Sheldon Dan <sheldan1955@...>

There was a relative that I knew of when I was younger.  Fischel GOLDSTEIN was born in either Pultusk or Przasnysz, Poland.  He may have been born in 1874, according to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, or in 1890, according to his gravestone.

I immediately have a problem, because according to my records his father, Hyman GOLDSTEIN, was born in 1860 and Hyman's first wife Ruchla SEBORER was born in 1864 and died in 1887.  Hyman's second wife Dora NEARMAN was born in 1869.  Hyman's father Moshe SOBOTA died around 1882, but Moshe's brother Yussel SOBOTA was believed to have been born in 1830 and died in 1911, and Hyman's grandfather David SOBOTA was born about 1800.  I have a real problem with the 1874 date, because that would have been inconsistent with the ages of both his father and either of his father's wives.

Ruchla had two daughters, Etta Ryfka (1883-1885) and Fanny (born 1886), who married Isidor DIAMOND.  Dora had six children, Maurice (1891-1967), Lillie (1893-1984), Charles (born 1895), Ida (1897-1984), Kate (1899-1998), and Arthur (1907-1970).  Maurice was born in New York; Lillie was born in Boston; Charles was born in New York; Ida and Kate were born in Memphis; and Arthur was born in New York.  If the 1890 date is correct, Fischel would have been the eldest child of the second marriage.

The 1940 U.S. Census has Fischel listed at the B'nai B'rith Home for the Aged (now the Memphis Jewish Home and Rehabilitation) in Memphis, although he lived in Little Rock, AR, in 1935.  The age on the census form implies he was born about 1875.

I seem to recall that my parents took "Cousin Fischel" to various events.  In his later years he was known as an artist and the Memphis Jewish Community Center had many of his paintings displayed.  Fischel died in 1982 in Memphis.

I would like to reconcile this branch of the family with my records, which might or might not be accurate.  Please let me know if you have any information about this particular family.

Sheldon Dan

Sheldon Dan

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