Looking for Arsonist’s Family #usa


Jeff Marx
 

In 1896, the NY papers were filled with the sensational news of Isaac Zucker/Zuker, who headed a gang of arsonists, and who was sentenced to 36 years at Sing Sing prison. I’m writing an article about him and trying to track down his descendants. However, I cannot find his wife and children in the 1900 and subsequent censuses, while Isaac is in prison.

The family is found in the 1880 US (Phil) census “Isaac Zeucker” and in the 1895 NJ state census (“Isaac Zuker”). Newspaper accounts list his children as Willie, Annie, Charlie, another daughter, and wife (Rosa or Rachel), a brother, Abraham Zuker, and state that Isaac was born c. 1847/48 and came to the US around 1878.  

Any of you super sleuths able to help with this?

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Jeff Marx
Researching ANSPACHER, AUGAPHEL, AUGENBLICK, BREAKSTONE, BREGSTEIN, CARLEBACH, HIEGENLICH, KUBELSKY, MARX


Rob Halpern
 

A cousin of mine was convicted of a notorious crime in 1930 and sent to Sing Sing.
His family soon changed their surname, I assume to distance themselves from the news and enable the sister to get married. I was fortunate to stumble on a record that revealed the name change.

Rob Halpern


Shelley Mitchell
 

I agree that the family changed their names, maybe to wife’s maiden name and remarried. Her husband may have agreed to a divorce and a get. In any event, if the descendants know more than what is printed, they are unlikely to cooperate and bring up their shameful past. 


Shelley Mitchell, NYC 


Shelley Mitchell
 

You may want to reference Albert Fried’s 1993 book for assistance. 


Shelley Mitchell, NYC 


Shelley Mitchell
 

Albert Fried wrote a book about him in 1993. 


Shelley Mitchell, NYC


Jeff Marx
 

Yes, to all of the above. In addition to Fried's book, I looked at the information about him in Ron Aron's The Jews of Sing Sing and Joselit's Our Gang. What I've already discovered about him is more extensive than these three works. In addition I've read the newspaper articles about him that cover a 3 year period. So, I need to turn to primary sources now, not secondary ones. And, yes, I agree that the best explanation is that the family immediately changed their name. However, I suspect the mother and daughters would have still been living together (perhaps in NJ which is where the home was) even if it was under a different name.  
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Jeff Marx
Researching ANSPACHER, AUGAPHEL, AUGENBLICK, BREAKSTONE, BREGSTEIN, CARLEBACH, HIEGENLICH, KUBELSKY, MARX


kosfiszer8@...
 

I researched Louis Gordon trial for arson on the New York Times and other newspapers and Zucker is mentioned in some of the articles. Louis Gordon went to Sing Sing and was pardoned by NY governor. His son later was a Judge. The family never changed the family name.
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Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas