13 Bancroft Place1

The occupants of 13 Bancroft Place were:

#1. S. Max Nelson (1931).

S. Max Nelson was born in 1890 in New Jersey.2 S. Max Nelson married Irene in 1917.2 Max Nelson was a social worker (settlement association) in New York.2,1 He did not own a radio in 1930.2 Irene was born in 1894 in New York.2 Max and Irene had three daughters, Anne, Frederika and Elizabeth.2 Max was listed in 1930 at 14 Berkeley Place, and in 1931 at 13 Bancroft Place.

#2. Sydney Werther (from 1933 to 1935).

Sydney Werther was born in 1900 in New Jersey.3 Sydney Werther married Esther in 1920.3 Sydney Werther was a (sales) manager for a children's dress manufacturer in New York.3,1,4 He owned a radio in 1930.3 Sydney Werther was a Veteran of the World War.3 Esther was born in 1903 in New York.3 Sydney and Esther had two children: Clare and Lawrence.3 Sydney was listed in 1930-1 at 15 Bancroft Place, and in 1933-5 at 13 Bancroft Place.

#3. Richard A. Mersereau (from 1937 to 1939).

Richard A. Mersereau married Florence M. Richard A. Mersereau was a manager in Jersey City. In 1939 he worked in New York.5,6 Richard was listed in 1935 at 18B Townley Road, in 1937-9 at 13 Bancroft Place, and in 1941 as removed to New London, Connecticut.

#4. John E. Wittig (from 1940 to 1941).
The monthly rent in 1940 was $56.7

John E. Wittig was born in 1907 in Pennsylvania.7 John E. Wittig married Kittie in 1928.7,8 John E. Wittig was credit manager (department store) in Union City.7,8 Kittie was born in 1907 in Illinois.7 John and Kittie lived in 1935 in Buffalo, New York.7 John and Kittie had 2 children: Patricia and Dale.7 Patricia was born in 1933 in New York.7 Dale was born in 1934 in New York.7


  1. [S5] 1931 Directory.
  2. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 2A (150), line 26-30.
  3. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 2B (150), line 63-66.
  4. [S6] 1933 Directory.
  5. [S7] 1935 Directory.
  6. [S9] 1939 Directory.
  7. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 10A (1314), line 13-16.
  8. [S10] 1941 Directory.