Brick wall with my wife's grandfather, Harry Belmont, Belmont-47

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I can find practically nothing on my wife's grandfather except that he died in 1933 in KIngs, Brooklyn, NY. Family oral history includes some rather unrelated claims.  He supposedly was born in Kalzmazoo, MI, but I have been to Kalamazoo and found nothing about him there.  He was suppose to have been a vetinarian so I checked with the State of New York and Cornell University and neither of them have a record of him.  He also was suppose to have been a horse jockey so I contacted the New York Racing Commission with no results. I've tried to run down any Harry Belmont's born anywhere within five to 10 years of his stated birth year without any positive leads. Phone books, land records, census, military records, newspapers - nothing.  Can anyone offer any help or suggestions?
WikiTree profile: Harry Belmont
asked in Genealogy Help by Tom Stair G2G Crew (580 points)
retagged by Doug Lockwood

Here is Bertha widowed in 1940

Bertha M Belmont

 in the 1940 United States Federal Census

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Name: Bertha M Belmont
Respondent: Yes
Age: 42
Estimated birth year: abt 1898
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Denmark
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: New York, Kings, New York
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: St Marks Avenue
Citizenship: Naturalized
Sheet Number: 7A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 5
Occupation: Domestic
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 35
Attended School or College: No
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 48
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
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Household Members:
Name Age
Bertha M Belmont 42
Joseph Belmont 11

According to this document they were married on January 12, 1928 in Newark, New Jersey. Harry was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 24, 1873.

She left from Copenhagen, Denmark and arrived at New York, New York, USA under the name Bertha Marie Margrete Hanson on February 29, 1924 on the vessel United States.


Bertha Marie Margrete Belmont

 in the Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974

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    Name: Bertha Marie Margrete Belmont
    Age: 28
    Birth Date: 30 Nov 1898
    Spouse's Name: Harry
    Children: Joe
    Naturalization Date: 1 Jul 1927
    State: New York
    Court Type: District Court
    Court Location: Eastern District, New York
    Naturalization Record Type: Petition for Naturalization

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    Tom could you give a bit more information? like your wife's name and birth year and place. it would be possible perhaps to find information from her birth record, or perhaps her mother's full name, including her mother's maiden name? This would give me some place to start searching for you.
    answered by Jamie Barron G2G6 (7.2k points)
    Jamie - Thanks for your willingness to help.  My wife's full name is Catherine Marie Stair (born Belmont). Born 6-26-56 on Vance Air Force Base, Enid, OK. Her mother was Molly Rose Belmont (born Brown) She was born in Tulsa, Tulsa Co, OK on 1-10-30. She married Joseph Peter Belmont in Enid, OK in 1955.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY on 9-21-28 to Harry Belmont (born 6-24-1873 in Chicago, IL) and Bertha Marie Hanson (born 11-30-1898 in Odense, Denmark) Harry and Bertha married 1-12-1928 in Newark, NJ. Bertha petitioned for  naturalization on 1 July1929. Bertha died in 1986 in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii.  Harry died 6-22-1932 in Brooklyn, Kings, NY. This is pretty much all I know or have learned in the last couple of days.

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