This a question I posed about a year ago to the FB Tracing the Tribe group with no real help. I thought I'd try again here.
I found a found a manifest record for my great-grandmother Bessie JAFFE's arrival using her Hebrew name, Pesche, in 1893. The record shows she was traveling with two sons, Sender 9 and Gedale JAFFE, age 7. I managed to match Sender and Gedale to my great uncles Samuel and Charles from the inscriptions on their graves.
My great-grandfather Henry was already in the US since 1875. Another son, Albert, remained behind to complete his rabbinic studies and joined the rest of the family in 1905.
This leaves one crucial gap in the record: What happened to my to my grandfather Jacob, the youngest child born in Poland? We gave a rage of birth dates for my grandfather but our best guess would make him 5 or 6 years old when his mother and two older brothers made the crossing.
I can find no manifest record for Jacob anywhere and a friend who does genealogical research was unable to find anything showing when my grandfather arrived. For years, we believed a story he told about making the journey with a younger cousin when he was thirteen. But there are numerous inconsistencies with that version, not the least of which him appearing in the 1900 census. I have Jacob's passport application in which he uses his father's 1895 naturalization petition to establish citizenship.
I can think of no version of the story where my great-grandmother would have made the crossing without her youngest son. But everything I've read and heard says that Jacob could not have been with his mother and 2 brothers on the 1893 crossing if he doesn't appear on the manifest. I know of no other family to make the crossing after who could have accompanied him (except Albert, but that would have been too late to be on the 1900 census).
Any thoughts about avenues to explore that might help us figure out how and when Jacob arrived?
Thanks, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54@...>