Kate Herzenstein was born in Ackerman, Russia (now known as Belgorod,Dnestrovsky), a beautiful wooded section of the country on the Black Sea on March 15, 1888. She emigrated to the USA with her parents August 1903.
Kate learned the language quickly and took on a job as a cashier in her teens. She was a beauty with wit, tact, intelligence, sparkle, and empathy. She was friend with Frieda Karolik.
She married Samuel Kheel on February 12, 1911, in Kings County, New York. By 1919, they had two children who were born in New York: Theodore Wooddrow Kheel, born May 9, 1914, and Julian, born November 12, 1917. Ted was born in a small home in Brooklyn. Later the family moved to the Upper West Side of New York, then Esplanade, and later the Oliver Cromwell Hotel.
Kate entertained Caliapin (the greatest basso of his day) at her home; also her cousin Maxim Karolik, an opera singer who married into the Codman family of New England and gave three wings of antiques to the Boston Museum.
Her best friend who lived nearby was her sister, Rose Herzenstein Kreshover. She died of cancer in New York City.
↑#S146 "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X42M-5CL : accessed 04 Feb 2014), Samuel Kheel, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States; Enumeration District (ED) 0464, sheet , family 78, NARA microfilm publication.
↑ New York, New York, Marriage Indexes 1866-1937 Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Index to New York City Marriages, 1866-1937. Indices prepared by the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group, and used with permission of the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives. Certificate No. 1503
Source: S145 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 756. Found at Ancestry.com
Source: S146 Year: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: 1557; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0464; Image: 659.0; FHL microfilm: 2341292.
Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, New York, New York; Roll: T627_2636; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 31-551.
Marriage Record to Samuel Kheel
Research of Annie Jacobs, as distributed to the extended Kheel and Herzenstein Families. Dated November 6, 1998.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Kate by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Kate:
This is lovely. Two things. Since you cited her memoirs as a source, who is Ann Sunstein? What relation is she to the subject? Add it to the footnote. And last paragraph. Did Rose die of Cancer? Or was it Gitel. It's unclear from the text.