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Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanska family papers

Identifier: Mss 1122

Collection Overview

The collection consists primarily of photographs of the Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanska families, their homes and businesses. Also included are clippings on each of the three families; a small amount of correspondence discussing Abraham Rosenberg and Rebecca Winstock and their marriage, visits to family members, and well wishes and congratulations from friends and family; documents such as marriage certificates and contracts, citizenship papers, and a Free Masons certificate; and genealogical research compiled by Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brein, including her Ph.D. thesis materials which also contain photographs.


  • Creation: 1881-2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1885-1950


Language of Material

Materials in English and Hebrew

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Moses Winstock (1818-1905) was born to Sarah Friedlander (b. 1790) and Mordechai Winstock (b. circa 1790) in Sulwalki, Poland. He married Eva Leah Visanska (1820-1891) in 1836. The couple had six children: Samuel Winstock (1838- 1880), Annie Winstock Visanka (1842-1888), Cecelia Winstock (1853-1906), Miriam Winstock (1858-1940), Rebecca Winstock Rosenberg (1860-1952), and Israel Winstock (1862-1893).

In 1842, Moses and Eva Winstock left Poland and Moses traveled to the United States, while Eva and the children remained in Liverpool, England, until he was settled. His wife and children joined him in 1847 in Charleston, South Carolina. After running a successful peddler's supply and fancy goods store on King Street in Charleston for a dozen years, the family left Charleston in 1860 in search of a drier climate and bought a 525-acre plantation west of Abbeville, South Carolina. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Winstocks took refuge in Columbia, South Carolina. When Sherman's forces entered the city on February 17, 1865, however, both their home and the warehouse they rented to store their goods were burned to the ground. After the war the family returned to their plantation and lived there until 1875 when poor crops caused them to leave the farm and return to Charleston, where Moses again established a store on King Street.

In 1885, the couple's youngest daughter, Rebecca, married her first cousin Abraham Rosenberg (1859-1920). Abraham had emigrated from Poland in 1875 to help run a family store in Abbeville, South Carolina, established by his cousin Wolfe Rosenberg. In 1884, Abe opened his own clothing store in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he and Rebecca settled after their marriage. The store began as simply "A. Rosenberg," but in 1910 was renamed The Rosenberg Clothing & Shoe Company. Abraham and Rebecca Rosenberg had six children: Herbert Jerome (1886-1963), Sam (1887-1953), Marion (1889-1984), Ernest (1892-1978), Evelyn (1895-1996) and Helen (1898-1898).

The eldest son, Herbert Jerome Rosenberg, completed his medical internship at Grady Hospital in 1909 and went on to practice medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than fifty years. He married Rosalie "Honey" Loeb (b.1890) in 1912 and the couple had three children: Herbert Rosenberg Jr. (1913-1991), Carol Marjorie Rosenberg Loeb (1917-2006), and Leman Rosenberg (1921-2008). Herbert served in World War I in Hospital no. 6 at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he was promoted to major.

After serving overseas in World War I, the couple's youngest son, Ernest Rosenberg, returned to Greenwood in 1920 to run the family's clothing store with the help of his sister Evelyn. In 1925, Ernest married Alyce Dreyfus Kahn and the couple had two children: Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brein and Alyce Rosenberg Tresenfeld (1928-2001). Ernest served again in the army as a colonel in World War II, officially retiring from the military in 1953. Rosenberg's clothing store operated for more than a hundred years in Greenwood, continuing under Evelyn Rosenberg after Ernest's death in 1978.


1 linear feet (2 document boxes, 2 oversize folders, 2 compact discs)


Photographs, certificates, genealogical research, and clippings of the Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanska families. The majority of the collection consists of photographs of the Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanska families, their homes and businesses. Materials relate primarily to Moses Winstock, a merchant and plantation owner, and to Abraham Rosenberg and his son, Ernest Rosenberg, who were both merchants. Also included are clippings, correspondence, and genealogical research materials compiled by Ernest Rosenberg's daughter Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brein, some of which were used for her Ph.D. thesis on Eva Leah Visanska, wife of Moses Winstock.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2010 by Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brein.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Rosenberg, Winstock, and Loeb family papers (Mss 1130), and an oral history with George Visanska Rosenberg (Mss 1035-089).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, October 2015.

Inventory of the Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanska Family Papers, 1881-2009
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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Repository Details

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