Re: Weitz of Buffalo NY, Boston MA, and RI, from 1850-
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I am still searching. I know my Weitz's came from what was Breslau Prussia but became Wroclaw Poland. There, I"m stuck. The family of Gustav A Weitz (Mathilda, Clara, George, Anna) arrived here in 1850 with three small children.But in 1860, I cannot find them in the census.
In 1854, reading the German american's in Buffalo, I find that Gustav Weitz was the leader of the orchestra at the Music Hall, so he was still alive and going at that point. I know my Gustav A Jr. was b. 17 Jan 1854 Buffalo and died 7 Apr 1934 Providence RI. Besides the older siblings Clara, George(d.bet 1920-30 in Medford MA)and Anna, I believe there was also an Emil F. Weitz b.1861 (I think in Buffalo, but 1920 census only lists NY) m Jennie. They are alive and well in the 1920 census of Boston, living on Lawrence St. I think there was also a Gustav A, m a Mary Gehring 2 Oct 1878OH. There was also a Frederick, who may or may not be part of this family. Frederick was b abt 1850 in Germany, and died after 1920 in Newton MA.
The name Conrad Weitz is found, often, among a group of Germans who'd moved from the southern sections of Germany to Russia, at the behest of Catherine the Great and lived there for 200 years until the Revolution. At that point, many began to flee. Others of that group had left earlier, as early as 1869. I find them easily as they have a website, but most went to WI, though some entered through NY and stopped, briefly in Buffalo. All in all, Buffalo was at least 1/3 German. I don't have a Conrad in my family (THAT I KNOW OF, but that may be a lack of knowledge on my part)
All of my Weitz family were very musical and in one census, my Emil as well as his brothers, William and Carl were listed as musicians. They traveled with a vaudville show when they were young, sung in the Opera in later years, and played in many bands, which is why I think the Gustav in 1854 in Buffalo, leader of the orchestra, has to be my GGGgrandfather who immigrated to Buffalo in 1850.
I think my Gustav listed himself as a watchmaker in the 1850 manifest of the census. However, I don't think that was the case. Family lore says he was an opera singer who decided to stay after a tour with a german opera company. IF so, he had to have gone back to get his family and later, 1850, returned. I understand that in 1847 there was a war in Germany, among themselves, and after that, many young men and boys were persecuted. I think mine decided it was time to leave. The problem is while there are a lot of familes with the name WEITZ, including a Conrad in the 1860 census, I cannot find Gustav among them. Either he was deceased and his widow quickly remarried and moved to Boston, OR they were hiding from the census taker, if not both
Hope we can make a link.