Posted in Ancestry, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, New York, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Srulowitz, Strulowitz, Strolowitz, vitz, vic, vici, vitch and every variation

Still standing in our families story is the Srulowitz/Strulowitz brick wall. (I will be using the spelling of Srulowitz as this seems to be the most common spelling in my records)

Who, where, what happened to you, sister of Rebecca Srulowitz born abt. 1885 in Romania? Rebecca married Samuel Haimowitz in Romania. Their first son was Hyman (Herman) born 1898, Iasi, followed by Pincus (Paul),1901, Galati. I have not been able to find the families immigration record but my best guess, based on records, is 1902. Daughter Freda (Fay), 1902/3, Isidore Irving (my grandfather) 1904, and Molly 1911, were all born in N.Y.C.. Rebecca’s death certificate said she was 51 when she passed away on Jan 4, 1937. Rebecca was laid to rest at Mt. Zion Cemetery, N.Y. on the following day. Her parents were listed as Samuel (sp) Strolowitz and Minnie Cohen, both from Romania.

Missing sister, family remembrances have you known as Minnie Srulowitz (same as your mom), you married and had at least 2 daughters, one of which was named Molly, who was known as “red headed Molly” so she wouldn’t be confused with her cousin Molly Haimowitz who married Louis Petchers in 1933, N.Y.C.. This memory indicates to me there must have been a close family connection of some kind as there could be confusion.

As I continue my search to break down this wall, I have been able to identify many DNA cousin. I have worked on fleshing out their trees, comparing dates, ordering death and marriage certificates to look for parental names but I have not been able to identify with any certainty these family connections.

While the brick wall still stands, it’s not to say I haven’t discovered interesting and fun information and facts on Srulowitz’s. Like the most recent one below for Sidney Srulowitz and his feather beds that became hand sewn quilts.

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The Standard Union Brooklyn New York 04 May 1929, Page 17

In paragraph 2 it starts “Handmade Quilts are a specialty of Sidney’s Quilt Shop”. This article caught my eye because I am a hand quilter. His quilt speciality of course could have been machine stitched but the fact it didn’t say ‘machinemade’ peeked my interest. I began hand quilting in the mid 70’s. Below are 2 of 4 quilts I made this past year, 2020.

The question became, who was Sidney Srulowitz and was there a possibility he could be related to my Rebecca?

I began with a search of public member trees on Ancestry for him and identified 4 different Sidney’s, 1 married to Rose, Fanny, Evelyn and a Rhoda. Sidney (last name Small) jumped out at me because his parents were listed Isidore Srulowitz and Gussie Silverman and that seemed familiar to me. Checking census records showed Sidney, married to Rose was the proprietor of a leather shop but his WWII Draft registration record listed his occupation as “Self, Sidney’s Quilt Shop ” Long Island City.

Sidney Srulowitz was born 19 Oct. 1907, N.Y. He was the son of Isidore Srulowitz born abt. 1884, Romania, died 21 Jan. 1940, Manhattan, N.Y. and Gussie Silverman born abt. 1888, Romania died 28 Aug. 1945, N.Y.. Sidney and Gussie had 9 children, Sidney the oldest followed by Miriam 1909, Irving Maxwell 1910, Paul 1913, Mollie 1916, Joseph 1917, Hyman 1920, Edith Yetta 1923, and Charles 1927. Noted here: it appears all the male children changed their last name to Small sometime around 1940.

Once I discovered Sidney’s father was Isidore my question in researching became, could Isidore be a brother to my Rebecca making her Sidneys Aunt and 1st cousin to my grandfather.

Checking in on father Isidore, he was the original quilter. His WWI draft registration, 1918 lists his occupation as “Quilt Manufacturer in business for himself”. Both his home and business address was listed as 173 Allen Street, N.Y.C.. It also gave his birth date as Dec. 1881. The date corresponds with Rebecca’s estimated birth year of 1885. Checking family search I found his death record with a link to findagrave with his gravestone inscription translated Yehuda, son of Israel David. Isidore is buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens, N.Y..

The 1910 census for Isidore and his family provided some additional information. It listed his occupation as a “Quilt Maker” in Industry “Iron Store”, immigration year of 1905 and the spelling of the last name as Strulovitch . Max Strulovitch (21) cutter / mufg. coats was listed as Isidore’s brother and two ‘boarders’ Jake Silverman (19) cutter mufg. quilts and Rose Silverman (17) operator mufg. were also on the census. Although marked boarders, I believe they were the brother and sister of Gussie.

My search for answers had me looking for immigration records for Isidore hoping perhaps I would find a clue as to who they were traveling to, perhaps to a sister Rebecca and husband Samuel Haimowitz ? But I could not locate any records as of this writing.

I went back to searching public member trees to check for DNA matches and any additional clues. One researcher had the parents of Isidore as Samuel Srulowitz and Mollie LNU – that’s was interesting as Rebecca’s death certificate did lists her parents as Samuel and Minnie (Cohen) (There was no documentation to support these parental names) I also had a distant DNA match to two people in one of the trees.

Using the trees on Ancestry, I did discover that Isidore had a confirmed brother named Max Srulowitz married to Yetta Goodman.

I have a few additional steps to take in researching this family. I have ordered the death certificate for Isidore to confirm his father and mothers name, if possible. If the death certificate for Isidore doesn’t show parental names I will default to Max and Yetta’s records, marriage and his death cert. to confirm Samuel and Molly as parents. I am looking for Molly’s last name to be Cohen.

But before I leave you I wanted to remember Gussie (Gittel) Srulowitz nee Silverman, who I discovered passed away in 1945, the results of a terrible car accident.

The Courier-News Bridgewater, New Jersey . 28 Aug 1945, Tues . Page 4
The Standard Union Brooklyn, New York . 04 May 1929 . Sat. Page 17

Notice the address for Pvt. Louis Solnert was listed as ‘same’ as Gussie. In another article it was mentioned that he was her son-in-law and driver Paul’s brother-in-law. I can’t imagine the heartache and pain of Paul and this entire family.

May their memories be a blessing

Posted in Ancestry, Census, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, New York, Romania, Srulowitz

Samuel Haimowitz and the Missing Immigration Records

Locating the immigration record for my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz feels hopeless at times. Am I making progress or just going over the same old records aimlessly?

I have been trying to locate his immigration record for years now with no success. Family lore recounts that he immigrated with his wife Rebecca along with his son Hyman, 2/3 and infant son Pincus, who may have been born aboard ship. Whether that is true, whether they traveled together has not been proved. In an attempt to recap and revisit and possibly discover something I have missed I am sharing what I know and welcome all suggestions, ideas and help ūüôā

Before I go further I want to establish the birth date that I am using for Samuel. It is 15 March 1875. This date comes from his WWI draft registration and from his S.S. application.

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My earliest record for the family is the 1905 c, spelled Heimowitz, Samuel (28) b. 1877, Romania, Rebecca (25) b. 1880, Romania, son Hyman (8) b. 1898, Romania, Pincus (3) ¬†b. 1902, U.S., Freda (1) living @ 170 Ludlow, NYC. Samuel’s profession was carpenter and Hyman was attending school.

I believe the two records below for petition for citizenship is for my Samuel Haimowitz. ¬†Dated Sept. 24th, 1906, his age was listed as 30 with a birth year of 1876. I have identified this as ‘his’ papers by the occupation listed as Carpenter and the arrival date of 1901 which seems to be the most consistent with the other data found. ¬†Since I could find no other Haimowitz or similar name with occupation of carpenter, this led me to believe that this is for him.

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His arrival date was recorded as ‘on or around’ 12 February 1901, no ship name was given and the spelling of his last name was Haimovich. This interests me as his brother, Marks, who settled in England spelled his name Hyamovitch. Discussions with family in England has included the difference in spelling of the last name and which might have been the original family spelling. Having recorded on this official document the ‘vich’ sound ending, I am leaning towards the England branch spelling being the more original.

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The above 2nd document for Samuels petition for citizenship has a date of 19 February 1904 the name Sam Hymovich, arriving the 12 February 1901, address of 102 Allen St., born in the year 1876. His age was listed as 28. The dates and ages are consistent with the first document. While the name is spelt differently, the arrival day the same, leads me to believe it is the same person. Notice his signature is ‘his mark’ and someone else has spelled the name/written it as Hymovich. The other is 2 year later and it appears he is able to sign his name.

*I have to stop here and report that there are numerous Samuels with birth dates all within a 10 year period along with a variety of spellings. There is another Sam Hymovich born 1877, Russia. I have ruled him out for the above record not belonging to him based on the country of birth and actually locating his naturalization records for the year 1933 along with his wife

Using both the Ellis Island search site, Ancestry, and family search, countless times, using as many spellings and wild cards, more combinations I can think of, I can not find a listing for arrival in 1901, from 1998 – 1905, I can not find any family or single person traveling that could match this family. Using One Step Pages by Stephen Morse, I have identified a number of possible ships arriving the 11th – 13th but that Feb. 12 date could really be outside that box all together. Ships arriving then were the Kaiser Maria Theresia, Havana, Umbria, Potsdam, Tartar Prince & the Capri. ¬†Identifying all these dates and ships on FHL Roll 1403921, I haven’t pursued this further.¬†

Before going further I can not settle whether Pincus/Paul was born on board ship but I think I can settle the question of whether Pincus/Paul was born in the US or in Romania. All of the census records differ with where he was born and his death certificate says New York, with the information given by the informant, his daughter Annette which could be wrong information. His marriage certificate, S.S. application states, Romania, Galatz. I am going with his Romania as this information was provided by Pincus/Paul himself on official documents. I have no birth certificate for him.

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Now if the family arrived on 12 February 1901 and the birth date on the s.s. applications says  3 June, 1901 there is a conflict. In addition notice the date of birth on the death certificate, 3 June 1902, that is after the 1901 arrival as well.

The original quest or question is the location of the immigration records for Samuel, Rebecca, Hyman and Pincus. Believed traveling together, with no records yet found. My thought was establishing where Paul was born could help me find the family traveling. Was I looking for 4 people or 3? Was I look for Samuel alone and Rebecca with 1 or 2 children?

Let me look at the census information.

The 1910c changes a few of the facts and supports the story that Pincus was born either in Romania or Romania waters, on board ship, as his place of birth was listed as Romania and not U.S. as in the 1905c. The family was then living at 228 E. 99th St, NYC.  The immigration year was recorded as 1901 for all 4 of the family, Samuel, Rebecca, Hyman & Pincus. Hyman (10) and Pincus (9).  Freda, now under Fannie was 6 and my grandfather Isidore 4, had been born.

My favorite photo shared with me by my cousin Arline

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Hyman (Herman) Pincus (Paul) Isidore & Freda (Fay) Haimowitz

By 1915 the family had moved again living @ 316 100th St, NYC, Pincus (14)  listed born U.S.. Samuel, Rebecca and Hyman still Romania. Daughter Mollie (4), has joined the family and Sam Shapiro (43) born Russia, cigar maker, was boarding with the them.

Which brings us to 1920 records and the immigration year was listed 1900 for Samuel Rebecca and Pincus, now using Paul (18), was listed as being born in Romania. Samuel’s naturalization year was listed as 1909 with Rebecca and Paul both identified as naturalized also 1909. ¬†If they immigrated in 1900, it appears Paul would not have been born or traveling with them.

Taking a quick glance over at son Hyman in 1920, now going by Herman (21), he was married to Sadie Cantor (20) with an infant son named Harold. His immigration year was noted as 1901 and naturalized 1910. Hermans date of birth, as noted on his WWI draft registration was 22 Sept 1898, Romania. I could not locate a naturalization for Herman or under Hyman. I tried Ancestry, familysearch and Fold3.

1925 c ¬†doesn’t give much information but what it did repeat was Romania for place of birth for Paul but if you look under citizenship Samuel, Rebecca and Paul was marked “a” for alien and not C for citizen. see below

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1930 c really threw me a curve ball. Sam and Rebecca, both in their 50’s said the immigration year was 1896 and that they were both naturalized. Checking on Paul, now married to Ida Taub and living on their own, his place of birth was listed New York again and checking on Herman, his information has the immigration year as 1902 and naturalized.

Wrapping up with the 1940 c which simply says whether naturalized and gives no date of arrival. Samuels says Romania, Na, Hermans says Romania and is coded 4 which is American Citizen born abroad and Pauls says Romania, Na. I have yet to find any naturalization papers for Herman or Paul nor the final papers for Samuel which may show that Herman and Paul naturalized under their father which I suspect was the case and may give additional immigration information.

When did this family arrive in the states? Did they travel together? Did Samuel arrive first and then Rebecca and the children? Where did they depart from? Had they traveled first to England with his brother Marks and his wife Polly and leave from there?

I have asked these questions before, and scoured the records countless times and still have not found any answers.

The only thing I can add is I have had fun trying and as long as I am having fun I will continue to try and track down the answers to these questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Ancestry, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Strulowitz ~ Srulowitz ~ Connections

The second sister in my brick wall has been the most illusive of our family members. Illusive because even with some information, I have made some progress. This is the Strulowitz/Srulowitz branch. In the years I have been researching I have not made contact with any family members connected to this branch that has led to locating her.

My great grandmother was a woman named Rebecca Strulowitz/Srulowitz, born about 1880 in Romania. From her death certificate I learned her parents names were Samuel Strulowitz and her mother was Minnie Cohen. I have records with the last name spelled both with the T and with out.

It is from my cousin Arline, a granddaughter of Rebecca, that I have gotten even a small picture of who this sister to Rebecca could be. What Arline has shared is ~

Rebecca had a sister who was named or called Minnie. Minnie married and had 2 daughters, one named Molly known as red headed Molly so she was not confused with her Aunt also named Molly,  and the other daughter Рname unknown. Arline also shared that Rebecca had family that lived in Chicago, Ill.

This Chicago, Ill information has been one of my research areas as I continue to hopefully break down this brick wall.

I seem to have quite a few DNA connections from both Ancestry and My Heritage to Strulowitz/Srulowitz although no close family matches and all are 4 to 8 generations back.

My most promising and compelling DNA connection is with a

Mendel Srulowitz and Goldie Rosen ~ Mendel and Goldie had a son named

Meyer Srulowitz abt 1856 Austria/Ukraine who married a woman named Molka (Molly) Gringrose (Green)  b. abt 1860. I have uncovered 9 children born to Molly, 7 daughters and 2 sons. A daughter and son died in infancy.

Through 3 of their daughters I have DNA connections to 3 people who have tested their DNA to this family branch which links me to them and them to Meyer and Molly.

Meyer Srulowitz Death Certificate ~ 1935

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I have be researching these 3 daughters of Meyer and Molly and getting a clear picture of their families.

Ida Srulowitz married David Shapiro

Lifsha (Lena) Srulowitz married Jacob Barusch

Minnie Srulowitz married Louis Shapiro

Their other children included:

Pauline Srulowitz who married Max Cohen

Lillian Srulowitz who married Joseph Engel

Ernestine (Ethel) who married Sidney Goldman

Samuel (Solomon) Srulowitz who married Fanny Hirschkowitz

Toby & Gerzel died in infancy

I have 5 other Srulowitz families that I connect with through DNA which includes

Samuel Srulowitz b. 1892 married to a Gussie Sherman

Benjamin Srulowitz b. 1876 married to Susie Marcus

Samuel b. 1884 married to Fannie Hirsch

Feige/Fanny Srulovitz b. 1880 married to Abraham Newmaizer

Samuel Moshe Srulowitz b. 1859 married to Lena Strausman Рit is with this family that through their son Isidore (Izzy) b. 1884 who married Esther Altberger,  that I can connect our story to its Chicago, Ill information.

Isidore b. 24 May 1884 /1885 Hungary, immigrated in 1898 to New York where he married Esther Altberger on 20 June 1909 in Manhattan. Isidore was working as a roller in a cigar shop in 1910. By 1918 they had left New York and relocated to Chicago, Ill. according to Isidore WWI draft registration. Living at 1151 S. California Ave , Isidore was still in the Cigar business working for the San Alto Cigar Company. Isidore passed away on 18 June 1933 and is buried at the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery, Cook Co., Ill

Isidore and Esther had 6 children that I have identified. Francis b. 1912 d. 1916, Herman b. 1913 married Elaine Ida Resnick, Mildred b. 1916 married FNU Schultz, Morris/Morrey b. 1919 married Estelle Friedman, Helen b. 1922 married Edwin Anderson Jr/Bernard Londisky and Marion b. 1933.

Also of great interest in my research is

Rose Strulowitz b. 2 May 1886 Galatz, Romania , daughter of Isaac Strulowitz, Galatz, Romania. Rose was married to a Samuel Greenberg. She passed away 26 Aug. 1944 Chicago, Ill. and is buried in P.O.W. (Progressive Order of the West Jewish Federation) Proviso, Cook, Ill. Galatz, Romania is the last known place that Rebecca (Strulowitz) and husband Samuel Haimowitz were known to live before immigrating to the US. Both sons, Hyman/Herman and Pincus/Paul were born in Galatz.

I am hoping 2020 will be the year of breakthroughs for me but if not I will enjoy the journey. If you have Strulowitz roots and come across this blog posting I hope you will contact me. Lets explore these families together.

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Odessa, Romania, Strulowitz, Weiss

Marks Hyamovitch Family

In the story of The Three Little Pigs, the 3rd and final house was made of brick ~ The wolf huffed and he puffed but couldn’t blow the house down. With genealogy we often refer to a brick wall in our research, that wall stops us in our tracks and can keep us from moving backwards in our research. But I huffed and puffed and with the help of this blog and a little help from a fellow blogger, one of my brick walls did crumble.

What I knew was that my great grandfather had family living in England. Who they were and what the connection was I had no idea. I also knew that he had a sister but we had no knowledge of her name or who she married. We knew only that she had immigrated from Romania and was here in New York with my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz. The extent of our information on her was one photo and only a partial picture of her at that. So when I was contacted by a descendant of our English branch of the family I was overjoyed not only to learn of them but to have a wonderful photo shared with us. ¬†Below and on the left is the “mystery sister” next to her brother Samuel and Freda, their niece, daughter of Marks Hyamovitch, brother of Samuel, visiting from England. They were meeting in New York for the first time. This photo was sent to me by a cousin stating ‘we think this is your great grandfather with the daughter of his brother Marks Hyamovitch.

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Later identification was confirmed by my family members as well as DNA to a new English cousin. That indeed was my great grandfather with his sister along with Freda Hyamovitch.

Marks Hyamovitch was born in 1880, Iasi, Romania. He was five years younger than his brother Samuel who was born in Odessa, Russian Empire/Ukraine in 1875. Their parents were Hyman Haimowitz and Ida/Yetta Greenblatt.  Tracking their movement from documents, we know that in 1875 the family was at home in Odessa, along the Black Sea where Sam was born. Some time prior to or by Samuel becoming 5 years old they made the move to Iasi, Romania, the hub of Jewish life where Marks was born in 1880. From this time frame up until 1898 I have no family information. Samuel married Rebecca Strulowitz, daughter of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen by 1898 (in Romania)  At some point Samuel had left Iasi and moved south to the town of Galati, Romania. That is where his first son Hyman/Herman was born in 1898.

By 1900 at the age of 20, Marks had made his way to England, where he settled. Samuel had not arrived in New York until sometime between 1901 and prior to the 1905 which left the possibility of him traveling to England as well, before departing for New York. I have been unable to find any information on Samuel’s immigration or been able to track a route for him. So many question are still left unanswered. Had he possibly gone with his brother to England and then over to America?

Both Samuel and Marks named son’s after their father so I suspect Hyman had passed away by the time 1st grandson Hyman was born in 1898. This raised the question for me, where was their mother Ida/Yetta? Had she remained in Romania?

I am not concerned about the different spelling of Marks last name as Hyamovitch and not Haimowitz  like Samuels. I attribute it to location, perhaps a spelling error or assimilation to region if there is such a thing. I tend to think Hyamovitch may have been the more accurate spelling of their last name.

Shared with me by the family of Marks is the document below.

Aliens Order 1920, Certificate of Regerstration

17 April 1945

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What a wonderful document. Even though his profession of carpenter is crossed off (why?) Marks and his brother Samuel both were carpenters their entire adult life.

His wife was named Polly Weiss born in 1882, Romania. She was the daughter of Sam Weiss and her mother’s maiden name was Shwaltz (info from family) and shown on document. I am unable to make out her first name.

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From the descendants of Marks and Polly I learned they had eight children spanning a period of 20 years all born in London. This generation of children went on to change their last name to Hyams.

First born was Samuel b. 5 May, 1903 followed by Hyman b. 17 May, 1904,  Philip/Pinny 5 June, 1906 Jack b. 28 June, 1908 Annie b. 1912 Benjamin b. 20 March, 1912, Freda b. 1919 and Harry b. 26 March, 1923

Marks Hyamovitch died in December 16, 1962 in the Tooting Bee Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England. He was 81 years old. Cause of death was listed as 1a. bronchopneumonia 1b.generalized arteriosclerosis 2. senility

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He is buried at the Rainham Jewish Cemetery, Rainham Borough of Havering, Greater London, England

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A big Thank you to the members of the Facebook page ‘Tracing The Tribe’ for the translation of the stone. Their willingness to help, explain, suggest, interpret is always so appreciated. Member Robin Meltzer wrote;

Hi Sharon – this is the complete translation: “[abbreviation] Here lies buried/ Mr. Mendel son of Mr. Pinchas/ died 20 Kislev 5723 [abbreviation] by the small count/ [abbreviation] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.” The Hebrew word at the very bottom of the stone is “Shalom,” in this context, “peace.” His father’s name was Pinchas.

So two things jumped out at me, the first being that Marks name was actually Mendel which I did not know and the second thing was his fathers name was written as Pinchas. This is in conflict with what was written on the stone of his brother Samuel seen below.

So I posed this question or statement

“What is interesting to me is that on the headstones of two brother’s one said ‘son of Haim’ and this said ‘son of Pinchas’. Both brothers named son’s Hyman and Pinchas. I suppose the engravings of names on the stones is reflective of who is giving the information and not always the exact name. One brother was in the states the other in England. Again thank you all for the help.”¬†

Sharon – it is possible that the father had two given names, “Chaim Pinchas” or “Pinchas Chaim.” On the headstones you mentioned, is there a time period where one name is used and not the other, or do they switch back and forth? If there are religious marriage records for his children, that might help clear this up

I posted the photo of Samuels headstone

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And the translation of Samuel’s headstone by Robin

“[abbr] Here lies buried/ Yehoshua son of Mr. Chaim/ died 18 Nisan 5714/ [abbr] May his soul be bound in the bond of life.” “Haimowitz” is the patronymic of “Chaim.” But people changed surnames, full siblings adopted different surnames, so proving that could be difficult. If “Pinchas” was in use earlier than “Chaim,” another possibility is that the father had “Chaim” added to “Pinchas” as an amuletic name later in life due to illness. But it is actually rare that even when there is good documentation of an additional name, that the amuletic name is included in the headstone inscription. Different families have very different customs for this.

I do not have an explanation for the difference in their fathers known first name. I still am partial to Samuel and Marks having sons named Pinchas/Pincus = Paul to us and Philip/Pinny = Pinchas/Pincus and son’s named Hyman as an explanation for tying the first name together.

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Marks and Polly with Annie and Freda 

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Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss

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Polly passed a year after her husband Marks on March 13, 1963 at Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, Middlesex, England. She was 82 years old.

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Posted in Adoption, Bronx, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, Petchers, Romania

Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz

In my last post I shared the recently received documents for my great uncle’s Herman (Hyman) and Paul (Pincus) Haimowitz. In attempt to locate the originating home town (shtetl) of my ancestors, at the beginning of the summer, I began reviewing and requesting records I had not sent for. ¬†A few of those records have arrived that I would like to share.

From Herman and Paul’s records I clearly have 2 town names that had played a role in their early lives. They were Iasi and Galati Romania. I out lined my theory of the families movements in my last post. (from Odessa, Ukraine up to Iasi and then down into Galati before immigrating to the United States)

Molly Haimowitz was the youngest of 5 siblings. From oldest to youngest, Herman, Paul, Fay, Isidore (my grandfather) and Molly. I had hoped by requesting her marriage and death certificate there might have been a clue to her parents home town’s but I wasn’t so lucky. Still, her records are wonderful and help to round out her story.

Molly Haimowitz was born on August 22, 1911, New York City, New York and passed away February 4, 1994, North Miami Beach, Florida.

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In 1930 Molly (17) was still living with her parents at 974 Aldus St, Bronx ¬†and in 1933 she listed a different address, 845 St John’s Ave but I was unable to locate this address in the Bronx. I did find a location for it in Yonkers. Under street listings for the Bronx the only street name to come close was St. Joseph’s Way and looking again at the address on the certificate it could very well be St Joseph. I could not locate any information on the Franklin Casino that she has listed as the venue. But what did jump out at me on this record was the spelling of her mothers last name as Srulowitz – and not Strulowitz with the t. This again shows the inconsistencies with the spelling of their last name and in locating family records. This family Strulowiz/Srulowitz ¬†is certainly one of my brick walls.

This paragraph is an add on, an amendment to my original posting. Fellow blogger and friend of the https://brotmanblog.com spotted something on the marriage certificate that I overlooked. The place of birth for Molly was recorded as Romania. I had not noticed this. My mind registered that as referring to her parents. Clearly this was an error as Molly was born in N.Y., although I have no record for her birth. Census records for the years 1905, 1910 & 1915 suggests the family remained in N.Y. I have nothing to suggest that the family returned to Romania after arriving.

I know next to nothing about the life and family of Molly and Louis Petchers. From the  1940 census they were living at 398 Oliver Place, Bronx and Louis (38) was working as a mechanic in a service station. Molly (24) had no occupation listed.

 

Molly and Louis adopted a girl born in 1943 but I am unsure when the adoption took place. She was the informant on the death certificate for Molly (see below) Louis had passed away 11 years earlier in 1983 also in the Miami area.

¬†Molly’s Death Certificate.

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Here on this record the last name for her mother is spelled as Srulowitz. The only leads I have on this Srulowitz family is the death certificate of Molly’s mother Rebecca; her father’s name was written (Sam) Strulowitz and her mother as Minnie Cohen, both simply Romania. Information shared by a cousin’s states Rebecca had family in Chicago, a sister named Minnie who had 1 daughter named Molly ~ known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with her Aunt Molly. Herman’s death certificate lists the spelling of the last name as Strulowitz. On my grandfather’s record only the first name of Rebecca was listed as is the same with son Paul. I do not have a death record for daughter Fay. My pursuit of Strulowitz/Srulowitz family connections will continue.¬†Molly is buried at the Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami, Florida.

 

 

Posted in Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, Jewish History, Lipschitz, Romania, Schiff

Hyman/Herman and Pincus/Paul Haimowitz

Taking a small detour from my Lipshitz branch I would like to again focus on the Haimowitz family. Recently I received 2 documents I had sent away for. This summer I had decided to look through my records for what might be missing, then try and locate  and order them.

Below is a wonderful picture of 4 of the 5 Haimowitz siblings who started our branches here in the states. Hyman/Herman standing in middle, Pincus/Paul standing, baby Isidore/Irving seated in middle (my grandfather) and Frieda/Fay holding the basket. Not born yet was Molly.

4HaimowitzPortraitCopyPhoto courtesy of the Fay Haimowitz Family

As I continue to research the family I have been concentrating and trying to locate exactly where the family originated from. I have still not been able to locate a passenger record for the parents, Samuel Haimowitz and wife Rebecca Strulowitz, nor can I find  1st born son Herman, confirmed born in Romania who traveled with them to New York. Son Paul, as the family story goes, was born aboard ship with his birth location puzzling. Was he a born in Romanian water or in U.S. water? The question may have been answered. Until now I have had conflicting census and records for him. The next three children were all born in New York.

First received was the marriage record for son Herman. He married Sadie Canter on May 18, 1918. This record actually threw a wrench in my research as his birth location was listed as Jassy/Iasi. Before receiving this, I had believed his birth location was the town of Galati or Galatz (yiddish) as noted on his death certificate.

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A quick look for Ports in Romania on Wikipedia I learned that “The Port of Gala»õi is the largest port and sea port on the Danube River and the second largest Romanian port.[2][3] Located in the city of GalaŇ£i, the port is an important source of revenue for the city because many large international companies have established there.”

On the birth certificate of my grandfather Isidore, his father, Samuel’s birthplace was noted as Odessa, Romania. Odessa (spelled with either 1 or 2 s’s) today is in the Ukraine. During WWII it came under Romanian occupation other wise it was considered part of the Russian Empire. The cities history is quite fascinating and worth a comprehensive read and still leaves me a bit confused as to why on a 1904 birth record Odessa was noted that way.

Had Samuel relocated from Odessa to Yassy/Iasi and then from there down into Galati where he and his wife Rebecca left from the Galati port to America? To me that makes the most sense now seeing all these cities on the map. Iasi is the second largest city in Romania. It holds a huge role in Jewish history. ¬†Samuel’s occupation was carpenter and that never wavered. In my mind he would have sought hubs of activity for work and that loop of Odessa, Iasi and Galati makes sense.

Herman and Sadie were married at the Municipal Building in New York. Witness to the marriage were Herman’s parents, Samuel and Rebecca.

 

The next record I received was the marriage certificate for Pincus/Paul Haimowitz. His marriage was to Ida Schiff nee Taub on November 3, 1927 in the Bronx. This was Paul’s first marriage and Ida’s second.

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This was truly a welcomed document as Paul’s birthplace was listed as Galatz, Romania. I now have 2 documents for the 2 brothers with Galati mentioned. I continue to feel confident that Galati holds the a key to our ancestors beginnings prior to coming here, at least their last known place of residence. I have never been able to find a naturalization record for Paul nor a birth certificate for confirmation however his social security record does give a birth date of June 3, 1901, Romania.

Ida Taub was first married to Samuel Schiff in 1921. They had 1 daughter, Annette born in 1924. Whether divorced or Samuel died I have not been able to prove. Ida went on to marry Paul. They would have 1 son, Harold born in 1932.

 

Paul’s death certificate yielded no information on his place of birth. The informant on this record was Annette Reinert, noted daughter.

Thus ends another chapter for the lives of Hyman/Herman and his brother Pincus/Paul Haimowitz

I also would like to say a special Thank you to my cousin Arline for sharing some wonderful family photo’s with me. Truly a treasured gift.