BR(A)UNSTEIN GENEALOGICAL FRAGMENTS
Louis Kessler's Family Research and Unsolved Mysteries.
Moise and Ruhleia Braunstein.
Rivenu and Adasia Braunstein.
Marcu "Mordechai" and Esther Braunstein.
Moise Yitzhak Braunstein (1802 -1885) … Ruhleia (maiden name unknown, 1825 - after 1885) had at least two children: Rivenu and Marcu.
Rivenu Braunstein (1852 - 1908?) … Adasia Meraru (1861 - 1908?);
Marcu "Mordechai" Braunstein (1872 - 1933) … Esther Hechter (1878 - 1940).
Rivenu and Adasia left Romania for Turkey in the early 1900's, to escape some of the anti-semitic movement that was then taking place. They settled in a
Jewish farm colony at Eskisehir. They went with their eight children that were not yet married: Louis, Molly (David), Annette (Isovitz), Marie (Siegall), Rose
(Perlow Lieberman), Dave, Rachelle (Kieves), and Sarah (Buium), and also with the Kieves family who were close friends. Their oldest child, Becky (Finger)
had previously married and moved to Paris, France.
Marcu instead went with his family in April 1902 to Canada, settling in Lipton, Saskatchewan where he opened and ran a general store. Their store burned
down in the 1920's. The family then moved to Lorlie Saskatchewan and ran the store there. Marcu and Esther had three children: Max, Morris, and Rebecca
After Rivenu and Adasia died, 7 of their children left for America to join their uncle Marcu in Lipton. They arrived at Ellis Island in New York around 1911.
Louis, Molly, Dave, and Sarah made it to Lipton Saskatchewan.
Annette, Marie, and Rose were detained in Ellis Island for 6 months, possibly with the measles. After 6 months, the three girls went to Chicago.
Rachelle, who married in Turkey, stayed there with her husband. When she passed away in the 1920's, her husband and children went to Saskatchewan.
My research has identified over 300 kin-folk of Rivenu and Marcu.
Braunstein - Unsolved Mysteries
Rivenu and Marcu were said to be brothers, but my current information indicates that they were about 20 years apart in age, and Marcu's mother would have
been 47 years old when he was born, which seems quite unlikely. I suppose it is possible that Marcu was Rivenu's nephew.
The city of Eskisehir in Turkey is of much interest to me. It is where some of the family resided for several decades in the early 1900's. Eskisehir is a large city,
but supposedly the family was in a Jewish farm colony from there. Most Jewish genealogical resources concentrate on the Jewish settlements of Eastern
Europe. I have so far found very little about Turkish settlements. I would love to eventually do an in-depth study of the Jewish settlement at Eskisehir.
The Ellis Island story seems fascinating to me. The girls may have been detained because they were sick with the measles, or there may have been some other
reason. The question I have is what really happened at Ellis Island with this family? I eagerly await for the Ellis Island records to be made accessible on the
Internet to help with this.
The Kieves family, although not directly related to me, seem to be an important clue to my Braunstein's family background. The Braunstein and Kieves
families were apparently very close. They lived near to each other in Turkey, and possibly may have also known each other in Romania (although I have been
unable to confirm this). My grandfather, Louis Braunstein, supposedly set up his sister Rachelle with Moses Kieves, and they soon married. There were 4
Kieves brothers - two came to Canada (Moses to Winnipeg, George to the Sonnenfeld colony in Saskatchewan), Philip went to New York, another brother went
to Brazil, and a sister went to Paris France.
It is possible that Becky, the oldest Braunstein, may have gone to Paris France either with the Kieves sister, or one may have gone to join the other. This would
be a very interesting story to pursue.
Extracted from: http://www.lkessler.com/myfamily.shtml
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Brunstein … Rolnick
… Elaine Leah Rolnick
* San Francisco CA 8-9-1961 …
† Martin County CA 14-5-1984 Kathleen Meehan
Extracted from: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/4443/g308.html
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