The PADAWER Kohen branch of my friend appears suspiciously similar
to Dan Rottenberg's "Finding Our Fathers" book's description of the
"French family whose name is derived >from Padua, Italy,
its original home. The family later migrated to Poland
before moving to France."
She is the daughter of an attorney who was expert at indemnification
who lived in Strasbourg named SCHENKEL who is recently departed.
She's only two generations French but she did talk of PADAWER
relatives having moved to Polish Galicia. She said that the family
in Italy lived in Padua and was descended >from the MaHaRaM MiPadua.
She said that her mother's father's name was Yisrael Chayim PADAWER
born in Galicia and that his father's name was Shmuel Moshe HaCohen.
Were Shmuel Moshe HaCohen and his wife Paduans still? >from her
branch came PADAWERs in Polish Galicia near Cracow, in "Denbitz and
Kol Buchova" she says.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.