JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Records of New Orleans Jews #general

Steven N. Lewis <lewissn@...>

After 15 years of looking I'm still stymied in my search for info on my
gggrandfather's early years as an immigrant in New Orleans, LA. From
ships records, I have learned that BENJAMIN GROSS (b. 1815) emigrated
from Bavaria on the ship Viola >from the port of Le Havre, arrived in
Oct. of 1845 in New Orleans. Ships records list him as a "farmer"
although later he was employed as a dry goods or produce merchant. He
either was married in Germany or in New Orleans to CAROLINA GROSS, and
his eldest child THEODORE GROSS was born in New Orleans in 1845 acc'ding
to census records. Louisiana State Archives has no record of Theodore's
birth, no Benjamin Grosses are listed in the city directory from
1846-1858, and queries to Gate of Heaven (Jewish) cemetary in New
Orleans yielded no family members. The family moved to New York by 1860
and to Washington, DC a few years later. Death certificates have yielded
no further clues; in fact, Benjamin isn't buried next to his wife and
there is no record of his death in DC. Information on the Gross family's
first 15 years in the USA is critical because I'm looking for clues to
my gggrandmother's maiden name, since GROSS is so common a name that
it's tantamount to looking for John or Jane Doe. Do any fellow
Jewishgenners have leads regarding Bavarian Jews in New Orleans in the
years before the Civil War? Since civil records haven't been useful, I'm
praying that perhaps synagogue registers or mohel books may exist.
Thanks for any help you can send my way! Nancy Breslau Lewis

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