Saturday, February 22, 2014

52 Ancestors - #9 - Hortense Kesner Samuel - My Nana

My paternal grandmother, Hortense Kesner was the first daughter of Harry George Kesner and Estelle Byk. She was born in New York on February 22, 1907. Her sister, Constance, was born in 1911. 

The date on the back of this photo says " Feb. 22, 1907" which was Hortense's birthdate.
It's tough to date this but I would say she's anywhere from 5- 10 months old here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

52 Ancestors- #8: Josef Spiegel - Another brick wall!

Josef Spiegel was born on February 2, 1803 in what was then Galacia. His generation is as far back as I have gotten on my mother's maternal line. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

52 Ancestors - #7 - Fannie Woolf Samuel

My second great-grandmother, on my father's side, Francis (Fannie) Woolf was born on January 14, 1862 in New York to Barnett Woolf and the former Kate Cohen. Both her parents came to the United States from England.

In 1870, Fannie was living in Brooklyn with her parents and 6 siblings.
1870 US Cenus