- On the 1850 census, she seems to be the one listed as "Margaret," aged 2, in her mother's household.
On the 1870 census, she has a job as a “domestic servant,” one of four in a household.
According to the 1880 census, she was born in New York, but both her parents were born in Alsace.
According to the 1900 census, she was a widow who had been married for 19 years, had had 9 children, of which 7 were living. Only 6 are listed as living with her at that census.
This is from the 1900 Census, all living at 690 Michigan Ave. in Buffalo:
Emil Zaepfel, head, 54, born in Germany, parents born in Germany; year of citizen ship is 1872.
Mary Zaepfel, wife, 45, born in NY, parents born in Germany
Fries, Victoria, ?head, 51, born in NY, parents born in Germany
Fries, Victor, son, 21
Fries, Walter, son, 18
Fries, Louis, son, 15
Fries, Joseph, son, 13
Fries, Oscar, son, 10
Fries, Blonde?, daughter, 8
Bizantz, Antony E, nephew, 25
Bizantz, Louisa M, sister, 56, and widow, born in NY, parents born in Germany.
Both Victoria Fries and Louisa Bizantz are widows. Who is Emil Zaepfel? The name comes from the part of Germany (Alsace) that Rame and Rusch come from. Since the Zaepfel family has a different number, I assume that Emil Zaepfel is not related to the Rame sisters of Louisa and Victoria, but was just a boarder or friend from back home.
Since “relation to head of household” goes by family number, Antony Bisantz is Victoria Fries’ nephew, and Louisa Bizantz is Victoria’s sister. This matches. Antony Bizantz is Victora Fries’ nephew--her sister Louisa’s son. This is Anthony E. Bizantz III, who would marry Martha Valiquette in 1902, two years away.
In the 1920 census, just she and her son Oscar are living together. Here both of her parents are listed as being born in Bavaria, however, and she is described as speaking German.