Friday, January 12, 2018

The four sons of Israel


The Gánsls of Mór

An incomplete survey. I've still got a few spares!

PS The ways of blogger are not quite comprehensible. The columns have gone all to pot....

Israel m Judith (alive 1853) Móor
Abraham Hirsch/Hermann (b Mór c 1800; d Buda 12 June 1863) m (1) Eva (2) Karoline Küh 1850 (b Libosovitz 1823; d Mór, 9 November 1882)
Leni m 31 January 1865 Daniel Klein of Acs
Moritz b 1846 (this must be Mor, godfather of Armin, and Dukacz, and Buchler/Kohn) m 14 April 1874 Emma Mandl.
                                    Ottilie Alice 17 February 1876
Rosa 8 January 1877
Friederike b 31 December 1879; d 7 January1880 aged 7 days cramps
Ida b Mór 25 March 1881
Elza b Mór, 26 December 1883
Aladar Gáspár b Mór 8 February 1886 m Adrienne Rust 11 March 1924 Budapest
Julianna Gaspar 1930-2015 m Miklos Marót 1928-2006
Matilde b Mór 1847 m 9 May 1871 Daniel Klein widower of her sister, of Acs (b 1831)
Michael/Miksa b 13 March 1853 m 17 May Karolina Grünfeld (b Kis Falud 1858; d Mor, 4 September 1882)
         Armin b Mór 31 August 1882
Josef (b 1807; before 1883) m Leni Lip(p)man (b Temesvár 1812; d Mór 17 July 1883)
Regi b 1836 m Alexander/Sándor Schlosz (d Mór, 6 September 1894 a 66)
         Juli Schlosz b Mór 8 June 1850 died aged 5?
         Marie b Mór 27 February 1859 m Adolf Weisz of Tata 20 March 1881
         Karoly Schlosz b 1862; m August 27 1893 Luisa Kohn of Csakbereny
         Sarika b 17 June 1894
                     Theresia b Mór 8 September 1862
                     Netti Schlosz b 1867; d 18 July 1868
                     Philipp Schlosz b 17 June 1868; d 22 July 1868
         Israel b 1838
         Rezi/Theresia b 1840 m 1863 Simon Wallner b Inota
         Jakab/Karoly b 1842 m Betti/Babetta Nobel
                  Roza 12 August 1869
                  Ferdinand b Mór, 26 July 1870
                  Juli b ? d 8 November 1876 aged 6
Sandor 16 May 1871; d 27 September 1875
Neszti/Ernesztin b 20 June 1876
Mari b 1 April 1878
Abraham/Adolf b Mór 1844; d Vienna 8 April 1889 m Julie Rosenbaum b Königsberg 1849; d Vienna 5 June 1888
         Ida b Vienna 4 June 1876; d Mór 13 January 1893 a 16
         Gisela b Vienna 26 July 1877
         Rosa b Vienna 21 December 1879
         Josef b Vienna 3 June 1881 m Rudolfine Stojetz
         Max/Miksa b Vienna 30 December 1883
         Fritz b Vienna 30 May 1886
         Marie b 1846 m Karoly Fleischmann (b 1817) of Bank 11
December 1877
         Lazar/Lájos b Mór, 12 June 1853
Isak/Ignaz (b 1813) m Hany Bader 1842 ?she d 31 January 1876 a 55
Heinrich/ Henrik b 1843 m (1) 4 June 1876 Ottilie Rosenthal (d 1 July 1880) (2) Teni Schreiber 1881
                           Richard b 1877 d 18 July 1880
                           Franziska b 19 May 1879
                           Lájos 15 November 1881
Antonia b 1845 m (1) 17 December 1867 Friedrich Reicher of Vásárhely (2) Bertalan Wiener Szekesfehervár 1876 (d 1894)
         Hugo H Vertes (leathermerchant?)
Sophie b 1847 m 4 September 1873 Wilhelm Schwarz of Alba
                  Rezi/Terez b Mór 12 April 1851; d 18 June 1869
                  David Szöke b 23 July 1853 m Gizella Stern
Imre Szöke 13 July 1885
                           Ella Szöke 1 April 1889
                           Endre Szöke 7 May 1892
                  Unnamed child b&d    29 July
Fulop/Phillip (b 1817) m Juliana Schönberger (b 1829; d Mór 21 February 1875)
Betti b 24 December 1851 m 25 March 1873 Sigmund Schönberger of Vienna b Mór 1841
Josef b Mór 30 April 1853
Ida b 6 March 1858

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Books in the blood

I have always, since an early age, been connected with writing and books. My juvenilia were published in the New Zealand press, and even in some Enid Blyton magazine (I forget which), my first slim volume of drama was published when I was seventeenish … which must be about the same age that the work of my poet brother, the now celebrated John Gallas, was unleashed on the world. It was just something we ‘always did’, alongside music, athletics, theatre … I blame our Jewish ancestry.

Well, I took an initial turn towards music and theatre, and notably musical theatre, and was in my late twenties before, thanks to my mentor Ian Bevan, I again began writing seriously. The bulging result can be seen on amazon or Wikipedia.

John has gone from prize to prize and volume to volume, and to the very top of his tree.

 Strange, in a way. None of our immediate family was a writer. Great-grandfather Stojetz penned lengthy ‘Social Democratic’ and ‘Naturfreund’ pieces for the devoted Viennese press, but …

It wasn’t until I dug further into our ancestry that the books in the background started to appear, notably through our great-grandmother’s connection with the famous Rosenbaum publishing and printing family of Vienna.

 But today I found another author, also on the Jewish side of our family, to whom we are related. Admittedly only by marriage. So far, he is only a name to me, but I shall work on it.

Israel Gánsl of Mór, Fejér, Hungary had four sons. Abraham Hirsch otherwise Hermann (1800), Josef (1807), Ignáz (1813) and Fulop (1817). Josef’s grandson, also Josef, was my grandfather. But the big boy of the family was eldest son, Hermann. In the church registers, he can be seen godfathering and circumcising a wide circle of local children. His son, Mór or Moritz also took a prominent place in similar circles, and himself gave birth to five daughters and finally one son, Aladár (1886).

I haven’t yet discovered why, but Aladár changed his name from Gánsl (just as my father did), and called himself Aladár Gáspár, so that his daughter was born Julianna Gáspár (1930). And Julianna married a gentleman named Miklós Marót. Who, unless I have muddled my Miklóses, is the author of the standard guidebook to Budapest.

He is apparently also the father of Edit Tüske, and Ezster Marót and the grandfather of Annamária Adrienn Tüske, who, if they are still around, would be the first living descendants of the Gánsls of Mór, apart from John and myself, whom I have ever tracked down.

Hello, cousins! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sixteen of 'em! A complete set of great-great-grandparents!

Today, brother John and I unearthed (not literally) our final great-grandparent. Yes, we now have a wholly complete set of sixteen. Nobody famous, nobody in any way outstanding, but a selection covering (allowing for changing borders) Hungarian Jewish (one), Romanian Jewish (one) German Jewish (one), Czechoslovakian Jewish (one), Austrian (two), Czechoslovakian (two), and Scottish – oh Scottish! – eight. The whole of our mother’s contribution.

So, here we go. Here they all are. Starting with numbers one and two, the bearers down the years of the Gänzl surname, which, in those days, was spelled Gánsl. Our direct male line. (1) Josef Gánsl, tailor, in the wine-growing village of Mór, Fejér, in Hungary. And (2) his wife Leni, née Lip(p)mann from Temesvár in what is now Romania. The Gánsls were soundly based in Mór and had been for several generations before, I gather, the place was ‘purified’. I’m not sure how Leni got there.

 (3) and (4) are the other Jewish branch. Adam Rosenbaum, variously a ‘Kaufmann’ (merchant) in Königsberg and Eger, later a Papierhändler at Opernring 21, Vienna, later a bankrupt … and his wife, Katharina Schwei(t)zer from what is now Nové Sedlo, Czechoslovakia, who lived to the age of 91. And who produced the prolifically blossoming line of the family with which I identify the most closely, including the famous Brüder Rosenbaum, printers and publishers …

1863. Adam in Eger.
The next pair are Viennese. (5) Josef Stogetz or Stojetz was latterly a ‘Werkführer at the kk National Bank’, and previously a locksmith. Of his wife, (6) Margarethe Böhm, apart from the fact that she bore a plethora of children (of whom only one survived) before her death aged 36, I haven’t yet discovered any further details. But I’m trying.

1856. Josef the locksmith.
And the final European pair are the (nowadays) Czechs. (7) József Baumgartner was from the place now called Zatek, and his wife, (8) Maria König, hailed from I know not where. There is something of a question mark hanging over these two, for they had a four-fold family of their own, but seem to have handed our great-grandmother over for ‘fostering’ by Adalbert Tesar of Vienna. However, said great-grandmother (as Marie Baumgartner-Tesar) confirmed on her wedding certificate that József was her father, and left out reference to her mother. Hmmm. Question mark.

And the sum total of those four couples was our father.

And mother? Well, when our parents’ DNA came to us we nodded sagely at Father’s. A big blob in central Europe.

 But were amazed at the diversity in Mother’s! Because to our knowledge, in the last three centuries, nearly everybody on every side of her ancestry belonged to Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Angus. Rattray, Ballintuim, St Vigeans, Scone, Blairgowrie … In the 17th century one ancestor was running the Black Bull Tavern in Dyce. How does one get more Caledonian?

Vikings, Arabs ... what is this?

First come the Welsh or Welch family, (9) Robert and his wife (10) Mary née Taylor. Solidly Scone, and solidly into the tailoring business. For generations. My grandfather’s brother (who was a plumber) lived in the family house at 15 Queen’s Rd, Scone, right up to his death in 1961. Maybe there are Welshes there still!

Number 15 is second from the right
They married into the Hudgston (spelt multiple ways) family. (11) David Hudgston (‘heckling machine foreman’) hailed from West Mill Wynd in St Vigeans, and he and his wife (12) Jane Steel née Cramond from Arbroath are my next pair. Yes, our family was heavily into flax and jute, as was a large part of the population of the area. Some made it to foreman or mechanic, some spun, some heckled, but it was flax and its products all the way.

St Vigeans churchyard
East Mill Wynd, St Vigeans

(13) Andrew Anderson was the last Great-great-Grandparent whom we tracked down. Because someone either lied, or he spent much of his life in France. No, not living it up, but working as – yes -- a flax-spinner in a jute mill. But we dug up his son’s Glasgow marriage certificate which revealed his identity and that of his late wife, (14) Ann. We won’t be pursuing her family, because she was surnamed Smith. Which makes it sound as if he were wed at home.

Kirkmichael Hotel
And finally there were the Morrisons. Linen-warper (15) Alexander, of Kirkmichael and his wife Margaret Howe née McGregor of Rattray. I knew we had to have a Mc in there somewhere. Grandma always told us that our clan was the McGregor and mother even confectioned us shirts in the clan tartan. But it never seemed quite right to me. I’m afraid that, in that way, I am my father’s son. Golden-haired John inherited most of the Scots heritage, black and dramatic Kurt the Jewish. Of course, now neither of us has hair at all.

So, there we are, a complete set, at last. The satisfaction of a stamp collector reigns. Well, it may not be a bundle to set the Maitai River on fire, but it is kind of fun to know about one’s background, of all the elements that came together to result in Kurt Gänzl and John Gallas …