Fischel Dekelbaum (#P1) was the first to immigrate in this family. He arrived at the
port of Baltimore on August 4, 1897 aboard the steamer OLDENBURG. He was a 30-year old
married man, occupation laborer. His destination in America was to "a friend" or
"cousin" in Baltimore. His last residence was in Volhynia (the name at that time
for the province where Rafolvka was located). Fishel’s wife Malke (#P5) arrived at the
port of Baltimore on March 28, 1901 (3½ years after her husband), also aboard the steamer
OLDENBURG. She was a 26-year old married woman, traveling with her son Schmul, age 8,
daughter Henne, age 3, and son Zacherie, age 2. Her destination in America was to her husband
at 116 Market Place in Baltimore. Her last place of residence was Golecz.
One year after Fischel came to America, his brother Paisach (#P3) arrived at the
port of Baltimore on October 24, 1898 aboard the steamer S.S. Belgenland. His passenger
record states that he was a 28-year old single man, whose occupation was as a butcher. His
last place of residence was in London. His destination in America was to his brother F.
Deckelbaum at 120 Albermarle Street in Baltimore.
Mordche Deckelbaum (#P7) arrived at the port of Baltimore on August 7, 1901 aboard
the steamer Koln, which sailed from Bremen on July 25, 1901. He was a 27-years old, married,
occupation tailor. His last place of residence was in Rafalovka. His destination in America
was to his brother P. Deckelbaum at 103 W. Germany Street in Baltimore. His brother paid his
Pusick (Pesach) Dekelbaum (#P8) arrived at the port of New York in February of 1903
aboard the steamer S.S. POMERANIAN. Pesach was 25 years old. His destination in America was
to his cousin L. Gould at 158 Whitesboro in Utica, New York. I believe this L. Gould is the same Louis
Gould as in Family #3. His cousin paid for his passage. Pesach’s wife Annie (#P20) arrived at the port of Baltimore
on May 31, 1906 (more than 3 years after her husband) aboard the steamer MAIN. Annie was 24 years old, married, and she was
traveling with her with daughter Rosa, age 4. Her destination in America was to her husband Philip at 641 W. Pratt Street
in Baltimore. Her last place of residence was Dombrowitz, Russia.
Pasel Deckelbaum (#P9) arrived at the port of New York on Feb. 15, 1903 aboard the steamer Philadelphia.
He was a 28 year old married man, occupation painter. His destination in America was to his brother F. Deckelbaum at 102 Market
Space in Baltimore.
Ruchel Deckelbaum (#P52) arrived at the port of Baltimore on September 19, 1912
aboard the steamer Koln. She was an 18-year-old single woman with red hair and brown eyes, occupation
"M. Servant" (maidservant?). Her birthplace and last residence were Rafalovka.
The name of the closest relative left behind was her grandfather Chaim Deckelbaum in
Rafalovka. Her destination in America is to her married Uncle Philip Deckelbaum at 617 W.
Germany Street in Baltimore. Although I have no further information on Ruchel, I have placed
her in this family because the names of her uncle and grandfather match, and because she gives
a similar destination address (on W. Germany Street) as Mordeche did when he arrived in
1901. It is possible that she is the child of Mordeche, #P7.
Ester Sussel (#P68) arrived at the port of Baltimore on December 20, 1913 aboard the
steamer MAIN. She was 26 years old and married. She was traveling with two other people,
although I only found the index for one of her children (I didn't look for the other) - Idcl
Ber, age 3. She was born in "Russia Achnl". Her last place of residence was "Russia
Aschwalawka". The name of her nearest relative back home was "father Oschel
Gebelbimn Aschwalawka Walyn Russia". I think if you imagine saying "Asher
Deckelboim" with a heavy Eastern European accent, you could fathom it sounding to the
immigration officer’s ears like "Oshel Gebelbimn". The same could hold true for
"Rafalowka", which might come out sounding like "Aschwalawka". Ester’s
destination in America was to her husband Isaac Lusel at 834 E Pratt Street in Baltimore.
Philip (Pasach) Deckelbaum (#P8)
In 1906 Philip was living at 631 w Pratt in Baltimore. In 1910, he was living at 917 e
Pratt in Baltimore with his wife Annie, daughter Rosa, age 8, daughter Ida, age 3, and son
Samuel, age 1½. He was a tailor. In 1920 he was living at 313 2nd SW in Washington DC where
his occupation was as a grocer. Philip was living with his wife Annie and his children. Also
living there was his brother-in-law Max Mudrick (Annie’s brother), and his cousin
Annie Deckelbaum is buried in Beth Shalom Cemetery, Washington, DC [see tombstone
Philip died in Miami Beach but was buried in DC [see tombstone
Esther Deckelbaum (#P68)
Philip and Annie’s great-granddaughter Phyllis Lunsik gave me information about Philip's
sister Esther, which led me to believe that the passenger record for Ester Sussel was indeed
Philip’s sister. In addition, I found the Naturalization Record for Isaac Susel, who was
Ester Deckelbaum’s husband. This document states that Isaac’s wife Esther was born March 31,
1886 in Rafalovka, Russia. Their sons Sam and Bennie were also born in Rafalovka. Isaac
filed his Declaration of Intention in 1915, at which time he was a bricklayer living at
912 E. Pratt in Baltimore. In 1918 (when the certificate was issued) Ester and Isaac were
living at 1033 3rd St SW in Washington DC.
The 1920 Census Record confirms Ester and Issac’s address at 1033 3rd Street in Washington
DC. At that time Ester was 34 and Isaiah (Isaac) was 40, and his occupation was a grocer.
Also living there is their son Sam, age 11; and son Benjamin, age 10.
Philip (Fishel) Deckelbaum (#P1)
Philip’s Petition for Naturalization
is dated June 25, 1906. It states that he was born
in Volinski, Russia in April of 1870. He was married on January 3, 1891 in Volinski, Russia
to Esther. He was being naturalized along with his wife and 3 children: Sam born January
1892; Annie, born July 1895; and Frederick born February 1897. His wife and children were
all born in Volinski. He had been a resident of Baltimore for 6 years, having arrived in
America in August of 1897. He had lived for the last 6 years at 124 Centre Market Space,
102 Centre Market Space, 1007 E Pratt St, and 40 Albermarle Street (where he was living in
The addresses given on Philip’s Petition for Naturalization correspond to his addresses in
the Baltimore City Directories:
1901: 116 1/2 Centre Market in Baltimore, occupation tailor
1903: 102 Centre Market Space in Baltimore, occupation tailor
1904: 102 Centre Market Space in Baltimore, occupation tailor
1906: 40 Albermarle in Baltimore, occupation tailor
1907: 40 Albermarle in Baltimore, occupation tailor
Philip’s 1903 address adds credence to the supposition that Pasel (#P9) was Fishel’s
brother, since when Pasel arrived in New York in 1903 he stated that he was going to his
brother F. Deckelbaum at 102 Market Space in Baltimore.
In the 1910 census, Philip is living at 1418 e Fayette in Baltimore. Philip was 37 years
old, occupation examiner (of vests?). He lived with his wife Rebecca, age 27; son Samuel,
age 18; daughter Hannah, age 15; and son Frederick, age 13. The Census record appears to say
that Philip had been married for 2 years, which would imply that Rebecca was his second
Philip’s grandson Fred Burka told me that Philip was born in Rafalovka. Philip died in
1914. His gravestone
says "Fischel Ben Chaim, died a man
straight life, died Dec. 23, 1914." He was buried in Washington DC Central NE Cemetery.
His wife Malka Kolker died at the age of 38, and is buried in Baltimore. Fred also remembers
his mother Hannah talking about her stepmother Rebecca, which confirms the 1910 census that
Philip was married to his second wife.
In 1920, Philip’s son Samuel was living at 629 4 1/2 SW in Washington, DC. Samuel lived
with his wife Mary, age 28, who was born in Russia and immigrated in 1906, and his son Philip,
age 1, born in DC. Also living with Samuel was his father-in-law Chone Scheer; and his
brothers-in-law Samuel, William, and Milton.
In 1920, Philip’s daughter Hannah was living 251 8th NE in Washington, DC. Hannah (Anna)
was 23,and was married to Max Burka, age 29. Also living with them is their son Fred,
age 7, born in DC; their son Philip, age 4¾, born in DC; and Hannah’s brother Fred
Deckelbaum, age 23.
Paisach (Philip) Deckelbaum (#P3)
I don’t have much information for this Philip other than his passenger record
(which showed him arriving in 1898 and going to his brother Fishel in Baltimore), and his
. His death certificate states that he died on June
30, 1902 at the age of 35. It says he was born in Russia, and that his occupation was a
groceryman. He was living at 514 Fremont Avenue when he died of Tuberculosis. His father's
name was Chaim, and his mother's name was Faige Baile. He was married to Beckie Deckelbaum. He
died at the Hospital for Consumptivis in Baltimore. His brother Philip Deckelbaum supplied the
information on the certificate.
I have assumed that Bertha (a.k.a. Bettie) was his wife, because she is listed as the widow
of Philip in the 1930 Baltimore City Directory, and because his death certificate says his
wife’s name was Beckie (fairly close to Bettie). Bertha’s domicile history is as follows:
1521 Orleans in Baltimore. She was a 37-year old widow, who had 5 children, 3
still living. Her occupation was as a milliner. She had two boarders living with her.
909 N. Gay in Baltimore. She was a 46-year old widow, born in Moscow, immigrated
in 1888. She had two boarders living with her. Her occupation was a milliner. She was
listed at this address through 1930.