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The 4th of July 2019

As I welcomed today, this 4th of July,  2019, it began as all others, the usual morning routine; I knew there would be no holiday picnic, no family close by to gather with. There would be late night tv mixed with the dread of bombs bursting in air over our evening sky and we would be up consoling our fur baby and keeping him calm. Then another thought began to surface.

This was the first 4th of July since finding my English ancestors, the first, knowing I had actual family who made their life there in England, the first time to think about the importance and impact of my ancestors choices on mine and my families lives. The first time I would be thinking of and looking at our separation and independence from Great Britain in a totally new light.

My great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz immigrated, arrived and settled in the United States of America sometime between 1900 and 1902 while his brother Marks Hyamovitch arrived in England in 1901 where he settled and established his family. Both of them immigrating from Romania.


Samuel and Marks

There are so many questions regarding these two brothers and their choices.  The most obvious for me is why had Samuel chosen America and why had Marks chosen England? Had they traveled from Romania together before Sam left for America? If so why had Marks remained? What had influenced their choices? Was it a financial or personal preference? What had been their relationship prior to their decisions? Both men were carpenters and perhaps they worked together at some point. Their age difference is about 5 years. Sam the oldest born about 1875 and Marks in 1880. It appears as with many families with great distances between them that over the years and generations information and contact between these two families was lost. All these questions and more remain now for those of us who have come after them.

Just last month a cousin, Arline, traveled with her husband from California to London to meet for the first time this branch of cousins. It has been about 70 years since a member of the English branch traveled here to New York. It had been through one lone photo taken at this meeting, that survived with the English branch, that connected us all together again. In just a couple of weeks, Arline, who I too have never met, will travel from her home to mine in Washington state and we will meet.

This 4th of July has taken on a very new and special meaning for me…the 13 colonies may have separated and declared their independence back in 1776 but I am declaring and my proclamation is no amount of time and distance or declaration by our forefathers can separate or divide me from my extended family. We are forever connected not only through DNA but the bond of humanity.





An adoptee who found both her maternal and paternal side 18 years ago, I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing connecting and reconnecting lost and found generations.

20 thoughts on “The 4th of July 2019

  1. A Very Happy 4th of July from one of your English cousins 🙂 The family legend here in England is that Marks and Polly Hyamovitch thought they had landed in America when they disembarked but I think this is a common legend (joke!) in a lot of Jewish families. I think our family legend persisted because it could suggest that Marks and Polly intended to eventually migrate to America (especially as Polly also had a brother that made it to America) but didn’t have enough money to do it in one trip, then they settled, children arrived . . . . although apparently according to an 89 year old Aunt, Marks did visit America in the 1920s and decided he preferred England – we will never know . . .

    1. well hello to my longest cousin – which and who are you? Have we corresponded? I loved reading your reply – thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into what you have heard or know. I had no idea Marks had made a trip here in the 20’s. I thought only Freda had come in the 50’s. Thats is so interesting. If we haven’t been in touch I would love to hear from you at Sharon 🙂

  2. Hi it’s me again Sharon.

    Have just read the branch of our family tree. Yes it is true that Marks did visit his brother Samuel, but didn’t like America for some reason, so came back to London. Who will ever know if that is true or not. We know that Polly had a sister and a mother that went to America and she never saw them again. How true who knows. If only we had asked more questions when they were alive. Have been reading “Finding Home” in the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers. Brilliant and still wonder if our family were part of them. ??????? Just wonder how they arrived here or America.

    Hopefully you will meet the lovely Arline and her hubby very soon. Meeting Brian on Saturday in London. He is related to Polly’s side of the family. Will be taking more photos.

    Take care love and hugs xxxx

    1. Always delighted to hear from you whether on the blog or through email. Again, so surprised to learn Marks came here. How did I miss that but thrilled it is known now. I have read Finding Home too – have copy, I scoured it to see if any mention of family. I would love to know too and am so curious to know ho they got here or there. As excited to meet Arline as you with your up coming visit with Brian. Hugs

  3. Happy 4th, Sharon! I have lots of complaints about the current state of our country, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I am so grateful that my ancestors had the courage to come here to seek a better life.

    I also have a family line where one brother came here, the other to England. When we were in England in May, I met the English side. I hope you enjoy meeting all your cousins in England and in the US!

    1. Hi Amy, I echo your sentiments entirely. I am so looking forward to my meeting with Arline and so thankful she will be sharing with me her amazing experience. I remember, of course, reading in your blog about your English connection on your visit and thought at the time, how fun and connected in so many ways we are. So sad the DNA doesn’t support our Strulowitz connection but smiling and happy for our connection via our blogs and all the other fun interesting connections we have shared over the last few years. Happy 4th back to you 🙂

  4. What an interesting take on Independence Day when there are ancestors on both sides of the pond. In my case, I haven’t found remnants of family who stayed behind in England or Holland, but the German relatives, yes. A whole town of Beckenbachs and Eisenhauers, and only a few of them came to America. My uncle and aunt visited that town and were treated royally – it was right after WWII, and my uncle was stationed there with the Army. I grew up with a painting on the wall that was a view of that little town that still held some 250 relatives. That’s as close as I came to knowing any of them. I love hearing about your family and every little reconnection that comes along. =)

    1. Hi Susan – Do you still have that painting? I would love to see it. Have you done any research on the families and made any overseas connections? If not I think its time to put it on your to do list 🙂 I sure enjoy that we share the love of genealogy and quilting/crafting. It’s been a great connection!

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