02 October 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Murray Morris and Pauline Levy Marriage

Murray Morris, son of Isidore and Sarah Myers Morris, probably did not remember much about his first few years in Europe. He emigrated from Labun, Russian Empire (Yurovshchina, Ukraine) with his mother and siblings in 1910 when he was six years old.[1]

Bronx County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage no. 323 (31 December 1927), Murray Morris and Pauline Levy, Municipal Archives, New York City

Items shown in red text are items I will be discuss further, below.

[1st page]
Groom: Murray Morris
Residence: 1311 Hoe Ave.
Age: 24
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Occupation: Glazier
Birthplace: Russia
Father's Name: Isidore
Mother's Maiden Name: Sarah Myers
Number of Groom's Marriage: first

Bride: Pauline Levy
1321 Hoe Ave.
Age: 22
Color: White
Single, Widowed or Divorced: Single
Maiden Name, if a Widow: [blank]
Birthplace: N.Y.C.
Father's Name: Lewis
Mother's Maiden Name: Frida Browdy
Number of Bride's Marriage: first

I hearby certify that the above-named groom and bride were joined in marriage by me, in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, at Congregation Tefereth Israel, 1438 Prospect Ave, in the borough of Bronx, City of New York, this 31 of December, 1927.

Signature of person performing the ceremony:
                                                          /s/ Meyer J. Goldman
Witnesses to } Morris Leibman    Official Station: Rabbi  

the Marriage } Peretz Kaminsky   Residence: 1201 Gilbert Pl.

[2nd page]  
WE hereby certify that we are the Groom and Bride named in this Certificate, and that the information given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
                              /s/Murray Morris  Groom
                              /s/Pauline Levy  Bride  

Signed in the presence of  /s/ Morris Leibman and  
/s/ Peretz Kaminsky

Pauline and Murray lived a few houses from each other on the same block of Hoe Avenue. I have checked the 1925 New York State Census and while the Morris family resided at 1311 Hoe Avenue, I did not find a Levy family in the building at 1321 Hoe Avenue. 

Murray and Pauline did wed, however, at the same synagogue in which Murray's sister, Jean, married on the 18th of May 1927.

1."New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 11 January 2012), manifest, Vaderland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 7 June 1910, p. 1, Sure Morris family; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715.
2. 1925 New York State Census, New York County, New York, Enumeration of inhabitants, Block 1, ED 40, AD 5, Page 19, Lines 27-32, Isidor and Sarah Morris family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 12 August 2012); New York State Archives, Albany, New York.


  1. I recall another family living on Hoe Avenue. I also got some distant FTDNA matches for Myers' just now, which I will forward. I did not expect installments of matches.

    1. Yes. I have records from 1925-1927 showing Isidore and Sarah Myers Morris (and their children) at 1311 Hoe Ave. In 1926 David and Chaye Myers (Sarah Morris' parents) lived at 1292 Hoe. Earlier (in ca. 1918-20), your gf, Louis (Sarah's brother),lived at 1490 Hoe.

      I think FT-DNA gives you new matches as they show up through new testing.


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