THE SOLOMON FAMILY
Solomon Family (circa 1903).
Taken in England.
L to R: Anna, Jacob (my grandfather), Isaac, baby May
Solomon family immigrated to NYC from somewhere in Russia. We believe that originally his surname was “Pissaresky” and at some point he changed it to
Solomon. Most in the family say they
came from a shtelt near Vilna, Lithuania. Isaac’s burial society was the Wilner Society which
suggests residence in or near Vilna.
Family legend has it that Isaac was studying to be a rabbi (note: one of
the oldest and most famous centers for Judaic Study in the world is in Kaunas near Vilna). Isaac did not enjoy his studies and became a
Isaac (Yitzhak) was born in Russia on February 22, 1880. His father
was Samuel Solomon and his mother was Miriam Silverblatt. This is according to Isaac’s Social Security Application. He may have “Americanized” the names because
on Isaac’s gravestone, he is the “son of Slomo Zalmen the Levite.”
Isaac married Anna Zalmonovitch in Russia about 1900 and they moved
to London England where my grandfather Jacob was born in 1901. In 1903, Mamie
(May) was also born in London. Soon after, Isaac left London for NYC. I could not find his arrival in NYC on the Ellis Island Website. It is possible that he arrived under his old
name and it is so misspelled it will be hard to find. His granddaughter, Renee Goldberg said Isaac
told her that when he arrived at Ellis Island the authorities could not pronounce
his name. They asked Isaac who is father
was and he replied,”Slomo Zalmen.” So they changed his surname to Solomon.
always told Renee that her birthday was on the first seder
night of Passover one year after Isaac’s birth year. That would make her birth date Wednesday, April 13, 1881. Her
arrival to Ellis Island is recorded.
She departed Southhampton England on March 19, 1904 on the SS St. Louis
and arrived in the Port of NY at Ellis Island on March 27, 1904. The
manifest notes that she was pregnant (with Sammie), and she was with her
children, “Jake” age 3 and “Millie” age 11 months. Her contact in NY was listed as her husband
Isaac who was living at 38 Montgomery St., NYC.
lived in Brooklyn NY for the rest of their lives. They had three more children in the United
States. Samuel (1904 – 1991), Florence (1909 – 1979), and Bella
(1915 - 1984).
died on April 21, 1949 in Brooklyn at age 69, and he is buried
in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Queens. His death
certificate says his date of birth was April 20, but I think they confused
this date with his date of death.
died of a ruptured appendix on December 27 1950 in Brooklyn at age 70. She is buried in Mt.
Lebanon next to Isaac. (see her death certificate).
their inscriptions of the Ellis island Wall of Honor.