Looking for descendants of William Weissman

 
   

Cooperman.org is looking for the descendants of William Weissman. Here's what we know:

  • He may have been called Velvel
  • Before he emigrated to the United States he was from Bialystok, Poland
  • His original last name in Poland was Kantorovsky
  • William served in the cavalry in the Russian army
  • William also may have been an Olympic athlete (questionable)
  • He was apparently married with a family in Poland, and may have lost contact with them when he emigrated to the US somewhere around 1900 and started a new family (this may or may not be known to his new family)
  • He may have emigrated to Boston and then moved to New York City
  • He had several (probably half-)siblings: Pashke, Harry, Dora, and Nathan. The last three he helped bring to the US, and they too changed their names to Weissman.
  • Nathan's son Paul Weissman met one of William's daughters
  • William's father was Chone Kantorovsky. His mother's maiden name was probably Weissman.
  • In the US, William married and had 5 daughters. One daughter lived in New Jersey.
  • William was a leather worker for Spalding (the basketball maker)
  • William's wife may not have liked the rest of his family ;)
  • According to the 1930 United States Census, the family details are as follows:
    • William Weissman - 51yo (born ~1880), married at 24 (~1903), born in poland, parents born in poland, spoke yiddish in home before coming to us, occupation: stitcher in a Factory
    • Anna Weissman - 48yo (born ~1882), married at 21 (~1903),  born in poland, parents born in poland, spoke yiddish in home before coming to us, occupation: none
    • Mamie Weissman - 24 yo, born in NY, occupation: Packer in a Factory
    • Lillie/Lillian Weissman - 23 yo, born in NY, occupation: Clerk in an Office
    • Gala? Weissman - 22 yo, born in NY, occupation: Saleslady in a Dept. Store
    • Etta Weissman - 15 yo, born in NY, occupation: None -

 

 

 
   

 

 

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