family in America
Photo taken in Brooklyn sometime between 1906 and 1911
Copies of this photo are in the possession of many branches of the Sambursky family. In the current generation, many of us knew the identity of one person, but not the others. I was told that I was named after the woman in the light colored dress, my great grandmother. I assumed she was sitting next to her husband. Much later I discovered that the man sitting next to her was not my great grandfather. It has taken many years, much searching and contacts with several distant cousins to puzzle out names and dates and the significance of this family photo.
My great grandmother was Reva Sambursky Zolotorofe (1851 Ukraine - 1926 Brooklyn NY), who left Priluki, Poltava, Ukraine with her husband and seven children and arrived in America on Nov. 12, 1890. They settled in Brooklyn, where the 8th child was born 6 weeks later.
The man on the right is is Reva's older brother Yirmyahu (Jeremiah) Sambursky (b.~1846 Ukraine - bef. Oct. 1916 NY). He brought his family to America the following year, 1891. According to family history, Jeremiah was reported to have strongly resembled their father, Yishaiahu-Tsvi Sambursky. (A great grandson of Jeremiah reported that a grandson, born in Oct. 1916 was named for Jeremiah, so Jeremiah must have died before that date.)
On the left is Nissan-Eliezer Sambursky (b.~1842 Ukraine - 1929 NY), Reva's oldest brother. He is the source of much of the information about the Sambursky and Lifshitz ancestors in the Ukraine. He arrived in the US on June 22, 1906 with his wife Shassa Malka nee Karminsky, their two unmarried daughters and his older sister Sara.
I had erroniously assumed that the other seated woman was Nissan's wife Shassa, but it was pointed out to me that she strongly resembles the other people in the photo. (Thank you members of JGSWVO.) The woman sitting next to Reva most likely is the oldest sister Sara (abt.1840 - Sept 1911). Sara had been married twice while living in the Ukraine, first to Marim Yanpolsky and after his death to someone with the last name Schub. She had been widowed again and came to the US with her brother and his family when she was 66 years old.
This picture was likely a Sambursky family photograph, documenting the reunion of sisters and brothers who had been separated for 16 years. Copies of this photo were probably sent to brothers and sisters who remained in Priluki and the other towns in the Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine, as well as to the families of a sister Chaya Shasse Sambursky Lifshitz and a son/nephew who had moved to Königsberg, East Prussia. (now Kaliningrad).
The identity of the women in the back row is still unknown. Some possibilities include: behind Nissan-Eliezer might be an unmarried daughter, either Elke Roise/Rose Sambursky (1882 - 1929 NY) or Feigele/Fanny Sambursky (1883 - ? NY). They arrived in NY together in 1906. The parents were then 64 and 62, the girls 22 and 23.
Behind Yirmyahu (Jeremiah) Sambursky might be his only unmarried daughter Feigeh Sambursky (1880 - ?)
The poem below was written by a great grandson of Yirmyahu Sambursky in response to seeing the photo above:
update September 2016
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