If the name of Frank Oxman sounds familiar to you it may be because you are a Perry Mason fan and not because I had written about him. One of those classic Perry Mason stories was – “The Case of the Dangerous Dowager” with Gene Blakely as Frank Oxman. This show first aired in 1959. I am a huge Perry Mason fan with memories of watching this with my grandparents. Once again I love the connection that seems to go full circle when connecting and researching our story.
On January 4th I received one of those wonderful surprise emails from a gentleman who had come across my blog post “Who Was Frank Oxman?” which sparked my need to revisit the post I had written back in Oct of 2017.
“Hello, I read your Blog about your family by chance researching about Frank Oxman. My research originates from a couple of old securities, one issued to Frank Oxman. These are stock certificates from “Jacob Blum’s Undertaking Establishment Inc.” issued between 1928-1945. I attached a scan of one certificate to show you. If you are interested I will scan the others too.”
Most certainly I was interested and thrilled to hear from him. Isn’t this one of the reasons I blog, to make connections, to expand our understanding of our family, of our past? It is most definitely one of my reasons.
So who was Frank Oxman? I had run across Frank while researching the paternal side of the family for my 1st cousin Lisa. Her father’s mother was Rose Oxman (Ochsman). Rose was born in 1899, Berdichev, Russia to Shmuel (Samuel) Ochsman and Sarah Fruchtman both of Berdichev, Russia. She married Joseph Steinman sometime prior to 1916 in New York, 2 years after arriving. From my research, I had wondered could there be a connection between this Frank Oxman and the family, not only because of the last name but because Frank appeared on all family death certificates as the undertaker. Or was he simply the undertaker with the same last name?
I had not revisited this post since the original posting but it appears to be on my to-do list for this year now. I have ruled out the possibility of Ida Blum being an Oxman before marrying Jacob Blum. From their marriage record, I learned her maiden name was Laskey. This was not the connection.
I have posted four of the ten security copies I received. (All pertain to this same division and are all similar) Aren’t they lovely?
The question remains, coincidence with the last name of Oxman or family connection?
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