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:

Wendy said...

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?