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Pinkussohn family papers

Identifier: Mss 1034-059

Collection Overview

The collection includes 14 handwritten pages of a letter. The letter, written in pencil on May 31, 1907, was addressed to Mrs. R. Dewald from Mrs. Eliza B. Weinges of St. Matthews. The letter is a recollection of the events surrounding Rebecca Pinkussohn's birth. Also included is a small book of School Certificates from the Memminger and Bennett Schools of Charleston, SC for regular and punctual attendance, perfect lessons, and correct deportment. Of the 155 certificates, 52 were awarded to Rebecca, 43 to Ida, 22 to Isadore, and 38 to Lillie. The dated certificates span from 1876 to 1882. The book was inscribed "For dear Elisa, Aug. 22, 1939 - From Mother." Like the letter, the certificates were saved by the Pinkussohn family.


  • Creation: 1876-1907

Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

On April 1, 1865 the Pinkussohn family of Charleston were trying to make their way back home. Having spent the Civil War years in Atlanta, they fled Shermans's invading troops and stayed for some months in Columbia. On the route to Charleston, Elisa Mendel Pinkussohn went into labor with her ninth child. The family took shelter in the home of Robert Moore, near St. Matthews, where Moore's niece, Eliza Weinges attended to Mrs. Pinkussohn and her eight other children including Abraham, Jerry, Jacob, Lena, Sophy, Carry, Racheal, and Samuel. Forty-two years later, on May 31, 1907, Mrs. Weinges, wrote to "the little refugee babe" now a married woman named Rebecca Pinkussohn Dewald, describing the events of the fateful time. After Rebecca's birth, Mrs. Pinkussohn went on to have Ida, Isadore and Lillie. They, along with Rebecca attended the Memminger and Bennett Schools of Charleston.


1 folder (2 items) : 174 leaves ; 12-20 cm.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Max Furchgott (Mss 1035-033).

Inventory of the Pinkussohn Family Papers, 1876-1907
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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