SAIONZ family in Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA #poland #usa #russia


David Ziants
 

Some of my paternal ancestors were from the small town of Narewka (Narifka), which was somewhere in between Bielsk and Bialystok, and I found a 1940 ship manifest of what seems to be my family name from this town sailing to Pennsylvania, USA. The name on this manifest is spelled ZAJACZYJ and we see 17 year old Sarah made it over leaving her mother Feiga there and she was joining her brother, Simcha of the same family name. There were very few holocaust survivors from Narewka, so it would be great if Feige managed to survive. I know about the Narewka KehillaLinks page run by my cousin (through my paternal grandmother), but there is know mention of landsman who immigrated to that part of the USA.

Do not know whether Sarah married, thus she probably would not be under this family name but her husbands. In any case I searched Jewishgen database and found SAIONZ family in Havertown there (many seemed to have died on 9th Av - known to be a sad day in the Jewish calendar  - but most of us don't necessarily die on that day so either there was a specific tragedy in that community on that date or the date was written because it is sad???)

In any case, I would very much like to make contact with either relatives of family from there, and also with anyone active in the community who is able to look up archives etc. Is there anyone here, able to help with contacts?

David

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David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel


Michele Lock
 

The ship list you found is from 1909, not 1940. It says that Sore is going to her brother Simche Zajaczyj, who lived at 4022 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. Since that time, the Jewish community of Philadelphia has moved away from that neighborhood, to the Northeastern part of the city, to the Western suburbs (where Havertown is) and also to the Northern suburbs, and parts of Southern New Jersey (mainly near Cherry Hill). The descendants of Sarah and her brother Simche could be all over the greater Philadelphia region, and also live in other parts of the US.

I did use SteveMorse.org to check out who was living at 4022 Germantown Avenue in the 1910 US census, and found a Simon Zayon living there, with his wife Mary and two children. The sister Sore wasn’t living with them. (The name Zayon was mis-indexed by Ancestry as ‘Zagon’).


 The listings that you found for the Saontz family of Havertown – the Memorial Plaque listings are not complete, and do not include all synagogues in the Philadelphia region.

 

I suggest you research more about Simon Zayon and his family in Philadelphia, who say they came to the US in 1906.

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Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus


Sherri Bobish
 

David,

Using Michele's excellent manifest finds, I was able to find the naturalization papers for Sore ZAJACZYK.  She naturalized in Philadelphia.

Her married name: Sura ZILINKOWSKY
Born: Popaliva, Poland on April 10, 1894
Last foreign residence: Narovka, Poland
Arrived: June 13, 1909
Husband: Abraham ZILINKOWSKY, b. Kublish, Russia on May 27, 1897

Children all born Philadelphia:
Frances   05/27/1918
Max         02/11/1920
Zelda       02/09/1926
Paul         12/18/1936

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish


alizah hochstead
 

I have some friends whose last name is Zajac and we learn some shiurim on line by the name of Zajac IN Hebrew there name is spelled similar to what you posted. They also have family in Crown Heights We live in Beitar Ilit.
Alizah HOchstead Beitar Illit, Israel.


David Ziants
 

I wish to thank everyone for their replies so far (some also off list).

I have tried to reply to each person, personally. As a general follow up, first of all, the crop of ship manifest that I sent was from 1919 and not as I stated, and thank you to those who noticed and pointed this out and this changes the perspective a bit.

I was unable to find Sarah ZILINKOWSKY's grave on Billion Graves or Find-a-Grave - is there anyone, please, with additional search possibilities?

From the 1910 census that Michele quoted below, it seems that Simcha started using the name Simon ZAYON, and I found the grave stone of Simon D. ZAYON in Lakewood:- http://data.jewishgen.org/imagedata/jowbr/USA-00048/H3753.JPG

It mentions on his stone the names of the children. It seems that his wife was no longer alive, otherwise I am sure that she also would have also been mentioned. In any case, from this, his father's name was Elimelech - a name I am going to try and follow up on Eastern European archives through Jewishgen and JRI-Poland.

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David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel


Diane Jacobs
 

Have you tried various spelling options when you search phonetically and do not use the exact option.  Have you checked JOWBR
And FindAGrave which can be very useful.

Diane Jacobs


On Jul 11, 2021, at 5:53 AM, David Ziants <dziants@...> wrote:



I wish to thank everyone for their replies so far (some also off list).

I have tried to reply to each person, personally. As a general follow up, first of all, the crop of ship manifest that I sent was from 1919 and not as I stated, and thank you to those who noticed and pointed this out and this changes the perspective a bit.

I was unable to find Sarah ZILINKOWSKY's grave on Billion Graves or Find-a-Grave - is there anyone, please, with additional search possibilities?

From the 1910 census that Michele quoted below, it seems that Simcha started using the name Simon ZAYON, and I found the grave stone of Simon D. ZAYON in Lakewood:- http://data.jewishgen.org/imagedata/jowbr/USA-00048/H3753.JPG

It mentions on his stone the names of the children. It seems that his wife was no longer alive, otherwise I am sure that she also would have also been mentioned. In any case, from this, his father's name was Elimelech - a name I am going to try and follow up on Eastern European archives through Jewishgen and JRI-Poland.

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David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel


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Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey


David Ziants
 

Thank you Dianne for the tip. I wasn't fully using alternate spellings/soundex etc when searching the name. Someone off list helped me with this, and I now have her grave stone photo:-

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/199864488/sara-zelenkofske

The patronymic is rendered Melech rather than Elimelech as on Simon's stone - but these are essentially the same name (with Elimelech being more formal).

Now, am wondering whether their brother, Victor, whose name appears on the manifest (actually 1909 and not 1919 a correction a second time), changed his family name to ZION - in which case Molly would have been his wife and this appears on census and other records this way. Then he died 1960.Yet, we have a Victor ZAJONE (d 1946) in Pennsylvania Death Index, 1906-1964

Name Victor Zajone

Death Jan 11 1946;   Philadelphia

Certificate number 10101

For the grave stone of Victor Zion who died in 1960, I would need to contact the cemetery for the location of the grave, so I can fill in a request on Find-a-grave etc.. There seems to be less information around concerning the one who died in 1946.

Thank you for your continued input.

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David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel


David Ziants
 

To give a public update to my previous reply concerning Sara's brother Victor - someone sent me the newspaper family announcement from 1960 that proves that it is Victor ZION (and not the person who died in 1946) who is Sarah's brother.

Sarah also renders her maiden name as ZION on her marriage authorisation document. On that document, she writes her father as "Michael" rather than Elimelech (who never came to the USA) - I guess it is an easier name on English speaking ears as, unlike in Elimelech or Melech, the "ch" of Michael is pronounced in English - "k".

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David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel