According to Mike Liebermann "Jehuda Loebl KOHEN-ZEDEK was born in Jul[y] 1718 in Zuelz, and died in 1775 in Langendorf."
Friedrich Nothmann says he moved with his 4 sons from Zuelz to Langendorf some time after the Seven Year War (1756-1763).
A list of Jewish householders and their Jewish tenants in Zuelz in the early 18th century includes, at house no. 115: "Loebel Zodek (hebr. Name: Jehudo Lieb ben Zadik)".
Jehuda-Loeb's four sons were the first members of his family to adopt surnames; this became a legal requirement of Silesian Jews during 1790-1794 and was followed by an offer of citizenship in 1812. JewisGen's GerSIG Name Adoption List Index (NALDEX) records the following heads of their respective households whose surnames correspond to one those taken by Jehuda-Loeb's sons and whose records cite Langendorf:
It is striking that only one head of household from Langendorf registered under the name Katz, and this was a grandson of Jehuda-Loeb. It is possible that Hirschel (Jacob?) Katz used the surname Cohn rather that Katz, (his grandson Loebel Katz is recorded as using the alias Cohn). On this basis, Loebel Nathan Cohn and the two people named Jacob Cohn may be descendants of either Joel Loebel Cohn or Hirschel (Jacob?) Katz, and between them may be the fathers of Hirschel and Samuel, both of whose presence in the small community of Langendorf suggest a family connection.
Jacob Cohn, naturalisation number 524, appears with his wife and 5 children in a record of their move from Preiswitz to Nicolai in 1844. The same family appears in the Pless family register with data showing Jacob's arrival there in 1832 with papers from Guttentag and subsequently an Attest from the magistrate of Nicolai, as well as the family's departure in 1839 for Radoschau, Beuthen. The Pless record gives Jacob's date of birth as 03/01/1810, making him a contemporary of Jehuda-Loeb's great grandchildren. I have found nothing to link this Jacob Cohn to my family.
My 6 x great grandfather.
Sources (click here for generic source information)
Mike Liebermann's webpage;
Sonja Delander: Nothmann Chronicle, 1974;
Friedrich Nothmann: Die Geschichte der Familie Nothmann, 1939 page 110 (also page 135: family numbers);
archive.org - John H. Richter collection: Juedische Familien-Forschung September 1928;
familysearch.org (left page) and familysearch.org (right page) - Gleiwitz Jewish family movement records, 1844;
cbj.jhi.pl - Pless family register.
This record was last updated on 30/01/2021 at 17:48