Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Man With Two Last Names: Kaufman Kaufman

This week, my nieces have been hounding me for "family tree stories." One they really enjoyed was about Kaufman Kaufman, the brother of their 4th great grandmother (Amelia Kaufman Schwerin).
1860 United States Census; Baltimore, MD, Kaufman family (Kaufman Kaufman on line 24)



Monday, April 6, 2015

We Were Slaves--But Became Slaveowners

It is currently Passover, the holiday on which Jews commemorate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. As the Jewish population in the southern United States pre-1865 was minuscule, most American Jews do not have slave-owning ancestors. All of my ancestors came to the U.S. in the 20th century, so I never had to worry about finding out about their slave-owning past.  But then I started working on my nieces' and nephews' trees.

Three of my nieces have one branch of their family who have been in the United States for a very very long time, particular for Jews and particularly for a family who has kept its Jewish identity for so long. Their 6th great grandparents were Jacob and Judith Alberto Suares.

Jacob was born about 1754 in CuraƧao and arrived in the United States about 1790. Judith was born about 1769 in the West Indies.  The couple lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where Jacob was a Rabbi and had at least 10 children, with the youngest Caroline (later Schwerin) born after Jacob's 1818 death.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Where Are My Samovars????

I've posted about the first pages in an 1899 court document regarding my Tolchinsky family hereherehere, here and here.  Gersh Tolchinsky (half brother of my great-great grandfather Hillel) had debts, and his family's samovars were taken to pay those debts--however the family entered an 1897 document into evidence to show that Gersh did not own the samovars and in fact had signed them and other property over to his mother and two of his siblings in 1897 for 48 rubles.

Here's the final summary & outcome of the case.
 Translation:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You've Been Served

I've posted about the first pages in an 1899 court document regarding my Tolchinsky family hereherehere and here .  Gersh Tolchinsky (half brother of my great-great grandfather Hillel) had debts, and his family's samovars were taken to pay those debts--however the family entered an 1897 document into evidence to show that Gersh did not own the samovars and in fact had signed them and other property over to his mother and two of his siblings in 1897 for 48 rubles.
Summons for the Tolchinskys to Appear in Court; 1899
Parties were summoned to court.

Translation:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

There Goes the Inheritance

I've posted about the first pages in an 1899 court document regarding my Tolchinsky family herehere and here.  Gersh Tolchinsky (half brother of my great-great grandfather Hillel) had debts, and his family's samovars were taken to pay those debts--however the family entered an 1897 document into evidence to show that Gersh did not own the samovars and in fact had signed them and other property over to his mother and two of his siblings in 1897 for 48 rubles.  This is the second half of that 1897 document.
Gersh Tolchinsky Inheritance Relinquishment; 1897; Nezhin, Russian Empire

Translation below:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CSI: Nezhin

I've posted about the first pages in an 1899 court document regarding my Tolchinsky family here and here.  Gersh Tolchinsky (half brother of my great-great grandfather Hillel) had debts, and his family's samovars were taken to pay those debts--however this document was entered into evidence to show that Gersh did not own the samovars.
Tolchinsky Court Case Evidence Page 1, 1897
Translation:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Law and Order: Pale of Settlement

My last post introduced a court case that my Tolchinsky family was involved with in 1899.  The saga continues below. (Thanks to Mark Halpern for the title!)
Tolchinsky Court Document; 1899; Nezhin
Translation as follows: