Michael and Abrahams Families
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The Michael and Abrahams families were from Wrzesnia, Poland (German spelling is Wreschen). Solomon Michael and Esther Abrahams were the parents of Bernard Michael. The Bebarfald family is another Wreschen family related to the Michaels through the marriages of two Bebarfald sons to two of Solomon Michael's daughters.
Solomon Michael, son of Pincus and Rebecca Michael, emigrated to NY in the early 1850s. He was a tailor in New York, at 9 Peck Slip (adjacent to today's South Street Seaport). He married Esther Abrahams before 1854. His son Bernard owned a printing business that printed programs and tickets for the Metropolitan Opera.
Solomon had 4 brothers and sisters, all of whom were born in Prussia and lived in New York. Louis (1839-1901) and Abraham (abt. 1850-aft.1910) were tailors and in business together. Louis lived (and married) in California before settling in New York by 1966. Louis' first child Rebecca was born in California abt. 1865 (according to the 1870 census). Sarah (abt. 1827-1903) married Mendel Kempe, a tailor from Prussia. Hannah married Louis Corn or Cohn, a tailor from Poland/Russia.
I have been particularly interested in tracing Solomon's siblings because I thought that their father Pincus might have resided with one of them at the time of the 1880 census.
Pincus was born in 1799 or 1809, according to various sources, and may be found in the 1870 census living in New York with son Louis. He was buried at Salem Fields Cemetery (Solomon Michael's plot) on September 27, 1892. I am still looking for his death certificate and listings in other censuses or directories. He was probably in the U.S. in 1880 but I have not found him. I have not found evidence that his wife Rebecca ever came to the U.S.
Solomon Michael's 1894 death certificate
Esther Abrahams Michael's 1898 death certificate
Bernard Michael's 1907 death certificate
The Michaels were religious Jews; Aunt Dot called them ultra-Orthodox.
I have found what appears to be the ship's passenger list for the Abrahams family to New York. If so, Esther Abrahams and Ernestine Abrahamczyk were the same person.
Samuel Abrahams was apparently also a tailor.
Hamburg to New York
4 May 1850
65 Samuel Abrahamczyk 50 man tailor Wreschen New York 3
66 Pauline Abrahamczyk 22 girl seamstress Wreschen New York
67 Hanna Abrahamczyk 19 girl seamstress Wreschen New York
68 Ernestine Abrahamczyk 17 girl seamstress Wreschen New York
69 Louis Abrahamczyk 16 boy clerk Wreschen New York
70 Isao Abrahamczyk 10 boy clerk Wreschen New York
71 Roschen Abrahamczyk * 7 girl seamstress Wreschen New York
72 Johanna Abrahamczyk 5 girl Wreschen New York
1866 death certificate for Samuel Abrahams
Children and Grandchildren of Solomon Michael and Esther Abrahams
Annie Hamerschlag and Bernard Michael's marriage documents
Opera Programs printed by Bernard Michael and Royal Hamerschlag
Dorothea Michael's autobiography (with many pictures and information about the Hamerschlag and Michael families)
Marriage Certificate of Edith Michael and Samuel Buyer
Edith's Clippings and Documents
Buyer, Stier, and Related Families
Research is continuing and some information in this site is unproven.
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