Looking for Greenberg Family Members from Lithuania that moved to New York, USA around 1900. #usa #lithuania

Sharon Ann Dror

Is there anyone on this page that have family members that knew Arthur Penn and Irving Penn's mother Sonia Freda's family? Her maiden name was Greenberg. Born in 1894 in Novo Alexandrovsk, Russia - Lithuania. She moved to the USA in 1910 and joined her brother in NY. who was 4 years older than Sonia.

I am trying to find out her brother's name and family if any...

Sonia married to Harry Tzvi Penn in Manhattan, NY on March 27, 1916. They have two sons: Arthur and Irving. Divorced.

Her son Arthur Penn published several books and mentions Sonia came to America in 1910 and stayed with her brother. Then she married Harry Penn in 1916. Had two sons - Arthur in 1917 and Irving in 1922. Divorced in 1925.

Remarried to Meyer Helfand in 1940. She died on Sept 18, 1979. And Meyer died on July 6, 1973. They are buried together at Mount Moriah in Fairview, NJ.

Irving and Arthur’s books do not mention any relative names, only his mother Sonia and father Harry.

Sonia wrote a 100 page journal in 1960 and there are no family names mentioned. Only says my brother .... my mother... uncle and aunt.... etc no individual names.

There is a Chaim Greenberg that married to Cecilia Feinberg and they have one daughter Doris Salameth Greenberg. Doris got married to Sidney Rosenberg. I have all details on Cecilia attending the Temple University's Dentistry School. I have contacts with Doris' granddaughters. They did not know Chaim at all. They immigrated from Lithuania or Russia to New York. Chaim and Cecilia got divorced. I would love to get details on Chaim Greenberg. 

So there is Chaim and Sonia - I suspect Chaim is Sonia's uncle. Per Sonia's marriage certificate to Harry Penn, her father is Mosche Greenberg and mother is Tauve Mesimik. I was told both were killed in the Holocaust. 

Sharon Ann Dror 


Hi Sharon, 

Here are some documents regarding your post:

A) Sonia Greenberg passenger list, destination nyc to her uncle Chaim Greenberg, living behind her father Moische 

B) I believe that her brother was Joseph Greenberg (1889-1945), married to Sarah Tabres (in 1915)

C) his death record (although his mother's maiden name is wrong, it is undoubtedly the same person) 

D) his WWI draft card (born in Kovno gubernia) 

E) his WWii draft card (born in Novoalexanrov) 

F) Joseph's naturalisation documents (although he gave as birth place Novogrudok, Minsk I believe it is the same person) 

G) his arrival documents (his destination was nyc to his uncle C. D. Greenberg) 

H) Joseph and Sarah had two children a son named Edward /Edwin, born in 1918 or 1919 and a daughter Rosalind who unfortunately died in infancy (17 months) 

I hope that all these will be helpful to your research 

Giannis Daropoulos 


Malcolm Kram

My maternal grandfather was Hyman Greenberg who married Fannie Alexander.  Hyman descends from a huge family of Greenbergs the majority of whom lived in NYC.  I have recently learned that some of these Greenbergs moved to Chattanooga Tennessee.  I am unaware of a Sonya Greenberg  but one of the Chattanooga family was Selma Greenberg.  I have a good size family tree on Ancestry.com  (Kram Family Tree) that you are welcome to look at and a distant Greenberg cousin, Mike Sherman has a huge family tree on My Heritage.  If you have difficulty accessing my Ancestry Tree , just email me with your email address and I can give you  access. 
Malcolm Kram babkakugel@... 

Sharon Ann Dror

Confirmed it is the right people and family.... Now the question is what became of Edward as there are several Edward Greenberg's in 1940 US Census and one is a 'nephew'. And what became of Sarah. 

I requested a picture of Joseph and Rosalind's tombstone at Mount Hebron.

I got a copy of Joseph and Sarah's marriage certificate and Rosalind's death certificate on FamilySearch. 

Greatly appreciate your leads! More than you realize <3 

Sharon Ann Dror