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1900 US Federal Census Data Waterville
Data extracted by the Colby Jewish History Project (2012)

Jews in Waterville in 1900

DMJ-IDSurnameFirst namerelationHouse NumberAddressOwn/Rentyear of birthbirthplaceimmigrationoccupationenn distsheetwardTOTAL: 66 Jews
17760MorrisonSamuelhead35HighO-free1862Russia1881junk dealer132157a1 
17759MorrisonFanniewife   1864Russia1886 132157a1 
17758MorrisonDoradaughter   1882Russia1886compositor132157a1 
18666MorrisonEltadaughter   1889Me  132157a1 
18667MorrisonBertieson   1890Me  132157a1 
18668MorrisonEdithdaughter   1893Me  132157a1 
18669MorrisonLouisson   1893Me  132157a1 
18670MorrisonIdadaughter   1896Me  132157a1 
18671MorrisonHaroldson   1898Me  132157a1 
36143LevyJohnlodger9Leighten 1871Germany1888printer132168b1 
36505GallertDavidhead72PleasantO-mort1842Germany1860dry goods132173a1 
36414GallertRosaliewife   1844Germany1867 132173a1 
36405GallertSigmundson   1870Me traveling sales132173a1 
36489GallertFanniedaughter   1874New York  132173a1 
36424GallertMinniedaughter   1877Me  132173a1 
36491GallertErnestson   1881Me salesman dry goods132173a1 
36053GallertDoritdaughter   1883Me  132173a1 
36445SilverLenawife   1850Germany1897 133178b2 
36406SilverSarahdaughter   1882Germany1899school133178b2 
36283SilverHarrisson   1883Germany1899school133178b2 
36285SilverMarydaughter   1886Germany1897school133178b2 
COL142MaglofskySarahg-daughter   1893New York  133178b2 
COL143MaglofskyIsraelson-in-law   1871Germany tailor133178b2 
7145WolmanMarywife   1859Germany1895 133178b2 
36360WolmanMyerson   1878Germany1899peddler133178b2 
18821WolmanRosadaughter   1883Germany1895school133178b2 
36337WolmanFrankson   1884Germany1895school133178b2 
36354WolmanLouisson   1886Germany1895school133178b2 
20477WolmanJosephson   1890Germany1895school133179a2 
36342WolmanFredadaughter   1897Me  133179a2 
18826WolmanSolomon son   1900Me  133179a2same as Samuel "Pup" Wolman (2858)
17768RosenthalHarryhead12BirchR1870Russia1888shoe dealer133179a2 
18313RosenthalRebeccawife   1872Germany1890 133179a2 
18728RosenthalFanniedaughter   1894Me  133179a2 
18729RosenthalMarniedaughter   1897Me  133179a2 
18730RosenthalSamuelson   1898Me  133179a2 
36008BaronPhilipcousin   1881Poland (Rus)1899peddler133179a2 
36330WolmanArniehead12BirchR1870Russia1889?133179a2note: wife must have been from Russia, died in 1899
36346WolmanIdadaughter   1891Me  133179a2 
18829WolmanWilliamson   1893Me  133179a2 
36332WolmanCharlesson   1894Me  133179a2 
36339WolmanFredadaughter   1899Me  133179a2 
20038BerliawskyNathanhead27MapleR1873Russia1888dealer (iron)133180a2 
11528BerliawskyNelliewife   1878Russia1894 133180a2 
18372BerliawskyBeckydaughter   1895Me  133180a2 
18373BerliawskyFrankson   1897Me  133180a2 
17750DviliskyAbrahamhead30MapleR1867Russia1885dealer (junk)133180a2note: wife must have been from Russia, died in/after 1895
17751DviliskyEstherdaughter   1885Russia1890school133180a2 
18429DviliskyEttadaughter   1895Me  133180a2 
17752DviliskyHenrybrother   1874Russia1895peddler133180a2 
1800LevineRosawife   1853Germany1884 133183a2 
36116LevineEvadaughter   1887Mass school133183a2 
1788LevineLouisson   1892Me  133183a2 
17753LevineDorawife   1870Russia1891 133184a2 
17749CohnRosiewife   1875Russia1895 133184a2 
18413CohnLizziedaughter   1900Me  133184a2 
17756LevineSarahwife   1870Russia1887 133184b2 
36515LevineAnniedaughter   1890Me  133184b2 
6750LevineTeddieson   1893Me  133184b2 
36470LevineFridadaughter   1896Me  133184b2 
18620LevineLouisson   1898Me  133184b2 
36188PerryAddieboarder   1882Me clerk133184b2not Jewish
32891LevineSambrother   1875Russia1897peddler133184b2

Methodological notes :

This data was culled from the original U.S. census manuscripts, as found on
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."
Information on 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’.

Last Updated : Jan 2 , 2021

Thank you to the Colby College Maine Jewish History Project (2011) and David M. Freidenreich for the information