS "MEXICO"
dep: 27 May 1913, Havana, CUBA
arr: 31 May 1913, New York
res W. F.: [429] Central Ave., Orange, NJ (b. 23 Dec 1877, New York City)
res A. E.: 15 Clearmont Ave., New York (b. 14 Feb 1892, Newark, NJ)


William Freiberg resided at Buenos Aires (ARGENTINE REP.) from November 1913 to July 1914 (source: 1918 Passport Application, No.2216)


William Frederick FREIBERG (37y7m) engineer
+ Adelbert Tucksburg EMERSON (22y6m SINGLE) engineer (res.: New York)
SS "PASCAL"
dep: 8 Aug 1914, TRINIDAD
arr: 16 Aug 1914, New York
res: New York City
On CD Calypso Calaloo (Rounder) track #2 is Columbia L36 of August 1914.


see: A Passion for Polka by Victor Greene, p. 75
In summer of 1915 Anton Heindl set up a studio in Chicago together with Columbia technician W. F. Freiberg
(from: Talking Machine World No. 11 (of 15 Aug 1915): 67)



William Frederick FREIBERG (recording operator)
dep.: 2 Feb 1918, New York
arr.: .. February 1918, Havana, CUBA
SS “MORRO CASTLE”
“To record original wax sound records for Graphophones” (source: 1918 Passport Application)
Address: 429 Central Ave. Orange, NJ


U.S. WW II Draft Registration Cards (1942)
William Frederick FREIBERG
Mary FREIBERG
90 Sanford St., East Orange, Essex, NJ
born: 23 Dec 1877, New York
employer: Frank L. CAPPS, 244 - W 48th or 49th St. New York


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