Meyer & Tillie Mahler's story


Was my great-grandpa Meyer Elias Mahler (1856?-1910) part of the famed Luria family?

Gravestones of Meyer Elias Mahler and Tillie Rose Jacobs Mahler
I know he was a tailor from Latvia (sometimes part of Russia), and he married Tillie Rose Jacobs in 1880. He came to America in 1885, and she followed in 1886. (See below for blog posts about Tillie and the Jacobs family.)

Great-grandpa Meyer took the oath of citizenship to fulfill his dream of being naturalized in 1900, just a decade before he died.

Children of Meyer Elias Mahler and Tillie Rose Jacobs Mahler:
David Mahler, Henrietta Mahler, Morris Mahler, Sarah Mahler, 
Ida Mahler, Dora Mahler, Mary Mahler*
(also in circa 1900 family portrait above: Tillie's mother, Rachel Shuham Jacobs,
seated at center)

Meyer's background is especially intriguing because his death certificate shows his mother as Hinde Luria of Kovno. So far, the Luria family genealogist hasn't found a definite connection, but the translation of Meyer's headstone indicates another connection:
Here lies the very distinguished man, heir stretching back to the author of the sefer "Kanaf Ranannim," R' Meir Eliyahu son of R' Dovid Akiva, born in 5616, died 3 Shvat 5670.
Here are my posts about Meyer and family, starting in 2008:
Now for a few links to posts about Tillie Rose Jacobs and her brother, Joe Jacobs:
  • Seeking Tillie's siblings (my early post). I know now that she had one brother, Joe Jacob (or Jacobs??) who married Eva Michalovsky.
  • Great-grandma Tillie died at 99. Or so we think, since she was cagey about her age, fooling her family into giving her a 100th birthday party early, according to fam legend.
  • Tillie and some of her children lived at 2347 Morris Avenue in the Bronx, according to the 1925 NY Census--the same building where her daughter Ida and son-in-law Louis Volk lived.
  • Joe Jacobs--where and when did he die? Joe Jacobs' naturalization papers show little info about his life.
Tillie and Joe's mother was Rachel Jacob(s). So far, I haven't learned her birth/death dates. In 1900, the census shows Rachel living with Tillie and Meyer and their family at 88 Christie Street, in New York City's Lower East Side. The census says she had 2 children, both living (that would be Tillie and her brother Joe). But then again, the census says Rachel was born in 1849 and this would be unlikely, given Tillie's age. Rachel's maiden name was Shuham. Interestingly, Joe Jacob and his wife Eve and their children also lived in the same tenement building in 1900.

*Mary Mahler turns out to be pivotal to my branch of the family tree, because she and her husband, Joseph Markell, worked with my mother's aunt, Rose Farkas Freedman, to introduce my mom to my dad. Read all about it here. One of Rose's sons has confirmed that Mary and Rose were best friends, so the story is undoubtedly true.

Posts about Markell:
  • Barney, Esther, and Rose Markell - and the Atlas Theater.
  • Two Lebowitz sisters marry Markell men.
  • Joseph A. Markell goes to sea after father Barney remarries.
  • Fannie Lebowitz, Rose Markell's mom.

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