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Wedding Wednesday- Abraham Green and Rose Braef (or Rose Brave)

Abraham Green and Rose Braef- Wedding Picture?
Abraham Green and Rose Braef- Wedding Picture?

Green Family (Click to go to family tree.)

Abraham Green (or possibly Abraham Gren) was born in 1866 in Grincasek, Kovnau, Russia, per family oral history, including that of his still-sharp-in-her-90s-daughter Mary C. Green. He and Rose Brave (or Rose Braef) were married about 1884 in Lithuania. The newlyweds decided shortly after that he would emigrate to the United States- how difficult that must have been! The family tells the story that Abraham came to America by himself and established a business as a tailor, then sent for Rose and their daughter Ann, who was just 1 year old by that time. Stelle was born on board ship during migration, and Rose’s mother made the trip as well. We don’t know if she accompanied Rose, had come earlier with Abraham to care for him before Rose arrived, or came on her own, but my thought is that she probably came with her pregnant daughter to care for her as well as her very young grandchild on the long and difficult voyage.

Abraham Green, c 1920s?
Abraham Green, c 1920s?

Abraham had a tailor shop in St. Louis, Missouri, and made very fine suits- it was said that no one in the family could afford an Abraham Green suit! Sadly his business floundered as many others did during the Great Depression, and he passed away on 02 Jul 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rose (Brave) Green, c1930s?
Rose (Brave) Green, c1930s?

Rose Brave- or ‘Braef’ per her death certificate and family oral tradition- was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 15 May 1866. The oral tradition is that her father disappeared somewhere in Europe- perhaps a victim of Russian pogroms? Rose’s mother was elderly and died soon after her immigration to the United States. Rose lived until 03 Jan 1936, when she died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri. She and Abraham have side-by-side stones at Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, in University City, St. Louis, Missouri.

Headstone of Abraham M. Green 1866-1931 Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer.
Headstone of Abraham M. Green 1866-1931
Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer.
Headstone of Rose Brave Green 1866-1936,  Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer.
Headstone of Rose Brave Green 1866-1936,
Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer. 

 

Family headstone of Abraham M. Green and Rose Brave Green. Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer.
Family headstone of Abraham M. Green and Rose Brave Green.
Mt. Olive Hebrew Cemetery, now United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Image used with kind permission of FAG photographer.

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Family oral history.

2) Findagrave.com for Abraham Green (Memorial #6008372) and Rose (Brave) Green (Memorial #35697089)

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Five Family Photos for Friday- A Green Family Photo Album

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series A Green Family Photo Album
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 1
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 1. Rose Brave Green  is the woman in the upper right, and younger woman at the bottom left is Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida.

 

A Green Family Photo Album- Page 2
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 2
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 3. Gertrude Broida is sitting in the front, and her mother, Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida, may be the woman in the back.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 3. Gertrude Broida is sitting in the front of the picture on the right, and her mother, Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida, may be the woman in the back.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 5. Woman at bottom left may be the mother of Abraham Green.
A Green Family Photo Album- Page 5. Woman at bottom left may be the mother of Abraham Green.

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Photo album owned by the author.

2) Family oral history plus comparison to known family photos.

 

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Five Family Photos for Friday- A Green Family Photo Album

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Green Family Photo Album
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.22.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.22.

Very old family photo albums are such delights to find, but so maddening too! Usually people are not labeled in the photos, and seldom are dates or places noted- after all, the person who made the album already knew all that information that we now so desperately seek.  So it is up to the family historian to try to decipher the clues found in these albums.

Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.17.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.17. [Click on image to enlarge.]
This album is chock-full of pictures of many different people, which was typical for the time,  probably the very early 1900s. Happily, we recognized one of the person in the photos as Bess Dorothy (Green) Broida. Bess was born in 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Abraham M. Green and Rose Brave. Bessie married Phillip Edwin Broida in 1910. On page 17, she may be the young girl in the oval portrait just to the bottom left of the center circle; we have positively identified her at an older age in other photos in the album. Using some detective work, we have been able to determine the names of a few of the others. (More on those folks in another post.)

Following are some photo album pages of people we would like to know more about. Please contact us if you can help identify any of these persons.

Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.31.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.31.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.33.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.33.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.34.
Unknown people in a photo album probably owned by Bess Dorothy Green, p.34.

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Green family photo album.

2) Family oral history.

 

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Mystery Monday- Do You Know This Woman?

Unknown Woman- Photo in with Broida and Green Family Pictures
Unknown Woman- Broida or Green Family?

 

Here is another of those mystery pictures…

It was found in with photos of the Philip Broida and Bess Dorothy Green families.

Please contact us if you know who she is!

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Broida-Green family papers and photographs. Grandmother, parents did not know who she was.

 

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Art in Artifacts: Mortar and Pestle from the Rose Brafe Green Family

Brafe-Green Family Mortar & Pestle
Brafe-Green Family Mortar & Pestle

“The hand hammered brass mortar and pestle given … Dec. 1967 by Aunt Mary Green- who inherited it from her Mother Rose Brafe Green Jan. 1935.”

Written by Aunt Mary Green about the Brafe-Green Family Mortar & Pestle.
Written by Aunt Mary Green about the Brafe-Green Family Mortar & Pestle.

Transcription: “Rose Brafe Green’s Mother Sarah Brafe who owned it for many years brot [sic] it to the United States in Mar. 1888- We do not Know if she inherited it or purchased it before coming here to live- but its origin we believe was Kovna (Kaunas) a state in Russia near the German border.”

Brafe-Green Family Mortar and Pestle.
Brafe-Green Family Mortar and Pestle.

 

Notes, Sources, and References:

1) The family name has also been spelled “Braef” or “Brave.”

2) Family oral and written history.

3) Kovna/ Kovno was the Yiddish form of Kaunas, which is in Lithuania. The Russians controlled the country at the time the Brafe-Green family immigrated to the US.

 

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