Susan Beecher <s_beecher@...>
For a friend, I am searching for her grandmother's maternal ancestors who came to New York City in the late 1800s. Abraham Philips, born about 1844, married to Diana Solons (Solonosky?) and immigrated to the US in 1910. Their daughter, Fannie Phillps (born 1864 in Russia - 1932) was married (?) to "Zelki" (this is from a memory) Sackheim (? see my note below about his daughter) who died in Russia. They had a daughter, Lena (born 4/24/1888). Fannie then married Bernard Kurland (1867 -1954) in Russia and they immigrated to the US in 1892, leaving Lena behind. Fannie and Bernard are listed as Feige and Beril Kurland in the ship's manifest coming to the US.
Lena came to the US in 1903 per the 1910 US Census where she is living with Morris and Sarah Philips and she is described as a niece. (Lena is my friend's grandmother and she knew that she lived with Morris and Sarah Philips when she arrived in the US. My friend had not known that this was her grandmother's maiden name until I found this in the Census. However, I am unable to find anyone with that name coming to the US in 1903. I am wondering if that is not the correct name or if it was spelled very differently previously. I am unable to find the connection between Morris Philips and Fannie Philips. Morris had a brother, Irving Philips who said on his naturalization petition that he was born in Suvalk, Russia. So to get to the point, I would very much like to find the Philips family in Russia/Poland. I have searched diligently in Ancestry and in JewishGen with no luck. I am wondering if Philips is an Americanization of the family's real name. Thanks for any help or advice.
Philips is almost certainly certainly either a patronymic or anglicisation of another name. Names were changed often on migration.
Names from the Suwalki Lomza gubernias of NE Poland, some areas now partly in Lithuania (since WW1 Peace Setlement of 1919), can be found on JRI Poland or Litvak SIG. Suwalk is the anglicisation of Suwalki - there is no V in Polish.
Kurland was the old name for Latvia, implying a Latvian origin. Sackheim is a German name - though Suwalki Lomza was on the borders with Konigsberg in East Prussia (now Kaliningrad).
You do need to find out what the original name was. It took me many years to find out that my Abrahams/Abrams ancestors from Suwalki and Manchester UK were originally called Ceglarksi, following a lucky hit on Family Tree DNA, to a US cousin who had a paper trail linking my family to his. Abrahams was the family patronymic. Many Suwalkers went to UK, Sweden and France as well as to North America, mainly early between 1860 and 1880.
Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK formerly on Editorial Board of Landsmen, journal of Suwalki Lomza SIG (now defunct)
All my 8 great grandparents came from the Suwalki Lomza gubernias to the UK between 1865 and 1875.
Names from Suwalki Lomza:
Ceglarski later Abrahams/Abrams from Suwalki and Manchester
Serwianski later Servian from Sejny, Lake Serwy and Liverpool
Brin later Brown from Vishtinetz/Wiestieniec/Vistystis/Wistitten (now in Lithuania) and Edinburgh
Rubenstein or Berenstein from Vishtinetz/Wiestieniec/Vistystis/Wistitten (now in Lithuania) and Edinburgh
Guttenberg later Graham from Rajgrod and Hull/Grimsby/Sheffield
Plotnowski/Plottnovsky later Jacobs from Raczki and Hull