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.

Sidney Quilt Shop

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 Bride, Chicago, DNA, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, London, New York, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

2020 ~ A Brief Year In Review

At the beginning of 2020, I started the year with renewed hope in finding two missing woman, both great grand Aunts on each my maternal and paternal side.

Still missing is the sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch.

Also still missing is the sister of my great grandmother Rebecca Haimowitz nee Srulowitz/Strulowitz.

I still have no concrete leads despite numerous DNA connections which have been of no help in discovering who they are. Below is a picture of Samuel Haimowitz and Rebecca Srulowitz.

Samuel and Rebecca (Srulowitz) Haimowitz

We know that Rebecca’s sister was called Minnie, she did marry and had 2 daughters, one who was named Molly, known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with her cousin named Molly. We also know that Rebecca had family in Chicago, Ill.

While very little to no progress made on my direct branch this year, quite a few wonderful discoveries and picture were shared with me by the families of Samuel Haimowitz’s brother, Marks Hyamovitch and his wife Polly (Pauline) Weiss.

I love the wedding photo’s

One of my favorite photos was of Polly Hymovitch. Here she is in London feeding the pigeons. Can’t you just hear Julie Andrews singing Feed The Birds from the Sound Of Music?

Also a favorite of this year was this family photo of Marks and Polly with their first four born, all boys. This is the earliest known photo of the family that I have seen so far (about 1910) The photo came from the Weiss Family Collection. From lt to rt: Samuel, Polly, Jack, Phillip, Hyam and Marks. The boys look awfully smart in their matching outfits. Marks and Polly went on to have 5 more children, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith and Harry. All went on to adulthood with the exception of Benjamin who passed at 4 years old and Edith at 1.

I think by far the most interesting question that came up in my research this year was with the marriage of Jeanette Weiss and Emanuel Goldberg.

Emanuel and Jeanette

Had I actually found a connection linking the Weiss – Haimowitz – and Srulowitz families together through marriage? The families all came from Romania, with the brothers Sam and Marks marring there before immigrating. They most likely all came from close proximity in that time from Iasi (Yassy). Had they continued a family bond between the three? You can read about the connection in the post below.

https://wordpress.com/post/nwpaintedlady.wordpress.com/8762

For a quick recap – Emanuel and Jeanette lived in Chicago, Ill. They had a son Kalman Goldberg who married Arlene Srulowitz (Chicago, Ill.) You may recall I did say that my Rebecca Srulowitz’s family settled in Chicago. To go on, I have 3 DNA connections to the family of this Arlene Srulowitz, the daughter of Herman Srulowitz, son of Isadore Srulowitz and Esther Altberger. Nothing else has come to light but I am encouraged to continue with this thread.

I am not sure of the direction of research for 2021 but I am excited to see what develops.

Posted in Ancestry, Chicago, Genealogy, Goldberg, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, London, New York, Srulovitz, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulovitz: Are we connected?

In my last post I wrote about Jeanette Weiss who married Emanuel Goldberg. You can read about them here  While researching them I made an interesting discovery connecting them back to my Srulowitz/Srulovitz or Strulowitz family.

In 1932, Jean and Manny had a son, Kalman Asrial born January 27th, Chicago, Ill.

For some time now I have been trying to locate my Srulowitz family that had left New York for Chicago. My great grandmother was a woman named Rebecca Srulowitz and while we know her parents names were Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen that is really all we knew with the exception that Rebecca’s extended family had located in Chicago. In addition she had a sister named Minnie who had a duaghter named Mollie, known as red head Mollie.

I have a number of Strulowitz connected DNA cousins  4 – 8 generations back and nothing to connected our family with these matches, that is until now.

Before I go further let me explain my connection to Jean Weiss. She is the niece of the wife of my 2nd great uncle; Phillip Hyam’s (Hyamovitch). Phillip’s father was Marks Hyamovitch (England branch) brother to my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz (New York branch) The connection is distant but with the discovery of Kalman and then to his wife but I have connected these two families through marriage and linked them as our Srulowitz family.

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulowitz on October 24, 1954 in Chicago, Ill. Arlene was born June 5, 1934. That was an interesting discovery for me and I quickly went to work trying to discover who Arlene was.

Arlene was the daughter of Herman Srulovitz b. May 3, 1913, Brooklyn, N.Y. son of Isadore Srulovitz b. 1884 Hungary- d. 1933 Chicago and Esther Altberger b. 1891 Hungary – died 1966 Chicago.

I have been sitting on 3 DNA connections to the family of Isadore and Esther for a few years now. I have been communication with the granddaughter of Arlene in both group emails with the England Hyamovitch family and privately the last view months unaware that we circle back around and connect.

I have a task in front of me to try and discover just how Isadore and Rebecca are connected. I have nothing proven yet.  What I am going to try to prove is were

Could Isadore born 1884, father Samuel M. and Rebecca born 1880, father Samuel be brother and sister?

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 – name 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 – it 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 Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Memorial, Petchers, Srulowitz, Strulowitz, Weiss

In Memory of Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz & Benjamin Hyamovitch

In Memory of

Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz 

22 August 1911 New York, New York ~ 4 February 1994 Miami, Florida

Daughter of Samuel Haimowitz and Rebecca Strulowitz

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Molly is my great aunt, sister to my grandfather Isidore Haimowitz. She was the youngest of 5 siblings, Hyman, Pincus, Fay, and Isidore.  Born in 1911 she married Louis Petchers on 9 December 1933 in the Bronx. They had one adopted daughter named Roberta ~ Roberta had no descendants.

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May Her Memory Be A Blessing 

I would also like to make mention of Molly’s 1st cousins Benjamin Hyamovitch –

 

Benjamin Hyamovitch 

20 March 1916 London, England ~ 5 February 1920 London, England 

Son of Marks Hyamovitch and Polly Weiss 

A very short but sweet life ~

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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.

Marks Hyamovitch 

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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 Genealogy, New York, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Wanted – all leads on locating Minnie Srulowitz/Strulowitz

My information is minimal – the facts limited – the questions and answers illusive

Missing: known only as Minnie (maiden name) Srulowitz/Strulowitz probably born between 1875 – 1885, Romania

daughter of Samuel Srulowitz/Strulowitz (abt.1860) and Minnie Cohen

sister of Rebecca (Rivka) Haimowitz (1880, Romania) nee Srulowitz/Strulowitz

Minnie had 2 known daughter’s, 1 was named Molly aka Red Headed Molly

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We know that Minnie was in New York at some point, early 1900’s, married and had 2 daughter’s, 1 named Minnie

There was also Srulowitz/Strulowitz family that settled in the Chicago area