Margolioth/Margulies rabbinic family from Galicia #galicia #rabbinic


Dan Rottenberg
 

I’ve been trying for years to connect my Margulies relatives from Zbaraz, Galicia (now Ukraine) to the rabbinic Margolioth dynasty, also of Galicia..
Two of my Margulies relatives told me years ago that the family was descended from rabbis. Also, R. Meir Wunder of Jerusalem, the authority on Galician rabbinical genealogies, once told me himself that everyone from eastern Galicia named Margolioth/Margulies is related. Thanks to Gesher Galicia's database, now I think I see a possible connection.
The house in Zbarazh (#131) where my Margulies relatives lived for several generations housed among others a Joseph Margulies, who died in Zbarazh in 1828 at the age of 70. On that basis, as well as naming patterns in subsequent generations, I have concluded that this Joseph Margulies was my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.
Now I have reason to speculate that this Joseph Margulies may be identical to someone on the Margolioth rabbinic tree: Yosef b’Alexander Sender Margaliot.
Yosef's father Alexander Sender Margolioth (1730-1802) is known to have served at some point as rabbi in Zbaraz, having succeeded his father in law Zvi Hirsch (surname unknown); and Alexander’s son Mordecai Margolioth (1752-1818) was also at some point rabbi of Zbaraz. So the Margaliot dynasty did have a presence in Zbaraz in the 18th Century, about the time that my Joseph Margulies (1758-1928) was born.
Here’s my question: Can anyone tell me more about Yosef b’Alexander Sender Margolioth? 
(Yosef's name does not appear in Neil Rosenstein’s The Unbroken Chain. But it does appear on a chart provided to me in 2005 by Dr. Yehuda Klausner of Jerusalem. It also appears on a tree chart by Randy Schoenberg on geni.com)
Thanks to anyone who can provide help or insight you can provide. This could be a big breakthrough for me.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA
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