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Marx Schoenberg

Also Known As: "Marks Schaumberg", "Marks Schambers", "Marx Schonberg", "Marx Schomberg"
Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Death: November 9, 1870 (37)
Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States (murdered )
Place of Burial: Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anna Schoenberg
Father of Fanny Schoenberg; Louis Schoenberg and Gavefat Schoenberg
Brother of Emmanuel Schoenberg; Solomon Schoenberg and Charles Schoenberg

Occupation: Mayor
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Marx Schoenberg

Marx Schoenberg was born in Bavaria abt 1833 and died on 8 November 1870 in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Buried in Bikur Cholim Cemetery, Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. The inscription on his tombstone reads "murdered." (See "The Mysterious Death of Max Schoenberg"). Alternate spellings: Marks Schaumberg, Marks Schambers, Marx Schonberg, Marx Schomberg.

He was a newspaper publisher and appointed Mayor of Donaldsonville.



  1. Anna Prins b. 20 February 1849 d. unknown; buried in Bikur Cholim Cemetery, Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Jacob Leonardus Prins and Sarah Messrich.

Children include:

  1. Fanny b. abt. 1867 Louisiana.
  2. Louis b. abt 1868 Louisiana.
  3. Gavefat, b. abt 1869 Louisiana.

Murdered on Election Day, 1870

from: Ascension Parish. Group studying life (and murder) of Jews Published: Jun 17, 2010

DONALDSONVILLE — A Mississippi historian said he is overwhelmed with the amount of research material he has found centering around the deaths of two Jewish Donaldsonville politicians in the late 1800s.

Stuart Rockoff, the director of the history department at the Goldring Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, was in town last month poring over newspaper accounts and court documents concerning the controversial Nov. 8, 1870 election-day shooting deaths of Marx Schoenberg [Republican Party] and William Lawes [Democratic Party].

“The story of these Jewish immigrants in Donaldsonville has the potential to change the way we think of Southern Jews and politics and society in the 19th century,” he said.

The trios’ first stop was at Schoenberg’s headstone, which included in the inscription “murdered.” ....


from: Wikipedia, Donaldsonville, Louisiana Synagogue

Donaldsonville is the home of one of the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.[10] The wooden building, now in use as an Ace Hardware store, was built in 1872 by Congregation Bikur Cholim, which disbanded in the 1940s.[11]


  • 1866: Taxed in Donaldsville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. (2)
  • 1870: "Around." Publisher of the "Ascension Republican." (3)
  • 1870: May. Appointed Mayor of Donaldsville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. (4)
  • 1870: July 8. Residence: Dwelling 22/Family 22, 1st Ward, Town of Donaldsville, Parish of Ascension, Louisiana. Marks Schomberg. Age: 38. Birth Year: abt. 1832. Male. White. Occupation: Mayor of Donaldsville. Value of Personal Estate: 5000. Birthplace: Bavaria / Bayern. Father of Foreign Birth. Mother of Foreign Birth. Male Citizen of 21 years and upward. Also in Household: Anna, 21, F.W. Keeping house, b. Louisiana. Emmanuel, 17, M.W., b. Ohio. Charles, 15, M.W. b. Louisiana. Fanny, 3, F.W. b. Louisiana. Louis, 2, M.W. b. Louisiana. Gavefat, 1, M.W. b. Louisiana.
  • 1870: November 8. Murdered on Election Day. (4) (5)

of interest

  • M. Marks was administrator / successor of "The Ascension Republican" newspaper in Donaldsville. Morris Marks was publisher of The Ascension Leader, a "Republican Journal." It is likely Marx Schoenberg is Morris Marks' sister-in-law's husband.
  • A few sites on the heritage trail veer from Mr. Landrieu’s “living museum” construct, though they are not necessarily any less satisfying. Among them is the River Road African-American Museum, in the town of Donaldsonville, about 65 miles north of New Orleans. The River Road area is brimming with historical significance: Donaldsonville elected the nation’s first African-American mayor, Pierre Caliste Landry, in 1868. (from Driving Back Into Louisiana’s History Published: May 25, 2008



  1. Year: Tax Year: 1866 District 1; Monthly Lists; May 1866-Dec 1866. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008
  2. Year: 1870; Census Place: Donaldsonville Ward 1, Ascension, Louisiana; Roll: M593_505; Page: 60A; Image: 123; Family History Library Film: 552004.
  3. Donaldsonville Newspaper Chronology
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Marx Schoenberg's Timeline

Bavaria, Germany
Age 34
Louisiana, United States
Age 35
Louisiana, United States
Age 36
Louisiana, United States
May 1, 1870
- November 8, 1870
Age 37
Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States
November 9, 1870
Age 37
Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States
- 1870
Age 37
Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States
Age 37
Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States
Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States