Documenting Maine Jewry : Jews in Bath in 1910 and 1930

NB : In the census tables below ‘POB’ means ‘place of birth’ and ‘YOI’ means ‘year of immigration’.
There is a bit of historical difficulty with the answers to the questions about place of birth.
Some people replied with the name of the place when they left; others replied with the name of place when the census was taken; in other cases it just seems that it was easier for the census taker to write ‘Russia’ rather than Lithuania, Ukraine or other unfamiliar country names.
And there is another reason to be skeptical of the accuracy of the place of birth information. Immigrants from the Pale had a very justified fear of the Russian and often local governments. One way to manage this reality was to tell government representatives what they expected they wanted to hear or what they thought would bring them the least trouble. This may well explain why a number of family members, who were clearly from Eastern Europe, may have answered ‘Maine’ or ‘New York’.


1910 US Federal Census Data

Research by Ben Kissen (2017)


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Name with link to DMJ bioRelation to head own/rent, value c birthyrageAge at 1st Marrstudentliterate?POB personPOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueYOInat/alienoccupationindustrycodeclassEmployed?enum. distAncestry pg#Source
S PovichHead11 Arch Street  abt 184565 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1880alienmerchantstore Oyes0212151910 US Federal Census - Bath
Mary Povichwife11 Arch Street  abt 185753 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Harry BrownHead183 Front Street  abt 186743 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1888naturalizedpawnbrokerown shop Oyes0212151910 US Federal Census - Bath
Celia Brownwife183 Front Street  abt 187139 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1888        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Arthur Brownson183 Front Street  abt 189911 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Bessie Browndaughter183 Front Street  abt 19028 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Mary Browndaughter183 Front Street  abt 19046 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
David Brownson183 Front Street  abt 19073 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Nathan PetlockHead193 Summer Street  abt 187040 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1904 Peddlerjunk Oyes0212151910 US Federal Census - Bath
Annie Bedlokwife193 Summer Street  abt 187040 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1901        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Marcia Bedlokdaughter193 Summer Street  abt 19019 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Morris Bedlokson193 Summer Street  abt 19037 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Jake Bedlokson193 Summer Street  abt 19082 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Holly Bedlokdaughter193 Summer Street  abt 189812 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Louis Bedlokson193 Summer Street  abt 189515 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Harry WeinsteinHead11 Arch Street  abt 187337 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1892paperslaborerjunk Oyes0212151910 US Federal Census - Bath
Bessie Weinsteinwife11 Arch Street  abt 187535 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish         1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sophie Weinsteindaughter11 Arch Street  abt 189911 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lillie Weinsteindaughter11 Arch Street  abt 190010 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Rosie Weinsteindaughter11 Arch Street  abt 19028 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Joseph Weinsteinson11 Arch Street  abt 19046 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Morris PisetynerHead9 Franklin Street  abt 188228 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1904papersdealermeats Oyes021121910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lanny Pisetynerwife9 Franklin Street  abt 188624 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Henrietta Pisetynerdaughter9 Franklin Street  abt 1909.50.5 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Maurice WeinblattHead Franklin Street  abt 187040 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1882naturalizedproprietorshoe store  yes021121910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sarah Weinblattwife Franklin Street  abt 187040 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1882        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Robert Weinblattson Franklin Street  abt 189614 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   newsboypapers Wyes  1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Senda Weinblattdaughter Franklin Street  abt 190010 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sophie Weinblattdaughter Franklin Street  abt 19028 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Abraham MillerHead67 Chestnut Street  abt 187436 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1892naturalizedpainterhouse Eyes0213101910 US Federal Census - Bath
Ida Millerwife67 Chestnut Street  abt 187436 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1886        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Eva Millerdaughter67 Chestnut Street  abt 189614 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sadie Millerdaughter67 Chestnut Street  abt 189713 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Arthur Millerson67 Chestnut Street  abt 189812 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Alec Millerson67 Chestnut Street  abt 190010 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Jennie Millerdaughter67 Chestnut Street  abt 19028 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Esther Millerdaughter67 Chestnut Street  abt 19037 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Morris Millerson67 Chestnut Street  abt 19055 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lewis Millerson67 Chestnut Street  abt 19082 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Doris Millerdaughter67 Chestnut Street  abt 19091 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Isaac MikelskyHead4 Elin Street  abt 185258 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1867naturalizedmerchantmusic store Oyes0212161910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sarah Mikelskywife4 Elin Street  abt 186248 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1874        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Frank Mikelskyson4 Elin Street  abt 188129 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   studentmidser school     1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Benjamin Mikelskyson4 Elin Street  abt 188228 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesmandrug store Wyes  1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sophia Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 188525 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesladymusic store Wyes  1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Ira Mikelskyson4 Elin Street  abt 188723 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   studentcollege     1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lee Mikelskyson4 Elin Street  abt 188921 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   studentcollege     1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Bessie Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 189119 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesladymusic store Wyes  1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Rachel Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 189416 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Esther Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 189713 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Ruth Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 189812 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Horatio Mikelskyson4 Elin Street  abt 190010 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Freda Mikelskydaughter4 Elin Street  abt 19028 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Samuel GreenHead805 Middle Street  abt 186842 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1900paperscobblershop Oyes021291910 US Federal Census - Bath
Dora Greenwife805 Middle Street  abt 186842 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1900        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Minnie Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 189416 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Morris Greenson805 Middle Street  abt 189614 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Fannie Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 189713 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Leah Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 189911 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Katie Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 190010 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Esther Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 19028 noyesEnglandRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lena Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 19046 noyesMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Rosie Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 19055 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Ruth Greendaughter805 Middle Street  abt 19082 nonoMaineRussiaRussia          1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Lena Feinberglodger / boarder156 Commercial Street  abt 188822 noyesGermanyGermanyGermanyGerman1905 chambermaidlodging house Wyes021311910 US Federal Census - Bath
Davis WeinblattHead127 Commercial Street  abt 187238 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaGerman1905alienPeddlerhouse to house O 021311910 US Federal Census - Bath
Rebecca Weinblattwife127 Commercial Street  abt 187634 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Frank Weinblattson127 Commercial Street  abt 190010 yesyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Abraham Weinblattson127 Commercial Street  abt 19019 yesyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Samuel Weinblattson127 Commercial Street  abt 19046 nonoRussiaRussiaRussia 1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath
Sarah Weinblattdaughter127 Commercial Street  abt 19055 nonoRussiaRussiaRussia 1906        1910 US Federal Census - Bath

1930 US Federal Census Data

Data extracted by members of the Colby College Maine Jewish History Project research team (2011), directed by David M. Freidenreich


Name with link to DMJ biosRelation to headHouse Number Street nameown/rent, value ageAge at 1st Marrstudentliterate?POB personPOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueYOInat/alienoccupationindustrycodeclassEmployed?enum. distAncestry pg#Source
Celia M Brownhead2 Pearl StO 2000abt 187357widow, 25noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew?nanone    721930 US Fed Census Bath
Bessie R Browndaughter2 Pearl St abt 190030 noyesMaine RussiaRussia   book keeper?6747wyes721930 US Fed Census Bath
Mary Browndaughter2 Pearl St abt 190426 noyesMaine RussiaRussia   teacherpublic school9494wyes721930 US Fed Census Bath
Minnie Browndaughter2 Pearl St abt 191119 noyesMaine RussiaRussia   book keeperoffice6799wyes721930 US Fed Census Bath
Morris H Cohenhead10 Miniti Lane ? abt 18933725noyesLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuanian1914nagrocermarket9891Eyes391930 US Fed Census Bath
Dora G Cohenwife10 Miniti Lane ? abt 18973320noyesLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuanian1907nanone    391930 US Fed Census Bath
Ruth E Cohendaughter10 Miniti Lane ? abt 191911 yesyesPensylvaniaLithuaniaLithuania        391930 US Fed Census Bath
Edward B Cohenson10 Miniti Lane ? abt 19219 yes MaineLithuaniaLithuania        391930 US Fed Census Bath
Ida R Cohendaughter10 Miniti Lane ? abt 19246 yes MaineLithuaniaLithuania        391930 US Fed Census Bath
Samuel Cronsbergson-in-law10 Miniti Lane ? abt 19042626noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1910nastorekeepergrocery store9191Wyes5131930 US Fed Census Bath
Rose Cronsbergdaughter10 Miniti Lane ? abt 19072323noyesMaineRussiaRussia   book keeperShirt factoryo228Wyes5131930 US Fed Census Bath
Benjamin S Gedimanhead? Pratt StR-$12abt 18686229noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaLithuanian188?naretail ??_441Oyes6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Sarah Gedimanwife? Pratt St abt 18795119noyesMassachusetts GermanyGermany   none    6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Julius O Gedimanson? Pratt St abt 190525 noyesMassachusetts RussiaMassachusetts   ??o491Ono?6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Edward S Gedimanson? Pratt St abt 190921 noyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts   ??o726Wyes?6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Esther M Gedimandaughter? Pratt St abt 191317 yesyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts   none    6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Emily M Gedimandaughter? Pratt St abt 191614 yesyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts   none    6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Isabel R Gedimandaughter? Pratt St abt 19219 yesyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts   none    6191930 US Fed Census Bath
Solomon K Greenblatthead2 Franklin StO- 1000abt 18834725noyesRussiaRussiaRussiayiddish1907natailorown shop801VQyes251930 US Fed Census Bath
Goldie M Greenblattwife2 Franklin St abt 18904017noyesRussiaRussiaRussiayiddish1907nanone    251930 US Fed Census Bath
Bessie F Greenblattdaughter2 Franklin St abt 191020SnoyesMassachussetts RussiaRussia   school teacherpublic school9494Wyes251930 US Fed Census Bath
Sophie G Greenblattdaughter2 Franklin St abt 191218SnoyesMassachussetts RussiaRussia   clerkgrocery store8390Wyes251930 US Fed Census Bath
Ada Y Greenblattdaughter2 Franklin St abt 191515SyesyesMassachussetts RussiaRussia   none    251930 US Fed Census Bath
Abraham E Greenblattson2 Franklin St abt 191713SyesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    251930 US Fed Census Bath
Isear Greenblattson2 Franklin St abt 191911SyesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    261930 US Fed Census Bath
Riva C Greenblattdaughter2 Franklin St abt 1928.751.25 no MaineRussiaRussia   none    261930 US Fed Census Bath
Sam R Levinhead10 North St.O- 5000abt 18884226noyesLatvia , RigaRussia, RigaRussia, RigaYiddish1905naretail merchantdry goods8191Eyes641930 US Fed Census Bath
Bell Levinwife10 North St. abt 18933721noyesGermanyGermanyGermanyGerman1908nasaleswomandepartment store6090?Myes641930 US Fed Census Bath
William David Levinson10 North St. abt 191614 yesyesMaineLatvia , RigaGermany   none    641930 US Fed Census Bath
Jesse Herman Levinson10 North St. abt 191713 yesyesMaineLatvia , RigaGermany   none    641930 US Fed Census Bath
Robert D Levinson10 North St. abt 19255 no MaineLatvia , RigaGermany   none    641930 US Fed Census Bath
Mary Lindenburghead587 Middle St.O- 1500abt 188248widow- 22noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1901nastore keepergrocery store9191Oyes5131930 US Fed Census Bath
Sarah Lindenburgdaughter587 Middle St. abt 191911 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    5131930 US Fed Census Bath
Ida Lindenburgdaughter587 Middle St. abt 191911 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    5131930 US Fed Census Bath
Isaac M Mikelshead4 ___t CourtO- 3000abt 185179widower, 29noyesRussiaRussiaRussia ? 1890naretired    5101930 US Fed Census Bath
Sophia M Milkelsdaughter4 ___t Court abt 188545 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   misc salesstore?8191Oyes5101930 US Fed Census Bath
Bessie M Mikelsdaughter4 ___t Court abt 189337 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   misc salesstore?8191Oyes5101930 US Fed Census Bath
Esther T Mikelsdaughter4 ___t Court abt 189634 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   misc salesstore?8191Oyes5101930 US Fed Census Bath
Abraham Millerhead117 Lincoln StO- 1500abt 18735721noyesRussiaRussia/PolandRussia/Polandyiddish1889napaper hanger?86x1Oyes671930 US Fed Census Bath
Ida Millerwife117 Lincoln St abt 18745620noyesRussiaRussiaRussiayiddish1886nanone    671930 US Fed Census Bath
Charles M Millerhead427 High St. O- 2200abt 18745631noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaGreat Russian1889natailorMens clothing721vEyes6241930 US Fed Census Bath
Annie M Millerwife427 High St.  abt 18844621noyesNew YorkAustriaAustria   none    6241930 US Fed Census Bath
Jennie Millerdaughter427 High St.  abt 190327 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   clerkgrocery store8390Wyes671930 US Fed Census Bath
Esther T Millerdaughter427 High St.  abt 190426 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   stitcherpants factory771VWyes671930 US Fed Census Bath
Charles E Millerson427 High St.  abt 190624 noyesNew YorkRussiaAustria   pressmantailor shop771vWyes6241930 US Fed Census Bath
Lewis J Millerson427 High St.  abt 190723 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   ??7877Wyes671930 US Fed Census Bath
Dorise Millerdaughter427 High St.  abt 190921 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    671930 US Fed Census Bath
James A Millerson427 High St.  abt 191218 yesyesMaineRussiaAustria   none    6241930 US Fed Census Bath
Nathan F Petlockhead22 Franklin StO-3000abt 18725823nonoLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaHebrew1905najunk dealerjunk yard9491wyes4241930 US Fed Census Bath
Anna L Petlockwife22 Franklin St abt 18745621nonoLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaHebrew1906nanone    4241930 US Fed Census Bath
Jacob Petlockson22 Franklin St abt 190921 noyesMaineLithuaniaLithuania   salesmanjunk yard4590wyes4241930 US Fed Census Bath
Evelyn Petlockdaughter22 Franklin St abt 191119 noyesMaineLithuaniaLithuania   book keeperlawyer's office6794wyes4241930 US Fed Census Bath
Esther J Petlockdaughter22 Franklin St abt 191317 yesyesMaineLithuaniaLithuania   none    4241930 US Fed Census Bath
Nathan Povichhead26 shepard laneO- 5000abt 18656519noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1883naretail merchantfurniture8991Eno711930 US Fed Census Bath
Rosa Povichwife26 shepard lane abt 18666418noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1884nanone    711930 US Fed Census Bath
Samuel Povichhead482 Middle St.O- 1200abt 189436 29noyesNew JerseyRussiaRussia   retail merchantgrocery store9891Oyes2211930 US Fed Census Bath
Sophia S Povichwife482 Middle St. abt 19003026noyesMaineRussiaRussia   none    2211930 US Fed Census Bath
Morris Povichson482 Middle St. abt 190030 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesmanfurniture4590Wyes711930 US Fed Census Bath
Jay Povichson482 Middle St. abt 190129 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesmanfurniture4590Wyes711930 US Fed Census Bath
Doris Povichdaughter482 Middle St. abt 190822 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   book keeperpublic6792Wyes711930 US Fed Census Bath
Joseph Solovichhead927 High St.0- 5000abt 18706021noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaGerman1887naretail merchantdry goods9441 ?Eyes6241930 US Fed Census Bath
Jennie Solovichwife927 High St. abt 18735718noyesLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaGerman1887naretail merchantdry goods9442 ?Eyes6241930 US Fed Census Bath
David B Supovitzson927 High St. abt 19273 ? no Massachusetts RussiaRussia   none    8101930 US Fed Census Bath
Harold W Supovitzhead9 Valley RdR- 18abt 19032722noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaJewish1903alienmanagerclothing store8991?Wyes8101930 US Fed Census Bath
Mildred S Supovitzwife9 Valley Rd abt 19032722noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaJewish1914aliennone    8101930 US Fed Census Bath
Stanley M Supovitzson9 Valley Rd abt 19273 no Maine RussiaRussia   none    8101930 US Fed Census Bath
Moses Weinblatthead722 Washinton Sto-6000abt 18725821noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaGreat Russian1893naretail merchantmens furnishing8491oyes3261930 US Fed Census Bath
Sarah Weinblattwife722 Washinton St abt 18755518noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaGreat Russian1893nanone    3261930 US Fed Census Bath
Sinda Weinblattson722 Washinton St abt 190129 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesmanmens furnishing4590wyes3261930 US Fed Census Bath
Sophie Weinblattdaughter722 Washinton St abt 190426 noyesMaineRussiaRussia   stenographerwholesale market7190wno3261930 US Fed Census Bath
Rose Weinblattdaughter722 Washinton St abt 190822 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   stenographertrading store7190wyes3261930 US Fed Census Bath

Methodological note :

This data was culled from the original 1930 U.S. census manuscripts, as found on www.ancestry.com. Jews are understood to constitute an ethnic group of Eastern and Central European origin characterized by common names and occupational pursuits, as well as a distinctive language. This definition lends itself well to analysis of the data preserved in census records.

Two primary methods were used to identify Jews:

1. Individuals born abroad whose mother tongue is "Yiddish," "Jewish," or "Hebrew" were automatically included in the spreadsheet, as were all members of their families.

2. For individuals born abroad whose mother tongue was another Eastern or Central European language (e.g., Russian, Polish, German), or individuals born in the U.S. with one or more parents from Eastern or Central Europe, we examined surnames, given names within a household, and occupations in light of common Jewish characteristics. This method of analysis is, of course, subject to inaccuracy, as we may have excluded Jews with uncommon names or occupations or included non-Jews whose characteristics appear Jewish. Individuals listed with the annotation "nj?" in the far right-hand column are those whose Jewish ancestry is plausible but questionable.

This method of analysis easily misses Jewish households whose members' parents were all born in the United States. In 1930 Maine, however, such households were quite rare. Special efforts were made to identify households of this nature in Portland, where they constituted less than 1% of identified Jewish households.

All members of a household containing a Jew are included in the spreadsheet, with the exception of Jewish lodgers and servants, who are listed individually. Household members who are evidently not Jewish (such as non-Jewish servants and some spouses or in-laws) are listed with the annotation "nj."

Last Updated : March 31,2017