Israel Pasanov was born in Vilkomir, Lithuania on September 15, 1879 to Leiba Mendael (Labamander) and Rifka Pasanov. He had four siblings: his twin brother Hyman, older brothers Sam and Nathan and a sister named Neche ("Nellie"). Israel is the the great-grandfather of Hornblower employee Natalie Lee, who works in our accounting department.
According to the family story, Labamander, his wife and his sons all eventually made their way to the United States through Ellis Island. The son, Sam, was the reportedly the first one to arrive in the U.S. Eventually, they would settle in the area around Boston, Massachusetts. The family legend is that when they arrived, they realized that not very many people in the community liked Jews, so they changed their surname to Finn. So the Pasanov family became the Finn family, but they continued to wear traditional Jewish dress.
Israel married Rebecca Peikes in 1899 in Lithuania and they had four sons, Herbit, Reuvan, Benjamin and Robert. Israel and Rebecca arrived on December 28, 1900 on the SS Oldenburg out of Bremen, Germany. The oldest, Herbit, was born January 1, 1901 in Boston and died a little over a year and half later on September 26, 1902. The marriage and birth dates would indicate that Israel and Rebecca came to the United States together, sometime between 1899 and the end of 1900. The next son, Reuvan, also died as a young child, born sometime in 1904 and dying sometime in 1908. Benjamin was born on August 4, 1908 and lived until the age of 72. Robert, who is Natalie's grandfather, was born in 1910 and lived until he was 86 years old. Israel was a kosher butcher and became a naturalized citizen on April 4, 1910.
Israel's brother Hyman was born in Lithuania on September 15, 1879. Hyman married Ida Sachs on January 6, 1903 in New York, which would also put his arrival sometime in the late 1800s to very early 1900s. He had four children: Joseph, Robert, Arthur and Beatrice. He became a naturalized citizen on December 20, 1943 in Boston Massachusetts at the age of 64. Hyman lived to be 105 years old, dying on March 23, 1984.
**Ship manifest image from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation passenger records - www.ellisisland.org
**Citizenship records from the US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995, National Archives and Records Administration - accessed through Ancestry.com