Descendants of Samuel and Jette Hosiasson

Samuel Hosiason was born ca. 1815, and was registered as a trader and houseowner from Goldingen, Courland (now Kuldiga, Latvia) in 1877. His wife, Jette, was born ca. 1815 and died in 1877 in Zabeln, Courland (now Sabile, Latvia), where the family lived.



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I can’t possibly share all of my family photographs here. Instead, I’ve chosen a select few favorites, mainly group photos. More pictures, particularly of individuals, can be found through my Thal-Gephart Family Tree accessible through my Ancestry profile. I am always looking for more pictures. If you have any to share, please contact me.

The photo at left is possibly Taube Hoseason Gettleson, who passed away in Michigan in 1895. Identification has not been confirmed.

The photo at right comes from a postcard sent to Clara Gettleson Thal from Riga in 1910. Josef and Sigismund (Schaie) Hoseason were her first cousins. Adolf and Hanna Blumenthal were also visiting Riga at the time and are mentioned in the card. Adolf was also a cousin, who had previously emigrated to Michigan and was in Latvia to marry Hanna Bagg. They returned to the United States in 1911 and settled in Massachusetts. This is the last record we have of Sigismund. More information is included in The Hosiasons of Sabile, a blog from my Sabile website.

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