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Isaac Ignatz Morningstar (Ignatz Morgenstern), Dr.

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Szered, Hungary
Death: December 30, 1856 (58)
Louisville, Kentucky
Immediate Family:

Husband of Regina Morningstar
Father of Bernard Morningstar; Katarina Rosenbluth; Charles Morningstar; Frances Knepfler; Samuel Morningstar and 4 others

Managed by: Charles Arthur Chester
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About Isaac Ignatz Morningstar, Dr.

Legend preserved in multiple branches of the Morningstar family states that her father Isaac was the court physician for a German or Austrian prince, even of Franz Joseph himself who became emperor of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in 1848. However, if the connection with Franz Joseph is true, Isaac was his physician prior to Franz Joseph’s assumption of the imperial throne. Isaac was already living in Shawneetown, Illinois by the time of the 1850 U.S. census and Mary later gave her immigration date as 1849.12 Others of Isaac’s children also came to the U.S., and many show up briefly in Louisville records including Samuel and Charles. Isaac may also have moved to Louisville briefly in the mid-1850’s just before his death.13

Birth: 1798, Hungary Death: unknown, USA

Documents say that he was born in Hungary and Vienna Med School documents say his birth parish was Nuestadt, Ungarn which means New City, Hungary.

Family story: A physician, possibly to a prince or duke.

Records from the medical school in Vienna show ...

"He was enrolled in the registers of the university in 1815/16 (signature of register: M 11, fol. 679). According to this he was a student of surgery in the 2nd year of his training. He was born in Neustadt in Hungary, his father (name was not mentioned) was a language tutor.

In 1817 he was approved as a surgeon (compare the record you have attached). This is the record oft he register of final exams for surgeons (signature: MED 9.1, fol. 88r). Apart from the data you already know there is mentioned that he absolved three years of surgery studies in Pest (Budapest) and Vienna. He probably was approved as a dentist too: a surgeon called Ignatz Morgenstern passed this exam on March 12th 1817. This approval was no graduation. In this time surgery was something between university studies and craft." (from an email from Dr. Ulrike Denk MAS, Archiv der Universität Wien)."

Family story is that their surname may have been Ilava or Illava or something similar.

Also father to: Elizabeth (1835) and Elinore (1838) - born in Hungary, emigrated to USA, burial unknown.

Bernard Morningstar's death certificate says that his (Bernard's) mother's name is Lena Hart which means that would be Ignatz's wife. Her name can also be seen as Regina Herz on Bertha "Betty" Morningstar Straus' death certificate.

He came to America on the Bark India which left Bremen on May 3, 1850 and arrived in New York on July 11th. On the ships manifest, he is listed as the first passenger. He is with 2 other Morningstar children and Mary Pivany (who marries Ignatz's son Charles, and Fredrick Knepfler who marries Dr. Morningstar's daughter, Frances). They are in a cabin.

He is next seen on the 1850 census in Shawneetown, IL. with Joseph Knepfler and Frances Morningstar Knepfler and Ellen, their newborn daughter. Also there are two Morningstar children, Mary and Eleanor, his daughters. Just FYI: Frederick Knepfler is also on the Shawneetown Census but not living with the family.

  • Records from Arad, Romania show a Leonore Morgenstern married to Dr. Nathan Knepfler with children that match other records. Is this Ignatz's sister?

Research ongoing.

Family links:

 Bernard Morningstar (1821 - 1906)*
 Charles Morningstar (1825 - 1881)*
 Frances Morgenstern Knepfler (1830 - 1856)*
 Samuel Morningstar (1832 - 1904)*
 Bertha Morningstar Straus (1835 - 1911)*
 Marie Morningstar Loeb (1837 - 1931)*

Burial: Unknown

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Created by: Margaret Tomer Record added: Aug 14, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 115430455

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Isaac Ignatz Morningstar, Dr.'s Timeline

December 9, 1798
August 14, 1821
Age 22
Szered Hungary
Age 26
Age 26
Age 31
Age 33
January 13, 1835
Age 36
Age 36
February 5, 1837
Age 38
Sarat, Hungarie
Age 39