We're related through Sylvia Gabe. She and husband Dave Gabe were first
cousins. His father, Joseph Gabe, and her father, Charles Gabe, were brothers.
Family stories have it that Jenny Gottleib wanted to marry Charles, but
he rejected her. Instead, she married his brother, Joseph. When her son
married Charles' daughter, she wasn't too pleased. That's why there are
two wedding dates. They eloped in 1924 and were officially married in
1925. Dave and Sylvia weren't invited to my parents wedding because Jenny
was mad at Dave for firing his other brother, Sol. My father was Dave
Gabe's brother. Leni and I are first cousins. I thought of her as my big
sister when I was a kid. We were both tomboys. She took me to my first
baseball game, watching the Giants at the Polo Grounds.
Charles marries Ethel A
Joseph married Jennie Gottleib
Generation 2 children
Charles and Ethel have Sylvia
Joseph and Jennie have Harry, Dave, Sam, Murray, Sol
Dave and Sylvia have Leni, Harold
Harry and Leona have Marilyn and Grace
Sam and Grace have Sondra
Murray and Florence have Diane (me) and Evelyn
Sol and Sarah have Jerry and Norman
Your grandmother's grandparents (Charles parents) was my great-grandfather
(Joseph's parents). I think that makes us second cousins once removed.
My maternal grandmother's family has a huge genealogy, encompassing 9
generations. We got together at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills in
1997, all 236 of us! It was fantastic.