Nine Generations

Irene Almas

F, #101, Living




Parents

FatherNorman Wallace Almas (1922-2001)
MotherJudith Kantor (1925-2011)




Relationships2nd great-granddaughter of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Morris Matusof

Morris Matusof in the British Army;note flash for the Jewish Legion
M, #102, Deceased, b. 15 October 1881, d. 24 September 1955




Parents



Family: Faigl Glotzer (1894-1996)

SonHarold Charles Matusof + (1930-2007)




Biography

Birth15 October 1881Morris Matusof was born on 15 October 1881 in Mogilev, Russia.1,2
Immigration26 August 1913He arrived in Boston aboard the S.S. Cleveland on 26 August 1913.2
Militaryabout 1917He served in the 39th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers about 1917. The 39th Battalion of the Fusiliers was known as the Jewish Legion. They fought against the Turks in Palestine.3,4
Marriage26 February 1927He and Faigl Glotzer were married on 26 February 1927 in the Bronx. Adele Grantz witnessed this marriage5,6
Residence26 February 1927At the time of his marriage he had been residing at at 851 East 162 Street in the Bronx.6
Naturalization (fam)18 April 1927He was naturalized on 18 April 1927 by the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Southern District of NY in New York City.2
Occupation11 April 1930The 1930 census says that he was a tailor.7
Residence (fam)11 April 1930He and Faigl Glotzer and their infant son Harold lived at 87 Elsmere Place in the Bronx on 11 April 1930.7
Residence (fam)10 April 1940He and Faigl Glotzer and their son Harold lived at 2083 Clinton Avenue in the Bronx on 10 April 1940.8
Residence (fam)1941He and Faigl Glotzer and their son Harold lived at 2070 Arthur Avenue in Bronx in 1941.1
Description25 April 19421942 Morris Matusof was described as "height 5' 6", weight 175, complexion light and ruddy, eyes brown, hair black and gray, wears glasses" when he registered for the draft in the Bronx.9
Death24 September 1955He died on 24 September 1955 at age 73 in New York, New York.
Burialabout 25 September 1955He was buried about 25 September 1955 at Cedar Park Cemetery in Emerson.10,11
BiographyMatusof's son Harold wrote a memoir of his father:

Notes on Morris Matusof by Harold Matusof

During his service in the Russian Army, he had the rank of Sergeant. He fought against the Japanese Army in the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 around Vladivostok. Other duties were service in protecting the Tsar's palace in St. Petersburg and military duty at the Finnish border.

After his service in the Russian Army, he migrated first to France where he lived with a French farm family for a short period of time. In 1910, he immigrated to the United States. In 1917, he enlisted in the Jewish Legion of the British Army (39th Royal Fusiliers) known in Hebrew as "Hagdud Haivri". His battalion fought against the Ottoman Turks in what was then called Palestine and is now called Israel.

Morris was one of thirteen children of Eli Nathan and Basia Matusof. The family lived in utter poverty and many of them died before the age of five. During the winter, the children and the animals (goats) vied with each other to be nearest to the stove to keep warm. Morris was a rebellious child and at the age of 12 ran away to the city of Eketerinaslav (Dnieperpetrovsk). His whereabouts from that point in his life until about the age of eighteen (no birth record) when he was drafted into the Russian Army are unknown. Little is known about his surviving siblings or what happened to them in World War II. Recent inquiries to computerized Ellis Island files suggest that a brother and sister may have emigrated to the USA about the same time as Morris.

Although he had little formal schooling, he was self taught. He was fluent in several languages (Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, and English). He read and understood the "New York Times" newspaper daily. He founded a Jewish history and philosophy group which brought out his intellectual qualities. He was a long time member of the Poale Zion (Labor Zionist) organization.

Morris was older (and wiser?) than most of his comrades in the Jewish Legion and was already exposed to military duties when he was in the Russian army. He therefore did not take military discipline too seriously. He went AWOL several times in the Palestinian countryside to explore the Jewish homeland. Of course, he was punished with hard labor for short periods of time, but in his mind, it was well worth the experiences.

He often talked about life in Russia. The family was very poor. In the cold of winter, All of the children and their goats would fight to be the closest to the stove. There was also a Turkish bath house in Khotchimsk. People would run outside and roll in the snow if it got too hot inside.

During the Great Depression in the 1930's, he was unemployed for long periods of time in his trade of ladies garment manufacturing. But despite the hard times, Morris and Fannie always provided food, clothing and shelter. The years of the Great Depression were also the years of Prohibition. More than a few times, Morris manufactured "moonshine" in the bathroom. Morris was a Schnapps drinker and became very jovial after a few drinks at social gatherings. He would become the life of the party.

The last five years of his life were not pleasant. In 1950, he slipped on an icy sidewalk while going to work and broke his hip. He was in an ankle to hip cast for 33 weeks in St. Vincent Hospital in New York.

The operation on his hip was not successful and he developed a chronic infection. He then suffered a series of strokes until he passed away in September 1955. He had several stays at the Army Hospital on Governors Island, New York where he was treated as an Officer since he was a dependent of Lieutenant Harold Matusof, his son. One of the things that kept him going in these last years was his joy of watching young children playing in their basement apartment yard from his bedroom window in our ground floor apartment.

According to Ellis Island records, Morris arrived at Ellis Island on June 13, 1910 from the port of Libau, Posen, Prussia, Germany. Ship of travel - Russia. Morris had no known contact with any of his family in the United States although it is known that he sent CARE packages t his family in Russia in the aftermath of World War I. It was at one of these CARE stations that he met his wife-to-be -- Fannie. Recent perusal of immigration records in the year 2001 indicate the possibility of a brother and sister immigrating to the USA about the same time as Morris, but no contact was ever made with them.

Morris had a unique gift in his ability to analyze current and historical events and project their political impact far into the future. For example, he had a great mistrust of the Soviet Union during World War II and accurately predicted the Cold War to come.


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Citations

  1. World War II Draft Registration Card, Morris Matusof
  2. Naturalization Petition, Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21. Petition Nr. 94513
  3. E-mail message, Harold Matusof to RCJ, 2002 or 2003
  4. Interview, Jewish Legion wiki
  5. New York City Brides Index
  6. Marriage Certificate, Manhattan Cert. # 1385, 26 February 1927
  7. 1930 Federal Census, Morris Matusof
  8. 1940 Federal Census, Census Place: New York, Bronx, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02489; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 3-1142
  9. World War II Draft Registration Card, Local Board 115, Bronx, NY. 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  10. Telephone Interview, Blanche Matusof & RCJ, 15 Jan 2010
  11. E-mail message, Blanche Matusof to RCJ, 18 Jan 2010

Harold Charles Matusof

Harold Matusof in the Air Force
M, #103, Deceased, b. 20 May 1930, d. 15 January 2007




Parents

FatherMorris Matusof (1881-1955)
MotherFaigl Glotzer (1894-1996)




RelationshipsGreat-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Biography

OccupationHarold Charles Matusof was an engineer.1
Birth20 May 1930He was born on 20 May 1930 in the Bronx.2,3,4
Bx_child_resident10 April 1940Harold, as Morris Matusof and Faigl Glotzer's child, lived with them at 2083 Clinton Avenue in the Bronx on 10 April 1940.5
Bx_child_resident1941Harold, as Morris Matusof and Faigl Glotzer's child, lived with them at 2070 Arthur Avenue in the Bronx in 1941.6
Residence1993He lived at 13 Colgate Lane in Woodbury in 1993.7
Residence1996He lived at 3330 Terra Granada Drive, Apartment 1b, in Walnut Creek in 1996.7
Death15 January 2007He died on 15 January 2007 at age 76 in Walnut Creek, California.8
Burialabout 16 January 2007He was buried about 16 January 2007.
Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Citations

  1. Personal knowledge of Robert Jacobs
  2. Social Security Death Index, Harold Matusof
  3. Telephone Interview, Blanche Matusof & RCJ, 2/26/2009
  4. E-mail message, Blanche Matusof to RCJ, 3/1/2009
  5. 1940 Federal Census, Census Place: New York, Bronx, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02489; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 3-1142
  6. World War II Draft Registration Card, Morris Matusof
  7. Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
  8. E-mail message, Blanche Matusof to RCJ, n.d.

Blanche Roll

F, #104, Living




Parents

FatherLouis Roll (1902-1967)
MotherClaire Baron (1898-1995)






Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Mark Asher Matusof

M, #105, Living




Parents

FatherHarold Charles Matusof (1930-2007)
MotherBlanche Roll




Relationships2nd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Ronald Cyril Matusof

M, #106, Living




Parents

FatherHarold Charles Matusof (1930-2007)
MotherBlanche Roll




Relationships2nd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart

Peter Anil Neumann

M, #108, Living




Parents



Family: Helen Gu

DaughterNina Neumann


Relationships3rd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Frederick Kofi Neumann

M, #109, Living




Parents





Relationships3rd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Daniel Ashok Neumann

M, #110, Living




Parents





Relationships3rd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Frieda Weiner

Frieda Weiner Glotzer
F, #111, Deceased, b. 21 December 1904, d. 27 December 1996




Parents

FatherHarry Weiner (1879-1962)
MotherSara Ethel Donovitz (abt 1882-1962)


Family: Benjamin Glotzer (1903-1990)

DaughterAnita Glotzer +
SonLeonard Robert Glotzer +




Biography

Birth21 December 1904Frieda Weiner was born on 21 December 1904 in Pinsk, Belarus.1,2
Immigration23 July 1920She arrived at Ellis Island in New York aboard the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam from Rotterdam on 23 July 1920. Her family accompanied her.3,1
Residence1930She lived at Jersey Avenue in Jersey City in 1930.4
Marriage13 December 1931Benjamin Glotzer and she were married on 13 December 1931 at the Broadway Central Hotel in New York City. Nearly all of the extended Glotzer and Cooper families were present. They can be seen in the large group photograph that was taken.5
NameShe was also known as Frieda Glotzer.
Married daughterfrom 1935 to 1942She lived with Harry Weiner and Sara Ethel Donovitz from 1935 to 1942 in Jersey City, New Jersey.6,7
Residence (fam)August 1937Benjamin and Frieda lived at 493 Jersey Avenue in Hudson, New Jersey, in August 1937.8,9
Residence (fam)about 1985Benjamin and Frieda lived at 1451 52 Street in Brooklyn about 1985.10
Death27 December 1996She died on 27 December 1996 at age 92 in Staten Island, New York.2
Burialabout 28 December 1996She was buried about 28 December 1996 at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn.11
Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Citations

  1. Passenger Manifest, Freide Weiner
  2. Social Security Death Index
  3. E-mail message, Lenny Glotzer to RCJ, 15 April 2007
  4. 1930 Federal Census
  5. Marriage Certificate, Manhattan Cert.#67, 13 Dec. 1931 [found in 1932 records]
  6. 1940 Federal Census, Census Place: Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: m-t0627-02402; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 24-59
  7. World War II Draft Registration Card, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  8. Naturalization Petition, Declaration of Intention #342615, Hudson County (NJ) Court of Common Pleas, 27 August 1937
  9. Marriage Certificate, Manhattan certificate #67, 13 Dec. 1931
  10. Death Certificate, Benjamin Glotzer, Cert. #156-90-022642, Brooklyn, NY
  11. E-mail message, Blanche Matusof to RCJ, 18 Jan 2010

Anita Glotzer

F, #112, Living




Parents

FatherBenjamin Glotzer (1903-1990)
MotherFrieda Weiner (1904-1996)


Family: Guy Roll (1928-1999)

SonAlan Edward Roll +
DaughterShari Ellen Roll +


Relationships2nd great-granddaughter of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Guy Roll

Guy Roll at Alan's wedding 1988
M, #113, Deceased, b. 18 December 1928, d. 27 January 1999




Parents

FatherLouis Roll (1902-1967)
MotherClaire Baron (1898-1995)






Biography

Birth18 December 1928Guy Roll was born on 18 December 1928 in Paris, France.
Immigration1 May 1943He arrived in Key West on 1 May 1943. Guy was admitted as a Section 5 immigrant aboard the S.S. NC 300101
Naturalization16 January 1951He was naturalized on 16 January 1951 in Brooklyn, New York.2
GraduationJune 1952He graduated from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn with a B.S. in Biochemistry in June 1952.3
Militaryfrom 3 June 1952 to 5 March 1954He served in the Army from 3 June 1952 to 5 March 1954 in New Jersey. He was assigned to detached duty at Fort Dix where he assisted Dr. Jonas Salk until his discharge in 1954.4,3
Graduation13 June 1954He graduated from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn with a Bachelor of Science on 13 June 1954.5
EducationHe did graduate work in chemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.5
OccupationGuy had a multi-faceted career, ranging from cancer research to the design and manufacture of diamond tooling for scientific and industrial use. He held several patents in that field.3
Death27 January 1999He died on 27 January 1999 at age 70 in Camarillo, Ventura County, California.6,7
Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Citations

  1. Passenger Manifest, Alien Passenger List of Vessels Arriving at Key West, Florida; ARC Number: 2790468; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 - 2004; Record Group Number: 85.
  2. Naturalization Petition Index, U.S. District Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of NY, Petition #476446
  3. E-mail message, Anita Roll to RCJ, 27 April 2014
  4. , Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.
  5. Interview, Anita Roll & RCJ, 3/28/2009
  6. Social Security Death Index
  7. Interview, Blanche Roll & RCJ, 3/24/2009

Alan Edward Roll

M, #114, Living




Parents

FatherGuy Roll (1928-1999)
MotherAnita Glotzer


Family: Marie Therese Panec (1953-2011)

DaughterMichelle Helene Roll
DaughterAlicia Roll


Relationships3rd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Shari Ellen Roll

F, #115, Living




Parents

FatherGuy Roll (1928-1999)
MotherAnita Glotzer




Relationships3rd great-granddaughter of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Leonard Robert Glotzer

M, #116, Living




Parents

FatherBenjamin Glotzer (1903-1990)
MotherFrieda Weiner (1904-1996)


Family: Shirley Kahn

DaughterEsther Glotzer +
DaughterSara Glotzer +


Relationships2nd great-grandson of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Esther Glotzer

F, #118, Living




Parents





Relationships3rd great-granddaughter of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Sara Glotzer

F, #119, Living




Parents





Relationships3rd great-granddaughter of Mordechai Eisenberg
1st cousin 1 time removed of Robert Cooper Jacobs


Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Glotzer: Glotzer, Grantz, Guterman, Garfinkiel, & Chomentowski Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Gadiel Morris Smith

Gadiel Smith
M, #120, Deceased, b. 9 October 1912, d. 31 May 2013




Parents

FatherWilliam Smith (1886-)
MotherRebecca Silberman (1889-)


Family: Anita Cooper (1917-2016)

Adopted DaughterTina Smith +
Adopted DaughterDeborah Smith




Biography

Birth9 October 1912Gadiel Morris Smith was born on 9 October 1912 in New York, New York.1,2
OccupationGadiel Morris Smith was a physician.3
Marriage17 August 1940He and Anita Cooper were married on 17 August 1940 in Yonkers, New York.1
Death31 May 2013He died on 31 May 2013 at age 100 in East Orange, New Jersey. New York Times obituary: SMITH--Gadiel, MD, 100, former Chief of General Internal Medicine at VA hospital in East Orange, NJ. After attending medical school in Switzerland, he practiced in the Bronx. He moved to New Jersey where he was an associate professor at the UMDNJ and served at the Daughters of Israel. Active in the American Jewish Committee where he promoted interfaith dialogue he was also a leader at Temple Emanu-El in Livingston. He loved classical music, Shakespeare, devouring The New York Times, and, above all, his family.4,5
Charts and other referencesEisenberg Descendancy Chart; Kuperman Descendancy Chart

Citations

  1. Anita's holograph notes on her ancestors and descendants chart
  2. 1920 Federal Census, Bronx Assembly District 5, Bronx, New York; Roll: T625_1138; Page: 33A; Enumeration District: 299; Image: 297. William Smith household. Seen on Ancestry.com
  3. Hannah Guterman's typescript memoir (1986)
  4. New York Times, Obituary, published June 3, 2013
  5. Newspaper, New Jersey Jewish News, July 16, 2013