19th Century Hungarian Matching Making #hungary
Looking for resources that describe matchmaking practices among non-Chassidic families during the mid-19th century. In particular, wondering how matches were made between families living at a considerable distance from one another. Examples include my paternatl great-grandfather Miksa NEUMANN (born avt 1842) from the Szobranczi district of Ung and his bride Ottilie POLACSEK (born 1844) from Hunfalva (Hunsdorf) in Szepes megye. She came from two prominent families (her mother was a SPITZ) that had immigrated from Moravia in the mid-18th century and was the oldest daughter. Miksa was the only surviving son. His father Viktor died in 1845 and by the time they married in June 1863 he may have already owned a shop in Szobrancz.
Another puzzling long-distance shidduch was between a young lady from Szinever, Maramaros, and a gentleman from Homonna, Zemplen. My maternal grandparents, who married in the late 19th century, were from the eastern part of Szatmar megye and Maramarossziget. That one seems more plausible because her BERKOVICS family in Avasujaros may well have heard of his KAHAN dynasty from Sziget but it was still an ardous journey over the Carpathian between their places of birth.
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov.
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia
Vivian, I happened to come across two details in your discussion which might have a connection to my family. My Grandfather, Anton Lanye, was born in Nagyvarad, Hungary in 1890. His mother’s name was Serena Grosz (married name: Loevinger). Is there a chance your Grosz family is related?
Andrea Gilles Briggs
Beverly Hills, MI U.S.A.
I , too have arranged marriages in my family. My grandfather, Joseph Gottlieb of Mad, Hungary was matched with my grandmother, Louise Billitzer, Of Szerencs, Hungary by both fathers.
Rabbi Mier Gottlieb of Mad, Hungary and Rabbi Amram Yisha Billitzer of Szerencs.
Also my aunt Viola Gottlieb , also of Mad, Hungary matched with Armin Hershkovitz of Humenne. Czechlosovakia (now Slovakia).
This is the way my Orthodox family lived.