Tuesday, March 11, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #10; Fannie Edelstein; From Austria to NYC


This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.”

I have decided to begin with my grandparents and to work back through the generations. Here is one of my great grandparents.



Fannie Edelstein Gartner

Oct 1860 Austria – 28 February 1908 NY
My Great Grandmother

I’d love to tell an endearing story about my great grandmother, a woman born in Austria/Hungry who died when my grandfather was a young man. However, I know almost nothing about this ancestor. I do know that my grandfather kept her picture (above) on top of his dresser and it has been handed down to me.

On 24 March 1878 Fanny Edelstein married Leopold Gartner, son of Marcus S Gartner and Laura Harrn.[1] In 1880 they were living at 59 Pitt Street, New York City. Leopold was a tailor. They had one daughter.[2] In 1900 the family was in Manhattan. Fanny was the mother of 2 daughters and 3 sons.[3]

Between the 1900 US census & the 1905 NYS census, Leopold changed his surname from Gartner to Gardner. Leopold was still a tailor while Fanny did house work. Three of the children were employed: Florence, 20, was a clerk; Nathaniel, 19, was a telegrapher; Moses, 17, was also a telegrapher. Albert, 15 was at school. The youngest daughter is not listed.[4]

Fannie was probably a big part of the day on 27 January 1907 when her oldest daughter, Florence, married Frank Samuel Weissberg, son of Morris & Rose Weissberg. She may have seen her oldest grandchild, Milton S Weissberg, born 27 December 1907 in Buffalo, NY. However, Fannie died soon after that. She died 28 February 1908. She is buried in Washington Cemetery, Kings, NY.[5]


Fannie, Leopold & Family:

1 Leopold Gartner b: Apr 1860 Austria, d: 13 Jun 1948 Buffalo, Erie, NY
... + Fannie Edelstein b: Oct 1860 Austria, m: 24 Mar 1878 Manhattan, NY, d: 28 Feb 1908 NY
......2 Florence Gartner b: May 1879 NY d: 19 Feb 1954 Buffalo, Erie, NY
...... + Frank Samuel Weissberg b: 26 Oct 1878 Austria, m: 27 Jan 1907 Manhattan, NY, d: 17 Dec 1940 Buffalo, Erie, NY
.........3 Milton Sydney Weisberg b: 27 Dec 1907 Buffalo, Erie, NY, d: 7 Oct 1987 Buffalo, NY
......... + Anne Bloom b: 29 Jan 1912 Buffalo, Erie, NY, m: 26 Dec 1937 Buffalo, Erie, NY
.........3 Francis Weisberg b: 02 Feb 1915 Buffalo, Erie, NY
......2 Nathaniel J. Gardner b: 21 Jul 1882 NY, d: 7 Dec 1944 Germantown, Columbia, NY
...... + Helen F Coyle b: 9 Jan 1897 NY, m: 9 May 1921 Manhattan, NY d: 13 Oct 1965 NY
.........3 Alberta Joy Gardner b: 26 Mar 1928 Bronx, Bronx, NY, d: 10 Aug 1992 Albany, NY
......... + Delbert K Brown b: 27 Jul 1928 Wayne, OH, m: 8 Aug 1948 NY, d: 24 Oct 2000, NY
......2 Arthur Moses Gartner b: 15 Jun 1884 NY, d: Aft. 1948
...... + Frances
......2 Albert Gartner b: 11 Dec 1888, d: Abt. 1921
......2 Anna Gartner b: Nov 1891, d: Aft. 1940
...... + Benjamin H. Bearman b: Abt. 1882

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[1] Marriage Record for Leopold Gartner and Fanny Edelstein, 24 March 1878, Manhattan, New York, New York Marriages 1686 - 1980, Microfilm #1562246, Family Search.org.
[2] 1880 US Census,New York,  New York City; Vol.50, E.D. 143, Sheet 36; Line 44; New York State Library, Albany, NY, Microfilm Box #69; Leopold Gartner at 59 Pitt Street;  Leopold Gartner Family at 59 Pitt Street, NYC.
[3] 1900 US Census, New York,  Manhattan; Vol.169, E.D. 804, Sheet 16; Line 64; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Leopold Gartner family at 445 East 83rd Street.
[4] 1905 New York State Census, New York County, Manhattan; ED 13, AD 30, Block A, Page 8; Louis Gardner family on East 87th Street.
[5] Certificate of Death for Fannie Gardner, 28 February 1908, #7039; State of New York, City of New York Department of Health.

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