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The Katzenstein name was given to those who where descended from the priestly class (Cohenim)

Gerson Katzenstein was born in Hesse-Nassau, Germany. According to a Hebrew siddur handed down through the family, he was the son of Rabbi Abraham Scholum Ha Kohen. Gerson married Eva Goldschmidt, the daughter of Seligmann Goldschmidt and Hincka Schoenschen Alexander. Gerson died on 22 Jul 1890, and is buried at Adath Jershurun cemetery in Philadelphia. Gerson and Eva's children were:

Scholum (S.J.)(Joseph “Joe”) Katzenstein who was born  23 Aug 1848 in Jesberg, Hesse Nassau, Germany.  He married Henrietta D. (Dot) Sigmund, daughter of Albert Sigmund and Ella Goldschmidt in Baltimore, MD.  Joseph died 7 Dec 1901 and is buried at the Katzenstein family mausoleum in Washington, PA.  Joseph was a clothing merchant and owned a haberdashery in Washington, PA on Main St. Go to the Bio of S.J.

Jacob Katzenstein was born 20 Feb 1851 in  Jesberg, Hesse Nassau, Germany. He first married Ellen Bohm. She died in 1889 in the famous Johnstown (PA) Flood with an infant son.  He then married Bertha Miller, the daughter of Samuel Miller and Eliza Leopold.    In 1916, a year of his death. Go to the Bio of Jacob Katzenstein.

Brendina (Branche) Katzenstein was born in 1853 in Jesberg.  She married Jacob Schlesinger. This family also resided in Philadelphia

Petri (Perry) Katzenstein was the first of the Katzenstein children to be born in America. He was born in 1856. Perry married Rose Elias. They had no children.  Perry died young in 1903.

Hension Katzenstein was born 24 December, 1869.  We do not know what happened to this daughter.

Hilda Katzenstein was the youngest child born 17 Aug 1863 in Philadelphia.  She married Isidore Schoenthal who lived in Washington, PA, where he was in business with his brother Henry.  Hilda died 17 Aug 1941 in Philadelphia.

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