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In an effort to keep my search for our missing mystery sister alive, I am again featuring her this month. The photo was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y. when Freda Katanka nee Hyams, made a trip to the states to meet her Aunt and Uncle.
This is the only known photo circulating in our family for her. She is the sister of my great grandfather
Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch
The differences in the last names is also a mystery. I suspect that Marks kept the last name most closest to the original spelling and Samuel perhaps Americanized the last name. It’s just a guess. Many of Marks children would go on to change their name to Hyams.
Their parents were known as Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt (also seen as Yetta or Gitel). The spelling of Hyman Haimowitz came solely from the records for son Samuel.
Sam appears at this point to be the oldest, born about 1975 in Odesa, Russian Empire/Ukraine. From there the family crossed into Romania, made there way up to Iasi, where and when Marks was born in 1880. Where their sister fits in age wise we do not know. If there were other siblings we do not know that either. Their immigration out of Romania also remains a mystery.
Marks and his wife Polly Weiss settled in London, England. They were the parents of 9 children; Samuel, Hyman, Phillip, Jack, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith, and Harry.
Samuel married Rebecca Srulowitz/Strulowitz and settled in New York, eventually in the Bronx. They would have 5 children Hyman, Pincus/Paul, Freda, Isidore, and Molly.