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Urban Neumann

Hebrew: ראובן ניימאן
Also Known As: "Rezso Neuman; Neimann; Neiman"
Death: February 27, 1841 (59-68)
Güssing, Güssing District, Burgenland, Austria
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Neumann and Marianna Neumann
Husband of Katalin Neumann and Fani Pessel Neumann
Father of Julija Alexander; Heinrich Neumann; Maria Milhofer and Samuel Neumann
Brother of Isaac Ber Neumann; Hirschl Neumann and Anna Neumann

Managed by: Maxwell Charles Preston
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About Urban Neumann

Parents and Siblings

Urban’s parents were Jacob and Marianna Neumann. The 1774 Jewish census of Nemetujvar lists “Jacob Urban” (Jacob son of Urban), who was married to Marianna. The 1782 Jewish census of Nemetujvar also lists Jacob and Marianna, along with their children Isaac, Urban, and Anna.

The 1793 Jewish Census lists “Jacob Neumann” as living with 3 sons. By 1813, Jacob is living with no children, and 3 new Neumans have appeared on the census of Nemetujvar: Isaac, Urban, and Hirschl. These people are Jacob's sons.

On various t'naim documents related to the marriages of Urban's children, Urban's father is identified as Yaakov, and various business documents from the Neumann family make clear that Urban and Isaac worked together on "Brüder Neumann" ("Neumann brothers"). Also, a business document listing the assets of the family business from 1817 lists "bruder Hirschl Neumann" ("brother Hirschl Neumann").

Isaac, Urban, and Hirschl have descendants named Jacob (or Jakab) who was born in in the early 1820s, which also appears to be when Jacob Neuman died, as he was listed on the 1817 census but not the 1822 census.

Several Neumans named daughters Maria in the 1830s, which could mean that Marianna died around then.

A woman named Rebekka Neumann died in Nemetujvar on Sept. 28, 1867 at the age of 105. Her relationship to the family is unclear.

Although it does not name specific names, page 167 of a book published in 1824 discusses Gussing and the successful business of the "Gebrüder Neumann" (Neumann brothers) in the town.


In the 1840s, there are records that show that Urban's wife was named Fani/Fany. When Urban’s son Samuel died, however, it listed his mother's name as Katalin Milhofer. I have a t’naim document that appears to relate to a marriage between Urban and a Pesl daughter of Wolf from (I think) 1839, so it appears to Fani/Pesl was Urban’s second wife, and that Katalin must have died earlier. Additionally, it is worth noting that three of Urban’s descendants had children names Katy/Katharina/Katrina in the early 1840s.


In 1813, Urban is listed on a census of Nemetujvar (Gussing) as living with 1 son and 2 daughters. By 1817, he is listed as living with 2 sons and 2 daughters. By 1822, Urban is listed as living with 2 sons and 1 daughter, which may mean that one of his daughters had married or died. (Also in 1822, Samuel Alexander, husband of Julija Neumann, appeared on the census for the first time as a married man.)

I believe that Urban's children were as follows: (1) Julija, born approx. 1803; (2) Heinrich, born approx. 1806; (3) Samuel, born approx. 1809-1814; and (4) Mimi, born approx. 1812.

Samuel's death certificate listed his father's name as Rezso, but Samuel's son Urban also was called Rezso. Based on t'naim documents for Samuel's marriage, it is clear that Urban (Reuben) was his father.

Julija's father's Hebrew name was apparently Rubin (Reuben), a Hebrew name that relatives named Urban also were called. Based on t'naim documents for Julija's and Samuel's marriage, it is clear that Urban's Hebrew name was Reuben. The t'naim for Julija's marriage does not actually state that Urban was her father, but Urban agreed to pay her dowery, which suggests he was her father, in addition to the family story that her father was named Reuben.

Julija, Heinrich, Samuel, and Mimi all had children named Urban shortly after this Urban Neumann died. Urban also was godfather to Mimi's first son, Salamon.

It is also possible (though probably unlikely) that Urban was the father of at least one of the wives of Moritz A. Singer (Katrina Singer or Mari Singer), or Moritz Neumann, or maybe David Neumann or Betti Ragendorfer.

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Güssing, Güssing District, Burgenland, Austria
Güssing, Güssing District, Burgenland, Austria
Güssing, Güssing District, Burgenland, Austria
Güssing, Güssing District, Burgenland, Austria