I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I thought there were a lot of Rosenzweigs; after all, Gustave had nine children and Tillie had seven. But my great-great-grandparents Jacob and Sarah Cohen had THIRTEEN children, and Jacob’s brother Moses had five more. And they are only the first generation of American Cohens. There are two more to go before I get to my generation, and each generation gets bigger. Fortunately, Jacob’s other siblings did not have children, or I would really be drowning in Cohens.
As is it, I am not sure where to start or how to tell the story of Hart Levy and Rachel Cohen’s grandchildren. Do I keep doing it by decade, jumping from one of those descendants to another? Do I take each one and discuss his or her life separately? Doing it the first way gives me more of an opportunity to see and describe the big picture, but it could make each post very long if I tell the story of all the grandchildren’s lives in a particular decade. Doing it one by one would be simpler, but would mean losing the chance to see overall trends in the family.
I am also still researching each one of these eighteen grandchildren and looking ahead to see how many children each one of them brought into the world. I haven’t even begun to research that generation—the great-grandchildren of Hart and Rachel, many of whom lived far into the 20th century. But I am getting ahead of myself. One thing at a time. First, the children of Jacob and Sarah. Then the children of Moses and Adeline.
Since Jacob and Sarah’s children were born over a twenty year span from Frances (1846) to Abraham (1866), I think it makes sense to take a few of these children at a time in chronological sets. I will do first the four oldest, then the middle five, and then the last four. Some of these people, especially the women, I have not been able to track completely, but amazingly for most of them, I have been able to go from birth to death.
Once I have done Jacob and Sarah’s children, I will turn to the five children of Moses and Adeline Cohen. I am still researching the question of whether or not the DC Cohens were in fact related to the Philadelphia Cohens, but I am operating under the assumption that they were in fact all descendants of Hart and Rachel. I am even having my brother take a DNA test to see if we can make the linkage. Only time will tell, but meanwhile I am going with my hunch that Moses and Jacob were brothers.
So that’s where I am. Thanks for letting me think out loud and get organized. It may take a bit longer to get each of these posts researched and written, so I may be posting a little less frequently. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of the Cohen clan.
If you think my plan makes no sense, let me know. I am more than open to suggestions on how to tell the story.