JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen SELIG from Alsace and Philadelphia, PA #general

Fred Half

I am trying to determine relationships of what looks like two
different SELIG families that are part of my tree. I will list
what I know as fact and hope that someone who has researched this
family can possibly show me some verifiable links.

Moyse SELIG (died in Thuringen, Bavaria on 9 June 1809) was
married to Anne SELIG. They had one son (Seligman SELIG) that I
am certain of. Seligman was born on 13 September 1804 in Thuringen
and died on 11 January 1861 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman
was married to Gertrude UHRY in Ingwiller, Alsace, France on 4
September 1835. Gertrude was the daughter of Samuel UHRY and Dinah
MEYER. Gertrude was born 29 July 1805 in Ingwiller, Alsace, France
and died 16 April 1852 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman and
Gertrude had five children Moise (b 29 March 1837), Samuel (b 2
November 1838 - d 13 February 1839 in Rothbach, Alsace, France),
Eve (b 15 December 1840 in Rothbach, Alsace, France - d 8 January
1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Leopold (b 10 December 1842 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France), and Abraham (b 24 February 1848 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France). Eve was my paternal great grandmother
married to my paternal great grandfather Isaac HALF in
Philadelphia, PA, USA on 8 March 1865. On 15 September 1856 a
Moses SELIG arrives in New York, New York, USA aboard the R. D.
Shepherd >from Harve, France. The age matches per the birth record.
On 5 July 1860 according to the passenger list >from the Ship
Cornelia, Isaac HALF, Eve SELIG, and Leopold SELIG arrived in New
York, New York, USA >from Harve, France. The ages listed on the
manifest do not quite match in all cases (looks like the ages of
Eve and Leopold are reversed maybe on purpose to have the male be
older than the female) but I don't usually use listed ages as
verifiable sources anyway. >from the History of Hocking Valley Ohio,
1883 "He (Isaac HALF) was first employed in the upholstery house
of M. Steinhous in New York City, where he remained until the fall
of 1861 when he came to Athens, Ohio and was employed as a clerk in
the store of I. (Isaac) Selig & Co. The same company in Athens,
Albany, and Logan, Ohio employed him until 1864 when he with L.
(Leopold) Selig purchased the stock of I. Selig & Co. and
established themselves in the mercantile business at Athens under
the firm name of L. Selig & Co. In 1868 M. (Moses) & A. (Abraham)
Selig became associated with them changing the firm name to M.
Selig & Co. The firm dissolved in December 1882. The 1870 US
Federal Census has Isaac HALF and his family living in Athens, OH,
USA. This information is verifiable >from various family
documentation. What is interesting is that Leopold SELIG and
Abraham SELIG are also living there. The 1881 Philadelphia
Directory depicts a company M. Selig and Co. employing Moses,
Leopold, and Abraham SELIG along with Isaac HALF. Isaac HALF and
Abraham SELIG are shown in the directory as living in Ohio. I have
not researched any other Philadelphia Directories.

Isaac SELIG arrived with his wife Agatha and children Emil, George,
Soloman, and Leon in New York City aboard the John Wesley on 9
December 1853. They are living in the 20th Ward in Philadelphia per
the 1860 US Federal Census. There are two more children (Hanna and
Ely) plus an additional person, Moses SELIG. The age for Moses SELIG
matches that the Moses SELIG above. Isaac SELIG and family are
continued to be in Philadelphia as indicated in the 1870 and 1880 US
Federal Census. One additional daughter (Esther) was born about 1863.
A description of a very large and elaborate wedding was in the Athens
Ohio newspaper (Athens Messenger) on 8 March 1877. Abraham SELIG was
married in Philadelphia, PA, USA to Sarah STERN. Members of the bridal
party included brother and sister Hannah and Emil SELIG, and Esther,
Julia, Moses, and Leopold SELIG. It is not clear whether the
aforementioned SELIGs are matches but it seems highly likely. The only
outlier is Julia SELIG. Seligman SELIG married a second time after his
wife died and had a daughter Jutte (which could certainly become
Julia) but I have no information as to her coming to the United States.

If anyone has this family in their research or any information or ideas
as to the connection to the two families please contact me privately.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Fred Half
Palo Alto, CA USA

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