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~ Edilson family history ~



Benjamin and Bertha Edilson circa 1889

Benjamin B. Edilson was born on August 19, 1869 in Krylof, Russia, which is now known as Svetlovodsk in the Ukraine, and emigrated to the US in 1889. His parents names were Mordecai and Gussie Edilson. He died at the age of 63 in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 1933 and is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Bertha Edilson was born Bertha Naudelstein in Katerynoslav, Russia, which is now called Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine, on August 15, 1870 and emigrated to the US in 1889; she died at the age of 77 on February 14, 1948 in Los Angeles, California and is entombed in the Home of Peace Mausoleum. She grew up with her first cousin, Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein), in Russia.

It appears that they were married in 1889 and arrived in the U.S. in 1889 with Benjamin's brother, Morris Edilson, who was born in August 1878. They had four children:
Henry Edilson was born on March 25, 1893 in New York and died on May 16, 1958 in Los Angeles.
Ann Edilson was born on December 27, 1895 in New York and died on December 14, 1977.
Louis Frederick Edilson was born on May 9, 1898 in New Jersey and died on December 18, 1959 in Los Angeles.
Marian Edilson was born on January 8, 1902 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and died on April 22, 1975 in New York.

Benjamin and the family moved to Colorado Springs sometime during or before 1902 and raised their family there for the next 15 years. He was a designer of women's clothes. In November 1906, Meyer Edilson age 22, Benjamin's younger brother, arrived in the United States and apparently came to live with the family. In 1917 the whole family moved to Los Angeles, California .



Bertha Edilson with her mother - Probably taken in 1889 or before.


The Edilson children: Louis (Louie), Ann, Marian and Henry (Hymie)


Benjamin and Bertha Edilson circa 1889


Marian Edilson married Richard Gregory Ganahl, who was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, around 1926 or so; they had no children. He retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral and died in 1976.

Louis Frederick Edilson married Elaine Lillian Shuck on December 13, 1924. He subsequently married Dorothy Siever on December 18, 1936; they had twin daughters who were born on June 2, 1937: Barbara Sue Edilson and Gail Marilyn Edilson.
On August 30, 1961 Gail Edilson married Robert Paul Colson who was born on October 17, 1934.
Gail and Robert Colson had two children: Steven and Lori Ann.
Steven Colson married Karen in 2000
Lori Ann Colson married Luis Mendoza and has a daughter named Zoe Alexander Mendoza..

Ann Edilson married Joseph Leon Schwartz, M.D. on May 5, 1920; he died on April 22, 1967. They had two children: Joseph Leon Schwartz, Jr. was born on September 1, 1922 and Bradford Benjamin Schwartz was born on February 3, 1930. Both children are MDs.

Henry Edilson married Winnie Mae Wenger who died on March 30, 1960. When Henry died in 1958, he was attended by Ann Edilson's husband, Joseph L. Schwartz, M.D.
Henry and Winnie had two sons: Harry Wendell Edilson was born on April 17, 1916 and died at the age of 74 on November 6, 1991; he was married to Cora M. Delgado.   
The other son named Edward Louis Edilson was born on April 24, 1923 and died on December 11, 1992; he married Laura Jean Shelton on December 28, 1966 and subsequently was married to Maria Teresa Villabos at the time of his death.

Harry Lawrence Edilson was the son of Harry Wendell Edilson and was born on April 5, 1943; he married Nancy Mae Stringle on March 19, 1965
Robert Edward Edilson was also the son of Harry Wendell Edilson and was born on December 12, 1941; he married Gloria Jean Levett on August 25, 1962.


Ann Edilson Schwartz - age 37





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