Chapter 22 Max Affron’s
Family of Kingston, NY
widow, Mina Affron, lived in Kingston, NY, and was the matriarch of the Mones,
Simon and Sherman families. The only record of Max is a reference in a street
directory stating that Mina is the “Widow of Max.” Max Affron/Efron should be
considered a part of the Efrons of Amdur family because Mina, his widow, lived
in Kingston, where a number of Effron and Affron families lived, and there is a
marriage in this family to someone in the “Poughkeepsie” Effron branch – Harris
Mones and Ida (Effron) Levine of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada were married in
their later years.
In 1907 she is listed in a directory as
Minnie, widow of Max, and she stays at 15 E. Union St., Kingston. [DIR050] In 1910 Minnie
is living in Kingston with her daughter, Mary Shurman, at 9 E. Union St. and is
there, and at 15 E. Union St. until 1913 [DIR050].
Max Affron is possibly the same as Motte Matsul, based on the fact that other
Affron families of Kingston were related to Motte Matsul. Mina may have been
Motte Matsul’s second or subsequent wife, and her children could even be
children from her prior marriage. Until gravestones or vital records of Mina’s
daughters are located, their father’s name cannot be known for sure.
I first caught on to this branch when
visiting the Jewish cemeteries in Kingston, NY. There I found the gravestone of
Mina Affron. I then traced the family through public records and a few phone
calls until I was connected with Jon S. Simon. He sent me a family history that
was put together by his uncle Sidney J.”Tiff” Simon [MISC033]. That
genealogy helped me expand the outline of the Sherman family tree which I had
assembled based on online research.
Acknowledgments: Sidney J. “Tiff” Simon;
Jon S. Simon; Sue Simon
Max Affron, b. approx. 1840, d. Russia,
married Mone “Mina” (Minnie) Unknown, b. abt. 1840 or 1854, Russia, d.
2/4/1916, Kingston, NY. [CEN1050; ARR268] She is buried
in Kingston [CEM224]. Her father was Yaakov (Jacob),
according to her gravestone. A search of Grodno Uezd (district) 1858 revisions
found one candidate for Mina: an eight-year-old Mindlia Dynes of Amdur,
daughter of Kadush, but even here the father’s name is not correct.
She arrived in 1906 as Minie Efrin, age
52, last residing in Bialystok. She is a widow and is going to her son-in-law
Hirsch Aronis? – probably Harris Monis. [ARR268]. She was the
daughter of Yaakov. According to Tiff Simon, “Hirsh Aroni’s” was the nickname
of Samuel Sherman, but this doesn’t seem to make sense.
They had the following known children:
Anna Cohen Simon
Anna Cohen Simon, daughter of Max
and Mina Affron of Kingston
> Anna Cohen Simon, b. 1867
or abt. 1869, d. 1948 [CEN1052; CEN2149; CEN3184], married 1.
Unknown Cohen. His name might be either Meir or Shmuel, or maybe Meir Shmuel,
based on the gravestones of sons Abe [CEM225] and Jacob [CEM226]. She lived on
the bottom floor of 21 Anne St. in 1930. A large family by the name of Brown
lived upstairs. It is not known when either of them came to the US, if in fact
Anna’s first husband came to the US. There is a Morris Cohen who lived in
Rondout, was married to an “Anna” in 1926 and at that time lived at 16
Broadway, Kingston. That Morris Cohen came from Grodno, but he seems to be
substantially younger than this Anna (he was born in 1877), so it is not known
if he is related [NAT082].
Possibly related is a Max Cohen, who was
born in Grodno in 1885. His naturalization papers show that he lived at 19 Ann
St. in Kingston in 1927, the same address where the subject Cohen and Mones
families lived. [NAT083] Based on the age difference of
16 years between Max Cohen and Anna, Max may have been a step-son or a nephew.
Anna’s granddaughters, Miriam “Mitzi”
Spiegle (wife of Milton) and Harriet Kaufman (wife of Dan) may have additional
information because they were brought up by Anna.
> > Abe (Aryeh
Leib) Cohen, b. 12/26/1887 or 1/1/1888, Lunna, d. 1966, Kingston, NY, married
to Esther (Ester Malka) Unknown, b. 1890, d. 1969, Kingston, NY. [CEM225] He was a
butcher (Tiff Simon). He came to the US in 1903 on the “Seeland,” according to
his naturalization papers [NAT084; NAT085], which seems
to match up with the “Leib” who emigrated on the Zeeland with Jacob [ARR269]. Abe’s headsone
shows his Hebrew name is Leib [CEM225]
> > Jacob “Jake”
Cohen, b. 2/26/1889, Amdur [NAT086], married
Fannie Unknown, b. abt. 1891, Grodno. [CEN2148; CEN3185] He arrived in
1904 with his brother, Abe (who was using the name Leib) [ARR269]. In 1920 he
lived in Kingston, with a large family by the name of Abrahams. In 1930 they
lived at 19 Anne St.
He could be the same as the Jacob Cohen
who is married to Fannie Eisig in the Shanee Stirkee branch. If they are the
same, then he is probably a step-son of Anna, which makes sense considering
their relative birth dates. See discussion at page --.
> > Benjamin
“Ben” (Benyamin) Cohen, b. 12/25/1895, Sakolka (?), d. 1993, Kingston, NY,
married Goldie Unknown, b. 1903, d. 1987, Kingston, NY [NAT087; CEN2149, CEM226]. He was a meat
inspector, and other occupation(s) (Tiff Simon). He came to the US in 1905 of
the SS Ryndam, based on the first papers he filed for his naturalization [NAT087]. He has not
been identified on a ship manifest [~ARR]. She was the daughter of Avraham.
In the 1920 census, living at 19 Anne
St. with Max and Ann Mones are Isadore and Rose Cohen. Not known what relation,
if any, Isadore is to the Cohen family. In 1930, though, Jacob and Fannie Cohen
live at 19 Anne St.
> Married 2. abt. 1905 to
Harris Simon, b. 1868 or abt. 1865, Riga, Latvia. [CEN1052; CEN2149] He was
previously married to Mina Faga Simon and after her death to Fanny Lena Simon.
His first two wives were sisters from the Simon family -- possibly his nieces. Harris
Simon’s first two wives came from Kook, Latvia. In 1910 he is in the junk
business and resides at 21 Anne St. [MISC033]. He was the
father of Louis Simon, by one of his previous wives (see below).
Harris Simon purchased 21 Anne St. in
Rondout, Kingston, NY from Harris and Bessie Monas (see above).
According to the 1910 census, Harris
“Harry” has two sons, Abraham, age 17, and Louis, age 15. They are from his
previous marriage because Anna and Harris had only been married for 5 years as
of 1910. Louis married Eva Sherman/Shurman, a niece of his step-mother (see
below). [CEN1052; CEN2149]
Anna was step-mother to the children of
her second husband, Harris, from when the children were quite young, according
to one account, but the 1910 census indicates that Abraham and Louis would have
been 12 and 10 – young, but not very young.
Betsey Mones, daughter of Max and Mina Affron of
> Betsey (Peshe) Mones, b.
1/1870 or abt. 1873, probably d. before 1930, married abt. 1890 to Harris
(Hirschel) “Hopsche” Mones, b. 1873 [CEN1051]. [VERIFY –
THERE CANNOT BE TWO HOPSHEs!!] Hirschel arrived in 1898, is single, and is
going to join his uncle, Lewin, at 76 Broadway, Rondout [ARR?] [An Amdur
person? Related to Ida Effron Levine Mones of Hamilton, Ontario???]. That
record says he was from Wilna, but other evidence shows that the Mones family
of Kingston comes from Amdur (see note below regarding the Max and Susie Mones
family) [ARR--]. In 1900 the family lives at 76 Broadway with the family of Michael
Levine (born in 1857) and his children, Ida (b. 1883) and Max (b. 1892). [ARR0046-SD1-SD2]
When Mina arrived in 1906 she was going
to her son-in-law, Hirsch, last name could be “Aronis,” but it is difficult to
read and might be Monis, who lives in Rondout (Kingston). In the Sidney Simon
genealogy [MISC033], Sidney says that
Mary was “sister to Hop (Hopcha) Mones’ mother Minnie,” but this does not
appear correct in light of other evidence. When the facts are combined with
census records it appears that the son-in-law of Minnie is Harris Mones. In
the 1900 census, Harris and Betsy Mones live in Kingston with their four
children, Hyman, Esther, Jacob and Max. Harris may have married later to
In 1900, living with Harry and Betsy’s
family is a Michael Levine, born in 1857, with two children Ida and Max. [CEN0046]Might this be
the uncle, Motte Levine, referred to by Sam Effron in his genealogy as an uncle
of Ida Levine Baum Levine Mones? See p. –
Betsy appears to be the Pescha Mannix
who came to the US in 1899 with three children, though the names do not match
up well. [ARR270]
In the Kingston Freeman newspaper is an
article about surrogate court activity. It says that Bessie Mones as executor
signed as surety for the estate of Mina Affron (estate size: $240!) and that
she signed in Yiddish – the first time this had ever been done in that court
[found on Ancestry, not yet retrieved – search under “Bessie Mones”]
His second marriage is based on the 1930
census where there is a Harris Mones, age 58 and his wife Fannie, age 48, who
reside at 20 Chandler St., Kingston. The 1930 census indicates that Harris was
born in Amdur. This appears to be the same Harris Mones found in the 1900
census, though Fannie does not appear to be the same as Betsy, who would have
been 60 years old in 1930 (based on the 1900 census), not 48.
Harris was married again in 1933,
according to the arrival manifest for Ida (Chae Rivke) Effron Levine Mones. [ARR152]This would be
his third marriage, and her third marriage. Ida is a descendentof the
Poughkeepsie branch of Effrons (see page --)
From a local newspaper, he was 68 and
resided in Kingston when he was stopped and fined for speeding. (what year?!)
There was a Ruby Mones of Ann St., Kingston,
who died 7/20/1908 [OBIT025]. He may have
been the father of Harris Mones.
> > Hyman, b.
3/1893, Russia. In the ship arrival, his name is given as Avraham. [ARR270]. [See WW I
draft registration for Herman – b. Amdur???]
> > Esther, b.
6/1894 or 1895, Russia
> > Jacob
“Jack”, b. 7/1896 or 1897 or abt. 3/1899, Russia, married Nellie. [CEN3182] In 1930 they
lived at #6 of an unidentified street in Kingston, NY. In the ship arrival his
name is given as Leib, and his birth date is abt. 3/1899. [ARR270]
> > Max, b. abt.
4/1900, NY, married before 1920 to Anna Unknown, b. abt. 1901. [CEN2147; CEN3183] In the 1930
census, Max and Anna Mones of 26 E. Union St. are the parents of Ruth and
There was also a Max (Meische) Mones, b.
abt. 1857 and a Susi (Sosche) E. Mones, b. abt. 1857 or 1855, living in
Kingston according to a 1910 census entry. They had a daughter, Anna H., b.
1893, and daughters Bobke and Friede. In 1910 they live at 79 Broadway,
Kingston. He is a Junk dealer and arrived in 1901. Susi had 3 of her 12
children surviving. In 1910 they live with the Margolis family. Arriving from
Amdur at NYC on 5/9/1905 are Sosche Mones, 50, daughter Bobke, 20, and Friede,
19, arrived from Amdur at NYC on 5/9/1905, and are going to their husband and
father Mische Mones in Rondout (Kingston). It is not known how these two Mones
families are related.
Mary Sherman, daughter of Max and Mina Affron of
> Mary (Mere) Sherman, b.
abt. 1875, d. after 1930, married 1895 to Sam Sherman, b. 1871, d. 1905 [CEN1050; MISC033] He was a
cabinetmaker. She was a dressmaker.” Mary came to the US in 1904 with her four
oldest children. The name used to be Schuman, according to Mary’s ship arrival
record [ARR271; ARR275] and other
records [Probate article re: Mina Affron]. In the 1920 census Mary’s family is
listed as “Shurman.” No arrival record has been found for him. [~ARR]
In 1905 (NY State census on Family
Search) is a family at 19 Ann St. – Max Sherman, b. 1869, with wife Sophie and
Sam Sherman was in the US when he was
killed by a kick to the head from a horse. At the time, Mary was pregnant with
Sam. (Tiff Simon). In 1910 she is a widow with four children living at home
and lives with her mother. She lived in Kingston until at least 1930.
He was known as “Hersh Aron’s,”
according to Tiff Simon (and see the arrival record for Minnie Affron, above),
but that would make more sense for someone named Harris – either Harris Mones
or Harris Simon.
In 1904, Mary left Grodno for the US
with Eva, who was then age 8. At Hamburg port she failed the medical
examination because of an ear infection. They returned to Grodno. When her
infection cleared she returned to Hamburg. She was duped into giving her ticket
money to a swindler who did not come back with her tickets. “Mary was desolate,
with no money and a child in a strange country, sat down on a curb and cried.”
A kind gentleman stopped, heard her sad story and offered her a job as a
dressmaker for his family in exchange for shelter and food. Several months
later she and Eva were able to get a boat to the US. [MISC033]
> > Jacob
(Yankel), b. abt. 1895, Russia (Kiev according to the 1910 census), married
Rose Unknown, b. abt. 1898. In 1920 and 1930 he is living in Kingston with his
mother [verify – should be wife], Rose. [CEN --]. He was a confectioner. [ARR271; ARR275]
[Jewishdata.com has Eva and Mollie’s
burials in the Kingston cemetery]
> > Eva (Rivke)
Simon, b. 10/13/1896, d. 12/14/1985, married Louis Simon, b. 3/3/1895, d.
5/2/1967. According to the arrival record of her mother, her Jewish name was
Rivke (“Riwke”). [ARR271; ARR275; CEM--] Her
full Jewish name was probably something like “Chava Rivka.”
Louis was the son of Harris Simon by one
of Harris’ first two wives. Harris’ third wife was Anna Effron (or Affron)
Cohen (see p. -- above), Eva’s aunt. In 1920 Louis lives with Anna and Harris,
is married to Eva, and they have a daughter, Florence [CEN1052; CEN2149].
Eva Simon is the same as Eva Sherman
because of similarities from census data – not yet confirmed. Additional
information on the Simon family is based on census information (unless
otherwise indicated) [CEN20--; CEN30--] She lives at home in 1910, but is
married with her family by 1920. There are several other Simons living with
Louis and Eva in the 1920 census. In 1930, Ancestry has them indexed as Semin.
He was a taxi driver.
Eva told a story about when she was a
little girl, the Cossacks invaded her house, “bursting through the doors in
their imposing uniforms. She cowered in a corner scared out of her wits.” [MISC033]
> > Mollie
Singer, b. abt. 1899, married Abe Singer, b. abt. 1898. Mollie Singer is the
same as Mollie Sherman because of similarities from census data – not yet
confirmed. In fact, if she is the daughter of Mary Sherman then she is not
listed on the ship arrival record when Mary and her four children come to the
US. It may be that she was listed as son “Moishe” on the list in error – see
entry for child Moishe below. [ARR271; ARR275; CEM--]
Additional information on the Singer
family is based on census information (unless otherwise indicated). She lives
at home in 1920, and is married shortly thereafter. Mollie Singer was born in
> > Benjamin
(Chaim), b. 10/14/f1901 [CEN10--], d. 5/1971, Kingston, NY [SSDI1672], married
Lillian Lerner, b. 7/28/1898, d. 5/1982, Kingston, NY [SSDI673]. The ship
arrival of his mother lists a child named “Chaim” who was 3 years old in 1904
when she came to the US. [ARR271; ARR275] This must be
Benjamin, and in fact Chaim is usually paired with another name – his Jewish
name must have been Chaim Benjamin. She had previously lived in Massachusetts.
> > Moishe, b.
abt. 4/1903, according to the ship manifest of his mother, Mary. That ship
manifest is the only information about him. He may have died young, or it may
be that Mollie, who does not appear on that ship manifest, was listed as Moishe
and should have been listed as Mashe. [verify – listed as a boy or a girl?] [ARR271; ARR275]
> > Samuel, b.
abt. 1906 [CEN10--], married Gertrude Tunk