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Gabriel Rubenstein

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: probably Bilogorodka, probably Volhynia, probably Ukraine
Death: Died in West Frankfort, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Menachem Nachum Reib
Husband of Rosa Rubenstein
Father of Devera Burg; Samuel Rubenstein and Shirley Nona Swartz
Brother of Max Reib Rubenstein

Managed by: Hatte Blejer on partial hiatus
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About Gabriel Rubenstein

Updated 2017, based on requesting a photo of Gabriel Rubenstein's gravestone. Also, we have autosomal DNA results from a descendant of Gabriel that might support the hypothesis I am currently following, which is that Gabriel Rubenstein was born Reib and was the brother of Max Reib Rubenstein of Muscatine, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, and Alton, Illinois.

Naturalized October 12, 1888 in Muscatine, Iowa.

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  • Birth: 1864, Russia
  • Death: Nov. 8, 1928. West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois, USA

Spouse: Rosa Rubenstein (1868 - 1941)


  1. Devera Rubenstein Burg (1896 - 1990)*

  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Bnai Amoona Cemetery University City, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA

  • Created by: J.R. Pfaff
  • Record added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 174971472

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His gravestone says Lippe son of Nachum. This means two things: (1) He is likely the Lippe who traveled with Charles Fryer and Mary Wintrob Fryer since the age matches and that Lippe disappears (2) He is likely the BROTHER of Max Reib Rubenstein since both have a father named Nachum and since Gabriel was in business with and living in the same three towns as Max Reib Rubenstein and Gabriel's descendants changed their name from Rubenstein to Reib.

It's still possible that he's the cousin of Max Reib Rubenstein and they had cousin fathers named Nachum. What is odd is that they Max Reib Rubenstein descendants have no knowledge of Gabriel Rubenstein.

Apparently his wife was a Rubenstein, probably then a relative of Fannie (Feige) Rubenstein, Max Reib Rubenstein's wife.

Update: Requesting death certificate from Illinois. (Feb 2017)

It seems that Gabriel's son and grandson used the surname "Reib," which might mean that Gabriel was a relative of Max Reib Rubenstein, not Fannie Rubenstein.

I have tentatively hypothesized that he is the brother of Max Reib Rubenstein. Both named daughters Devora, although that could be a coincidence. His descendants did take the name Reib. He was in business with Max in Muscatine, Iowa and with Max and Charles Fryer started the first synagogue in Muscatine in Charles Fryer's house. It may not be a coincidence that Gabriel's son, Samuel, and Max' daughter, Sara, both named sons "Nelson" -- William Nelson Rubenstein (changed to Reib) and Jerome Nelson Gould. Perhaps for Nachum, Max and Gabriel's father? Or Nelson for Nathan, if Gabriel was Fanny's relative since Fanny's father was either Yehoshua or Nathan (or both)?

Max and Gabriel were associated with the same towns at the same times -- Muscatine and Alton. Max lived in Rock Island in between, I don't know if Gabriel lived there. Gabriel lived in St. Louis where some of Max' children settled. Sandy Besser, Max' grandson, remembers relatives who lived in St. Louis, although he mentioned them being relatives of Fanny Rubenstein, not Max.

Arrived 1882. Naturalized in Muscatine, Iowa on October 12, 1888. This means that "G. Rubenstein" who worked for Max Bieber & Co. in Muscatine was probably the same as Gabriel Rubenstein of Alton.

Gabriel Rubenstein appears to have been in business with Max Reib Rubenstein in Muscatine. Since Rubenstein was Fannie's name, he may have been Fannie's cousin or brother. Note the name Dora and Samuel. Dora (Dvora / Deborah) is the name of Max and Fanny's daughter also. And Samuel may be a Reib or Rubenstein family name, according to Sandy Besser.

From The Daily Independent of Murphysboro, Illinois Thursday, July 21, 1927

West Frankfort Man Sues St Louis Man • ST. LOUIS, MO., July 20.—(UP) —A $25,000 alienation of'affections suit in which Gabriel Rubenstein of West Frankfort, III., charges Abraham Rosenberg ot St. Louis, with interfering in his family affairs was on file in Circuit Court here today. Rosenberg is a brother of Rubenstein's wife. According to the suit, Rosenberg is at fault for the estrangement of Rubenstein and his wife and for litigation between them. The Rubensteins were, married in 1891.

  • Gabriel RUBENSTEIN 44, RUS-RUS-RUS, Merchant - Clothing

This means that Gabriel was born in 1866, which makes him slightly younger than Max or Fannie. Rosie in 1871, Dora in 1896 and Samuel in 1898.

Fannie's father's name was given as Nathan Rubenstein on her death certificate and as Yehoshua on her gravestone, which if Gabriel is Fannie's brother, would mean that none of the children were named for her father.

Looks like Max and his (hypothesized) brother-in-law had something in common (the family business?)

Illinois Deaths

  • Name: Gabriel Rubenstein
  • Birth Date: abt 1864
  • Birth Place: Russia
  • Death Date: 8 Nov 1928
  • Death Place: West Frankfort, Franklin, Illinois
  • Burial Date: 10 Nov 1928
  • Burial Place: St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • Death Age: 64
  • Occupation: Merchant
  • Race: White
  • Marital Status: M
  • Gender: Male
  • Spouse Name: Rose Rubenstein
  • Comments: Length of residence where death occurred 11y
  • FHL Film Number: 1642729

1900 US Census:

  • Name: Gabel Rubenstein
  • Birthplace: Russia
  • Home in 1900: Belleville Ward 6, St Clair, Illinois
  • [St. Clair]
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Immigration Year: 1882
  • Relation to Head of House: Head
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse's Name: Rose Rubenstein
  • Marriage Year: 1890
  • Years Married: 10
  • Father's Birthplace: Russia
  • Mother's Birthplace: Russia
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Gabriel Rubenstein's Timeline

probably Bilogorodka, probably Volhynia, probably Ukraine
August 9, 1896
Age 32
November 1897
Age 33
September 13, 1901
Age 37
Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, United States
November 8, 1928
Age 64
West Frankfort, IL, USA