Isaac & Henrietta Birk's story

Photo from Naturalization Documents, 1939
One of my more elusive ancestors is Isaac Birk (abt 1882-1943), name later changed to Burk, a cabinetmaker from Kovno, Lithuania. Grandpa Isaac arrived in Saint Johns, New Brunswick, on December 5, 1903. He made his way to Montreal and then to the Bronx, New York, where he met Grandma Henrietta Mahler and married her on June 10, 1906. They spent the next 8 years or so moving back and forth between New York and Montreal as he found work and their four children were born (the youngest in Montreal).

Children of Isaac Burk & Henrietta Mahler Burk:
Mildred Burk, Harold Burk, Miriam Burk, Sidney Burk

Did Isaac come to North America with siblings? What became of his brother(s) or sister(s) and his parents? How did he get from his homeland of Lithuania to the port of Liverpool, where he boarded the S.S. Lake Erie for passage to Canada?

UPDATE: Isaac had a brother, Abraham Berk, who stopped in England before moving to Montreal. With the help of a kind Canadian genealogy angel (hi, Corinne!), I've been putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Abraham married Anne Horovitz in England, and they had their first child, Rose, before he sailed to Canada in 1904.

Abraham and Anne had three more children in Montreal: Lily, Willie, and Irving (Isidor in the records). My guess is that Willie or Irving attended my parents' wedding in NYC, because the man at right in the photo above was in the wedding photos and then, a year later, my parents (left and center in the photo) were with him in a Montreal restaurant, where the photo was taken.

Here are my posts about Isaac and children, from 2008 on (see below for Henrietta Mahler Burk's links):
Henrietta Mahler Burk, 1946
Henrietta Mahler appears in my blog, 2008-2012, in these links (as well as in most of Isaac's posts):
More Mahler blog entries, 2008-2013, are here:
  • The Markells (who married into Mahler family) meet and marry the Lebowitz sisters.
  • More on the Markell brothers and Lebowitz sisters.
  • Mary Mahler Markell (Henrietta's sister) was a matchmaker: Through her friend and neighbor Rose Farkas Freedman, my Dad met my Mom.
  • Ida Mahler (Henrietta's sister) married Louis Volk. Louis's sister Becky married Simon Wolf.

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