I am new to this discussion group but already I have learned valuable
information >from this group. I wanted to post the family I am researching.
They are the Raphael (b. 1815, do. bet. 1880 - 1900) and Rachel (b. 1818,
Bavaria; do. 11/12/1867)Walter family >from Baltimore, MD. Raphael came from
Uhlfeld, August 8, 1837, with whom I believe was his mother,
Sophia. He married Rachel (maiden name unknown) around 1840 in Baltimore,
MD. There children were: Abraham (b. 1842), Lewis (b. 1844), Moses R. (b.
1848 d. 1918?), Joseph (b. 1850), Henrietta (m. Alexander Frank, b. 1852, d.
1905), Gilbert R. (b. 1856) and William (b. 1858). I believe the family
were members of either the Oheb Shalom or the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Their son, Moses R. Walter, was a lawyer and very active in the Baltimore
Hebrew Congregation. Their daughter, Henrietta, and her family are in the
FTJP but nothing is known of her parents and I have contacted the
contributors of her tree.
The reason I am researching this family is because Rachel made two
exceptional Baltimore Album quilts. One, which was made in honor of the
Mexican War, which now resides at the Maryland Historical Society and the
other is at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Mexican War quilt is in very
bad condition and has deteriorated and cannot be displayed any longer. I am
duplicating this quilt as a way of preserving it for future generations.
Rachel's quilt has a large following of those of us in the quilt world but
nothing was known of her life. In fact, the Maryland Historical Society has
her name as Rachel Meyer, which is incorrect. It was definitely Rachel
Walter. I would like to learn as much about her life as possible. She was
a very artistic and creative women and I feel her story should be preserve
and told along with her quilts. I am not of the Jewish faith but I am
extremely interested in the group of Jewish German immigrants who came to
Baltimore in the mid-19th century. Their contributions and the impact they
had on Baltimore is still present today. Any help would be greatly
appreciated as I am not familiar with Jewish genealogy. This is a new area
for me and I am reading everything I can get my hands on. I do have one
question, are Jewish vital records kept separately >from state vital records?
If so, where are they kept?