Highlights of Dora Jacob’s life as related by her Granddaughter, June Frank Curran, August 3, 2014
• The earliest family members were born or lived in Egypt.
• They fled to Paris to escape persecution.
• The family was living in Paris before coming to the United States.
• Dora was born in New York.
• Dora and her siblings were placed in separate orphanages. She grew up not knowing where her brothers were.
• At the age of 13 she was released from the orphanage and obtained employment as a chamber maid at a hotel in New York.
• Dora was determined to find her parents. She saved her money for the time when she would travel to wherever they may be.
• When she was still 13 years old, Dora learned that her Mother had remarried and was living in Boston. She took a bus to the part of town where her Mother and new husband were living.
• Dora’s Mother told her that her new family did not know about her and that she could not let her come to stay.
• Dora returned to New York and despite this event never spoke negatively of her parents. She never mentioned them to others.
• From an early age, Dora had said that she wanted to be a Mother to a boy and a girl so that she could name them after her own Mother and Father.
• Eventually Dora and her brothers found each other. They remained in touch throughout their lives and visited each other from time to time.
• Dora sang in Yiddish at the Jewish theaters in Lower Manhattan. She subbed on occasion for Sophie Tucker, who is described in Wikipedia as one of the most popular entertainers of the early 20th century known for her comical delivery of risqué songs.
Note: In the 1920 Federal Census, Dora stated that Romania was the birthplace for her Mother and Father. During our discussion on Sunday, August 3, 2014, June informed me that a descendant of Dora’s sister has in her possession the map which shows the part of Egypt where the family lived before going to Paris. Further research is needed to confirm the exact ancestral country. On August 1, 2014 I ordered a copy of Dora and Jack’s 1913 Marriage Certificate from the NYC Municipal Archives. Using the names for Dora’s parents as they appear on the Marriage Certificate may bring back earlier census records where Dora’s parents are entered as well as the country of origin they gave to the Census Enumerator.