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Our grandmother Rose Bernstein was born 26 May 1880 in Minsk or Pinsk, Russia, and according to our dad, she was raised on a farm. She died 2 Feb 1973 in Middletown, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania. Birth and death dates are according to her death certificate, informant was her daughter, our aunt Lillian. Rose married our grandfather, Moische Slobodkin (Morris Bodkin), c1902 in Russia, probably in Minsk.

Rose's death certificate also stated that her parents were "Abr. and Freda Bernstein" and we assume that Abr. stood for Abraham, but it could be Abram. We are still looking for further information about them.

Rose arrived in New York 25 Sept 1905 aboard the S.S. Finland of the Red Star Lines, which sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on 16 Sept. 1905. She made the journey with her brother-in-law, [Yachel? Jacob?] Slobodkin (first name is difficult to decipher on film and could easily be something else), and two oldest children Raphael and Liebe, our uncle Phil and aunt Lillian, who were infants. Rose gave her name as Rosa Slobodsky. Passage had been paid for by our grandfather Morris Slobodkin who had arrived in New York 16 July 1904 aboard the S.S. Vaderland, also of the Red Star Lines.

Grandma and Grandpa stayed in the New York area until sometime between 29 Nov 1906, when their third child Bernard was born at 64 Bartlett St, Brooklyn, and 10 Sep1909, when their fourth child Isabelle was born in Newport, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinatti, Ohio.

They lived in Newport until the late1930's when they sold most of their property there and bought a farm (100 acres?) in Ross Co, Ohio near Bainbridge and Chilocothe. There lived there until our grandfather's death 26 Nov 1953; he died in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State University Hospital. After that the farm was sold and Grandma went to live with her children in Pennsylvania.

Our cousin Joy has told us that, as a child in the 1930's, she was taken to visit relatives in Cincinatti and believed them to be on grandma's side. Our dad, Wesley Bodkin, also told us he had relatives who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana and were in the fur business there, where they bought furs from the trappers and sold them to furriers in New York. Dad also spoke of an uncle or cousin Jack, and in late 1942 or early 1943, before going overseas, when he and mom were en route by train from California to Cincinatti, they went via New Orleans and stopped there to visit dad's relatives.

In the 1938 Polk's Directory for New Orleans, there is a listing for J. Bernstein & Co raw furs at 507 Decatur and Jacob Bernstein, furrier, residing at1716 7th. That same directory also listed Eugene J. Bernstein raw furs 210 Decatur, and Eugene J. and Lola Bernstein residing at 3626 Napolean ave, and Abr. Bernstein, wholesale furs and Sadie at 2429 State. The 1949 Polk's Directory listed Eugene J. Bernstein, fur dealer at 205 Chartres, residing with Lola at 22 Versailles Blvd, Jack Bernstein, furrier, and Miriam at 406 Chartres Apt 1, and Abr. Bernstein, World Tire and Sup Co, and Sadie B. at 2429 State. We are trying to determine if Jacob/Jack Bernstein, Eugene J. Bernstein and Abr. Bernstein are relatives of our grandmother Rose, perhaps brothers.

Some of Grandma's family may also have remained in New York or Brooklyn, and may have been in the fur business there as well.

Terry Bodkin
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The Marsh-Bodkin Family Assn.

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