In my last post I wrote about my continuing search for the missing immigration papers for my great grandfather Samuel, his wife Rebecca and their two sons, Hyman and Pincus. With many questions left open as to when they traveled, who exactly traveled and or who traveled together, I wanted to update with information provided by my cousin Arline. I threw out a life line asking for information and help and she came through.
“Read your recent email and here’s what I remember. My grandfather was a carpenter in Romania and he had money as that was a prestigious profession. I was told he came to America to escape the Russian draft. At that time if you were Jewish and drafted, you went to Siberia. I was also told he came to this country via Ellis Island with my grandmother and two sons Herman and Paul. Both Herman and Paul were born in Romania and I think that maybe there were 3 years or so between their ages. Paul was not born aboard ship.”
The birth date for first born son Hyman/Herman is 22 Sept 1898 and for Pincus/Paul, 3 June 1901, with it listed as 1902 on his death certificate. That year of birth was provided by his daughter and she may not have known for sure. I am using 1901 as the confirmed birth year as that is what is written on his official documents.
With the earliest census record of 1905 for the family taken in June, I will continue to hunt for their immigration record for the years 1901 – 1905 and as a family of 4 coming over together.
Samuels age for immigration is not consistent on his records with the ages 21 – 28 years for arrival. Wife Rebecca’s age is shown as being between 21 – 25 years of age on arrival.
*I have thrown out the year of 1896 for arrival (as seen on the 1930c)
Thank you to my cousin Arline for always being so willing to jump in and help when she can 🙂 It’s is always appreciated.