Trying to Make Sense of a Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry #records

Eric Ellman


I do not understand what's going on in an entry for the Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry.  Can someone help?  The docs concern Max Ellman (1890-1963)

Max Ellman, Army No. 1907079; Beneficiary, Selke Ellman (daughter); c/o Etel Tsiril Schwartz (grandmother and guardian), Saratov, Russia; Nature of Claim, Allotment and Allowance; Located through information given by [Max or Mrs.] Ellman; Allotment and allowance due to daughter was recent settled by check upon forwarding proper papers to Veterans Bureau; case closed.

Comments and questions:
(1) I have a vague idea of what's going on here, but I can use some more help?;
(2) What year might this record be from?  According to Max's headstone application, Max enlisted 9/19/17 and was discharged 9/27/19;
(3) Max Ellman was from Minkovitz, Ukraine in the Kamyanets, Podilsky. He married his wife, Rachel (or Jennie) there in 1912 and immigrated to New York in 1913.  Sartov is light-years (1,600 mi.) from Minkovitz so that seems strange to me.  I have a high degree of confidence I have the right Max Ellman since the Army serial number on the JWB document matches the Army serial number on the headstone application in 1963 and the headstone application matches everything I know about Max.  Nu?
(4) On Max's petition for naturalization in 1925 (I know this is the right Max), he lists a son, Soloman, but no daughter.  I could not find Max on the manifest. The 1930 and 1940 censuses (Brooklyn) lists a daughter, Bessie (b. 1924), but no son.  I found no census info for 1915 or 1920.


Eric J. Ellman
N. Bethesda, MD


Searching: COHEN (London), COIRA, (Minkovsty, Ukr.), ELLMAN (Minkovsty, Ukraine), FAGIN (Dvinsk, Latvia), GREENBERG (Rzeszów, Galicia), GRUDMAN/GRUBMAN (Kedainiai, Lit./Riga, Lat.), KOTZEN (Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), KREIGER (Riga, Lat./Kedainiai, Lith.), LUFFER, ((Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), MAIDMAN (Minkovsty, Ukr),ROSENBERG (Lomza/Nowogrod, Poland), STORCH/STOCK (Rzeszów, Galacia), STERN (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), SZRENZIL (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), WYSZYNSKI (Mlawa, Poland)


Most probably not the same Max Ellman. The one naturalized in 1924, was born on May 14, 1889 in present-day Ukraine. The military records are for a  Max Ellman born on Nov 20,1891 in present-day Poland. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Sherri Bobish


Max ELLMAN's passenger manifest is indexed under the name Mordke HILLMAN.  You can see the manifest (both pages) on

The manifest has a surname crossed out (looks like "KELMAN"), and "HILLMAN" written in.  The manifest states he left behind his wife, name looks like Ruchel KELMAN.

Town of last permanent residence and place of birth looks like Tarorovick (sp??) 

He is going to his brother-in-law Spiegel or Siegel in Chicago.

Max's nat papers give his place of birth as Zinkow (Zin'kiv [Ukr]), not Minkovitz (Myn'kivtsi [Ukr]), although these two towns are only 16 miles apart.
I found this on Saratov, where his supposed child lived"
"During January 1915, with World War I dominating the Russian national agenda, Saratov became the destination for deportation convoys of ethnic Germans, Jews, Hungarians, Austrians and Slavs whose presence closer to the western front was perceived as a potential security risk to the state."

Have you found Max's wife's passenger manifest?  That should contain some clues for you.  Perhaps she left behind a child?  Perhaps the child and the grandmother were evacuated to Saratov during WW1?

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish