Theo/ Madelyn Travis <travis@...>
I've been away for a few days, so sorry about coming in late on this thread.
My grandfather's arrival papers (1913) say that he is coming to stay with
his brother-in-law, David LOWENSTEIN, on the lower east side. As far as we
know, there are no Lowensteins in our family. I know >from my grandfather's
naturalization papers that he did live at the address given, at least until
1928, but by 1920, the "brother-in-law" did not live there, or was not
listed in the phone book. Lowenstein is a common name in the part of
Lithuania my grandfather was from, but apparently not elsewhere, so I
concluded that the families must at least have known each other in the old
country, and may have been related.
I was very interested to see that other people have this same mystery. I
would be interested to continue hearing about other's people's experiences
with this, just to get some idea about how likely a family relationship
actually is between the immigrant and their "uncle"/"brother-in-law"/etc.
I was very interested to see that other people have this same mystery. IIt would be interesting to come up with an "unknown
cousin/brother-in-law/uncle" list, to see if the names appear with some
frequency, and thereby discover if some of these people appear to be 'agents'
as was suggested in a previous post.
We just (last week) got the passenger manifest for my ggf's brother, who
arrived in NY in 1905. He was, to our current knowledge, the first of the
family to come to the US >from Belarus. His name appears in the Detained
Passenger List for the steamship Umbria, and the reason for detention is
"cous", which we take to mean that his "cousin," listed as Max Greenblat,
didn't pick him up until the next day.
The Greenblat name is, so far, totally unknown to us, and I am wondering if
this person could have been an "agent" who helped people immigrate to the U.S.
Is anyone else aware of an unknown relative on a passenger list named Max
Greenblat in Bronx, NY in the 1905 time frame?
Carol Kunkis Cohn
Newport Beach, CA
KOSSOI/KOSOI/KOSSOY/KOSOFF >from Belarus; KUNKIS >from Glubokoye, Belarus;
SCHRIER >from Yarmolintsy, Ukraine