Jack Haberman, my maternal grandfather, was born at home on September 19, 1910 in Newcastle (now Miramachi,) New Brunswick, Canada to Alice Rogers Habermann and Frederick John Habermann, and he was named Frederick John Habermann after his father. They called him “Fritz.”
His father had come to New Brunswick from Germany, and during the First World War, Canada was at war with Germany. This fact led to some trouble for the family- trouble serious enough for the elder Frederick Habermann to be interred or incarcerated. When he got the chance, Fritz’ father left New Brunswick for Charlottesville, Virginia. When he was settled, Fritz’ father sent for his family, and when Fritz was 8 years old he left his home in New Brunswick with his mother and maternal grandmother for a life in the United States. He also left his name behind. His parents dropped one ‘n’ from the end of the family surname and renamed their son John Rogers Haberman, and he was “Jack Haberman” forever more. Grandpa and his father became naturalized US Citizens at Tampa when Grandpa was 18 years old.
He was very intelligent and self-educated. He worked as an electroplater at Florida Fishing Tackle (The “Barracuda” building) in St. Petersburg, Florida, and he was also a carpenter. He wrote a novel about Pirates. He built his house in Franklin, NC, and the furniture in it. In St. Pete, he had an outboard motorboat that he used for fishing and water skiing, and he converted it to a sailboat himself in his backyard. After that, he kept it at the St. Petersburg municipal marina downtown by The Pier. He had a captain’s cap that he wore whenever he could get away with it. He loved boats, pirates, and everything about sailing ships.
He served in the Shore Patrol, part of the Merchant Marine, during WWII and helped protect the Florida shore from German U-boats. He was very proud when the Merchant Marine was officially accepted as a part of the Armed Services, very late in his life. I went with him to a ceremony downtown on the waterfront to honor and celebrate the occasion. He was very happy to be a veteran at last, and he was please to know that he could have an American Flag at his funeral.
He was also extremely proud of his Scottish heritage. He was proud of the Menzies clan and proudly wore a tie with the Menzies tartan. He loved bagpipe music.
His parents were:
A. John Rogers “Jack” Haberman (1910, New Brunswick, Canada – 1992, Pinellas, Florida)
B. Alice Adams Rogers (1882, Canada – 1926, Pinellas, Fl)
B. Frederick John Haberman (1881, Sagan, Germany – 1944, Pinellas, Florida)
C. Clara Hedwig Schulze (1858, Sagan, Germany – 1934 Pinellas, Florida)
C. Frederick Habermann (1828, Bries, Germany – )
C. George H. Rogers (1843, New Brunswick, Can – 1882 New Brunswick, Can)
C. Mary Jane Menzies (1860, Canada – 1924, Virginia)
D. Anthony Rogers (1796, NB, Can – 1881, NB, Can)
D. Barbara McKay (1823, NB, Can – 1896, NB, Can)
D. Ferdinand J. Schulz ? (1820, Prussia – 1896 Chicago, Il)
D. Hannah Adams (1801, NB, Can – 1887, NB, Can)
D. Johanna Bussow ? (1824, Prussia – 1911 Des Moines, Iowa)
D. John Menzies (1835, NB, Can – 1910, NB, Can) -photo-
E. Edward Rogers (1772 Hartford, Ct – 1858, NB, Can)
E. Eleanor Parrett ? (1796, Bandon, Ireland – 1882, NB, Can)
E. Jane Whitney (1781, NB, Can – 1853, NB, Can)
E. John Menzies (1805, Scotland?)
E. Mary Ann Forsyth
E. Robert McKay ? (1791, NB, Can – 1866, NB, Can)
F. Anthony Rogers (1731, Hartford, Ct – 1794, NB Can)
F. Barbara McCloud? (1740 – 1794)
F. Robert McKay? (1730, Scotland – 1793, NB, Can)
F. Zilpah Holcombe (1730, Ct. – 1782, Ct.)
G. Joshua Holcomb (1697, Ct – 1772, Ct.)
G. Mary Griffin (1699 Ct. – 1776, Ct.)
H. Joshua Holcomb (1672, Ct. – 1727, Ct.)
I. Joshua Holcomb (1640, Ct – 1690, Ct)