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Posted: 1038678942000
Classification: Query
My family came to Philadelphia during the beginning of the 1900's. However they arrived to the USA around 1891. I have no idea where they came from since they died before applying for citizenship. All it says on the census is that they were from Russia. But that could mean Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia itself. If you have any info let me know.

Re: Philadephia

Posted: 1042844676000
Classification: Query
Surnames: diamondstein
Since I last put up this message I have found that they came from Warsaw, Poland. If your family came from this area and your name is Diamondstein, Diamontstein, Diamondstine, then we could be related. I have also found a Harry Diamondstein who is related.

Re: Philadephia

Posted: 1046377250000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1151583211000
Surnames: Misrach, Diamondstein, Danning, Luban
This is a longshot, but Diamondstein is part of a family mystery for me. And Philly plays a role as well. Bear with me because this is kind of confusing.

My ancestors came to the US in the 1890's from "Russia." Three different stories exist regarding where in Russia that was--Latvia, Poland or Belarus. There is considerable confusion as to our original name. The facts are as follows:

My great grandmother, Dora, is supposed to have had the maiden name of Misrach and her mother had the maiden name of Cohn. Dora had two siblings--David (possibly Robert David) and Ida. It is in their stories that a Diamondstein link is lurking.

I found a death record for Ida--she married a man named Spero in Los Angeles. Her death record indicates that her mother's maiden name was Misrach...yet she is supposed to be Dora's sister (everyone agrees on that). Ida's son, Simon's, death record indicates that his mother's maiden name was Diamondstein. So Dora and Ida, supposed sisters, are listed as having different maiden names. Ida's mother's maiden name is the same as Dora's maiden name. Ida's maiden name is supposed to be Diamondstein.

It gets more complicated. David, the brother of Ida and Dora, was named Danning. This was actually a name he adopted from a woman who taught him English. My mother remembers being told that his original name was Diamondstein! AND he settled in Philly after coming to the US from Russia (Poland?) via Argentina. His sons, however (including Harry Danning, a former baseball catcher for the NY Giants) don't remember the Diamondstein story--they remember his name as having once been Misrach.

So there are two names--Misrach and Diamondstein--that seem to be used interchangably in my family when they first came over. Poland is one of three possible places of origin and Philly is where David Danning (previously Diamondstein? Misrach?) settled before moving on to Los Angeles, where he died.

I don't know if this links in at all with what you are looking for. Even if it does, I am not sure how to make the links. If you DO link into my family, I have contacts for many people, mainly in Los Angeles. Ida and Dora first settled in Milwaukee before moving to LA to join David. As far as I know, no other Philly relatives exist, but it is possible that in Philly, the solution to the Diamondstein mystery in my family exists.

Re: David Diamondstein

Mark Diamond (View posts)
Posted: 1054180864000
Classification: Query
My grandfather's family was from Russia and my father Walter , had changed his name in the Navy to Diamond as he wished to avoid festering pockets of antisemitism within the armed services at the time . To add to the confusion my grandfather David Diamondstein used to paint and publish political cartoons and poetry under the name David Dobson. I will try to garner some info from audio tape I made with my father about our origins before he passed.

Re: David Diamondstein

Myron Diamondstein (View posts)
Posted: 1059399336000
Classification: Query
Saw your reply to David D. Met him 35yrs ago in Newport News,VA We are cousins but lost track after that meeting. To my inquires, I find that there are very few of my group left
We were from Stanislvov ( Ivano-Frankovisc) In Austia_Hungary. Today the town is in the Ukraine
Myron

Re: David Diamondstein

phil smoller (View posts)
Posted: 1059402337000
Classification: Query
Surnames: diamondstein, diamontstein
since writing my information, i have found out the following things. moritz and sarah diamondstein came to the usa in 1891. ellis island was not open yet. however the boat that brought them listed them as from poland. moritz (morris) died in 1912 and his wife sarah died in 1925. they have no male heirs and their 3 daughters are now dead. so there is on one to ask questions to. the daughters had chidlren, but they have no information about their grandparents.

it turns out that in 1907 moritz's brother harry came to the usa and movied in with his brother. he is listed in the 1910 census. harry married had two children, arnold and morris. one son never married and the other had no children. so for me there is no way to find out anything more.

why the diamondsteins came in the usa, via nyc and then left for philadelphia no one knows. since their first daughter was born in 1892 in philadelphia that means that they moved from nyc to philadelphia almost immediately.

the only diamondstein left is the children of david diamondstein who changed his name to diamond. i have no other information, other than the immigration records of harry diamondstein says that he came from warsaw poland.

Re: Philadephia

Myron Diamondstein (View posts)
Posted: 1059473408000
Classification: Query
Hi Phil,
My Grandparents also came in the late 1890's, but they stayed in NY.As I told you, they came from Stanislvov (Modern Ivano-Frankovisk) in the present day Ukraine. My parents moved to VA in the early 40's & stayed.There are hardly any of my crew remaining. Myself & a first cousin(Susan Freschel), who is still in NY(just found her). We both thought that the other had passed away.
Myron
PS, I have 2 children & Susan doesn't have any.

Re: David Diamondstein

Jan Kwartowitz (View posts)
Posted: 1080365699000
Classification: Query
The D.D. Mark was refering to passed in the late '50s, and the Ellis Island manifest lists a few D.D.'s one from England, and one from Russia. I also know of a David Diamondstein, still surviving in upper Manhattan, NYC.

Re: David Diamondstein

Myron Diamondstein (View posts)
Posted: 1136755000000
Classification: Query
There is another DD in Monroe Township,NJ. We are cousins.
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