MAY ancestors from Alsace #france


Neil Kominsky
 

I am researching the MAY family. Five MAY brothers, Moses, Solomon,
Nathan, Marx and Henry, immigrated to the US in the 1850s and became
prominent wholesale butchers in Brooklyn. I have information that
Moses, the oldest, was born on October 22, 1831 in Strasbourg, though
I can no longer trace the source of that, and Marx, my wife's
GGgrandfather was, according to his obituary, born in "Wolfheim,
Alsace" in 1842. Knowledgeable people have informed me that the name
of the place should be Wolfsheim, but the only such place I can find
is in Western Germany, not Alsace. Did that border move during the
19th century? I have been unable to trace the family back to Alsace.
I am quite sure that the mother of the five brothers must have been
Rebecca, because all five named a daughter Rebecca, but I have no
information on the father's name. I would welcome any thoughts on how
to move the tree back a generation or two. Thanks in advance.
Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA

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