Nachum was born in 1850, somewhere north of Mogilev, in Belarus. From what we know so far, he was the first child born to his parents, Mordechai and Basa.
He was married twice, first to Sara Feige Greneshova (Greneshova means "daughter of Gronom") . She was almost his age, just one year younger. They had three known sons: Abraham, Moise, and Baruch . (We don't yet know if they had any daughters). She died sometime between July 22, 1881 (when their son Baruch was born) and July 17, 1885.
At that time and place, Nachum wouldn't have been expected to raise his chldren alone, so on July 17, 1885, he married Hinde Berlin. According to our most reliable research, he was 35 years old; she was only 16.
Nachum and Hinde had three children: Ruven, Anna, and Samuel.
Then, in 1898, while Hilda was pregnant with their fourth child, Nachum died.
Hilda was left a widow, raising four young children. In 1906, her two oldest sons migrated to Canada, although they were supposed to go to Buenos Aires. (Hilda's step-son Morris was waiting for them there.)
Daughter Anna followed her brothers to Canada around 1908, Hilda and baby Nathan in 1909, and the stepson Morris from Buenos Aires came in 1913.
We don't know what happened to the first two sons of Nachum. Did they grow up and marry, raise families, and their decendants survive today, somewhere? Or did they die young, or in the Holocaust? If you have any information, please contact the webmaster.
Hilda traveled wherever her children moved. Which means she was in Toronto a few years, then Detroit, back to Toronto, then in early 1923 moved to Los Angeles, California.
Around 1925, her son-in-law Edmund bought a duplex at 1055 and 1057 Sentinel Ave, in downtown Los Angeles. He had a "pass-through" cut between the shared wall of the two residences. Hilda and her youngest son Nate lived at 1057, and Edmund and Anna Kassan and their children lived at 1055. Anna did all the cooking for both families, and shared the meals through the pass-through.
Hilda never learned English. Her children and grandchildren conversed with her in Yiddish.
She died April 19, 1942, and is buried in Los Angeles.