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The Margaret Wasserman Genealogy Home Page

Updated July 19, 2013

Margaret F. Wasserman

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Welcome to my family! I am happy to share my records and sources and other information with you.

I encourage you to copy the portions of my tree that have to do with your OWN family lines for your own personal use. However, I do ask that you PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH MY COMPLETE FILE to the internet without my permission, as it is my research and I update it regularly and also receive inquiries on a regular basis.

Please email me if you have any questions. If requested, I can make a .ged file for your branches only and email it to you. If you need the sources for my records or more detailed biographies of individuals, or have any other questions about your branch or an individual, please feel free to email me.

Here are some of the family names covered in my research, along with locations and dates. For a more complete list, please see the index.

The McCUMBER (MACOMBER, MACUMBER) Ancestors: ENGLAND/NEW ENGLAND, 1600-1760, including 7 passengers on the Mayflower:
Alden, Allen, Audley/Odlin, Ayers, Black, Brocklebank, Brownell, Burgess, Coe, Cooke, Cooper, Crosse, Bourne, Dole, Dunham, Eppes, Fish, Greeno, Greenough, Holmes, Hulme, Hyde, Johnson, LeMahieu, Locke, Lord, Macomber, Macumber, Mahieu, Maxson, Moger, Mosher, Mullins, Pabodie, Paine, Potter, Randall, Richmond, Rolfe, Roth, Smiton, Steele, Taber, Tomlin, Tripp, Warren, Wodell

The McCUMBER/MACUMBER Ancestors, moved from NEW ENGLAND to NOVA SCOTIA,1760:
Macomber/Macumber/McCumber, Black, Mosher, Greeno, Allen, Potter

The ADAMS/MILLS/BRANUM/McCUMBER Ancestors: VT/NJ/VA to ONTARIO, CANADA (UPPER CANADA & CANADA WEST), to Fond du Lac, WI (1852), 1780-1860:
Adams, Branum, Alfred, Mills, Mitchell, Macumber, McCumber, Seeley, Smith, Webster, Longstaff.

Purdie, Woollett, Horton, Hanson, Gragg

Alpersh, Bonem, Drucker, Edelstein, Eisenstadt, Halevi, Katzenellenbogen, Leib, Luria, Meisel, Minz, Mirkes, Ratner, Slutzki, Spira, Treves

The SEETHALER Ancestry: AUSTRIA/MORAVIA, 1650-1920
Alex, Bauer, Bogner, Fiala, Gasgebin, Karollus, Knopp, Kratschman, Landsman, Loserin, Millner, Muehlhauser, Muthny, Ostemberger, Pauer, Pooss, Praschin, Pucher, Rudorfer, Scherzer, Schmid, Schmidt, Seedaller, Seethaler, Thedelman, Thedelmayer, Tretter, Walzer, Weiss, Wendy

Evans, Francisco, French, Hilts, Jones, Phillips, Scott, Shuttleworth, Smith, Stuart

Alpaugh, Duspiwa(Duspiuva), Luffelhulse (Loeffelhoeltze), Henderson, Mertz, Lowry, Wasserman, Feldman

I am also seeking more information about several family members: Thomas ADAMS, who came from VT in between 1802 and 1808 to settle in Scarborough, Canada (he was born in VT or MA about 1784); John BRANUM, b. 1776, who came from VA in 1802 to Ontario, Canada West, and who married into the WEBSTER and ADAMS families; John and Mary (MITCHEL)WEBSTER, who came from Yorkshire about 1792 to Boston, MA, then a few years later to Scarborough area in Ontario, Canada; the WASSERMAN family from Latvia; the MERTZ family from Germany; the DUSPIWA FAMILY from Bohemia; the HENDERSON/ALPAUGH families in the Midwest and England, the SMITH/STUART lines from Michigan, England and Scotland; and the family of Charles WOOLLETT and Mary Ann Annette PURDIE, who came from England in 1842 and settled in Chicago, Illinois. English relatives include WOOLLETT, PURDIE, HORTON, HANSON, and PICTON.

In the Genographic Studies, I sent in my Mitochondrial DNA and my line is Haplogroup H with one substitution, which is the same as about 40% of Western Europeans, from about 25,000 years ago.


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  • Our Family Tree (2488 KB)
    The ancestors of my three sons, Gary, Alan, and Andy Smith

Family Photos

  • Grandmother Florence Woollett Ratner wedding photo (54 KB)
    Photo taken 1901 for wedding of Florence to Abraham Z. Ratner in Tampico, Mexico. Florence was 16. Wedding took place Nov. 10, 1901.
  • Gary, Alan & Andy Smith; Lisa & Sonya Seethaler (202 KB)
    Cousins. Photo taken about 1971, San Ramon, CA
  • Charles Woollett's mother, Sarah (30 KB)
    Sarah Woollett, widow of John Woollett, Brighton, England
  • Grandfather Abraham Z. Ratner Wedding Photo, 1901 (41 KB)
    Wedding Photo of Abraham Zalko Ratner for his wedding to Florence Adelle Woollett November 10, 1901, Tampico, Mexico.
  • My parents, Karl Seethaler and Sarah Ratner, 1927 (23 KB)
    Photo taken about 1927. They were married February 15,1931 in Pasadena, CA.
  • Karl Seethaler_siblings, aunt & grandmother, 1906 (37 KB)
    This is a mourning photo taken after the death of my father's father, Heinrich in 1906. his mother Theresia died in 1908. Left to right, the children are Maria, Theresia, Clemens and Karl (my father). Next to Karl is his father's mother, Maria Schmid. The aunts are left to right are his fathers sisters: Julia, Appolonia (Ploni) and Gertraud. Pratsch, Moravia, Austria-Hungary.
  • Florence Ratner (Cremin) and her 5 daughters, 1927 (27 KB)
    My grandmother Florence (called Bita by the family) and her 5 daughters, 1927. LtoR are Esther, Del, Sarah, Rosita, Bita (Florence) and Lyda.
  • 3rd Great Grandmother Sally Adams Branum, ca 1890. (12 KB)
    Sally Adams married Henry Webster Branum in 1832. She is my maternal 3rd great grandmother.
  • Robert, Esther, Sarah, Lyda, Rosita & Adela Ratner (1296 KB)
    This photo is of the children of Florence Woollett and Abraham Ratner. Taken early 1914. Birth dates, l to r, are: 1902, 1904, 1907, 1909, 1911 and 1913
  • Great-grandfather Robert Newman Woollett, ca 1875 (117 KB)
    Father of Florence Woollett Ratner. Robert was born 1850 in Chicago, had a trunkmaking business in Minneapolis 1874-1894, then moved family to Tampico, Mexico in late 1890's. He died in 1916 in Mexico.
  • 3rd Great Grandfather Henry W. Branum, ca 1860-65 (33 KB)
    Henry Branum was married to Sally Adams (see above). He was b.1811, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada and died 1865, Fond du Lac, WI He was a millwright and built many mills in Canada and Wisconsin area.
  • Great-grandmother Hannah Adelle McCumber Woollett (336 KB)
    This photo taken of Hannah about 1870. She was born 1852 at Niagara Falls, Ontario and moved to Wisconsin in 1857 with her family. Married Robert Woollett in 1874. Family moved to Tampico, Mexico in ca 1895. Hannah returned to US in 1917 and died in San Antonio, Tx 1935.
  • 2nd great-grandfather, Charles Woollett (43 KB)
    Charles Woollett was born 1818-1819 in Horsham, Sussex, England, and emigrated to the US 1842. He served in the Civil War, 90th Division, Company H, Illinois. He was a resident of Chicago. Father of Robert, George, Alfred, Maria, Kate, Louisa and Emily Woollett. He was a realtor and notary. He died in 1894
  • 2nd Gr- Grandma Mary Ann Annette Purdie Woollett (195 KB)
    Photo taken about 1883. Mary Ann with children of her son Robert Woollett - Lyda, Louise, Robert Jr., Leroy. Mary Ann died in 1888 in Chicago.
  • 2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Branum McCumber (17 KB)
    Eliza was born 1832 in Ontario, Canada, married George McCumber 1849 and emigrated to Wisconsin 1857. Mother of Hannah, Sarah and Neonetta McCumber. Hannah died in 1890. Photo probably in 1880's.
  • Mary Ann Annette Purdie Woollett (195 KB)
    My 2nd great-grandmother. Wife of Charles Woollett. Born 1822 in England, died 1888 in Chicago. This photo about 1883.
  • 2nd great grandfather George H. McCumber (9 KB)
    We have 3 photos of George. This one is taken later in life. I'll add a younger one soon. George was married to Eliza Branum and he was a millwright. After Eliza's death in 1890, George married another Eliza, Elizabeth Rawlinson, and at his death in 1903, he was either buried by the first Eliza at Rienzi Cemetery in Fond du Lac, WI, or by the second Eliza in LaCrosse, WI, as he has a headstone in each cemetery.
  • Abraham and Florence Ratner with 3 children, 1908 (16 KB)
    Abraham Ratner and Florence Woollett Ratner with their first 3 children, Robert (b.1902), Esther (b.1904), & Sarah (b.1907), ca 1908, Tampico, Mexico
  • Wedding photo Florence Woollett & Abraham Ratner (529 KB)
    Family photo, Nov 10, 1901. Tampico, Mexico. L to R, Lyda Woollett Vincent, Mordelo Vincent, Abraham Z. Ratner, Florence Woollett Ratner, Leroy Woollett, Donald Woollett, Louise Woollett, Sitting Robert N. Woollett, holding Erena Vincent, Hannah McCumber Woollett holding Ruth Vincent (d. before 1903).
  • My 2nd gr_grandma Mary Ann Annette Purdie Woollett (38 KB)
    Mary Ann Annette Purdie was born 1822 in England She married Charles Woollett in 1842 Islington, London and emigrated to Chicago before 1849. Died 1888, Chicago
  • Sarah Ratner ca 1927 (3 KB)
    My mother, Sarah Louise Ratner, ca 1927, Los Angeles. Before her marriage to Karl Seethaler in 1931.
  • Robert, Esther, Sarah, Lyda, Rosita & Adela Ratner (30 KB)
    The children of Abraham and Florence Woollett Ratner, 1914. Robert, b. 1902, Esther, 1904, Sarah, 1907, Lyda, 1909, Rosita, 1911, and Adela (Del), 1913.
  • Seethaler family 1941 (18 KB)
    Karl, Sarah, Karl and Margaret Seethaler, November 1941, Los Angeles.
  • My 2nd great-grandfather George Henry McCumber (677 KB)
    As a young man. Handsome!
  • Mary Woollett, sister of Charles (49 KB)
    Mary Woollett was the younger sister of Charles Woollett. This photo taken in Brighton, England, Mary Woollett written on back, most likely not Mary Ann, Charles' wife.

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