Mother Instead of Father on Gravestone #germany #general


Ralph Baer
 

The gravestone of my great-grandfather Moritz Gunzenhäuser in Memmelsdorf in Unterfranken in Bavaria designates him as the son of his mother instead of the son of his father as is usual. See line 7 of the Hebrew here http://www.steinheim-institut.de/cgi-bin/epidat?id=mmd-99 or the picture of the stone linked near the bottom of that page. This is mentioned in the comments there also.
 
There is no indication on Moritz’s birth, marriage, or death records that he was illegitimate, and I have not been told he was by any of his other descendants. Has anyone seen this before? I have seen many which mention both parents, but none for a legitimate child which only mentions the mother. Can anyone give an explanation? The best I could come up with is that Yitle rhymed with the previous two lines, and that isn’t too good an explanation.
 
I do not need an English translation.
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Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

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