Name "Sender" as given name and 18th century research on BILLSTEIN family #germany


Janet Akaha <Akaha@...>
 

I am basically asking how I can use specific given names and family
naming patterns to break through the brick wall I encounter when I
get back to my GGG grandfather Alexander ben Moses who was born
around 1770, probably in Hesse-Darmstadt. He was living in
Rulfenrod, Hesse-Darmstadt by 1800 where his seven children were
born. There was only one other family living in this small hamlet.
According to family legend, our name came >from a nearby mountain (or
rather a hill). I have been doing genealogy for about 12 years, and
Alexander and his offspring appear to be the ONLY Jewish BILLSTEIN
line. That tells me that IF he had siblings, they chose a different surname.

In an effort to find his family, I have researched the lines that
connect to my family. I have very detailed trees for SPIER, HEXTER/
HOECHSTER/HOEXTER, BACH(A)RACH, WERTHEIM, FROEHLICH, SCHEUER &
SONDHEIM(ER). They are all >from the Hesse-Darmstadt and Cassel
area. However, I have just noticed that some of my Billstein given
names do not appear in these families. The three names that I have
been looking for are Baruch, Sender (This was the actual name on the
birth certificate, so I don't know if it is a nick name for Alexander
or perhaps related to Sender as a surname??) and Alexander.
Can anyone tell me the origin of this name?

Hopefully this will clarify some of the above information:
Moses ??? b. ca 1750
..... Alexander ben Moses b. ca 1775 unknown location, but probably
Hesse-Darmstadt
..........married: Sara ???
....................Baruch BILLSTEIN b. ca 1800 Rulfenrod, Hesse-
Darmstadt
.................... married: Beile WERTHEIM b. ca 1806 (marriage
record states father is Hirsch
............................... >from Wehrda)
..................................... Sender BILLSTEIN b. 1839
Rulfrenrod
..................................... Other children:Yetta HEXTER,
Rosa SCHEUER, Betty KAPPENBERG,
..................................... Hirsch, Theresa, Gintel,
Sender, Saleman, Selig, Ester JOSEPH
......................................Moses BILLSTEIN b. 1846
Rulfenrod (my line)
....................................... married: Esther SIM(P)SO(H)
N b. 1855 Philadelphia
....................................... (Esther's maternal aunt is
Caroline BLUM who married
Meyer ........................................FLEISHER, mentioned
below as nephew of Alexander
(Sender) ........................................LEBRECHT of
Memmelsdorf. The BLUMs were >from
Kleinsteinach, ........................................Bavaria.
Esther's father was >from Kirch-Brombach, Odenwald).
.................... Lippman BILLSTEIN, Moses BILLSTEIN, Simon
BILLSTEIN, Sprinz MAYER,
.................... Beile FROEHLICH, & Geatil STERN

I have already tried plugging names into the [name of commercial
genealogy website deleted by Moderator] search engine
and my own "find anything" search with my Reunion genealogy program,
which can search by all sorts of criteria. My database includes
more than 35,000 names and I only had another "Sender" in one
instance. This is for an Alexander (Sender) Lebrecht of
Memmelsdorf, Bavaria b. ca 1778. His nephew Meyer Fleisher married a
sister of my Great great grandmother (not >from the same line as
Sender) Mary Blum of Kleinsteinach, Bavaria. Searching for
"Alexander" in my database I noticed that my Alexander was the only Alexander
I had born between 1700 and 1830 in Prussia.

Yesterday I went through the name index for Nathan Reiss's recent
book which includes thousands of individuals, and there were only a
couple of Alexanders, no Senders and a maybe 10 Baruchs. My
conclusion was that this name is not very popular in Hesse and maybe
my Alexander Billstein came to Rulfenrod >from some other part of Germany.

Unfortunately Family Tree of the Jewish People doesn't allow a search
by first name only. Are there any other databases that I could use?
If anyone else out there has a database rich in individuals >from
Hesse-Darmstadt or Bavaria born between 1700 and 1850, I would be
very appreciative if you could search for families that have some of
my given names. Any research suggestions would be very appreciated.

I would be glad to share my information on any of these families.

Janet Billstein Akaha Salinas, Calif. USA

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