Re: Trebon and the Abraham Stern family - some perplexities #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Paul King >from Israel writes: "Celia's findings indicate that there
are at least two locations in Bohemia called Trebon: one is in the
Tabor Kreis and one is in the Budweiser Kreis."

The discussion below refers to the published volumes of the 1793
census of Bohemia:

Just to clarify: I *did not* say that there were two Trebon in Bohemia.
What I *did say* was that I only knew >from a general map of Bohemia
appproximately where Trebon: I was not sure of the Kreis; so at first
I looked into Vol III - the census of Tabor Kreis - and in the index
I found one reference to Trebon. When I turned to page 333, I found
*Schloss Neuhaus* and a whole listing for the the STERN family of Schloss
Neuhaus, including the adult children who were not living there at the
census date. This is rather unusual. Amongst this listing was Abraham
STERN married and deceased in Wittingau [Trebon]. There is no extensive
listing of his family. He is just named as one of the children of Elias
STERN of Schloss Neuhaus, Tabor Kreis.

Then I looked at the nearby Budweiser Kreis and found *Trebon*, for that
is *where* it is located. Abraham and family are listed in full, there in
Vol 1, p 260. I noted that there is no wife mentioned* - just eight children
and a retinue of servants.

However if you had picked Trebon in the Budweiser Kreis to start with - as
you should have done, if your geographic kreis knowledge was perfect - and
not looked further, you would *never have found* the STERN family in Neuhaus
as there is no cross reference to this family in Volume 1. The cross-reference
exists in Volume III only!

Hence one has to look through all the volumes of the census - and that means
16 indices so far, which is very tedious. Oh, for a cumulative index/searchable
index database for the 1793 census.

Re Neuhaus - Jindrichuv Hradec, Tabor Kreis - the STERN family were the only
Jewish family in Schloss Neuhaus - they were distillers and presumably the
distillery was situated in the castle grounds of Count Czernin; this castle
is listed as the third largest in the Czech Republic.

There were however 10 families in Stadt Neuhaus listed in the 1793 census.
These families were also rather wealthy and I will write about them at a
later stage and their migration to Vienna.

Wool and tobacco appeared to be a primary trade for the Jews of that area.
My thanks, as always, to SIG member, Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein NYC who
pointed me to this interesting website:

http://www.rozmberk.org/English/index.html

The project on the Jewish sites of Neuhaus has sadly ceased.

Celia Male [U.K.]

Footnote:

*Thomas Fuerth today tells us that Rosina, the widow of Abraham [died
1792] herself died in 1793 - so she may have just died when the census
was taken early in that year. Thomas also tells us that there were 11
children between the ages of 26 and 4, so perhaps the three oldest girls
had already left home and married at the date of the census as the first
and second-born sons were living at the parental home - unmarried.

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