Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ancestor Deep Dive: Shmuel Moshe Rutner--Updated!!

A while back I did a series of deep dives into my direct ancestors.  Until now, I haven't had to update any, but I have so much new information on Shmuel Moshe Rutner that it's time to update his deep dive.  The earlier version of the deep dive is here if you want to compare it to this to see what's new.

Shmuel Moshe Rutner was my great-great grandfather.  He was born in 1855 in the town of Kolodne (also called Darva) which was then in the Austria-Hungarian Empire and is now in Subcarpathian Ukraine.  Or else he was born 1841 in Kolodne, depending on what he told the record takers.
Shmuel Moshe's Self-Registered Birth Record

Shmuel-Moshe self-registered his birth in August 1918, stating that his parents were Mendel and Jitta Farkas Rutner, and that he was born in 1855.  Earlier I had an extract of this record which was brought by his son Adolph/Abraham to America.

Extract from Shmuel Moshe "Mosko" Rutner's birth Record--Extract from 1922, Birth in 1855
However, his second marriage in 1878 says that he was 34 years old, implying a birth year around 1841.  Based on his mother's death record, she would have been about 13 in 1841, on the very young end of what was typical.
Marriage Record, Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Gittel Junger, 1878
Shmeul Moshe was one of at least nine children, all of whom I've only discovered in the past few months.  His siblings included:
  • Leizer, born ~1850; died 1872
  • Wolf, born ~1856; died in the Holocaust
  • Shalom/Salamon, born ~1856; died 1920
  • Chaim Mordechai, born ~1857, died 1920
  • Sara, born ~1864; died 1934
  • Pava, born ~1873; died 1934
  • Malka
  • Pinchas
In my earlier post, I mention that there may have been two Shmuel Moshe Rutners in Kolodne.  It turns out there were two; I posted here about the "other" Shmuel Moshe.

I have the following timeline of Shmuel Moshe's major life events:
  1. Between 1841 & 1855: Shmuel Moshe Rutner is born
  2. Before 1871: Shmuel Moshe Rutner marries Henye Rochel Berger
  3. 1871: Burich Hers is born to Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Henye Rochel Berger
  4. 1874: (Dovid) Eizik is born to Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Henye Rochel Berger
  5. Between 1874-1878: Henye Rochel Berger dies
  6. 1878: Shmuel Moshe marries Gittel Junger
  7. Between 1878-1880: Gittel Junger dies
  8. Around 1880: Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Rochel Fuchs marry (couldn't have been much earlier because of her age)
  9. Before 1881: Shmuel Moshe Rutner & Henye Rochel Berger's son Burich Hers dies
  10. 1881: Boruch Hers is born to Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Rochel Fuchs
  11.  1889-1907: At least five additional children are born to Shmuel Moshe Rutner and Rochel Fuchs: Esther (my great grandmother), Adolph/Abraham, Malka, Mendel and Pava/Pepi.
Shmuel Moshe had a verification of his residence in Kolodne made in the nearby town of (what is now known as) Tiyachev.
Shmuel Moshe Rutner Verification of Residence (including his signature!)
Translation: Village - Kolodna, Ruttner Masko lives in Kolodna, a farmer [agriculture], was born in 1855 in Kolodna, married, has from 1855 attachment\accessory due to the law of #16 from Dec 1886.
This certificate is presented for the purpose of family matters and is valid until 20 Dec 1922.
In Kolodna 20 Dec 1921. Signature - Rutner Maska

As I mentioned earlier, although Shmuel Moshe and Rochel had been religiously married for years (and were already grandparents), they got legally married in 1918:
Shmuel Moshe Rutner & Rochel Fuchs Legal Marriage Registration; 1918
Shmuel Moshe did not live in Kolodne his entire life; the birth records of some of his children had his residence in the adjacent Dulfalva (today's Dulovo), while others were born in Kolodne.

Shmuel Moshe Rutner died on July 7, 1928 in Dulovo.  His death record says that he was a farmer.
Shmuel Moshe Rutner Death Record; 1928
It's amazing how many little pieces of information can be pulled together for someone who never left the Carpathian Mountains (although he lived in both Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia because of border changes).  Hopefully I'll get enough more information to write an update to this update!

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  1. Hi Lara, you always have the most amazing sources and findings. Are the records you show above from JRI-Poland and/or other internet resources, or did you get them another way?

    1. Thanks, Liz! None of this is from internet resources. Some was brought with my great uncle to America; others is from archives.