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GENESSA -- GENEALOGY!
Lady G says "heredity runs in my family."
Lionheart claims to be unable to determine family resemblances, but Lady G, who never met Lionheart's parents, alas, as they passed away before she met Lionheart, can look at pictures of his family and see where he got his ears, his mouth....
Both Lady G and Lionheart have an interest in their personal genealogies and feel slightly lost because there are so few living relatives from previous generations of whom to ask questions. Luckily, Lady G asked a few when the asking was good. In addition, through some genealogical sites (some of which may be listed here) a cousin of whom Lady G previously knew nothing found her and gave her valuable information of which she previously also had no inkling. Fabulous!
Unfortunately the exact tree which was available to Lady G was taken down by its maintainer and she faces the task of reconstructing it. It's a daunting task indeed. If anyone has anything to add to the following (not in tree form), they are welcome to email Lady G with what they've got.
Lady G's parents are Ada Ruth Isenberg Feldman (April 18, 1927, Philadelphia, PA, to January 31, 1997, Boynton Beach, FL) and Jacob Feldman, who had no middle name and was known in adulthood as Jack though called Jake in his youth (March 4, 1924, Paulsboro, NJ, to March 11, 1995, Boynton Beach, FL). (Read about how they met in Lady G's essay, SPECS.) Ada had an older brother, Irvin Isenberg, who was married to and divorced from Cynthia, whose surname I have forgotten. Irvin died in or shortly before 1985, and Cynthia died some time after that. Both deaths were suicides. (You may read a little about Irv, who was quite renowned as a physicist, in connect with the Irvin Isenberg Memorial Lecture created in his honor, and a quick googling of his name will bring up any number of scientific papers authored and coauthored by him.) They had two sons and a daughter, in descending order of age, David, born in 1948 or 1949, Daniel, born in 1951, and Sarah Ann, who married a Feldman, no blood relation to the Feldmans previously mentioned, and who may be divorced now therefrom. David is married; Daniel is married to Tsvia, born in Israel, where they now live (in Michmoret) and they have so many kids Lady G has lost track. Ada died, officially, of complications from a splenectomy, said complications further complicated by polycythemia which had revered itself into leukemia, and systemic lupus erythematosis, the acknowledgement of which would have prevented the doctors from removing her spleen. In fact, though, she died of an overdose of morphine, administered slowly by her own request. You may visit her MEMORIAL.
Jack died of heart failure which could have been prevented; the night before his death, he complained of flu-like symptoms (claiming he was so sick he could die) and was taken to the emergency room, where, although he'd has triple-bypass heart surgery 18 years before, and had limited heart function, and was 71 years old, no EKG was performed. He was told he had the flu and should go home and rest. He went home and died the next day.Ada's father was Jacob Isenberg (also no middle name; what is it about Jacobs?), whose birthdate is in some question. He died in or near West Palm Beach, FL, in 1996 of congestive heart failure, possibly caused by neglect (by his second wife, Hilda Vass). Ada's mother was Jenny Whitman Isenberg. Jacob was 98 or 99 at the time of his death. He was born in Kamanetz Podolsky, Ukraine, in April, and always celebrated his birthday on April 1, later finding out it was some other date in April which lady G, used to celebrating on the first, has now forgotten. His mother was Esther Isenberg Herman, when she was still Elsie Isenberg, which was not her maiden name but her first husband's name. I have mistold the story, including getting names wrong, and defer to my cousin Robert's more accurate version, which you can find HERE, where you will learn how my great-stepgrandfather was a bigamist and my grandfather had 13 siblings. Amazingly, they were raised as one big happy family, Isenbergs and Hermans together, or so Jacob reported.
Jenny (Czarna) Whitman had three sisters, Lena, Ida (Chantze) and Rosie (Rochel). Jacob (Yankl) Isenberg, who had just returned from WWI, was interested in dating one of the sisters, but upon showing up to the Whitman house to ask her out, encountered Jenny instead, and ended up marrying her. Jenny was born in Waslkowitz, Austria (now that town is in Poland!) in 1898, then in 1907 came by ship to Philadelphia, via Liverpool, England, with her mother, Pearl (Tsiporia), two brothers, David (Duvid) and Samuel (Shmuel) and three sisters. (Pearl may well have been known as Celia or Cecilia in the old country; it is possible that "Tsiporia" was "translated" to "Pearl" by an immigration official.) Jenny died of a heart attack at the age of 56 in early 1955. Lena (the only sibling born in America), Ida and Rosie survived their sister, and while Lena moved to Altoona, PA, Ida and Rosie lived together in Philadelphia for the rest of their lives, Ida turning down a marriage proposal in order not to abandon her sister.
Jack Feldman's father was Alec Feldman, an orphan from Ukraine, possibly Cherkassy. Jack's mother was Katie Mogulefsky but had her surname shortened to Mogul at Ellis Island when she emigrated from what may have been Ukraine or may have been Poland at the time but is currently Ukraine, possibly Mogulefsky Podolsky. Alec and Katie had a son, Percy, who, as a child, according to family lore, fell and hit his head, and died. Mollie was born some time between Percy's death and 1921, and Jack was born, as stated above, in 1924. Alec and Katie later divorced. Katie died in early 1955. Alec died of a heart attack (he wore a pacemaker) in the 1970s in Atlantic City, NJ.
Mollie married Frank Brody, who died in the 1960s or 1970s. Mollie died in Boynton Beach, FL, in the summer of 1985, of ovarian cancer..
Ada and Jack had two children, Lady G, born February 27, 1952 in Philadelphia, and Janice Kate, born July 19, 1955, also in Philadelphia. Janice, known after her marriage to Robert Probst in 1979 or 1980 as Katie, bore by Robert one child, Rachel Alexis Probst, born in FL, October 6, 1983, and they adopted Emily Erin Probst, born Umi, in Tokyo, Japan, on June 27, 1989. Emily was taken to the United States to live with her new family within six weeks of her birth, having spent a month in the care of Katie, five-year-old Rachel and Lady G (who then resided in Nagoya) before being allowed to exit Japan, at which time her new father was able to meet her. Emily's mother was a single women in her 30s who did not reveal who the father of the baby was, and had her baby in the care of the Missionary Sisters of Charity in Tokyo before giving her up for adoption.
Lady G has never married nor borne nor adopted children, but is engaged to be married to Lionheart.
Lionheart's history will follow if he can be persuaded to figure it out. Lady G knows that his father was Morton Dearensen Cohen and his mother was Ethel ("Tuni") Ridker Cohen. He knows his father had an older brother, Harry, who died young, albeit as an adult, of leukemia.
There is much, much more and perhaps Lady G will find a way to publish a GEDCOM in a meaningful manner. Meanwhile, her (and Lionheart's) family tree is on GENI.COM, where you probably can't see much or any of it unless you are a member of Geni and also a member of their tree; you may be able to see selected profiles. In addition, there are many family anecdotes among the essays listed ADOPTION RESOURCES.)
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