I would appreciate any opinions on the following: My husband's grandfather,
Jacques (Jacob) ALEXANDER was >from France according to his census information.
His son said he thought the family came >from "somewhere in Alsace, in or
near Strasbourg." Through the 1900 and 1910 census reports we know that Jacob
arrived in the US around 1880 and lived in Manhattan, NYC, New York The family
was thought to have been Jewish.
I have found a Jacob ALEXANDER on the Castle Garden website who possibly fits
the age profile (about 8 yrs.old). This child came >from Prussia with his
parents and seven siblings. Their port of departure was Antwerp, Belgium and
their arrival date at Castle Gardens was 14 May 1880. The father of this child
was Joseph Alexander, naturalized in 1888 and his papers say he was >from Germany.
Recently I became aware of another "Strasburg" (now Brodnica in Poland) which
was part of West Prussia around 1873. >from what little information I've
given above (and below), does anyone think it is possible that this Strasburg is
actually where I should be doing research? Or, does the fact that Jacob
referred to himself as being >from France preclude this?
We know the date and place of Jacob's death but filing for a death
certificate brought no results. Apparently the death was not reported. Since he
apparently arrived in the US as a child, there would not be any naturalization
information. Jacob married Minnie Eisner in Manhattan in either 1896 or 1897. I
sent for a copy of his marriage certificate months ago hoping that it would
provide some clues and have not had a response >from the state of New York. Minnie
was >from Vienna, Austria and had been in the US for about seven years
according to the 1900 census. We think that she was Jewish and that she may have
had a brother who was a rabbi. After their marriage they lived on 48th St. in
Manhattan and later moved to Jersey City, New Jersey.
My father-in-law has Jacob's date of birth recorded as 13 December 1874 and
Minnie's as 25 November 1872. On the 1900 census report, these dates are given
as Dec. 1873 and June 1873 respectively so I can't vouch for their accuracy.
Any opinions and suggestions as to how I should proceed will be most welcome
and greatly appreciated.