Re: 2nd Great Grandfather Moshe Mordecai BARNETT found in Kutno, Lodz, Poland #poland

Ellen Barnett Cleary

My great grandfather was Joseph Isaac BARNETT. He was born about 1832 in Golub, Prussia.  A tree my cousin made cited his original surname as Opchitsy. I am sure my cousin wrote it as he heard it. I am told it would have more likely been spelled OSIECKI. 

The family story is that he studied at Oxford and met his wife in England. I can’t substantiate either of those facts. 

I do know that he and his wife sailed together from Liverpool in 1858, landing in New Orleans and settling there. 

His wife was Hannah Pauline GOLDSTEIN. My cousin cites her original surname as KUSHNEVICH. The family story is that her family was persecuted and she went to live with her aunt in England. I have no idea of her aunt’s name or of where in England she lived.  The census indicates that Hannah was born in Russian Poland. 

I also know that Joseph Isaac BARNETT had three sisters—Rebecca, Esther and Mena. I know about Rebecca and Mena’s family. I only know that Esther had two daughters, one of whom was Sarah. 

Ellen Barnett Cleary 
New Orleans LA until Hurricane Katrina 
San Francisco CA

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