Gittle ABRAMOWITZ-New Haven, Ct. 19th century #belarus #usa #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My great great grandmother, Gittle ABRAMOWITZ, came to New Haven, Ct.
somewhere between 1870 and 1890 as a widow with four youngish
orphans. The childrens' names were David (?), Sarah, Meir and Kalman.
She may have remarried on the way from Novarodok (from where she left)
and her family name may have changed.

She supposedly was in the silversmith trade (with her second husband).
One child, Meir (my great grandfather) as a child was sent to
Jerusalem (then Palestine) and the other 3 stayed in the USA. David,
the eldest, went to Boston and eventually got a job in a .
Again ,supposedly, rose to managerial level . At some point in her
life she married a LAZAROFF from London.

Sarah seems to have had a grandson, Tom, who lived ( and studied ?)
in Boston. He was about my mother's age, (b. 1914). Father may not
have been jewish. Sarah and her husband (name unknown to me) lived
and/or vacationed on Coney Island, NYC, during the 1930s

The problem with the credibility of the above data is that it derives
primarily from an autobiography of one of Meir's granddaughters which
was garnered by information received by word of mouth ("supposedly"
above). The writer of this autobiography says in the introduction
that her book " is oral history" rather than sources based. Also some
of the information is based on interviews with elderly family members
who are no longer with us.

Gittle was also supposedly related to Rabbi Isaac Simcha HOROWITZ of
Hartford, Ct. who passed away in 1936. That is my guess why she came
to New Haven in the first place (but then again why not to Hartford?)

If the above sounds familiar to anyone or can be confirmed somehow in
New Haven, I would be very grateful to hear.

BTW, the autobiography mentioned above is called : "A Child of the Desert"
by Adina Katzoff (ne ABRAMOWITZ)

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


Yoni Ben-Ari, I know you have been searching this family for a long time, because I took special note when I lived in the New Haven area.  I wonder if you were able to search marriage certificates in the area.  I lived in CT for many years.  The silver trade, if you mean manufacturing, was based in Meriden and Wallingford, CT, at that time.  These are adjoining towns about halfway between Hartford and New Haven.  I suggest considering that your ancestor lived in New Haven County rather than the city of New Haven. Unless there was great trolley or train service back then, it's likely that she lived near her work.  Both towns are in New Haven County.  There is currently train service from New Haven to Hartford that stops in both Wallingford and Meriden, so I suspect trains ran between them even over 100 years ago.  Furthermore, the train depot in Wallingford is within walking distance of where the silver company was.  I can't recall if that is true in Meriden, but there were no doubt streetcars at that time.  I hope this opens up some new avenues of investigation. I am replying to the group in case this will help anyone else.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC