Re: Katharina {nee WOTTITZ} ZERKOWITZ #austria-czech


This is in response to Celia Male's posted message >from Tuesday, Feb. 27th.
Yes, Katharina WOTTITZ, wife of Leopold ZERKOWITZ, is in my family tree and
a part of my database (which is now nearly at 10,000 names). Here is what
I know about her and her family:

Katharina WOTTITZ, b. c.1795 in Pressburg, Pozsony, Hungary, m. c.1816,
Leopold ZERKOWITZ, b. 1787, Pressburg, son of Jacob ZERKOWITZ, originally
>from Mahr. Weisskirchen, Moravia. [Leopold was a first cousin to my
3-great-grandfather, Nesanel KOHN-ZERKOWITZ (1783-1847) of Trencin.]

Leopold ZERKOWITZ was a brandy dealer. He lived for many years in his
native city of Pressburg, Pozsony Co., Hungary (now Bratislava, Slovakia),
and is listed in the 1828 Jewish census of Varallya (a section of Pressburg)
as "Leop. CZERKOVITZ". According to "Who's Who in Budapest", he moved to
Pest, Hungary in 1829 and was registered as a brandy dealer there in 1837.
His death record states the following: "Leopold ZERKOWITZ, age 58, married,
born in Pressburg, died in Pest (household #225), 9 August 1845".

Leopold and Katharina had four known children:
1. Siegmund ZERKOWITZ, b. Pressburg, 1818, d. in Pest, 1 Oct. 1837, age 19 yrs.
2. Regine ZERKOWITZ, b. Pressburg, c.1820. She m. c.1836, Nathan KANITZ of Pest
3. Anna ["Nina"] ZERKOWITZ, b. Pressburg, 1822. She m. in Pest, 6 May 1841, Herman DIETRICHSTEIN
4. Julius Josef ZERKOWITZ, b. Pressburg, 6 December 1826; went to Vienna (see below)

A few years ago, Wolf-Erich Eckstein sent me the following:

">from a new book about baptized Jews 1782-1868 by Anna Staudacher: Julius
ZERKOWITZ, born Pressburg / Bratislava, 6 Dec. 1826, son of Leopold ZERKOWITZ
and Katharina nee WOTTITZ, changed his name to CZERKOWICZ 12 July 1848, and
was baptized (Catholic) 22 July 1848 in Vienna, church Sankt Leopold. Then his
name became Julius Josef CZERKOWICZ."

I have always meant to try and track descendants of Julius Josef CZERKOWICZ,
but have never gotten to it.

Here are some interesting WOTTITZ entries:

* Baruh WOJTITZ, "merchant >from Pozsony", is listed in "Who's Who in Budapest".
He was registered in Budapest in both 1827 and in 1837. [Because Leopold and
Katharina were also in Budapest as early as 1829, I am guessing that Baruh was
a close relative of Katharina's -- perhaps a father or a brother.]
* Joseph VODITZ [or VEDITZ] is listed in the 1828 census of Varallya, Pozsony
* Isacus WODITZ is listed in the 1828 census of Pozsony [city].

It seems likely that your Leopold WOTTITZ may have been the son or grandson of
one of the above.

Robert Hanscom
Andover, Massachusetts USA


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