First of all, I’d like to apologize for the long silence. Despite being toned-down, the holiday season was crazy, hectic, and stressful. Mom had pneumonia, recovered, then both parents had COVID. We saw them a few days before they were symptomatic, so we were on quarantine for awhile. Jim and I had food poisoning New Year’s weekend. Jim’s co-worker tested positive last week, so we’re back on quarantine. I’ve been dealing with chronic migraines on a daily basis… the list seems to be unending. There have been good things, as well. Long conversations with siblings and friends. Launching year two of my Quilt Block of the Month business. Getting started on the first of three commissioned quilts. Spending more time walking my dog, which is good for both of us.
The further I got into January, the further away my ancestors became, until I had effectively forgotten about my blog. Until yesterday, 1/27/2021. Holocaust Remembrance Day. And my cousins started asking me about our relatives who were murdered in the Holocaust. And so today I pick up my virtual pen, and get back to work.
Solke Stern was the second child and second daughter of Kain Heinemann-Stern and Giedel Rothschild, and the granddaughter of Soloman Abraham Rothschild. She was born 1 April 1803 in Niedenstein. Much of the information for Solke (aka Soulke, Soulken, Sulke) comes from the book by Karl E. Demandt entitled “Devölkerungs- und Sozialgeschichte der jüdischen Gemeinde Niedenstein 1653 – 1866”. (I know; the title just rolls off the tongue. But it has been a tremendous resource for me.)
Not much is known about Solke. We know she married Moses Jakob Rosenmeyer (also written as Rosenmeier). He was born around 1800 in Wolfhagen; not sure yet who his parents were. Solke and Moses were the parents of one daughter: Fredchen Friederike Rosenmeyer. Fredchen’s death certificate states her name was Fredchen, but she was known as Friederike.
Fredchen was born about 1832 in Wolfhagen. She married Abraham Jakob Rosenmeyer, who was born in Wolfhagen around 1830. As near as I can tell, they did not have any children. This could be simply because I haven’t found the right records yet.
Death certificate found on ancestry.com. Source Citation: Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; Signatur: 10624
Fredchen died 28 April 1884 in Wolfhagen, at the age of 52. Her death certificate states that both her parents were deceased.
I have no other information about Solke. I do keep running into records for a Moses Jakob Rosenmeyer of Wolfhagen who married Sara Kugelmann, but they appear to be two different people. That they’re related, I have no doubt. Just haven’t been able to make that connection yet.
Despite not being able to learn anything about Solke as a person, I feel a connection to her. Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to learn more.
Next time, we’ll learn about Solke’s brother, Abraham Stern. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy.