My interest is in the WOLKENSTEIN family who came from Czernowitz.
Two brothers emigrated to the US. Ernest Wolkenstein (1889-1978)
arrived in NYC in 1905. He married and moved with his young
Detroit and then returned to NYC after 1930. He was an executive
in the cigar
industry. In 1919he legally changed his name to WOLTON.
About 1912, he married Mildred Adler daughter of Jacob and Rosa
Botte Adler. There were three children to the union whose
Wolton: Howard, Richard and Eleanor. I know little about the
Brother Jean Wolkenstein (1889-1937) was quite a bit more
colorful and mysterious. He came to the US in 1905 using his
first name. He married Lily Adler a sister of Mildred about
1908. He made three trips back to Europe between 1910 and 1920.
times he claimed to be the President of a Railroad, manager of a
mill, stockbroker etc.
He was associated with several companies post WW I. (Chayes
Dental Instrument; Standard Radium Corporation and Julius Schmid
drug importers.) He was apparently rather wealthy and continued
pretend to be after he lost his fortune after the crash. He never
citizen. There are more stories and inconsistencies about him.
He changed his name to John Van Wolkenten sometime in the 1920s.
He had a son Raymond who retained the Van Wolkenten name. A
lawyer, he was
a career officer in the Navy. He also had twins Walter and Helene
the WOLTON surname. Walter, with Ernest help, became a executive
Consolidated Cigar and lived his life in NYC. He married Helen
LEVY of Lancaster, PA, no
children. Helene never married and lived in NYC.
My relationship is non blood. Jean (John) and Lily separated
around 1930. She married my grandfather Joseph Jacobs (born NYC)
who was a
widower. He had married Irene Levy of Lancaster, PA. She was the
Morris and Carrie HOFFMAN Levy. Lily was my step-grandmother. The Helen
was Irene's niece.
Jean (John) did remarry a much younger gal, Alice Lee HOARY from
a long time Irish family in NYC. When widowed in 1937, she
apparently did not
re-marry and died a Van Wolkenten in 1986.
Of course, for those interested, I have details of the above.
I hope to learn more about the Wolkenstein roots. I do not know
anything about Jean and Ernest's parents or if they had siblings.
son Walter would never talk about his father. There were even
who was some kind of German agent. Both he and Ernest were living
in Berlin prior to
Thanks for allowing me to join the group.
David Brener, Fargo, ND