As I continue to work on researching the Steinman family with all the many branches that make up this tree, the documents I have sent away for have started to come in. Yesterday I received the death certificate for Joseph/Joe Steinman, husband of Rose Ochsman/Oxman, father of Morris/Murray and Shirley Steinman. Joe was born Sept. 15, 1894 Berdichev, Russia and died May 26, 1936 at age 41 (death cert.) The death certificate seemed very mundane and revealed little information I hadn’t already known, the name of his father, Abraham and mother Shirley Gold, where he was buried, Montefiore Cemetery, but something very interesting jumped out at me which opened up a whole new question and line for research. Who was Frank Oxman?
Frank Oxman was the undertaker who attended Joe Steinman. Not just any undertaker but an Oxman, the same last name as the maiden name of Joe’s wife Rose. That of course prompted the question, who was Frank Oxman, were they related, if so how? Oxman was not an uncommon name and it could simply be coincidence. I am off on another rabbit trail to try and discover the connection, if there is one.
My initial research led to the following information. Frank Oxman (1902) was the youngest son of Aaron (1865) and Annie Oxman (1867). The age of Frank would line him up as a possible cousin to Rose. I have not uncovered Rose’s father’s name, only her mother’s, Sarah. The first possibility for a relationship that I am tossing around is that Rose’s father and Aaron could be brothers (if they are related at all) or they could even be cousin’s themselves.
Aaron arrived in June of 1889. I first located the family in the 1900c living at 18 Pitt Street, NYC. Aaron’s occupation was a cigar maker. Living in the household was wife Annie, son Morris (1887-Russia), Ida (1889-Russia), Max (1894-NY), Lillie (1896-NY), and Abraham (8/12)
By 1905 Frank had joined the family born in 1902. What was interesting about this census was Aaron and Annie were not listed. Living at 189 4th St, NYC were Ida (16) working as a saleslady, Moses/Morris was 18 and making caskets, Max (11), Lillian (9), Abe (6) and Frank (3) My guess is that the census worker simply missed listing Aaron and Annie.
Still at the 189 4th Street address, Aaron and Annie are again listed on the census for 1910. Working in a cigar factory/manufacturer it appears as if Aaron may be the owner or co owner as it was noted that he was the employer and not employee. Morris/Moses has again morphed and became Henry on this record and was employed as the commissioner of deeds in a law office. Ida was 21 and working as a sales lady in a dry goods store, Max was 16 and working as a clerk in a dresshouse, Lilian (13), Abe (10) and Frank was (8)
By 1920 Aaron (55) has moved his family to 446 146th Street, Brooklyn. Annie (52), Abe (20) was still home and working as a salesman in a cigar stare. Frank (18) is a chauffeur – driving truck. Daughter Lillian (23) had married Frank Marcus (29) who was working as a manager in a Telegraph Co. They had 1 daughter, Ruth (1)
It is in 1930 that Frank Oxman crosses over to the career that will support him for many more years. At 28 years old he was working in an undertakers parlor. The street address was listed as 210 East Broadway, NYC. He was listed as a boarder in the home of Jacob (40) and Ida (38) Blum, along with their daughters Sylvia (18) and Harriet (10). Jacob is an undertaker in a independant parlor and daughter Sylvia was listed undertaker – typist. The age of Ida was off by about 7 years (older). I can not be sure that this was Frank’s sister and husband but for now, it’s possible and if so then it appears Jacob Blum may have given Frank his start was an undertaker. In fact he most certainly did.
Doing a general google search for Oxman, Blum, funeral parlor, etc, I came up with quite a few interesting sites, one of which was extremely interesting. It has a link to reblog the post and so I think I will do just that. Fingers crossed this will work as I have never tried this before.
****It did repost, it follows this post…Arlyne Weiss Brinkman Part 1, when you come to the end, click on view original post and it will take you to the whole story****