A Look at My Jewish Roots in Boston, Part One: Eli and Sophie Bakerman

So far, the posts about my genealogy has been focused on my mother’s side of the family. However, family on my father’s side also has roots, in Boston Proper: Dorchester and Mattapan.

Eli Bakerman and Sophie (Camiel) Bakerman

Instead of going in sequential order by document, I am going to go over the 1920, 1930 and 1940 Census Records first, before shifting to other documents.

1920-1940 Census Records

In 1920, during the time of the census, Eli Bakerman was stationed at Camp Devens in Worcester, MA:

4311571-00829 - eli bakerman - camp devens, worcester - 1920 census (1)

A closer look:

4311571-00829 - eli bakerman - camp devens, worcester - 1920 census

By 1930, Eli Bakerman was living with his wife, Sophie, on 6 Winston Road, in Boston, MA:

4607688_00824 - eli bakerman - census 1930

Again, a closer look:

4607688_00824 - eli bakerman - census 1930 - h

By 1940, Eli Bakerman was living at 44 Floyd Street, in Dorchester, MA. Gealdine, the youngest child listed, is my grandmother:

m-t0627-01673-00266 - eli bakerman - geraldine - 1940 census

Other Documents

On April 7th, 1919, Eli petitioned to become a Naturalized Citizen, and with it being connected to his military service:

31309_130551-00675 - eli bakerman - naturalization - 1919

His petition would be accepted by April 14th, 1919, while living at 4 Wilson Street in Dorchester, MA:

M1545_2-0694 - eli bakerman - apr 14 1919

In 1922, Eli Bakerman got married:

41263_2421406273_0168-00208 - marriage - eli bakerman - 1922

His Draft Card from 1942, indicating his connection to the Charlotte Dress Company located on 70 Beech Street in Boston, MA:

miusa1939b_082506-05772 - eli bakerman - draft card - 1942

In 1961, he passed away, at the age 65:

41263_2421406273_0106-00128 - bakerman - death - 1962

Boston City Directories

eli bakerman - 1923 - 1 Eli Bakerman first appears in the Boston Directory in 1923, living at 46 Auburn:

eli bakerman - 1923

(Boston City Directory, 1923)

He is still listed at this address in 1924:

eli bakerman - 1924

(Boston City Directory, 1924)

And 1927:

eli bakerman - 1927

(Boston City Directory, 1927)

By 1930, they had moved to 6 Winston Road:

eli bakerman - 1930

(Boston City Directory, 1930)

They would stay there throughout 1931 and 1932:

eli bakerman - 1931

(Boston City Directory, 1931)

eli bakerman - 1932

(Boston City Directory, 1932)

By 1933, Sophie, Eli’s wife is listed:

eli bakerman - 1933

(Boston City Directory, 1933)

They would remain at this address until 1937. Here is 1934:

eli bakerman - 1934

(Boston City Directory, 1934)

1936:

eli bakerman - 1936

(Boston City Directory, 1936)

By  1937, they had moved to 47 Harwood in Dorchester:

eli bakerman - 1937

(Boston City Directory, 1937)

They would stay there until 1939. This is 1938:

eli bakerman - 1938

(Boston City Directory, 1938)

They had moved to 44 Floyd in Dorchester, 1939. This would be the last address they live together at before Eli passed away:

eli bakerman - 1939

(Boston City Directory, 1939)

1940:

eli bakerman - 1940

(Boston City Directory, 1940)

In 1942, Eli and Sophie’s son, Joseph, is first listed:

eli bakerman - 1942

(Boston City Directory, 1942)

But isn’t listed in 1943:

eli bakerman - 1943

(Boston City Directory, 1943)

By 1944, Eli, Sophie, Joseph and a Mary are all listed as living at 44 Floyd in Dorchester:

eli bakerman - 1944

(Boston City Directory, 1944)

By 1945, Mary would no longer be listed:

eli bakerman - 1945

(Boston City Directory, 1945)

By 1946, Mary would no longer be listed. Children, Clara and David would be additionally listed with Joseph:

eli bakerman - 1946

(Boston City Directory, 1946)

In 1947, the last time the entire family is listed living together in Boston (Eli, Sophie, Joseph, Clara, and David):

eli bakerman - 1947

(Boston City Directory, 1947)

By 1967, a widowed Sophie would be listed living at 8 Ashton Street in Dorchester:

eli bakerman - 1967

(Boston City Directory, 1967)

She would be listed in 1968:

eli bakerman - 1968

(Boston City Directory, 1968)

And 1969:

eli bakerman - 1969

Addresses Listed with (Years Resided At Them)

  1.  4 Wilson Street, Dorchester (1919)
  2. 46 Auburn (1923-1930)
  3. 6 Winston Road (1930-1937)
  4. 47 Harwood, Dorchester (1937-1939)
  5. 44 Floyd, Dorchester (1939-1947)
  6. 8 Ashton Street (1967-1969)

As I have indicated above, Eli worked for a place called the Charlotte Dress Company located at 70 Beech Street in Boston.

 Part Two

The second part of this series will examine what I have on Sophie Bakerman’s brother, Morris Camiel, who resided with his family in Mattapan.

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