Joseph Steinman


Gedalyahu Son of Avraham May His Soul Be Bound Up In The Bonds of Eternity 


Who was Frank Oxman?

As I continue to work on researching the Steinman family with all the many branches that make up this tree, the documents I have sent away for have started to come in. Yesterday I received the death certificate for Joseph/Joe Steinman, husband of Rose Ochsman/Oxman, father of Morris/Murray and Shirley Steinman. Joe was born Sept. 15, 1894  Berdichev, Russia and died May 26, 1936 at age 41 (death cert.) The death certificate seemed very mundane and revealed little information I hadn’t already known, the name of his father, Abraham and mother Shirley Gold, where he was buried, Montefiore Cemetery, but something very interesting jumped out at me which opened up a whole new question and line for research. Who was Frank Oxman?



Frank Oxman was the undertaker who attended Joe Steinman. Not just any undertaker but an Oxman, the same last name as the maiden name of Joe’s wife Rose. That of course prompted the question, who was Frank Oxman, were they related, if so how? Oxman was not an uncommon name and it could simply be coincidence. I am off on another rabbit trail to try and discover the connection, if there is one.

My initial research led to the following information. Frank Oxman (1902) was the youngest son of Aaron (1865)  and Annie Oxman (1867). The age of Frank would line him up as a possible cousin to Rose. I have not uncovered Rose’s father’s name, only her mother’s, Sarah. The first possibility for a relationship that I am tossing around is that Rose’s father and Aaron could be brothers (if they are related at all) or they could even be cousin’s themselves.

Aaron arrived in June of 1889. I first located the family in the 1900c living at 18 Pitt Street, NYC. Aaron’s occupation was a cigar maker. Living in the household was wife Annie, son Morris (1887-Russia), Ida (1889-Russia), Max (1894-NY), Lillie (1896-NY), and Abraham (8/12)

By 1905 Frank had joined the family born in 1902. What was interesting about this census was Aaron and Annie were not listed. Living at 189 4th St, NYC were Ida (16) working as a saleslady, Moses/Morris was 18 and making caskets, Max (11), Lillian (9), Abe (6) and Frank (3) My guess is that the census worker simply missed listing Aaron and Annie.

Still at the 189 4th Street address, Aaron and Annie are again listed on the census for 1910. Working in a cigar factory/manufacturer it appears as if Aaron may be the owner or co owner as it was noted that he was the employer and not employee. Morris/Moses has again morphed and became Henry on this record and was employed as the commissioner of deeds in a law office. Ida was 21 and working as a sales lady in a dry goods store, Max was 16 and working as a clerk in a dresshouse, Lilian (13), Abe (10) and Frank was (8)

By 1920 Aaron (55) has moved his family to 446 146th Street, Brooklyn. Annie (52), Abe (20) was still home and working as a salesman in a cigar stare. Frank (18) is a chauffeur – driving truck. Daughter Lillian (23) had married Frank Marcus (29) who was working as a manager in a Telegraph Co. They had 1 daughter, Ruth (1)

It is in 1930 that Frank Oxman crosses over to the career that will support him for many more years. At 28 years old he was working in an undertakers parlor. The street address was listed as 210 East Broadway, NYC. He was listed as a boarder in the home of Jacob (40) and Ida (38) Blum, along with their daughters Sylvia (18) and Harriet (10). Jacob is an undertaker in a independant parlor and daughter Sylvia was listed undertaker – typist. The age of Ida was off by about 7 years (older). I can not be sure that this was Frank’s sister and husband but for now, it’s possible and if so then it appears Jacob Blum may have given Frank his start was an undertaker. In fact he most certainly did.

Doing a general google search for Oxman, Blum, funeral parlor, etc, I came up with quite a few interesting sites, one of which was extremely interesting. It has a link to reblog the post and so I think I will do just that. Fingers crossed this will work as I have never tried this before.

****It did repost, it follows this post…Arlyne Weiss Brinkman Part 1, when you come to the end, click on   view original post and it will take you to the whole story****

Arlyne Weiss Brinkman – Part 1

This was an amazing blog post that shed quite a light on Frank Oxman and Jacob Blum. If Frank Oxman is related he may be one relative we want to keep on wraps 🙂

Joe Bruno on the Mob

Brinkman, Arlyne Weiss – She spent more time on her knees and on her back servicing mobsters than Michelangelo did painting the Sistine Chapel.




Arlyne Weiss Brickmanwas a slut and a sometime-prostitute. She dispensed blowjobs like the Salvation Army doles out free meals. But what made Arlyne the consummate dirtbag was that she became a rat who ate cheese for several government agencies, including the FBI.

            In 1933, Arlyne Weiss was born in a Manhattan Lower East Side tenement to a privileged Jewish family with connections to organized crime. Her father, Irving Weiss, ostensibly was the owner of a car dealership – Chester Motors on 116th Street and Pleasant Avenue in Manhattan. But Irving made most of his money doing what Jewish gangsters of his time did: bookmaking, shylocking and the occasional labor union shakedown. Irving Weiss was friends with Jewish gangster mastermind, Meyer…

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Issac Goldstein father of so many

My last post was on the family of Anna Kessman, her parents Louis Kessman and Rae Goldstein and her grandparents Morris Kessman and Sadie Steinberg. I also talked about the Hyman Kessman, brother of Louis as their story was intertwined. Allen Steinman, great grandson of Morris and Sadie, following the line of Louis shared some of his memories in the comment section which gave me some direction on which way I wanted to go next. Thank you Allen – I loved all the comments 🙂  Allen filled me in on the third child of Morris and Sadie, a daughter named Rose. I was excited to learn her name and am anxious to take a look at her but before I do, I decided to look at Rae Goldstein’s parents, Isaac Goldstein and his wife Fanny LNU. While there is so much still to discover I was excited about the few things that have turned up while researching them. Allen had written “From memory…. Rae Goldstein Kessman, had a sister Dinah, and at least two brothers Seymour aka Sy and Hyman. Dinah married and had one son and one daughter, they lived on 150 th Street in Jamaica Queens NY. I don’t remember much about the brothers.” His comment launched me into a search for information on Dinah and her brothers…..and well, quite a few more siblings than may be known.

Isaac Goldstein (abt.1868) was born in Austria along with his wife Fanny LNU (abt.1862) Isaac and Fanny immigrated in 1884 which seems to be confirmed by all documents found. I have not located their immigration papers nor have I been able to locate any documents that would indicate or point me to where in Austria Isaac or Fanny were from. At the time of their births the Austrian – Hungarian Empire had just been formed by an agreement between Vienna and Budapest  (1867) The fact that both listed Austria as where they were born could very possibly have been anywhere in the empire at that time.

Austria-Hungary Map

The first census I found them in was 1900. (the 1890 census was destroyed and only fragments remain) Isaac was 35 and Fanny 38. They were living at 186 Rivington St, NYC. Isaac’s occupation was listed as laborer. Fanny had had 6 births, all of which were living and all born in NYC. Their names and birthdates were as follows Morris (1886) 14, Samuel (1887) 13, Retchell (1889) 11, Nathan (1893) 7, Tini (1894) 6 , and Seymour (1900) 3/12.  Isaac spoke English and could read and write but Fanny could not)

By 1903 the family had relocated to Brooklyn and were living at 195 Smith St. Isaac has applied for citizenship. His birth date is missing but note his occupation now, dealer in second hand clothing. I was unable to find the actual naturalization record for Isaac.


32126_22104823121444-00350.jpgCitation Information: Detail: National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of th Source Information Title New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 Author Publisher Operations, Inc.

Name Isaac Goldstein
Petition Age 38
Record Type Petition
Birth Date 1865
Birth Place Austria
Arrival Date Mar 1884
Arrival Place New York, New York
Petition Date 4 Dec 1903
Petition Place New York, USA
Isaac Goldstein

Below is photo found on the internet which captures for me, the soul of the clothing peddler of the day. Can you imagine supporting a family of 8 on a peddlers earnings? I certainly can’t.


Hester Street from the New-York Daily Tribune – September Street Peddler, Lower East Side, NYC immigrants during the Gilded Age. The Bowery Boys: New York City History: The Lower East Side went back in time this weekJewish Immigrant with pushcart, selling clothing. Located on the Lower East Side…One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.Peddler at HesterstreetJewish Immigrant with pushcart – Lower East Side – Gilded Age – NYC, c.1900
In 1905 the family was still living at the 195 Smith address. Isaac is 40 years old and his occupation was listed simply as clothing. Fannie had given birth to another son named Pincus (1901), Retchel was now Rae 16, Nathan 12, Tini had become Dinah 10, and Seymour 5 and now listed as Simon. Son’s Morris and Sam were not listed in the household.
Sometime between 1905 and 1908 Fanny passed away leaving Isaac a widower with 7 children. I can not be positive at this point but all research leads me to believe that this is the death record for Fanny. If this is correct, information as to who Fanny’s parents were is listed. Her father was Solomon Dornfest and mother Chaela Stickio Dornfest both from Austria.
Name: Fannie Goldstein
Birth Date: 1863
Birth Place: Austria
Death Date: 24 Jul 1905
Death Place: Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, United States of America
Cemetery: Mount Zion Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Maspeth, Queens County, New York, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y


Birth: 1863, Austria
Death: Jul. 24, 1905
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

In loving memory of Fannie Goldstein

Beloved wife

Daughter of
Solomon & Chaela Stickio Dornfest

For genealogy purposes only.

Mount Zion Cemetery
Queens County
New York, USA
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Again not confirmed but believing I am on the right track I located the social security application for a Maurice Goldstein, very possibly our Morris, first born to Isaac and Fanny. The birth year matches up with the census recorded age of Morris.

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name Maurice Goldstein
Gender Male
Race White
Birth Date 2 Dec 1886
Birth Place New York City, New York[New York Cit]
Father Isaac Goldstein
Mother Fannie Dornfest
SSN 110092751
Notes Dec 1936: Name listed as MAURICE GOLDSTEIN

Three years after Fanny’s death Isaac remarried a woman named Annie Ammer (1873) also from Austria. She was 17 years his junior. I must admit with the similarity in the first names I was a little confused at first thinking Fanny had simply morphed into Annie with the age a misprint. It soon became clear that this was a 2nd marriage.

By 1910 things began to look up again. The census record for 1910 had Isaac and Annie married for 2 years, which would be a 1908 marriage. Isaac was working as a tailor in a shop. Sam, now 22 was back living at home. His occupation was listed as knitter. Rae 21, was working as a stone setter in a jewelry store. (that intrigues me I would love to find out more) Nathan 19, was working as a wire worker in a factory. That left Dinah 16, Simon 9, and Pincus now Phillip, 8. The family has left 195 Smith St and moved to 73 Taylor, Brooklyn. I was able to locate the marriage record for Isaac and Annie and learned her last name was Ammer. They were married on January 11, 1908 in NYC. Locating social security records for both daughter’s Molly and Clara (yet to be revealed in this post) their mother was Annie Ammer.  Next I checked  (an Italian genealogy site that has a very complete free data base search for marriage/death records within the 5 boroughs) It was here I was able to find the complete marriage notation of Annie Ammer to Isaac Goldstein.

Married and settled in, Isaac and Annie made the move to 361 Osborn, Brooklyn listed as their residence on the 1915 census, only at home was Dinah (20) working in a dept store as a saleslady and Pincus (13). Annie and Isaac had now added 2 children, Leon (1913) and Molly (1914) Isaac (49) had no occupation listed but living with them was Juine/Jennie Hauff/Hauft (60) mother. I think it is safe to assume this is Isaac’s mother-in -law, judging by her age.

32848_B094041-00041.jpgSource Information: New York, State Census, 1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: State population census schedules, 1915. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.


Once again the family makes a move and by 1920 they are living at 92 Willett St in NYC. Isaac (54) was working as a tailor – mens clothing. Adult daughter Dinah/Diana (23) and Pincus/Phillip (18) are both working, Dinah – ladies waist, Phillip – office. Leo (7) and Mollie (6) and mother Juine/Jennie is no longer with them.

The 1930 census gives us a good picture of Isaac’s family. All of his children from his first marriage are now on their own. Isaac (63) was still working in a tailor shop. His oldest child with Annie (43) Leo (17) was working already as a shipping clerk – umbrellas. Molly was 16 and in school. Isaac and Annie added 1 last child, a daughter named Clara/Claire (1929) I am amazed at the amount of moves Isaac and his family had made. In 1930 they had moved again and  this time they are living at 31 Goerck St, NYC. I want to make mention too that in both the 1920 and 1930c their language is listed Yiddish. Going back to the first record 1900c the language was listed English for Isaac and also ticked off was that he able to read and write. I am wondering if perhaps new bride Annie was unable to speak English so Isaac reverted back to Yiddish.

1940c the family moved again to 1449 Minford Pl., Bronx. (the same location in 1935 as noted on census) At age 75 poor Isaac is still working this time as a collar maker – mens clothing. The census indicates he had worked 35 hours the prior week. I say ‘poor’ Isaac because he just had to be exhausted by now. He had immigrated from his homeland at age 19 to start this amazing life here in America. Beginning as a laborer he switched quickly to a street peddler and then into the mens clothing line/tailor. He buried his first wife, mother of 7 children. Then married a woman 17 years his junior and added 3 more children.  He had, who I believe was his mother-in-law, at one time living in his home and most likely out lived and buried her too. Here he is, 75 and still working. His wife Anna (56) was still by his side. Their daughter Molly (24) was working as a bookkeeper in a dairy. Ahhh – most likely working with and for the family of her 1/2 sister Rae who’s husband and brother-in-law Hyman owned and operated a dairy store. Clara/Claire was 19 currently unemployed for the last 25 weeks but had worked as a bathing suit examiner.

1940 Bronx census



Below: June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. “Bathing Costume Contest.” Note Felix/Krazy Kat doll. National Photo Company Collection. I absolutely adore this photo. 


Bathing suits came a long way in 20 years – vintage 1940’s swimsuit photo below


Well, that just about wraps up the story of Isaac Goldstein. We know he lived to be 75 and his last address was in the Bronx. There truly is much more to be discovered as I continue to search for records. For now, I was anxious to share and refresh your memories about the children of Isaac and 1st wife Fanny and hopefully added some unknown information on his 2nd wife Annie Ammer and the 1/2 siblings of Rae. I have been unable to locate a death record for Isaac at this time. I would love to find it as well as the immigration records. I am most certainly not finished with Isaac and his family.


Once again the lovely Retchil/Rae Goldstein and  Louis Kessman married on the                                  18th of March 1911 – daughter of Isaac and Fanny Goldstein.


Anne/Anna Kessman Family Info

In my first and second  post I wrote about Joseph Steinman from Berdichev, Russia (Ukraine) He married Rose Ochsman/Oxman in Budapest, Hungary and left for America via a 7 year stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil where their son Murray (Morris) was born (1917)

Murray married his beautiful bride, Anne Kessman on the 16th of September 1941.

The rabbit trail led me to her family and down the hole I fell. Anne is the daughter of Louis Kessman (1888) and Rae Goldstein (1891). However before I continue with Louis I must start with his parents Morris Kessman (1857 Russia ) and his wife Sadie Sternberg (1860 Russia) A clue on the WW1 Draft record for Louis led me to believe that  this family is actually from Pultusk, Poland (borders changing with history)

Much has been written on the town of Pultusk that can be found doing a simple google search    

Pułtusk is a town in Poland by the river Narew, 70 kilometres north of Warsaw. It is located in the Masovian Voivodship and has about 19,000 inhabitants.Wikipedia  

Their story began to unravel with the progression of the census records, along with other documents I was able to find. I first found this family in the 1910 census. Listed was Morris (53) and wife Sadie (50) living at 21-121 Rockaway Rd, Queens. Morris was the owner – saloon, son Louis (21) was a bartender – saloon. Interestingly first written is son Herman, crossed out and Louis written above. All three have an immigration year of 1898. Morris has applied for citizenship, Louis still show’s alien status. Additionally we learn that Sadie had 6 births with only 3 living children. 31776_4449722-00281.jpg


Morris did not see his dream of becoming a citizen come true but he was able to witness the marriage of his son Louis to Rae Goldstein. Morris passed away on May 27, 1911 and is buried at Mt Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, NY. (I will be trying to get a copy of his gravestone if possible)

New York City, Marriage License Indexes, 1907-1995
Name Louis Kessman
Gender Male
Marriage License Date 18 Mar 1911
Marriage License Place Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Spouse Rae Goldstein
License Number 7475
Household Members
Name Age
Louis Kessman
Rae Goldstein

Louis Kessman and Rae Kessman nee Goldstein parents of Anne Kessman



Morris Kessman

New York, New York City Municipal Deaths from 
Name Morris Kessman
Event Type Death
Event Date 27 May 1911
Event Place New York City, Queens, New York, United States
Gender Male
Age 53
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation None
Birth Year (Estimated) 1858
Birthplace Russia
Burial Date 28 May 1911
Cemetery Mount Zion
Father’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Name Jennie Helfman
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Citing this Record

“New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch( : 20 March 2015), Jennie Helfman in entry for Morris Kessman, 27 May 1911; citing Death, New York City, Queens, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,323,424.

Now let me make mention here of the 1905 census record. I found Hyman Kasman (20) cigar maker and wife Nettie living at 264 Henry St, NYC. Jumping to 1915 I then found our Louis and brother Hyman Kessman and Nettte living at 100 Rockaway Rd, Queens, NY.



Louis (25) is a saloon keeper, Rae (23) Their home was at 100 Rockaway Rd, Queens. With him at the same address was his brother Hyman/ Herman (32), wife Nettie (26) children Florence (9) Minnie (Mary, 6) and Morris (3) To further connect Hyman/Herman I located the record below.

Under the New York Wills and Probate Records, I found Hyman appointed as the administrator of his fathers estate. His father is listed as Morris Kasman aka known as Morris Kessman on the record.

Name: Morris Kasmann
Probate Date: 2 Dec 1913
Probate Place: Queens, New York, USA
Inferred Death Year: Abt 1913
Inferred Death Place: New York, USA
Item Description: Letters of Administration, Vol Ii-Kk, 1912-1914


Backtracking again a year or so to 1912, I located the city directory for Jamaica, Queens and there I found this mention of Herman Kessman – business address was 89 Beaver, home 73 Rockaway Rd


At age 29 Louis registers for the WW1 draft. It is from this record I learned the name of the town by Warsaw that the family was from, or at least where Louis was born. This record says that he is working as a bartender and his employer is Harry Lyons. Possibly the family saloon has been sold now as Louis is working in Brooklyn but his residence is still 100 Rockaway Rd, Queens. Louis has his wife, child and mother as his dependents. His child was his first son, named Morris (1916) for his father.


Source Citation

Registration State: New York; Registration County: Queens; Roll: 1818485; Draft Board: 183 Source Information U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

In my next post I will continue where I have left off, the birth of Anne Kessman in 1919.

I could not think of a nicer way to spend Yom Kippur 2017 than researching the family of Anne Kessman. I began on Friday and will stop now, mid Saturday as I prepare to attend a memorial service for a friend. I will continue to reflect on our history, those we have come to love and have lost along the way. I will draw close to G-d and find comfort in the fact that he has been ever present in the lives of our ancestors and in ours today.

A big Thank you to my beautiful cousin Lisa Glassman nee Steinman who has provided me with all these wonderful pictures of her family branch and given me this exciting research opportunity. I love you Lisa!





What’s a nice Jewish boy doing with a name like Gustave?

In my first post about the Steinmann family, I wrote about Joseph Steinmann born in Berdichev, Russia (1894). Joseph and his wife immigrated from Budapest, Hungry with a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before arriving in America to make their home in Brooklyn,  (1924) they waited for 7 years before getting their papers to leave for America in 1924. When writing that first post I was unable to find Joseph and family in the 1925 census.

I first found the family in the 1930 census. Joseph was listed with the misspelled name of Styman, his occupation was listed as ‘shoes’ and son Morris born in Brazil also helped confirmed the correct family. Along with the few other documents posted with the shoe industry his occupation, my mind instantly went to picturing Joseph working in a small cubby hole type cobbler shoe shop, fashioning and repairing shoes and boots.


Imagine my surprise when I finally located the 1925 census for Joseph under the name of Gustave. What was a nice Jewish boy doing with a name like Gustave? We most likely will never know but it was most certainly our Joseph and more likely a census worker error not understanding or interpreting Joseph as Gustave (?) The 1930 census indicated the language in the family was Yiddish but does not tell us whether they spoke, read or wrote in English.



Most importantly this 1925 census listed his occupation as ‘leather stitcher’ and above that it says shoe factory’. My vision of Joseph was shattered.

I follow a fantastic blog and family blogger named  Amy Cohen, who actually inspired me to begin blogging my family story. You can find her blog at    Amy had commented on the post suggesting that ‘operator’ on a census often refers to a worker in a factory. This of course got me thinking and made more sense to me. With that incentive I decided to take another look at Joseph to see what I could discover which led me to finding the 1925 census.

Joseph Steinmann was indeed working in a shoe manufacturing factory plant confirmed by this 1925 census. This information led me to discovering 2 very large operating shoe manufacturers in Brooklyn. Hanan & Son’s and J&T Cousins. I decided to go back and look at the records for the witnesses on Joseph’s naturalization papers to see if I could discover anything that could identify where the men may have worked. When looking at   Bernard Rackover’s naturalization papers I looked at his witnesses and they both listed either shoe fitter or shoe operator as their occupations. This led me to a gentleman named Zelif Leff. On his 1917 WWI enlistment record he wrote J & T Cousins – a clue but not confirmation that this is where our Joseph worked in 1925. It does point to this company as being a possibility.

The J & T Cousins manufacturing building was located at Grand and DeKolb Ave. A search on google maps brought me to the location but the building does not seem to be there anymore. I was able to find photos and stories about Hanan & Sons @ 54 Bridge St – photo below


Discovery is always inspiring and its back to the hunt as I continue to look into the Steinman family. But before I leave you, a few fun shoe photo’s I have found.


shoes6found on the blog



above from the Museum of the City of New York 



photo of the Wessel Shoe Factory of Camden, NJ on Liberty Street. I imagine this might  actually be a more accurate glimpse into the life at the shoe factory for Joseph.

I have spent countless hours looking at photo’s of shoes, boots, shoehorns and shoe stretchers; the rabbit hole I fell into on this quest was informative and fun. My mind was swimming in everything shoe so on Tuesday morning when I left for work at 7am I slipped on what I thought were my most comfy slip ons. As I walked into school, I noticed my gate was off just slightly. That’s odd I thought and as I looked down I had to laugh out loud, I had slipped on two different shoe’s, not only was my gate off but I looked ridiculously silly. Thankfully I have a comfy pair of slippers in the classroom to put on!




Steinmann Family Revealed

This week I was contacted by my 1st cousin Lisa Glassman nee Steinman asking for some help in researching the paternal side of her family. Lisa and I share our maternal side, the Haimowitz’s, Lipshitz, Rosen’s, Strulowitz’s, all the wonderful people we have connected with and explored over the last years or so. Lisa is the daughter of my Aunt Rochelle Steinman nee Haimowitz, sister to my mother Marlene Haimowitz. As Lisa began to share some information with me, my excitement mounted as the hunt for answers began. She actually had lots of wonderful information to begin researching.

I’d like to begin with Lisa’s great grandparents

Joseph Steinmann and Rose Ochsman/Oxman 

married 14th November 1915 Budapest, Hungry SteinmanJoeRoseWedAll photo’s curtesy of Lisa Gassman nee Steinman – thank you so much for sharing this and all the wonderful photo’s with me. 

I think this a gorgeous photo. My thought is this is their wedding photo. Whether it is or isn’t I just love the photo.. From Joseph’s boutonnière to the tiny cloth buttons on the bodice of Rose’s dress, along with the wrap held in her hands this is: simplicity in elegance! (I also learned from Lisa and Rochelle that Rose was a professional seamstress. Perhaps she made her dress) At this time in history war had just broken out in Hungary. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria had been assassinated in 1914, with total devastation to Hungary left to follow, it is a miracle they were able to get out and leave for Brazil. Married in 1915 Hungary, we know they left some time in 1915/1916 since their 1st child, a son, Morris/Murray was born in Brazil.

Morris/Murray Steinmann (original copy with a repaired copy)  

Thank you to Jennifer Holborn  of the Genealogists photo restoration group FB – for fixing this photo of Murray 🙂  

Following are two documents for Joseph and Rose Steinmann. 1st is his Declaration of Intention dated  June 13, 1924 and then the Petition for Citizenship, October 11, 1929. Many things are going on with these documents to make note of. Both list Joseph’s place of birth as Berdichev/Berditsche, Russia. The dates of his birth vary with the month of September and December but the day and year remain the same, the 15th, 1894.  Their marriage date and place is listed as November 14, 1915. They arrived in New York traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil with son Morris, born October 16th 1916. I don’t have information on the trip from Hungary to Brazil but they arrived in New York aboard the Voltaire. What I really loved discovering was that Joseph was traveling under the name of Geda Steinmann. We learn 2 addresses for them, when first arriving they are living at 114 E. 2nd St and then at 327 Howard Ave Brooklyn. The 2nd address will prove important in identifying this family in later records. Both documents list Joseph’s occupation as operator but we don’t know what that is exactly. Another key to this family are his witnesses. Anna Rackover – housewife and Benny Levine – Shoefitter will ‘fit’ in later in their story.


Petition For Citizenship of Joe Steinmann 



Completing his story from immigration to citizenship is the document below. This is  Joseph’s certificate of citizenship which was shared with me by my cousin Lisa.


The ship the Voltaire the family arrived on from Brazil to New York 1924 


1930 Brooklyn, New York census


In the 1930 census we find the family recorded as Styman living at 327 Howard Ave, Brooklyn. This address matches the address on the petition of citizenship which confirms we have the right family. Joe is 36, Rose 31 and Morris/Murray is 13. (the ages do not match up exactly which is common) Joe can read and write but did not go school. His occupation is listed as shoes. Murray’s place of birth is Brazil spelled Brassill, again confirming previous information. (There are quite a few Joseph Steinmann’s with wive’s names Rose with comparable ages)

I’d like to go back to the witnesses on his petition. Joseph’s first witness was a housewife named Anna Rackover living at 1098 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. I was able to track her down in the 1930 census at the Eastern Parkway address and learned she was the wife of Bernard Rackover.  Bernard’s occupation was listed as operator – shoes. One of my first thoughts was that Anna was possibly a sister to either Joseph or Rose, but with careful examination of the census record, living with them was Bernard’s brother-in-law Milton Kalman. Rose was a Ochsman/Oxman so most likely this Anna was a Kalman. Joseph and Anna’s husband Bernard are in business together. In the 1925 census the Rackover family was living at 1722 Union Ave, Brooklyn. Bernard was again listed as shoemaker.

Benny Levine, Joseph’s 2nd witness is not as easy to find with the name Benny/Benjamin Levine. There are way to many to wade through for this post. The important point is Benjamin too from the document noted above is a shoe fitter. All three men are most probably in business together. Whether there is a family connection is yet to proved.

It made most sense to me that Anna could have been related to either Joseph or Rose. I wouldn’t think Joseph would use a wife of a business partner as a witness, why didn’t he just use Bernard Anna’s husband as his witness as he did with Benny?  Perhaps someone needed to tend the shop? I hope that as we uncover the family members for this family the connection will become clearer.

Joseph, Rose and Morris/Murray Steinmann


After arriving from Brazil in 1924 , Joseph, Rose and Morris, now known as Murray, settled into their new life making Brooklyn their family home. On July 18, 1935  daughter Shirley was added to the family. With a birth year of 1916 for Murray this would make him just about 19 years old when his sister joined the family. The families happiness may have been short lived however with the death of Joseph/Joe Steinmann. I believe below, could be the death record for Joseph passing in 1936. Lisa has informed me that Joseph was buried in Old Montefiore Cemetery. I will be contacting them for possible information and requesting a photo of the gravestone. The only thing that throughs me with this record is the occupation of candy store keeper. At this time we do not know Joseph’s fathers name. Listed in the record below is the mother’s name as Shirley Gold. With daughter named Shirley and wife Rose this seems like a possible match. I have been able to locate the death certificate for this Joe Steinmann and have ordered it. Between Montefiore and this record we should be able to prove or disprove this connection. Fingers crossed! In my next post I will continue with the story of the Steinmanns & Oxman’s and all we can discover.

Joe Steimann

New York, New York City Municipal Deaths
Name Joe Steimann
Event Type Death
Event Date 26 May 1936
Event Place Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Address 281 Patchen Ave.
Residence Place Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Gender Male
Age 41
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation Candy Store Keeper
Birth Year (Estimated) 1895
Birthplace Russia
Burial Date 28 May 1936
Cemetery Montefiore
Father’s Name Abraham Steimann
Father’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Name Shirley Gold
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Spouse’s Name Rose
Citing this Record

“New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Joe Steimann, 26 May 1936; citing Death, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,080,435.

A Vintage Rosh Hashanah

As I reflect and look back on this last year and welcome the new year with all its possibilities, I thought perhaps a look at some vintage Rosh Hashanah photo’s seemed appropriate considering this is a blog about our past. Through these images I can truly imagine the lives and picture those I have blogged about over this year, those I have come to love so dearly. I can hear the shofar being blown… it calls for me to reflect and think about at all I have done this past year. I am reminded to make amends and right any wrongs I feel need to be addressed, I am reminded to look within, to rededicate myself to preserving and honoring the memory of those who came before me, to those who are responsible for who I am. I am reminded to keep the faith, do simple acts of kindness whenever I can…simply be the best person I can be.


Moses Weiser, president of Congregation Chasam Sopher, 8 Clinton St. on lower East Side, blows the shofar to usher in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5741.


Praying on the Brooklyn Bridge 1909 






The Bowery Boys: New York City History800 × 509


To all my family, to all the new friends I have made through this blog, I wish you all a beautiful fruitful and sweet coming New Year – May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year



9/11 – A very sad day indeed

Today is an interesting day for me as well as our nation. Today we remember the tragedy of 9/11 as well as watching the devastation of Hurricane Irma on our tv’s. Below I have posted a picture to honor the life of

CATHY JAFFE  – I honor and remember you today along with your family and close friends, those so close to you that 9/11 will always feel like today to them. You are not nor will you ever be forgotten.



Above picture is from 1956 @ Maplewood Nursery School, Wantagh, New York. I am in there along with Cathy on the end middle row. I began my school career with Cathy and we continued through our school years together. I am thinking of many of Cathy’s very close and intimate friends today. My heart and prayers are surrounding you.



And ‘Irma” who has played such havoc and brought such heartache and devastation to so many of my family and friends in Florida. Thankfully you are all safe and ok. We will never forget this day as so many of you begin to figure out how to move forward and rebuild. Continued prayers and much love to you all.

What We Don’t Know

It has been some time since I have written with any new stories of ancestors discovered, documents received, families tracked down. The summer has come and gone as we begin ushering in autumn. The leaves are turning colors here and beginning to blanket the ground. There are so many avenues of research to continue and I am not sure which to pursue so I thought I would list my thoughts and detail what we don’t know as a way of moving forward.

1. I have yet to locate the immigration records; passenger records for the family of Shmuel/Samuel Haimowitz, wife Rivka/Rebecca traveling with son Hyman/Herman and infant son Pincus/Paul. Family lore is that Pincus was born aboard ship. We know that they arrived prior to 1905 when we first find them in that census living at 170 Ludlow St. NYC.

2. I know Samuel had a sister who was here in New York too. We do not know her name nor the name of the man she married or if she had children. I have only 1 partial picture of her. This has been one of my most frustrating mysteries so far. I have not been able to find any connection through DNA matches either and all inquiries lead to nowhere. I have begun to send away for death certificates for woman with the maiden name Haimowitz in the most likely age group hoping to match parents with the information we have in #3. No success as of yet.

3. I have information from my cousin Arline that their were at one time cousins of Samuel Haimowitz that went to England and that their were cousins that went to Chicago.

4. I have no additional information on Samuels parents other than their names Hyman/Haim Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt.

5. I have no information on Rebecca’s parents other than their names, Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen. I do not know if they immigrated or remained in their home country. I have no information on siblings for Rebecca either.

6. I have yet to locate the immigration; passenger list for Benjamin Lipschitz nor have I identified who exactly Solomon and Mary Lipshitz/Lifshitz was to Benjamin, an older brother, uncle, cousin to his father? However this family was one of my most exciting discoveries and I really enjoyed researching them. According to my cousin Wendy she seems to remember hearing that upon arrival Benjamin was ill and had to be detained. He was released to an uncle or cousin.

7. Could David and Eva Lipschitz, located in the 1910c Brooklyn actually be the parents of our Benjamin?

The list could go on but I think I have a good idea of the direction I want to continue with.

Summer brought 1 exciting 1st meeting/visit with a 2nd cousin, Farrell, son of Arline, along with his wife and children. Making it so much sweeter my daughter Marissa was here with her husband and children visiting. We enjoyed a mini reunion at a local park.

I began a second blog for my Italian side of the family which has been a lot of fun!

And most recently I connected with another cousin. The connection is through the Rosen family. He descends off of the 1/2 sister Hava Bibrowski/Beberofski of my 2x great grandmother Rosa Rosen nee Beberofski. So nice to have connected with you Tom. And we both share Washington State as our home.

I thought this would be the perfect time to add a few descendent charts you might find helpful.



I especially enjoyed the above chart ~ WOW ~ this sure gives us a lot of possibilities for research. Time to get busy!