Maria Vasiltzova1

F, #601, b. 22 July 1888, d. 15 July 1956
Last Edited=30 Aug 2008
This photo was on Maria Vasiltzova Tunik's passport when she came to the United States in 1917.
     Maria Vasiltzova, daughter of Gregory Vasiltzov and Fanny Ashiffina, was born on 22 July 1888 at Samara, Primorsk, Russia.2 Maria Vasiltzova was the daughter of Gregory Vasiltzov and Fanny Ashiffina. She was also known as Maria G. Vasiltsoff. She was also known as Maria Wasilcowa.2

Maria Vasiltzova married Louis E. (Lavik) Tunik, son of Eli (Esia, El'ly, Elka) Tunik and Bertha (Breina) Bernstein, on 15 August 1905 at Harbin, Manchuria, China, It is interesting to note that because Maria Vasiltzova was Orthodox Christian and Lavik Tunik was a Jew, that their descendents are not considered Jews and would not be given Israeli citizenship. Judaism is matrilineal.2,32

On her passport it states: The bearer of this passport Russian citizen M. G. Vasiltsoff is proceeding to the United States. Yokohama, 22 August 1917.     

In a later entry: Miss Mary Vasilzova, 34 years old, born in the province of Primorsk, the bearer of this, is permitted to go to Russia via Japan. 7 July 1921.4

Maria Vasiltzova and her daughter Nina immigrated to the United States, arriving on 11 September 1917 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. They were on the ship "Rindjani" sailing most recently from Batavia. Their destination was ultimately Seattle, Washington. On the ship's minifest it reports "Maria Wsilcowa" was born in Tsernegov, Russia. It also shows her nearest relative or friend living in Russia as Mr. Abraham Junik in Tsernegov, Russia.

Maria was traveling under her maiden name for unknown reasons. Also, daughter Nina's name is reported as "Anna" probably because it was misheard.5

Maria Vasiltzova appeared on the United States census of 1920 in the household of Louis E. (Lavik) Tunik at Seattle, King County, Washington.6

Maria Vasiltzova was naturalized on 14 July 1928 at Seattle, King County, Washington; At her naturalization, Maria is described as of dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.7

Maria Vasiltzova appeared on the United States census of 1930 in the household of Louis E. (Lavik) Tunik at Seattle, King County, Washington.8

Maria Vasiltzova appeared on the United States census of 12 April 1940 in the household of Louis E. (Lavik) Tunik at Seattle, King County, Washington.9

Maria Vasiltzova died on 15 July 1956 at Seattle, King County, Washington, at age 67.10

Maria Vasiltzova lived on 15 July 1956 at 1720 34th Ave., Seattle, King County, Washington, and was buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington.

Her Social Security number was 531-10-4966.11

Child of Maria Vasiltzova and Louis E. (Lavik) Tunik

Citations

  1. [S7] Death Certificate, Nina Tunik Vederoff photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  2. [S144] "Tunik Research by Lloyd Tunik", 2004, Lloyd Tunik (1615 East 44th Ave., Spokane, WA 99203), to David Kuba (43 East 67th Street 5B, New York, NY 10021); a printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona. Hereinafter cited as "Tunik Research by Lloyd Tunik."
  3. [S290] Gershom Gorenberg, "How Do You Prove You're a Jew?," New York Times Magazine (March 2, 2008). Hereinafter cited as "How Do You Prove You're a Jew?"
  4. [S308] Passport, On her passport it states: The bearer of this passport Russian citizen M. G. Vasiltsoff., an original copy is in the records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  5. [S307] California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 11 Sep 1917, Maria and Anna Wsilcowa, born in Tsernegov, Russia, arriving in San Francisco, California on the ship "Rindjani" with the destination of Seattle, Washington, United States.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Seattle, King County, Washington, ED295, sheet 14, line 48.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  7. [S17] Naturalization Certificate, Petition Volume 56, Number 13789.
    photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  8. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Seattle, King County, Washington, p. 176, house 497.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  9. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Seattle, King County, Washington, Enumeration District 40-188, Supervisor's District 1, Sheet 62A, house 2121, line 39.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  10. [S7] Death Certificate, Wasington Number 3573 photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  11. [S22] , Social Security Death Index. (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, FamilySearch, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.