My ancestor family came to NYC on the John Bertram that arrived 3 June
1857. It was Leiser LAPSER/LAPSAR, wife and 4 children. He was a cap/hat
maker. On both the Hamburg outbound list and NYC inbound list, the surname
is LAPSER/LAPSAR. By the 1860 NYC census it is LEVI/LEVY.
Does anyone have any insight as to why they would have changed surname? Is
there any significance to the LAPSE(A)R surname? Other relatives already
here were LEVY.
Anyone else have that surname in their tree? Leiser's hometown was Koschmin,
Pleschen, Posen, Prussia taken off his 1868 Memphis tombstone. Hebrew name,
same source, was Shmuel Eliezer ben Kasriel.
Rabbi register for marriage of his son Morris Levy to Carrie Hoffman(n) in
1878 in Philadelphia was Solomon Eleazer. His NYC and Memphis name was
Sylvester Louis Levy.
I have been unable, so far, to trace family in Posen, but have done so
extensively post immigration. Not knowing the surname required extensive
online search on first names and ages complicated by Hebrew first names used.
I was very lucky to find them once I came up dry on LEVY.
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