Having told the stories of my four-times great-uncle Meyer Goldschmidt’s two oldest children, Ella and Sarah, I now turn to his oldest son and third child, Jacob Meier Goldschmidt. Jacob was born on October 26, 1824, in Grebenstein, Germany. We saw that Jacob married Jettchen Cahn on July 6, 1853.
Jacob and Jettchen had five children.
Helene Goldschmidt was born on April 4, 1854, in Frankfurt.
Regina Goldschmidt was born July 31, 1855, in Frankfurt.
Julius Goldschmidt was born on March 20, 1858, in Frankfurt.
Mayer Goldschmidt (obviously named for his grandfather and later known as Marcel) was born on July 12, 1860, in Frankfurt.
And finally, Helmina Goldschmidt was born in Frankfurt on October 23, 1863.
But Jacob Meier Goldschmidt did not live to see those five children grow up. He died January 20, 1864, when he was only 39 and his children were all younger than ten years old. Little Helmina was only three months old and never knew her father.
Losing their father at such a young age must have been traumatic for the family. Fortunately, Jacob’s family continued to grow and become his legacy—his five children, twenty-two grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, as we will see.
The rest of this post and the set that follow will focus on his oldest child, Helene Goldschmidt Fuld, and her family.
Helene married Salomon Fuld on January 23, 1874, in Frankfurt.
Salomon was also a Frankfurt native, born there on February 5, 1836, making him nineteen years older than Helene. He was the son of Herz Salomon Fuld and Caroline Schuster and the older brother of Clementine Fuld, wife of Selig Goldschmidt, who was Helene’s uncle, her father Jacob’s brother.
Helene and Salomon had four children, Clementine, Minna, Harry and Hedwig.
Clementine Fuld was born December 3, 1874, in Frankfurt. At first I thought she’d been named for Salomon’s sister, but his sister Clementine was still alive when her niece was born. If the baby was named for her living aunt, that would have been unusual, given Jewish naming patterns. She could have been named for the same deceased relative for whom Clementine I was named. But it seemed to happen a few times in this branch of the family that children were given the names of living relatives. I will refer to Helene and Salomon’s daughter as Clementine Fuld II.
Helene and Salomon’s second daughter Minna Fuld was born on December 13, 1875, in Frankfurt.
Harry Fuld was born on February 3, 1879, in Frankfurt.
And finally, Hedwig Fuld was born in Frankfurt on February 21, 1880.
Then, just as Helene had lost her own father when she was just nine years old, her children lost their father as young children when Salomon Fuld died on May 27, 1882 at the age of 46. Helene was only 28, a widow with four children ranging in age from two year old Hedwig to seven year old Clementine II.
Helene managed to raise those four children on her own, perhaps with the help of her extended family, as we will see in the next post.