Monthly Archives: August 2014

Until now, my blog has been significantly more informative than my Ancestry tree. I’m proud to say that I’ve spent the past two days going through the bulk of my information and I’ve nearly tripled the number of people who are listed on my Ancestry tree, which you can find here. It’s now as up to date as my blog, and in the future I will be keeping both the Ancestry tree and this blog updated in parallel.


So, this post is a little bit strange.  Normally I try to put together family trees that go as far back as I can possibly trace.  In this case, I’m coming at this tree a bit differently.  If you remember back to an old post on this blog, I mentioned looking for Bayard Desenberg Cowan, the mysterious, rarely-mentioned uncle of my Grandma Mirrel.  It turns out that he was arrested in 1929 for bond forgery.  Not much is known about Bayard- my grandmother refuses to mention him, and there’s little public information about him after the 1920s.  However, I refuse to give up tracing this branch of the tree and my persistence has paid off.  I’ve been able to trace his line up through his grandkids, and I’m still working.  So for now, his tree is separate from the rest of the family because of what a mystery it’s been.

I. Bayard Desenberg Cowan b. 1901, IL

m. Edith Irene Sturtevant

            A. Richard Sturtevant Cowan, b. 1925

            m. Lois Marcelia Hildreth* b. 1927, m. 12/26/1949, Los Angeles CA

                        1. Dennis Hildreth Cowen, b. 8/1950

                        2. Melissa Cowen, b. 10/14/1951

                        3. Kathleen Cowen, b. 3/7/1957


I. Ernest Lee Hildreth

m. Margaret M. Monahan

            *A. Lois Marcelia Hildreth


I’m very excited to announce that because of all the recent developments that’ve been made in tracing the Sosna family tree lately, I’ve decided to create a “Sosna Family Genealogy” Facebook group!  This group is for all descendants of Beril (Benjamin) and Mochala Sosna and their children Rebecca (m. Lewis Cohn), Phillip, Bessie (m. Joseph Tartakowsky), Max, and Leib.  If you’re related through any of these lines please add yourself to the group.  I want to get as many people connected as possible- and this line of the family is huge!  And please share with your Sosna relatives, too 🙂

To put this tree into framework:  The goal of this tree is only to display the lineage of Bessie and Joseph Tartakowsky, who I’ve bolded in the tree below.  The rest of the tree- Bessie’s parents and siblings- is just to frame the tree within the rest of the family history that I know.  Rebecca’s name is a link to a tree of her descendants; and I am working on the lineages of Phillip, Max, and Leib.  The last tree to name many of these relatives (Beril and Mochala and their children) is found in the second tree in this post, however it’s quite out of date by now.

I. Beril (Benjamin) Sosna

m. Mochala

            A. Rebecca

            B. Phillip

            C. Pessil (Bessie) 1867-1945

         m. Joseph Tartakowsky 1867-1926

                        1. Anna G.

                        m. Gilmann

                        m. Paul Holzman

                                    a. Helen

                                    m. Charles Nudelman b. 1905

                                    b. Sylvia

                                    m. Bernard “Bernie” Cohen

                                                i. Neil

                                                ii. Nancy

                                                m. Jack Lampert

                                                            I. Amy M.

                                                            II. Andrew J.

                                    c. Bernard S. d. 4/20/2012

                                    m. Ruth E. Given

                                                i. Michael

                                                m. Maria

                                                            I. Kevin

                                                            II. Patrick

                                                ii. Nancy H.

                                                m. Kevin A. Rhein

                                                            I. David R.

                                                            II. Jennifer

                                                            III. Julie E.

                                                iii. Patricia “Patty”

                                                m. John A. Rosenbaum

                                                            I. Brian

                                                            II. Sarah

                                                iv. Richard

                                                m. Jane

                                                [m. Sue Ellen Fleschman]

                                                            I. David

                                                            II. Laura

                                                v. Rob

                                                m. Renee Kastar

                                                            I. Alex

                                                            II. Olivia

            D. Max

            E. Leib