Jonathan (Mayer Jonas) (Markus Jonas) Kohn-Zerkowitz (1765 - 1821)

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Nicknames: "Mayer Jonas Zerkowitz", "Markus Zerkowitz", "Jonas Zerkowitz", "Jonathan Zerkowitz"
Birthplace: Hranice, Přerov District, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Occupation: Pipe carver
Managed by: Peter Sonnenfeld (Shelley)
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About Jonathan (Mayer Jonas) (Markus Jonas) Kohn-Zerkowitz

Mayer Jonas Kohn-Zerkowitz was the youngest son of Juda Löbl Kohn-Zerkowitz. At various times in his life, he is seen as "Mayer Jonas", "Markus", "Jonas", and "Jonathan" . He was born after his parents' move to Mahr. Weisskirchen [now Hranice]. As a young man, he lived for a period of time in Trebitsch, Moravia where his older brother, Simon had settled several years earlier. When he was married to Ester Lowy in Trebitsch on 2 September 1787, his marriage record refers to him as "Mayer Jonas Kohn-Zerkowitz". His brother Michael (from Mahr. Weisskirchen) served as a witness and is listed as "Michel Lobel Kohn".

In 1788, in the birth record of his son, Juda Löbl (in Trebic), he is listed as both "Markus Zerkowitz" and as "Jonas Lobl Kohn Zerkowitz." In January 1788, he appears in the northern town of Novy Bydzov -- a community just east of Prague -- witnessing the marriage of Abram Fischer.

Markus-Jonas had familianten status in Trebic, but it appears he moved away from that community about 1793. He retained his status in Trebic until 30 May 1809 when he transferred his familianten number to an unrelated individual. In the meantime, on 24 August 1794, he is seen in the Novy Bydzov area marrying his second wife, Elisabetha Graner [the marriage record lists him as "Marcus Zorchowitz"]. They soon moved to Mahr. Weisskirchen (where his widowed mother and his brother Michael were living) and a son, Seligman, was born there in 1796. Later, the family crossed the border into Hungary, and eventually ended up in Obuda [now Budapest].

In Hungary, Markus-Jonas was always known as "Jonathan Zerkowitz". He was a pipe carver by occupation, and died in Obuda in 1821, age 56 years.

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Hranice, Přerov District, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
September 2, 1787
Age 22
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
November 6, 1788
Age 23
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
October 20, 1791
Age 26
Třebíč, Třebíč District, Vysočina Region, Czech Republic
Age 28
Moravia, Czech Republic
August 24, 1794
Age 29
Nový Bydžov, Hradec Králové District, Hradec Králové Region, Czech Republic
April 9, 1796
Age 31
Hranice, Přerov District, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
Age 41
Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Age 44
Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Age 56
Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary