An American Family History

Jacob Swientoslawski Morrison

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Jacob Swientoslawski Morrison (Jack, Jake, Yacob) was born on February 15, 1889 in Klodawa, Poland. He was the youngest son of Moishe Swentoslawski and Pearl Kolsky.

He married Manya (Mary) Swientoslawski about 1916 in Poland. Mary was born about 1891 in Poland. She was his first cousin.

He came to the United States in 1920 and was naturalized on April 29, 1926 in Cook County, Illinois. He was the last of the Morrisons to immigrate and brought stacks of postage stamps with him in an attempt to take money out of Poland.

Jacob and Mary's children were Joe Morrison born in 1917 in Poland and Marvin Morrison born in 1926 in Illinois.


At the time of the 1930, census they were living in Chicago next door to the Simon Morrison family at 406 Christiana. Jacob was a manager in a neckware firm.

His nephew, Ray Morrison, related this sparing between his uncles:

Simon: Ray, what size hat do you wear?
Ray: Six and seven-eights
Simon:  That’s my size too. Have you noticed Jake’s head?
Ray: No, why?
Simon:  His hat size is seven and one-eight.  Naturally I have to be satisfied with less.

According to Katherine Morrison

Manya had a brother, Schmuel who was murdered in the Holocaust. His son survived and came to the U.S. after the war and took the name Samuels. They lived at the Manson for a time. Manya gave the family $25,000 (a $5,000 check each for husband, wife and children) when she was gravely ill in the hospital . . . They made good use of it--bought a 4 unit building in Beverly Hills, lived in one unit and rented out the others.

He died in Los Angeles on January, 13, 1966.

Children of Moishe Swietoslawska and Pearl Kolsky
  • Mandel Miriam Swientoslawski
  • Dora Swientoslawski (Dorothy Morrison) Zagel
  • Getzel Swientoslawski (Theodore S. Morrison)
  • Simon Swientoslawski (Simon Sidney Morrison)
  • Malcha Swientoslawski (Mollie Morrison) Winefield
  • Isidore Swientoslawski Morrison
  • Esther Swientoslawski Morrison Fisher
  • Jacob (Jack, Jake) Swientoslawski Morrison
  • Rose Swientoslawski Morrison Rose
  • Elias Swientoslawski Morrison
  • Klodawa is just north of Lodz in the Posnan or Posen province. Before World War I, Poland was a province of the Russian empire. 

    Chicago, Illinois saw a major expansion in industry in the 1920s and prohibition led to the Gangster Era from 1919 until 1933. It was the nation's railroad center.


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