How Did I Lose Track of These Photographs?

I was cleaning up some files on my crowded hard drive, and I “discovered” a whole folder of photographs of the Goldschmidt family that had been sent to me by David Baron and Roger Cibella back in December, 2017.  How had I forgotten these? Some of these photographs are of members of the Goldschmidt family I’ve yet to write about and will be posted when I get to those branches (if I don’t forget about them again).

But those below are of the family of Abraham Goldsmith, about whom I’ve written extensively. Julian Reinheimer, my third cousin, once removed, and a direct descendant of Abraham through his daughter Cecelia, also sent me some photographs of Abraham and Cecelia and of some of the family graves in Philadelphia.  I am going to go back and insert these in the original posts about Abraham and his family, but I want to share them in this new post as well.  Thank you to Julian Reinheimer, David Baron, and Roger Cibella for sharing these wonderful photographs with me.

First, two of Abraham himself.

Abraham Goldsmith

Abraham Goldsmith

Then one of his first wife Cecelia Adler, who died in 1874 at age 38:

Cecelia Adler, Abraham Goldsmith’s first wife

This is Abraham’s son Edwin, the inventor, and his family: his wife Jennie Friedberger, older son Henry, daughter Cecile (named for her grandmother, pictured above), and younger son Edwin, Jr. From the ages of the children, I would guess this was taken in about 1910.

Edwin Goldsmith and family

And this is a photograph of Emily Goldsmith Gerson, Abraham and Cecelia’s daughter, who was an author, and who, like her mother, died too young. She was 49 when she died.

Emily Goldsmith Gerson

Finally, photographs of the gravestone for Abraham Goldsmith and those of his two wives, Frances Spanier on the left and Cecelia Adler on the right, as well as their daughter Hilda to the far right.  Behind their shared gravestone you can see the graves of their other children and grandchildren: Rose Goldsmith Stern and her husband Sidney Stern, Cecile Goldsmith Simsohn, and Estelle Goldsmith.

Now I need to go back and add these to my earlier posts.

27 thoughts on “How Did I Lose Track of These Photographs?

  1. These are such beautiful photographic portraits. I have had similar experiences with photos I had ‘stashed’ somewhere surfacing. I laughingly say they show up because the telling of their story was incomplete and they feared I was straying too far from them.
    All my best to you. Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Cathy. I am annoyed that I didn’t remember I had them when I wrote about these people because photos always humanize the stories, but I suppose better late than never!

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  2. I came across your blog and I find it absolutely fascinating! I am just starting out on my exploration of my family history. Using Ancestry and finding a bit of luck I found my genetic father and family in a couple of weeks! I also discovered that I have, in addition to dad, a half-brother, two half-sisters, a first cousin, a second cousin, and a great niece (so far), I have met several of them, and it has been a wonderful experience. Their family name in Pintchuk. I did a little exploring the other day and discovered Gussie Brotman who is an ancestor of someone with the Ancestry profile name of brotmanschlager. I do have a DNA match with this person. Could I possibly be related? Gussie’s date of 1895 to 1975 seem to match. I am still just beginning to learn about my genetic family (yes, I was adopted at birth) so I don’t know how we get from Gussie to me yet.

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    • Thank you! Cecelia died in 1874 when she was only 35, and she looks somewhere between 25 and 35 in this photograph, closer to 35, I’d say. So sometime between 1864 and 1874.


  3. I’m liking Abraham’s facial hair in the younger portrait. It makes me wonder who the style-setters were of that era. Was it a famous politician or stage actor that wore his beard that way and had all the men following suit?

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  4. I love the Edwin Goldsmith and family photo. The entire family is so expressive – and affectionate. Not the serious demeanor you normally see in old photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love the details in these photographs — Abraham’s interesting beard, Cecelia’s hair and necklace (I wonder whose photo or lock of hair is inside), the look of real affection of Jennie’s face as she looks at her husband Edwin, and the lovely flower on Emma’s dress. Is that a detail made of cloth or is it a real flower?

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    • I assume you meant Emily’s dress? I can’t tell even from the original scan before I compressed the photo—too fuzzy! And I love this photos also, especially Jennie’s expression. Thanks for reading, Janice!


  6. Wow, these are beautiful! I don’t know how you forgot them, but similar things have happened to me with genealogy. There are just so many threads and individuals and branches and stuff (literally) coming at me that I can’t keep up!

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