A Family History of Gertrude (Gussie) Lagovsky and Louis Jaffe

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Family Tree

Gertrude (Gussie) Lagovsky, daughter of Abraham Lagovsky and Libe Goodseit, was born around 1876 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died sometime in the 1920's in probably Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, before age 50.

Gertrude married Louis Jaffe in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia. Louis was born around 1870 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia. After Gertrude's death Louis married Fannie Kaplan.

Gertrude and Louis had eight children:

Freda Jaffe was born around 1895 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia.

Frieda married David Epstein. They had two children:

Saul Epstein married Muriel and had two children: Sarah and Paula

Muriel Epstein was born 15 Oct 1920 in New Jersey and died in Aug 1977 in New Jersey. Muriel married Joe Rotgun, son of Abraham and Gussie Rotgun. Joe was born 1 May 1906 and died in April 1966 in New Jersey. They had one child:

Lawrence (Larry) M Rotgun was born in 1945. Larry married Marilyn. They had a son: Jason

Max Jaffe was born 5 Nov 1896 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia. 

Max married Anna. They had two children:

Paul Jaffe (had no children and is no longer living)

Jerry Jaffe had two children (twins): male and female

Dora Jaffe was born 27 Nov 1902 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died 9 Jul 1982 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey. 

Dora married William Gordon 19 Sep 1920. William was born 15 Feb 1902 and died 8 Dec 1989 in New Jersey. They had two children: Geraldine and Lenore.

Geraldine (Gerry) Gordon was born 25 Oct, 1923 in New Jersey and died 18 April 2008 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey.

Geraldine married Leon Isanuk, son of Joseph and Annie Isanuk, on Apr 1947. Leon was born 5 Feb 1919  in Manhattan, New York and died 7 Aug 1998 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey. They had three children:

Toby Isanuk was born in 1949 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey.

Toby married Howard Cohen in 1971 in New Jersey. Howard was born in 1949 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  Toby and Howard had one daughter: 

Jennifer Cohen was born in 1976.  Jennifer married Kevin Gold in 2004. Kevin was born in 1975. Jennifer and Kevin had two daughters:  Lindsay and Olivia.

Barry Isanuk was born in 1952 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey. Barry married Wendy Kessler in 1976. Wendy was born in 1953 in New York.  Barry and Wendy had three children:  Daniel, Matthew and Laura.  

Susan Isanuk was born in 1955 in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey. Susan married Robert Spass in 1981. Robert was born in 1954 in New York. Susan and Robert had three  children:  Staci, Dana and Brett

Lenore (Lenny) Gordon was born 4 Apr 1925 in New Jersey

Lenore married Seymour Morton Maltz on 18 Jun 1950. Seymour was born on 4 Dec 1919 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey and died on 2 Dec 1969 in New York City, New York. They had two children:

Mark Maltz was born in 1953 in New Jersey.

Mark married Jacqueline Weiden in 1993. Jacqueline was born in 1953 in New York. They had two children:

Benjamin Maltz was born in 1998.

Caroline Maltz was born in 2003.

Larry Maltz was born in 1956 in New Jersey

Larry married Patricia Griggs in 1991. Patricia was born in 1957. They had two children:

Sarah Maltz was born in 1992.

Evan Maltz was born in 1994.

Sadie Jaffe was born around 1906 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died in 1954 in New Jersey. 

Sadie married Michael Gruber. They had no children.

Herman L Jaffe was born around 1908 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia.

Herman married Dorothy Gordon in West Orange, New Jersey. They had no children.

Rosalind Jaffe was born 5 Apr 1911 in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia and died 7 Nov 2011 in East Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey.

Rose married Nathaniel Bash (Basefsky), son of Max Basefsky and Dora Elishevicz. They had two children:

Allen Bash was born 17 Jun 1933 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey and died May 3, 2005 in Colonia, Middlesex, New Jersey.

Allen married Zelda Katz, daughter of Solomon Katz and Katherine (Kate) Waliansky. Zelda was born 1934 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey. They had  four children:

David Bash was born in 1959 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey. David married Shari Bialick in1986 in New Jersey.  They had three children: Michael, Mallory and Matthew.

Steven Bash born in 1962 in Elizabeth, Essex, New Jersey. Steven married Julia Pucci in 1992. They were divorced. They had two children: Scott and Samuel.

Elisa Bash was born in 1966 in Elizabeth, Essex, New Jersey. Elisha did not marry or have children.

Elaine Bash was born in 1970 in Elizabeth, Essex, New Jersey. Elaine did not marry or have children.

Daryl Bash was born in 1942 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey. Daryl did not marry or have children.

Irving Jaffe was born around 1914 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey and died around 1933 at age 19.

Milton Jaffee (at some time Milton changed the spelling of his name from Jaffe to Jaffee) was born August 18, 1916 in Elizabeth, Essex, New Jersey and died in September 1974 in East Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey.

Milton married Adele Feinman in 1945.  Adele was born in Apr 1920 in Irvington, Essex, New Jersey and died in Jan 2011 in East Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey. They had two children:

Trudy Jaffee was born in1946 in New Jersey. 

Trudy married Seymour Stadtmauer in 1968.  They were divorced in 1979. They had two children:

Michael Stadtmauer was born in 1972  in Tuckahoe, New York. Michael Stadtmauer married Jessica Smith in 2002. Jessica was born in 1975. They had two children: Elliot and Lucy.

Matthew Stadtmauer was born in 1973 in Piscataway, NJ. Matthew married Lauren Hochberg in 2000. Lauren was born in 1973. They had two children: Ryan and Emma

Trudy next married Richard Elwood in 1982. Richard was born in 1943 in New York.  At the time of their marriage Richard had two children: David born in 1970 and  Alan born in 1972.

Arlene Jaffee was born in 1957 in Newark, New Jersey.

Arlene married (Arthur) Michael Frank, son of Stanley Frank and Evelyn (Elly) Reiss, in 1985 in West Orange, New Jersey.  Michael was born in 1948 They had three children:

April Mist Frank was born in 1989 in Livingston, Essex, New Jersey.

Rebecca Rose Frank was born in 1990  in Glen Ridge, Essex, New Jersey.

Sandra Hope Frank was born in 1997 in Summit, Union, New Jersey.


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Biography

Gertrude (Gussie) Lagovsky Jaffe was born Gittlja Lagovsky in 1876 in the Russian town of Slutsk in the old Lithuanian province of Minsk in what was then known as the Pale of Settlement and now is called Belarus. Her parents were Abraham Lagovsky born in 1858 and Libe Goodseit born in 1859.  She was the oldest child and five other siblings followed: a sister Chisha born in 1881, brothers Golulie born in 1885 and Max born in 1886, sisters Chaie born in 1891 and Esther born in 1893.

Gertrude married Louis Jaffe in Slutsk, Minsk Guberniya, Russia. Louis was born around 1870 in Minsk Guberniya, Russia. They had six children while still in Russia: Freda in 1895, Max in 1896, Dora in 1902, Sadie in 1907, Herman in 1909 and Rose in 1911. Two other children were born after they immigrated to America: Irving in 1914 and Milton in 1916.

In 1913 Gertrude immigrated to America on Kurtz with four of her children: Dora, Sadie, Herman and Rose. They joined her husband, Louis, and son, Max, who immigrated in 1911. The oldest daughter Freda also immigrated to America but at this time it is not known when.

In 1920 Gertrude was living in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Her husband Louis was running a bathhouse called the Russian Baths. On January 27, 1927 a newspaper article in the Trenton Times reported two men were found dead in the bathhouse (see article below).

Gertrude died sometime in the 1920s in probably Elizabeth, New Jersey.

After her death Louis married Fannie Kaplan.

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Records

Immigration Records

Gertrude Login Jaffe immigrated in 1913 with children Dora, Sadie, Herman, Rose

Passenger  Information

Original Passenger Manifest

Ship: Kurtz

Name:

Jarcho, Gittlja

Ethnicity:

Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

July 20, 1913

Age:

37

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

M

Ship of Travel:

Kurtz

Port of Departure:

Libau, Latvia

 

   

Name:

Jarcho, Dynja

Ethnicity:

Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

July 20, 1913

Age:

11

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

S

Ship of Travel:

Kurtz

Port of Departure:

Libau, Latvia
   
     

Name:

Jarcho, Sine

Ethnicity:

Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

July 20, 1913

Age:

5

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

S

Ship of Travel:

Kurtz

Port of Departure:

Libau, Latvia
   
     

Name:

Jarcho, Chaim

Ethnicity:

Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

July 20, 1913

Age:

4

Gender:

M

Marital Status:

S

Ship of Travel:

Kurtz

Port of Departure:

Libau, Latvia
   
     

Name:

Jarcho, Riwka

Ethnicity:

Hebrew

Place of Residence:

Slutsk

Date of Arrival:

July 20, 1913

Age:

2

Gender:

F

Marital Status:

S

Ship of Travel:

Kurtz

Port of Departure:

Libau, Latvia
   

Louis Jaffe immigrated in 1911 with son Max (record not found)

Freda Jaffe is the oldest daughter of Gertrude and Louis. No passenger record has been found and it is not known when she immigrated.

Census Records

      1920 census

Head: Jaffe, Louis, age 50, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1911,occupation: bathrooms
Wife: Jaffe, Gussie, age 44, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1913, occupation: none
Son: Jaffe, Fannie Max, age 22, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1911, occupation: trunk builder in factory
Dau: Jaffe, Dorothy, age 18, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1913, occupation: private bookkeeper
Dau: Jaffe, Sadie, age 12, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1913, occupation: none
Son: Jaffe, Herman, age 10, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1913, occupation: none
Dau: Jaffe, Rosalind, age 8, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1913, occupation: none
Son: Jaffe, Irving, age 5 5/12, born in New Jersey, mother tongue: Jewish, occupation: none
Son: Milton, age 3 5/12, born in New Jersey, mother tongue: Jewish, occupation: none
Boarder: Stefanovich, Adam, age 50, born in Russia, mother tongue: Russia, immigrated 1895, occupation: bathhouse tender
Boarder: Mawicki, Joseph, age 45, born in Lithuania, mother tongue: Lithuanian, immigrated 1898, occupation: driver in coal yard
Boarder, Lolik, Johm, age 35, born in Lithuania, mother tongue: Lithuanian, immigrated 1900, occupation: driver in coal yard
Census Place: Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey; Roll: T625_ 1069; Page: 34B; Enumeration

      1930 census

Head: Joffee, Lloyd, age 62, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1914, occupation: Turkish bath owner
Wife: Joffee, Fannie, age 51, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1907, occupation: none
Son: Joffee, Hyman, age 21, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1915, occupation: none
Dau: Joffee, Sadie, age 23, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1915, occupation: bookkeeper in Shoe Supply Store
Dau: Joffee, Rose, age 14, born in Russia, mother tongue: Jewish, immigrated 1915, occupation: salesgirl in dept store
Son: Joffee, Milton, age 13, born in New Jersey, occupation: none
Step-daughter: Kaplan, Anita, age 22, born in New Jersey, occupation: none
Census Place: Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey; Roll: T626_1387; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 76

Military Records

 

World War l Draft Card
Max Jaffe

 

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Documents and Articles

Newspaper Articles

Trenton Evening Times: January 7, 1927
Two Found Dead in Russian Bathhouse

 

1927 Newspaper article about two dead men found in bath house owned by Louis Jaffe

 

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Photographs

Louis and Gertrude Jaffe with Freda, Max, Dora, Sadie, Herman circa 1910 Gertrude Jaffe 1910 Dora Jaffe age 16 circa 1918 Dora Jaffe Sadie Jaffe
         

Sadie Jaffe

Sadie Jaffe

Dora Jaffe Gordon and Freda Jaffe Epstein and their children

Herman Jaffe

Rose Jaffe

         

Milton Jaffe

Milton Jaffe in middle
Other two men unknown

Freda Jaffe and David Epstein

Freda Jaffe's children:
Saul and Muriel

Frieda Jaffe Epstein's daughter Muriel

     A special thanks to Donna Norton Wendel, daughter of Loretta Lewon Norton, who shared these pictures from her mother's old photo collection.

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