Monday, March 3, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #9; Leopold Gartner ; Tailor in NYC

 
This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.” 

I have decided to begin with my grandparents and to work back through the generations. Here is one of my great grandparents.


Leopold Gartner/Gardner
April 1860 Austria – 13 June 1948 NY
My Great Grandfather
Leopold Gartner [left] & his son, Nathaniel Gardner [right]

Leopold was the son of Marcus S. Gartner & Laura Harrn. At this time I know nothing of his life in Austria. He came to the United States about 1874 or 1875. In 1888 he became a naturalized citizen. At that time he lived at 264 Stanton St. and worked as a tailor.[1]

On 24 March 1878 Leopold married Fanny Edelstein, daughter of Adolph Edelstein and Netty Grofs.[2] In 1880 they were living at 59 Pitt Street, New York City. Leopold was a tailor. They had one daughter.[3] In 1900 the family was in Manhattan. Fanny was the mother of 2 daughters and 3 sons.[4]

Between the 1900 US census & the 1905 NYS census, Leopold changed his surname from Gartner to Gardner. Leopold was still a tailor while Fanny did house work. Three of the children were employed: Florence, 20, was a clerk; Nathaniel, 19, was a telegrapher; Moses, 17, was also a telegrapher. Albert, 15 was at school. The youngest daughter is not listed.[5]

New York City Directories in the New York state Library in Albany, NY show that the Gartner/Gardner family moved often.

1880             h 116 Sulfolk           
1882 -83       h 59 Pitt                
1884-85        h 59 Pitt                
1885-86        r 227 Third, h 59 Pitt                  
1888-89        r 163 Attorney, h 84 Lewis           
1893-94        h 320 E 90th
1894-95        180 Suffolk h 525 E 88th
1896-97        h 316 E 77th
1899-00        h 445 E 83d
1900-01        h 445 E 83d
1901-02        h 105 E 88th
1904-05        h 340 E 87th
1907-08        h 340 E 87th
1910-11         h 56 W 118th
1911-12         h 234 W 120th
1912-13         h 234 W 120th
1916-17         h 234 W 120th                                                                    
1918-19         h 234 W 120th


The family seemed to have found a home at 234 West 120th Street. They were there in 1920[6] & in 1925[7]. Leopold continued to work as a tailor. His children usually lived with him. In 1930 Anna was the only child still at home.[8]

By 1940 Leopold was living with his oldest daughter, Florence, and her family in Buffalo, NY. His son in law, Samuel Weissberg was a furrier.[9] Leopold continued to live with his daughter until he died on 13 June 1948.[10] He had outlived two of his sons and his wife. He is buried at IOBA (North Park) Cemetery on Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY.[11]

Leopold & Family:

1 Leopold Gartner b: Apr 1860 Austria, d: 13 Jun 1948 Buffalo, Erie, NY
... + Fannie Edelstein b: Oct 1860 Austria, m: 24 Mar 1878 Manhattan, NY, d: 28 Feb 1908 NY
......2 Florence Gartner b: May 1879 NY d: 19 Feb 1954 Buffalo, Erie, NY
...... + Frank Samuel Weissberg b: 26 Oct 1878 Austria, m: 27 Jan 1907 Manhattan, NY, d: 17 Dec 1940 Buffalo, Erie, NY
.........3 Milton S Weisberg b: 27 Dec 1907 Buffalo, Erie, NY, d: 07 Oct 1987 Buffalo, Erie, NY
......... + Anne Bloom b: 29 Jan 1912 Buffalo, Erie, NY, m: 26 Dec 1937 Buffalo, Erie, NY
.........3 Francis Weisberg b: 02 Feb 1915 Buffalo, Erie, NY
......2 Nathaniel J. Gardner b: 21 Jul 1882 NY, d: 7 Dec 1944 Germantown, Columbia, NY
...... + Helen F Coyle b: 09 Jan 1897 NY, m: 9 May 1921 Manhattan, Kings, NY d: 13 Oct 1965 Columbia, NY
.........3 Alberta Joy Gardner b: 26 Mar 1928 Bronx, Bronx, NY, d: 10 Aug 1992 Albany, NY
......... + Delbert K Brown b: 27 Jul 1928 Wayne, OH, m: 8 Aug 1948 NY, d: 24 Oct 2000, NY
......2 Arthur Moses Gartner b: 15 Jun 1884 NY, d: Aft. 1948
...... + Frances
......2 Albert Gartner b: 11 Dec 1888, d: Abt. 1921
......2 Anna Gartner b: Nov 1891, d: Aft. 1940
...... + Benjamin H. Bearman b: Abt. 1882

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[1] Naturalization Papers for Leopold Gartner; 1888; Superior Court, City of New York, Bundle #401; Record #164; Leopold Gartner, filed 2 April 1888.
[2] Marriage Record for Leopold Gartner and Fanny Edelstein, 24 March 1878, Manhattan, New York, New York Marriages 1686 - 1980, Microfilm #1562246, Family Search.org.
[3] 1880 US Census,New York,  New York City; Vol.50, E.D. 143, Sheet 36; Line 44; New York State Library, Albany, NY, Microfilm Box #69; Leopold Gartner at 59 Pitt Street;  Leopold Gartner Family at 59 Pitt Street, NYC.
[4] 1900 US Census, New York,  Manhattan; Vol.169, E.D. 804, Sheet 16; Line 64; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Leopold Gartner family at 445 East 83rd Street.
[5] 1905 New York State Census, New York County, Manhattan; ED 13, AD 30, Block A, Page 8; Louis Gardner family on East 87th Street.
[6] 1920 US Census, New York,  Manhattan, Vol. 280, E.D. 1319, Sheet 14; Line 26; New York State Library, Albany, NY. Microfilm Box #308; Leopold Gartner Family at 234 W120th Street.
[7] New York State Census; 1925; A.D. 19, E.D.8;289; New York State Library, Albany, NY: Leopold Gardner family at 234 West 120th St.
[8] 1930 US Census, New York City, Manhattan. Leopold & Anna Gardner.
[9] 1940 US Census, New York, Erie Co, Buffalo, SD 40, ED 64-505, Sheet 62A, April 10. Weissberg family at 77 Manchester Place.
[10] Certificate of Death for Leopold Gardner, #3539,13 June 1948, New York State Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, 77 Manchester PL., Buffalo, NY.   
[11] Burial Letter from Mesnekoff Funeral Home (8630 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051) to author.

1 comment:

  1. All those moves do make you wonder what was going on. Running from creditors? Looking for cheaper rent or better home? Were they outgrowing where they were? Was there a fire?

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