MacDonald-Wilkins Store


Wilkins, SC

FAMILIES: Keyserling

Mark Keyserling (1873-1949) immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1892. After he settled in Beaufort, Keyserling worked for the MacDonald-Wilkins Company as the manager of their store in Wilkins (Sam’s Point). In 1932, Keyserling bought the Wilkins store from the MacDonald-Wilkins Company. Keyserling owned the store until his death. Prior to 1932, Keyserling’s brother, William Keyserling (1869-1951), also managed the store in Wilkins for the MacDonald-Wilkins Company.

Main Image: MacDonald-Wilkins Store at Sam’s Point
Courtesy of Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries


Above: William Keyserling (ca.1907)
Courtesy of Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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