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Gedalia Seligman 

(1834 - aft. 1912)

This portrait of Gedalia Seligman was brought to America by his grandson Abraham. He is also pictured at right, presumably with his wife. There is no record of her name.


edalia Seligman, son of Avram Shlomo and grandson of Moishe, owned a farm on the outskirts of Bobruisk and ran a horse and carriage service. His grandson Abraham used to post himself at the Bobruisk railroad station to flag down passengers, and practiced the clarinet in his grandfather's orchard.

Gedalia was listed in the 1906 and 1912 Bobruisk Duma voter lists. He was also named in 1911, together with his brother Shepsel, on a list of persons entitled to participate in the election of the rabbi of Bobruisk's "Staro-Plotnicheskaya" school. He was recorded as being 70 years old, and it was noted he had been a member of a religious community for 40 years.

When Gedalia's son Israel died at about 40, Israel's wife left her sons Abraham and Nathan (her daughters had reached adulthood) in the care of their grandfather Gedalia and his wife, whose name is unknown, but who is pictured with him at right.