Noah, shochet, Poland, born c. 1861,
- Subject: Stern and Danzig Families
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 20:04:54 EST
According to sparse family records and oral heritage, my great-grandfather
Noah Stern was a shochet from Poland, born c. 1861, who married
Sarah-Shoshana Danzig in her native Lithuania in the late 1880s, fathered two
daughters, and left for South Africa. He became a trader in Francistown (now
Botswana). When his wife and children came to join him around 1890-91, she
died on the train journey somewhere in South Africa, apparently after having
stopped to visit her brother, who was a lawyer living between Cape Town and
Johannesburg. Noah was eventually reunited with the children, who lived in
southern Africa until they were about 17 years old, at which age they chose
to stay in England when he brought them there on provisioning trips. (The
daughters' descendants live mainly in the UK or US. Some appear in Chaim
Freedman's book on the Vilna Gaon.) Noah himself remarried, fathered other
children, and died in Port Elizabeth in 1947.
I would appreciate any additional information that anyone may be able to give
me on Noah and his Stern descendants, or on South African Danzigs who may be
related to Sarah-Shoshana through her brother. I would also appreciate any
guidance on the most effective ways to locate official documentation for Noah
and Sarah-Shoshana. I have looked at the SASIG resource guides on-line, so I
could probably figure it all out, but I would appreciate it very much if
someone could be kind enough to steer me in the right direction.
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