The Myer and Rose Davis Family of Syracuse’s 15th Ward. Myer (1868-1936) and Rose (b. Raziel Persofsky) (1868-1943) Davis Family at their home on Renwick Place about 1906. Myer and Rose escaped to the United States and Syracuse’s 15th Ward as teenagers in 1887 from the tyranny developing in the Knyszyn-Bialystok region of Eastern Europe. In the 1920s they moved from Renwick Place to 325 Maple Street, a home purchased by Myer after Rose signed an “X” on a purchase offer. Myer, a tailor by trade, was a founder of the Grape Synagogue, located on Grape Street (now Irving Avenue.) He was a son of Sarah and Joseph HaCohen Alexandrovich, said to be a descendant of the great priest of ancient Jerusalem Joseph HaChoen HaGodol. The family owned a Knyszyn turpentine factory destroyed by Russian soldiers earlier in 1887. Myer and Rose later provided the money for one of Myer’s brothers, Samuel and wife Dora, to make a similar emigration. Left to right: Rose Davis, Myer Davis, Lena Davis (Herr) (d. 1968); Mayme Davis (Abramson); Harold (Harry) Davis (d.1989) ; Sadie Davis (Eilenberg) (d.1985) ,Ruth Davis (Devorsetz) (d. 1998) and Joseph Davis. Lena married Isadore Herr and owned ladies’ specialty stores in Rome, Amsterdam and Watertown, eventually settling in Watertown; Mayme married Harold Abramson, a Syracuse jeweler; Harry purchased the Herr’s Amsterdam store and settled there; Sadie married Aaron Eilenberg and they operated the Syracuse Dress Company; Ruth married attorney Irving Devorsetz, and lived in the Maple Street home, and Joseph settled in New York where he was a successful freelance and advertising agency artist. Ruth and Joseph graduated from Syracuse University, as have numerous Davis descendants.
Daughter Esther Davis 1891–died as infant.
Left to right:
Rose Davis, Myer Davis, Lena Davis (Herr) (d. 1968); Mayme Davis (Abramson); Harold "Harry" Davis (d.1989); Sadie Davis (Eilenberg) (d.1985) ,Ruth Davis (Devorsetz )(d. 1998) and Joseph Davis.