Abraham Blumenfeld II, born September 11, 1811, was the first child and older son of Moses Blumenfeld, brother of my 3x-great-grandmother Breine Blumenfeld Katzenstein, making Abraham my first cousin, four times removed, or, in other words, the first cousin of my great-great-grandfather Gerson Katzenstein. As noted in my earlier post, he was a cattle dealer and butcher and was married to Giedel Strauss on February 5, 1840. She was born on June 19, 1815, so was almost 25 when she married Abraham.
Abraham and Giedel had eight children for whom I could find birth records. They were all born in Momberg.
Their first born was Meier, born December 11, 1840:
Then came Baruch (January 29, 1843):
Salomon (March 29, 1845):
Dusschen (June 27, 1847):
Moses, named for his grandfather who died in 1846, was born on December 31, 1849. I will refer to him as Moses Blumenfeld IIA:
Rebecca (March 14, 1852):
Heinemann (October 8, 1854):
And finally, Gelle (July 16, 1857):
Sadly, one of those children, Rebecca, died before her fourth birthday. She died in Momberg on March 3, 1854.
I already have discussed Heinemann Blumenfeld because he married Karoline Katzenstein, one of my Katzenstein from Jesberg cousins, so I need not repeat their stories.
That leaves me with six other children of Abraham II and Giedel who lived to adulthood. In this post I will report on their marriages and then in separate posts to come I will report on their children and other descendants.
Meier Blumenfeld married Sarah Strauss on January 10, 1866, in Amoeneburg, Germany, where Sarah was born on January 21, 1844.1 Sarah was the daughter of Hirsch Strauss, Meier’s uncle (his mother Giedel’s brother), and thus she and Meier were first cousins. Sarah’s mother was Betty Loewenstein.
Meier and Sarah had eight children, one of whom, Martha, died in infancy on April 1, 1881.2
UPDATE: Thank you to Steve Bachenheimer who found a ninth child of Meier and Sarah. Bertha Blumenfeld was born on June 12, 1884, and died nine days later on June 21, 1884. See Bertha Blumenfeld, Gender: weiblich (Female), Birth Date: 12 Jun 1884
Birth Place: Marburg, Hessen (Hesse), Deutschland (Germany), Civil Registration Office: Marburg, Father: Maier Blumenfeld, Mother: Sara Blumenfeld, Certificate Number: 265, Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv; Wiesbaden, Deutschland; Bestand: 915; Laufende Nummer: 5563, Ancestry.com. Hesse, Germany, Births, 1851-1901; Bertha Blumenfeld, Age: 0, Birth Date: abt 1884, Death Date: 21 Jun 1884, Death Place: Marburg, Hessen (Hesse), Deutschland (Germany), Civil Registration Office: Marburg
Father: Maier Blumenfeld, Mother: Sara Blumenfeld, Certificate Number: 192, Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; Bestand: 915; Laufende Nummer: 5664, Ancestry.com. Hesse, Germany, Deaths, 1851-1958
Baruch Blumenfeld married Emma Docter, daughter of Josef Docter and Zerline Wallach, on February 20, 1872, in Neustadt, Germany. Emma was born on February 9, 1848 in Gilserberg, Kirchhain, Germany.3 Her father was a veterinarian.4 Baruch and Emma would have two children.
Salomon Blumenfeld married Emma Bendheim in Auerbach, Germany, on April 18, 1876. She was born in Auerbach on June 19, 1854, to Loeb Bendheim and Carolina Lichtenstein. Salomon and Emma had one child born in 1877, Moritz,5 and then in the 1880s they relocated to Huelva, Spain, where Salomon was known as Emanuel and then Manuel. More on that in a later post.
Abraham and Giedel’s oldest daughter Dusschen married Isaac Strauss, the son of Hirsch Strauss and Betty Loewenstein. Isaac was Dusschen’s first cousin since Hirsch Strauss was the brother of Giedel Strauss, Dusschen’s mother. Also, Isaac was the brother of Sarah Strauss, Dusschen’s brother Meier’s wife. Dusschen and Isaac were married on May 19, 1870, in Amoeneburg. Isaac had been married before to Bettchen Reis and had two children with her before she died shortly after giving birth to their second child (who also died not long after his mother) in 1869.6 Dusschen and Isaac had seven children together.
Moses Blumenfeld IIA married Fanny Bachrach, who was born in Rhina, Germany, on October 30, 1853, to Kallman Bachrach and Jette Klebe.7 They were married on May 20, 1875, in Marburg. Moses IIA and Fanny would have five children.
As noted above, Heinemann Blumenfeld’s marriage and family have already been covered in my earlier discussion of my Katzenstein family.
That brings me to the youngest child of Abraham Blumenfeld II and Giedel Strauss for whom I have records, their daughter Gelle Jettchen Blumenfeld, also known as Caroline. She married Simon Hoexter on November 25, 1882. He was born in Gemuenden, Germany, on August 26, 1852, to Anselm Hoexter and Betty Blumenthal.8 Gelle and Simon had four children.
Abraham Blumenfeld II and his wife Giedel Strauss lived to see all of their children marry and the births of all 28 of their grandchildren. Giedel died on August 12, 1890, in Momberg; she was 75.9 Abraham died ten years later on May 15, 1900; he was 88.10 They are both buried at the Jewish cemetery in Neustadt near Momberg.
The Hebrew side of Giedel’s stone is translated as:
a respected and respected woman,
her husband’s crown and ornament
of their children. Mrs. Gitel, wife of the
Abraham Blumenfeld. she died
on the 26th of Av, and was buried on the 28th of the same
Her soul is part of the bond of life.
The Hebrew side of Abraham’s stone is translated as:
an honest and sincere man, he loved
the truth and was peace-loving:
Abraham, Son of Moses ha-Kohen.
He died on the 6th of Iyyar, and was buried
on the 8th of the same  660
His soul is part of the bond of life,
In the next series of posts, I will tell about the families of the seven children of Abraham II and Giedel who lived to adulthood, starting with their oldest child, Meier, and his descendants.
- Blumenfeld, Sara, geborene Strauß (1912) – Marburg, Alter Jüdischer Friedhof“, in: Jüdische Grabstätten <https://www.lagis-hessen.de/en/subjects/idrec/sn/juf/id/17933> (Stand: 1.8.2020) ↩
Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; Bestand: 915; Laufende Nummer: 5661,
Year Range: 1881, Ancestry.com. Hesse, Germany, Deaths, 1851-1958 ↩
- Arcinsys Archives of Hessen, HHStAW Fonds 365 No 359, p. 8. ↩
- Alfred Schneider, Die Juedischen Familien im ehemaligen Kreise Kirchain, p. 129 ↩
- Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv; Wiesbaden, Deutschland; Signatur: 357, Ancestry.com. Hesse, Germany, Marriages, 1849-1930 ↩
- Trauregister der Juden von Amöneburg 1824-1893 (HHStAW Abt. 365 Nr. 50), p. 11; Arcinsys Archives of Hessen, HHStAW Fonds 365 No 51, p. 8. ↩
- Arcinsys Archives of Hessen, HHStAW Abt. 365 Nr. 687, 49. ↩
- Arcinsys Archives of Hessen, HHStAW Fonds 365 No 351, p. 17. ↩
- Blumenfeld, Giedel geborene Strauß (1890) – Neustadt (bei Marburg)“, in: Jüdische Grabstätten <https://www.lagis-hessen.de/en/subjects/idrec/sn/juf/id/5333> (Stand: 5.6.2012) ↩
- Blumenfeld, Abraham (I) (1900) – Neustadt (bei Marburg)“, in: Jüdische Grabstätten <https://www.lagis-hessen.de/en/subjects/idrec/sn/juf/id/5332> (Stand: 5.6.2012) ↩