Nelson/Shleger/Yecht Family Perspectives

This catch-all category embraces the unexpected points-of-view
as well as elements of the family culture.

the family culture is inclusive of mishpocha, a Yiddish word meaning
"the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage."

undated letter from Irving Robinson to Susan Cook
Avrum Michel's first wife, Rachel, died in a fire leaving 4 small children named Joseph, Rivka, Hanna and Pesha.
He then married Rachel's half-sister, Toba, who bore him Sarah, Annie, Isaac, Shea, Rose, Max, Becky, Eta and Esther.
Toba mixed Rachel's children with her own and treated them all alike. All the 13 children grew up as brothers and sisters.
The name Schleger was changed to Nelson by my uncle Max when he arrived in the U.S.A.

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018, email from Ann Baumrind to Barbara Stack, cited with Ann's permission:
My mother always remembered her step grandmother with deep affection and referred to her as her grandmother to outsiders.  My mother and her sisters called her “Bubbeh”, as Toby expected.  My mother always said that Toby worshipped the ground our great grandfather walked on, even though he was much older than she was.  She was an exceptional woman, as I’m sure you know!

January 8 & 9, 1920 Census 78 Dyer Street, Portland, Maine Cooks in home of Aunt Edith (Etta) Robinson

Feb 26, 2019: via email: Judith Cook (Tucker):
“My father told us that he lived in Portland for the year after his mother died because his father could not leave the family
and Portland was where there was a synagogue with a minyan, so he was sent, at the age of 13, to the aunt to say Kadish every day for a year, on his way to school.”

this family also has a large number of cousin marriages

Novel Perspectives

Evidence of unity of what are now seen as distinct branches of the family
Genealogy and Narrative and Photos by Joe Chandler
Tensions pulling the family apart

Portland Cemeteries




Joe Chandler's Family History


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