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Where did our names come from?

In my post Who put the ‘h’ in Ghertner, I discussed the origin of that name, from ‘gardener’. I’ve just tackled some of the surnames of some of your Jewish ancestors. The fact they had Jewish names is a clue … Continue reading

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Eisenkramer’s & Baum’s from Germany

Raymond E. Block Sr. was my grandmother’s eldest brother; he married into the Eisenkramer & Baum families. Simon Eisenkramer (1762-1820) married Judith Feibelmann (1772 – 1828) Max Eisenkramer (1800 – 1864) married Marianna Marx (1804 – 1877) Henrietta Eisenkramer (1828-?) Simon Eisenkramer (1830-?) Karolina Eisenkramer (1832 – 1866) … Continue reading

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The Pine Bluff connection

The family of my maternal grandfather, John Rhine Bloom (1864-1935) had been in Pine Bluff since the 1850s. His wife was Emma Marie Block (1895-1980). John and Emma were married in Pine Bluff on 17 December 1917. Their daughter was … Continue reading

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The ‘new’ Levy branch of my family tree

When we were young,   my brother and I and our  ‘1st cousins‘  visited Em & Pappy’s (grandparents) house in Little Rock, that city being ‘ground-zero’ for the maternal side of my family. My memories of those fun times during … Continue reading

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(Emile) Levy from France & Bloch’s

Abraham and Sarah Block were my 3X great grandparents; Emile and Emma Levy were my 2X great grandparents. Abraham Bloch married Sarah ? Emma Bloch married Emile Levy Alexander Levy (1872-?) Fanny Fay ‘Dannie’ Levy (1873-1925) married Joseph F Block … Continue reading

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Here are photos from the Raymond Block Sr. family

I recently scanned these photo copies from Raymond Emile Block’s family.

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‘Bompa’ bankrupted (?) by his embezzling brother

Solomon Block was a merchant and had tobacco and wholesale liquor businesses in Camden and other nearby towns. His elder sons, John Edward  Block (1856-1929) and Joseph Friedman “Bompa” Block (1860-1953), moved to Dallas, Texas and they manufactured cigars. (see … Continue reading

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Jewish communities – Camden & Pine Bluff

In the 1800s, Jews settled in rural Arkansas near rivers, which provided reliable shipment of goods. Camden (Ouchita River) and Pine Bluff (Arkansas River) are significant for our family. Our early ancestors were merchants as were many early Jewish settlers. … Continue reading

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