Who Was Rose (Ray) Rosen?

I have written about my great grandmother Kate Lipschitz nee Rosen, her sister Jennie Rosen who married Alexander Reiner and the discovery of their son Garson Paul Reiner. Garson was the founder of Exquisite Form Bra’s. I have blogged about their brother Jacob Rosen who married Sadie Schoenwetter/Rossett and most recently about brother Abraham, known as Harry  Rosen who married  Kate Brickman of Catskill fame. Also immigrating to America was their sister Rose (Ray) Rosen who married a man name David Smith. I couldn’t be confronted with two more common names to try and research. As I began putting together a time line for Rose and David and looking at and for records, I had no known direct descendants of this branch to talk with.

Who was Rose Rosen? Rose was the 4th child born to Selig Rosen and Rose Rosen nee Beberofsky/Bibrowsky. Rose was born about 1891 in Somplono, Russia/Poland, the birthplace of all her siblings and parents. Named after her mother which seems odd to me with name customs, but nothing surprises me anymore, she was known mostly as Ray. From now on I will refer to her as Rose2 as not to confuse her with her mother. All census records indicate that Rose2 immigrated in 1906 but I have been unable to find her immigration papers or naturalization records; but I haven’t given up.

I first located Rose2 in the 1915c. She was already married to a man named David Smith, 33 who was working as a tinsmith. Rose2, 24 years old, had been residing in the US for 9 years. That put her at about 15when traveling in about 1906. With that information and expanding my search a few years on each side I was still unable to find anything that I could say difinatelvy was her. David and Rose2 were living at 219 E 102nd St, NYC. They were in the same building with Rose2’s parents, Selig and Rose. Rose2 and David had started a family and daughter ‘Gussie’ 7, had arrived. (later known as Gertrude) Gussie’s birth year would be about 1907/8.

After searching on Ancestry and FamilySearch for information on David, I went to Fold3 to look for a draft record and after few tries, there he was. The address was spot on for their 1920c address. According to the birthdate recorded he is a lot older than what he records on his census.


In 1920 the family was living at 71 E. 97th St, NYC, the same address in 1918on the draft record. They are just doors down from Rose2’s sister, my great grandmother, Kate and Benjamin Lipschitz at 69 E 97th St. David was 40 and working as a merchant, Rose was home caring for Gussie, now 12 and baby Muriel 2 3/12 months had joined them. Of interest to me and possibly a mistake by the recorder on the census it clearly stated David was a merchant and then G. Merchant, or ‘general’ I assume for type. The 1915 lists him as a tinsmith, WWI doc working at a metal company as a tinsmith, could the worker mindlessly written merchant for mechanic? It seems out of place to me.

What amazes me when I am researching and putting together a blog post is how sometimes documents and family history seems to miraculously come together, answering questions never even asked. Remember brother Abraham/Harry Rosen, the youngest of the Rosen siblings who married Kate Brickman? Well yesterday, the wedding certificate I had sent away for arrived. Abraham/Harry was living with his sister Rose2, husband David, nieces Gussie and Muriel @ 71 E 97th St at the time of his marriage to Kate.


It’s hard sometimes to put a family together and prove the connection when they are not living together during census years and this was the case with our Rosen family. It has taken quite a lot to connect the children and prove their connection. This marriage certificate helps document the connection for us.

A search for the family in the 1925 census came up with nothing I could find, but by 1930 the family had moved to the Bronx and were living at 124 Featherbed Lane. David, 50, was in metal works business and is managing his own shop. Rose 41, was a homemaker, Gussie, 21, was now using her given name of Gertrude and working as a stenographer at a publishing house and Muriel was 12. Below is the building they lived at on Featherbed Lane The entrance is the red door to the right next to the Fresh Meats Produce.


Some time between 1930 and 1940 the family had left the Bronx for Brooklyn. Gertrude had married and divorced but had a son named Richard now 2 years old in the 1940 census (1938 birth) Gertrude was living home with her parents David and Rose2 and is using the name of Gil. Muriel was 22 and working as a lamp shade worker. David, Rose and Gil were working as candy store helpers. The census record lists David and Rose as unpaid family workers and Gil as employer. The address in Brooklyn was 2418 Mermaid Ave. In addition to the birth of their first grandson, Rose will lose both her parents sometime between 1930 an 1940.

A look at the 1942 WWII draft registration shows David as unemployed and an invalid. My first thought is that he may have been injured doing the metal work.


Finding the death records for Rose2 and David Smith is going to take an act of divine intervention by G-d with their names. I have already sent away for documents that have proved not to be either of them. But I like what I have found out about Rose and David so far. I’ll keep digging and will update as records are uncovered.




Howard Joseph Brown

January 23 was the 12 year anniversary for the passing of my father, Howard Joseph Brown. Howard and Grace Brown nee Tanner were my parents. (They adopted me through Louise Wise Adoption Agency when I was 6 months old)  Howard, born 19 February, 1924, joined one brother brother, Marvin born 9 Jan 1919, making the family of f Rose Brown nee Bornstein and Maxwell Brown complete.

Recently, in previous posts, I wrote about Abraham Rosen, his wife Kate Brickman, and my/our birth connection to the Brickman Hotel family of Catskill’s fame. It was through this discovery and connection with current Brickman family members that a true desire to re-meet and discover my father and his family, my family growing up, not of blood but of love, that I revisited the documents and photo’s of my fathers passion – to sculpt. This post is dedicated to Howard and my Brown family.


above: Rose with Howard  below: Howard with his bicycle – I know, he was adorable but check out that bicycle!


The Maxwell Brown Family –

Howard and Grace Brown nee Tanner

Through my family research I met a woman named Patti who is the 1st cousin 1x removed of the wife of my 2nd great-uncle (so fun to write that) It was through an exchange of emails I learned, that her husband, Yossi Daboosh, is an accomplished and fantastic artist/sculptor  just like my father. http://www.yossidaboosh.com/ It was then I began to really think about my father and his passion, something I must honestly say, I had not given much thought to. Howard’s art… just was, it was part of him, part of my life growing up. I had never really thought about Howard the artist, only thinking of him solely as Howard the father who was an artist. Shortly after my mother passed in 2015 while cleaning out their home I came across a folder that held a treasure trove of photo’s of his work and spotty records and receipts of where the pieces went to.

What I really want to share in this blog post is my father, Howard J. Brown and his incredible career as a sculpture and artist. Everywhere in the house were balls of wax, beginnings of figures he was working on, tiny replica’s of sculptures to come.



This swimmer group is a sampling of ‘something’ that was chosen to go into an apt complex, as far as I can tell, in Brooklyn, New York. Below is Howard, myself with daughters Fawn and Marissa. This photo is at least 30 years old and a treasure, artist and family visiting “The Swimmer” but where? (of course we didn’t label the photo)


I have begun a project labeling photo’s, labeling jewelry, and tchotchke’s around the house, adding brief descriptions and stories to match. I can not go back and ask the questions I so want answered but I can anticipate the questions that will be asked and answer them now.


Above is the piece ‘Lily Pond’ (but I believe the title had been changed to Water Lily) for delivery to the Americana Towers also in Brooklyn. This is actually a piece I can remember posing for. I was about 10 years old, the year 1963. This life size statue sold for $785.00 at the time. Today I wonder if it is even still in the lobby.


I can remember this 2 piece grouping fondly. It was massive and intimidating. My father’s records are crude and the handwriting hard to read but this piece has a receipt with the date of Oct 29th, 1963, and a rush date on Dec 19, 1963 for The Gramercy Park Tower, East 18th St & Third Ave. The price tag was $1525.00. He delivered his own work, rented a uhaul truck to deliver his pieces. It was quite an ordeal.



I have no idea where this piece is located. Of course it is the one I am most interested in learning if it is still standing. I have been doing some google earth searches of addresses I have found from receipts and I have to admit, some of the buildings don’t seem to be standing, 1 has been remodeled and shows no sign of his work, others seem delapidated dumps in the slums. The interior design company that placed much of his work, Blair House Interior’s, LTD  has long since gone out of business. The trails seem to be running cold. However, I have a dear friend, living in Brooklyn who is tracking down a few addresses and information for me. I gave my Uncle Joe, living in Manhattan a few addresses as well to visit at his leisure. Hopefully I will have some answers soon as to the state of his work. My heart is heavy, I would so love to have one of his life size pieces in my yard. The thought of a new owner of or building manager removing his work and scrapping it is almost to hard to bare.

Howard’s passion was sculpting but he also painted.


His preferred medium was pastels, above, although he did work in oil, below.  I am blessed to have a number of his wonderful pieces in my home.




I have these two smaller statues  The Boxer, and this lovely, Woman on Rock. 

It was difficult to make a living and support a family doing what he loved the most. I believe Howard truly struggled in making the decision to leave his passion and find another, eventually  moving into education, attaining a doctorate in accounting, teaching at a number of colleges on Long Island before taking a post at St. John’s university where he retired from. One of my deepest regrets regarding my dad is that I did not value or truly understand the creative genius that made my father than man he was.

I found 2 brief write ups in the folder.  The first is from the Merrick Art League on L.I. The second a smaller write up for demonstration he apparently was doing.



Next project is to research the Robert Aron Young  and Avnet-Shaw Galleries.


Howard Joseph Brown your are loved and missed

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol of Harlem

This post was one I began back quite a few months ago and then put aside. Since then I have revisited it, each time getting lost on google earth looking for addresses on documents received and receiving. In the interim, I had ordered the book “The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side by Gerard R. Wolfe” My love of old spaces and buildings grew. I have always been fascinated by the grandeur of the ornate Paintedladies of yesteryear which has now morphed into a love of old Synagogues and their history. According to Gerard R. Wolfe, over 350 congregations along with 70 Jewish house’s of worships were in the lower east side alone, at one time. I recommend this beautiful book, which I think is a wonderful gift idea too.


As I said, I absolutely love old buildings, well anything old, and with no exception, the Synagogue where my great grandparents Benjamin and Kate were married fits the bill. It’s my blog photo for now.

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol of Harlem @ 110 E. 105th


One of the oldest Orthodox Eastern European Synagogue in NYC founded in 1852. It is in this building that Benjamin Lipschitz and Krusse (Kate) Rosen were married on the 2nd of Nov  1913.


I imagine this may have been the Synagogue my great grandparents attended with their children Myra and her sisters Esther and Mary.

It seemed the perfect place to repost their wedding certificate with the address and Rabbi’s name, Jacob Kovalsky. BenjaminMarriageLicense

I have so many question running regarding their marriage. Since both my great grandparents were deaf, what was the ceremony like for a deaf couple? Was it signed for them? Was there a formal sign language interpreter? Did a family member interpret? Since I know that they signed, was the signing with their own ‘home signs’ or with a more traditional form? I don’t think I will ever know the answer to these questions. Was it a formal wedding or  a very simple private family affair? I so wish there were photo’s. Surely Solomon and Sarah Lipschitz, who Benjamin lived with prior to his marriage, must have attended as well as his presumed cousins Minnie, Ida, Mendel and Isidore. Was David Youngworth, the border and fellow butcher there to witness this union? And who were their witnesses, Lewis Edelman and Morris Michaels? So many questions.


The building below is 136 Allen St. It’s the building wedged in between the new construction and it is the one with the graffiti’ed metal garage type door. This is the address listed for where my grandmother Myra (Minnie) Lipschitz married Isidore Haimowitz. Hidden behind the green construction border I can see the side door entrance. The address is interesting however since the reference I found for a congregation for this address was not at 136 but 126/28 for Tiffereth Israel, which was actually just a few doors down. Which ever it was, the wedding photo below does not seem to fit the building that housed the ceremony. Perhaps a reception followed in a different location



Married 26 November 1932.isidorerebecca



Another wonderful venue for a family marriage was the Wallace Mansion at 448 West 152 St, N.Y. New York. In its day I imagine it was quite grand. Today the huge cross dominates the front. It is here that my great Aunt Fay Haimowitz sister to Isidore, married.




Next wedding certificate I have is for Elias Lipschitz marrying Maria Goldin. Elias is believed until unproven 🙂 to be Benjamin’s cousin.  It appears that they were married at the address listed as their residence with the Rabbi affiliated with Congregation Ez Chaim of Yorkville. The building is long gone and in its place is a high rise housing complex.


I did find was the reference for 107 E. 92nd St on the site ‘museumoffamilyhistory.com’ was this

107 East 92nd Street
–(Congregation) Etz/Ez Chaim of Yorkville
1905: A. Spiegel, Rabbi; F. Lowenstein, Sexton
1910-11: D. Loewenthal, Rabbi; S. Friedman, Sexton…..signature of person performing the ceremony on certificate 


At 193 Henry St stands the Mt Zion Church of Christ which once housed the Congregation of Beth Aaron Chassidim d’Kaidenov. Married by M. Sording of Beth Aaron was Isidore Lipschitz to Bertha Deitch. Isidore lived at that wonderful residence of 1268 Park Ave, with his parents Solomon and Sarah. The same home of my great grandfather Benjamin Lipschitz when he married. Isidore is another believed cousin to Benjamin (until proven otherwise)


I just want to get inside these buildings and sit and feel their history and the presence of those who came before.


Hope you enjoyed!



Samuel Haimowitz Revisited

I decided to put aside our Rosen/Brickman connection for a moment as I gather more information and pictures from family and take another look at a mystery that has bothered me for some time with patriarch Samuel Haimowitz, my great grandfather, who immigrated from Galatz, Romania (last known town of residence) to New York sometime between 1898 and 1903.

I introduced Samuel and Rebecca in a blog post back in October 2016samrebeccahaimowitz2

Samuel was born the 15 March 1875. He was married to a woman named Rebecca Strulowitz, also from Romania. Still, to date I have not been able to find any documents regarding his/their passage over but I keep on keeping on, checking, thinking what have I missed, how could the name have been spelled or misspelled in the transcribing? What we do know is that Sam and Rebecca arrived with son Hyman/Herman age about 2 years and infant son Pincus/Paul who is/was believed to be born aboard ship. The first documented record for them is the 1905c. The spelling of the last name is Heimowitz, Sam is 28 and Rebecca is 25, Hyman is 8, Pincus 3 & Freda 1. They are living at 170 Ludlow and Sam is working as a carpenter. Five years later in 1910c, Sam has moved the family up to West 99th St, and is still working as a house carpenter which he will continue to do until he retires. This census interests me because it tells me that Sam has now been naturalized and that he immigrated in 1901. * It also says not only did he immigrate in 1901, but also Rebecca, Hyman and Pincus (spelled Pinchas) did as well.  Back in the 1905c, Pincus is listed as born in the US. This confusion proves to me that the question of his place of birth is in question. Was it in US waters, was in Romanian waters or in international water?


Back to Sam and the above document, his WWl draft registration. There are two important areas of interest on this document for me. The first is the year of naturalization of 1906 and the year of his declaring his intent to naturalize as 1903. The second point of interest is his signature. This document we know is our Sam for sure, no doubt.

Not only has his immigration papers been escaping me but I haven’t been able to pin down with any certainty his naturalization papers, until now. Below are the papers for a Sam Haimovich (I believe misspelled by recorder), carpenter, he has lived here for 5 years since July 1901…the only thing that confuses me with this document is that he is living in the Bronx which doesn’t fit for Sam but maybe, between census years, he was in the Bronx, we know that by 1930 he does relocate to the Bronx.  The question remains “Is this our Samuel Haimowitz?”


Here are 3 signatures off of the naturalization document above (last page I did not post)

These next 2 are his social security card application and WWl draft registration. These two documents are not in question.

All signatures seem a bit off but take a good look at the t & z; the last S and the 3rd S from the naturalization papers; I think this is him.

There are a number of Samuel Haimowitz’s within age range and immigration dates that could be our guy but all information does not match up. Cousin Arline thought she had located the papers but with cross checking the address I was able to rule those papers out as the wrong Sam; address on papers matched census record for another Sam married to Pearl with different children 🙂  I believe this naturalization document is for our Samuel Haimowitz.                          I’d love to hear from you on what you think?

One last picture to share;  below is a picture of Sam with his 2 daughters, Fay and Mollie. The picture was sent to me by Fay’s daughter Arline. Thank you Arline! samfaymollie

Fay        Sam        Mollie 


A is for Abraham Rosen continued

Two post ago I wrote about Abraham Rosen, brother to my great grandmother Kate Rosen Lipschitz. Abraham was born in 1900, Sompolno, Russia/Poland and immigrated with Kate when he was 11 to his parents in N.Y.C. Nothing about him was known to me until I began to research and asked the question; who was Abraham Rosen.

Please meet Abraham Rosen, 4th man, taller, back row from the right, next to his wife Kate Brickman with the hat on.


After discovering who Abraham had married I began looking into the family and realized she might be connected to the Brickman Hotel, Catskil mountain, Borscht Belt fame. A query sent to a woman named Patti, who I suspected was connected to family was answered almost instantly, I had found the family. Patti shared the news with cousin’s named Rita and Neil and soon I was wrapped in the arms of Brickman information. Here is a correspondence with Neil, directly descending from Abraham and Kate, his mother was Renee, their only child.

Hi Sharon. Thank you for reaching out. I am Neil, oldest grandson of Harry and Kate Rosen. Thank you for your research . We never really had much information on Harry’s family because of his story which is sort of sad. Harry was born in 1900 the youngest of a large family of much older sisters. The family only had enough money to send his sisters to America piecemeal. At some point around 12 yrs old Harry was the last one left in Poland and had to stay with the rabbis family since all the sisters were here in America Staying with the rabbi as an extra mouth to feed wasn’t exactly like the ritz Carlton Around 1915 Harry finally arrived in the USA by himself the parents had died and all of his older sisters by then had their own families. So he was on his own completely at around 16. No high school. No college. Soon after that one summer he met Kate brickman and the rest is history. Certainly stay in touch and feel free to reach out and I would like to hear about the sisters. Neil

Neil’s email intrigued me as much of it rang true. There were a couple of details that did not jive with what I had pieced together however the story it’s self is probably a mixture of both. Abraham came at 11 years old or so the immigration documents say, Kate was 22 and the last of the 3 sisters to come over. The girls certainly were much older than him. His parents had not died which is interesting but remember I never found Abraham from the time he arrived living with his parents in any census. Perhaps there had been a falling out or the story told to Neil had morphed and changed. If Abraham had been 15 when he came over, by the 1915c he would have been 19 already and very probably own his own. At this point there is no way to know if he did live with a sister unless I find a city directory of the period for him. When Neil noted the story about staying with the Rabbis family I thought, most probably since his father Selig, on all census records, record his occupation as a Hebrew teacher. So we are beginning to get a real picture of how strong, independent, and determined our Abraham was.

Below is the marriage record of Kate and Abraham from familysearch.org


Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2464-TDV : 20 March 2015), Abraham Rosen and Kate Brickman, 11 Nov 1924; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,297.

The next and only other document I have found so far to identify this family of Abraham and Kate is the 1940c with Abraham using the name of Harry Rosen. I was able to identify this as the correct family because of daughter Renee, and his mother in law living with them; Beckie Brickman.



I want to get back to the wonderful picture shared with me by Patti. The picture she shared is a wedding photo of her parents Benjamin Posner, son of Anna Brickman m to Joseph Posner. Anna was the sister to Jehiel Brickman. Beckie on this census is Kate’s mother Rebecca, who had married Jehiel. The other wonderful descendant I have connected with is   Rita and she is the daughter of of Jacob/Jesse Brickman, Kates brother.

WoW, let me straighten this Brickman family out for everyone

Molly Binsky/Bensky marreid Abraham Brickman and had children

Jehiel, Joseph, Benjamin, and Anna 

Jehiel married Rebecca and had

*Kate, **Jacob/Jesse, David 

*I descend from Abraham Rosen who married Kate Brickman *Neil descends from Kate who married Abraham Rosen  ** Rita descends from Jacob/Jesse, her father

Anna married Joseph Posner and had children

Bebe, Murray, Benjamin 

Benjamin married Rachel Berson 

Patti descends from Benjamin who is her father

Back to this wonderful of photo 1937


top row left to right

*David Brickman; Rose Brickman m to Benjamin (Jehiel’s brother);* Jacob/Jesse Brickman; Marjorie (daughter of Benj & Rose) Benjamin Brickman; Abraham/Harry Rosen; wife Kate Brickman in hat  *correction was made for these to brothers I had in original post mixed up. TY to Rita for correcting me 🙂

middle row left to right

Matriarch Molly Brickman; Anna Brickman Posner; wedding couple Benjamin Posner & Rachel Berson

seated on floor

Renee Rosen on left;  Bebe on right

So wonderful to meet the Brickman family 80 years later ~ 80 incredible years later



Happy New Year

With the new year of 2017 fast approaching I have been reflecting for days now on my family, friends, this blog and the wealth of love, change and connections that has taken place since I began blogging my families story in July. After a visit from my daughter and her  family, the suggestion was made I should blog my research and finds. It would be easier then sending out emails to everyone I was told, well, when I think of it now it was only 5 family members; it wasn’t that hard. 1 Aunt, 3 cousins, 1 daughter ~ on my Jewish side (since that was the side we were talking about) I had been following a few blogs I found from being a member on a genealogy FB group called Tracing The Tribe. One woman had caught my attention named Amy and I was drawn into her family blog deeper and deeper with each post. Following her blog became like binge watching a series and I wanted to know more.  So I thought, why not, and I jumped right in and got my feet wet…..

My obsession with genealogy began 13 years ago after I found my birth family, both my maternal and paternal sides. After years of searching, I couldn’t stop, digging and scoring records, connecting the dots, connecting with people, gleaming information, listening to stories had entered and taken over my soul and so armed with my roots I set out to dig deeper and learn more about who and why ‘I am’

Nature vs Nurture is an on going debate. I am still not sure where I fit in on that issue except to say perhaps a little of both, no, a lot of nature. I am entirely my birth – mother and father with love overflowing for the parents who raised me.

The connections made with 2nd and 3rd cousins has been one of the more rewarding experiences through the process. Connecting cousin’s who have lost touch, even more exciting. Sure adding to the family history is great but the personal connection is what makes the past, the present and the story for the future dance.

So what have I learned? Keep on digging, stripping away the layers of unknown and lost information that has kept us from connecting and sharing, growing and responding to each other. For most, the desire to know who they are, where they came from, what has formed them is an inherent need. Through my story, through the stories of my family found, what I have learned is what divided us is what has connected us. Sounds simply simple as I write but it truly isn’t that simple. Our hands must be extended into that handshake with the ability to accept the hug that draws us in.

As we end this year and welcome in the next , I wish all my family and friends, my new found cousins and their families a happy healthy coming year filled with discovery and excitement for that ah ha moment of ‘will wonders ever cease’ ……

Abraham Unearths a Catskill Connection

I can not continue to tell the story of Abraham Rosen with out telling the story of his wife, Kate Brickman  (again thank you to my Cousin Peter Marino)

Kranie Brickman
New York, New York City Births
Name Kranie Brickman
Event Type Birth
Event Date 09 Jun 1904
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender Female
Race White
Father’s Name Ichial Brickman
Father’s Birthplace Russia
Father’s Age 25
Mother’s Name Bruna Palley Brickman
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Age 23
Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W4W-YT7 : 20 March 2015), Kranie Brickman, 09 Jun 1904; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 26149 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,984,239.

Born in 1904, Kranie was listed as Rachel in the 1905c living with parents Israel and Rebecca Brickman at 507 E. 11th Sy NYC, her father’s occupation is listed as janitor/housework. Below is the building where they lived. (listed as 506 E. 11th that is actually across the street, even numbers seem to appear with google earth)

507e11thnyc1910 the family has moved to 466 Amsterdam NYC, Israel is now Jehiel, 30, and has listed his profession as laundry. Rachel is now Kate, 6 and mom is listed as Becky 26. Living with them is a man named Sam Pollack 26, with his occupation listed as laundry owner.

By 1915 the family has grown and Jehiel and Rebecca have added son Jacob, later known as Jesse (1912) and David (1914). Jehiel’s occupation is still listed as laundry. The family has moved to 335 E 55th St, NYC. Sam Pollack is no longer with them but David 27 and Esther 24 Olshan are. David is a musician. I love ‘google earth’ especially when I can find old buildings in tac as they may have stood in our ancestors time. Below is a picture of a basement laundry business with a great shingle laundry sign on the wall above. It is directly across the street from their apt address which is now a huge parking garage. I want to imagine that this possibly could have been the business that Jehiel moved his family for, or what his business might have looked like at back in 1915/20.


In 1918 Jehiel Brickman like all able bodied men registers for the draft.


By 1920 the family moves again this time just a few blocks south to 424 E 51st St. Jehiel is now 40, and is a laundry owner. Kate, 15 will soon meet Abraham Rosen, my 2nd great Uncle and they will marry 11 Nov 1924, NYC. The next few years will bring dramatic  changes for this family of Brickmans, and a very exciting discovery as well.

A quick check of other’s researching this family led me to two other people both listing Jehiel’s death in South Fallsburg, NY, so I began looking in that area for Brickman’s. Well, if there is any one reading this that is aware of ‘Brickmans’ in the ‘Catskills’ you may know where I am going with this.

Jehiel Brickman dies in 1928. He is 47.

Name: Jeckiel Brickman
Death Date: 19 Jun 1928
Cemetery: Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA

I was not able to locate him in the 1925c however, I located the two Brickman boys, Jesse and David living in Sullivan County, South Fallsburg, NY.  Jehiel may have been sick already and the boys have gone to live with family.

Back to the 1925 census. I found the boys living with their grandmother Molly Brickman, 65, hotel manager along with son’s Hill, Joseph, & Benjamin; listed as managers; Jesse 13, David 11, along with other grandchildren Marjorie 6, & Alan 1; daughter Anna Posner and her husband Joseph both listed as hotel managers with sons Murray 13, and Benjamin 11. This is the Brickman family of The Brickman Hotel of Catskills fame. Abraham Rosen my 2nd great Uncle married Kate Brickman granddaughter of the family owners of The Brickman.


As I was preparing to blog this new discovery I also fell upon this fantastic picture with my great Aunt Mary Lipschitz married to Hy Salsbergh, 2 of 3 daughters and assorted others enjoying one of the Bungalow colonies in the Catskills. Mary is in the middle row on the end with Hy up front in the white t-shirt.


Of course the question that comes to mind is did our family, or family members back then know about the Brickman connection? Abraham Rosen and Kate Brickman Rosen were Aunt and Uncle to Mary Lipshitz Salsbergh. Mary’s mother Kate was sister to Abraham. The connection was very close and I have to believe at one time the family was connected enough to know of each other. However today the connection of Abraham even as a brother to Kate Rosen Lipschitz has been lost to many descendants, well to my branch that is.

As I continued to research Abraham and Kate I was unable to find them. Cousin Peter to the rescue once more; for some reason Abraham began using the name Harry. On the 1940 census he is using Harry and he and Kate, now 36 are living in Queens at 30-06 29th St. Daughter Renee is 14 having been born abt 1926. Also living with them is Kate’s mom Beckie Brickman, 53, widowed. The census also indicates that in 1935 the family residence was in Union City, Hudson, New Jersey. Harry is listed as Proprietor of Restaurant.

The only other record I found for Harry was a 1958 city directory listing for them in Maryland.

Harry Rosen
Gender Male
Residence Year 1958
Street Address 9100 Wire av Sil Sp
Residence Place Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Spouse Kate Rosen
Publication Title Silver Spring, Maryland, City Directory, 1958
Household Members
Harry Rosen
Kate Rosen

As for their daughter Renee, I did find an obituary for Renee; she died 6 Oct 2001,Washington, DC. I did not locate any other children of Abraham/Harry Rosen. The reason for the name change goes unsolved along with what restaurant he managed, or his laundry business name but what has been discovered for me is that my great grandmother had a brother, and his name was Abraham. My great grandmother traveled here to the United States with him to seek a better life and they both found it. I think they were close despite the age difference and their bond was sealed on that journey over. They now are both sealed and alive within my heart.

Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, NY seems to hold a family plot for our Brickman connection. * are the family members I have identified in this post.

Name Last, First Middle (A/K/A) Location Society Date of Death
*BRICKMAN, JECKIEL 50-277-REAR-3 6/19/1928
*BRICKMAN, JESS J. 50-277-FRONT-7 & PART OF 6 2/14/2004
*BRICKMAN, JOSEPH H-10-7-6 LOMZER 12/14/1971
BRICKMAN, LEO H-10-R/1-12 LOMZER 4/27/1950
*BRICKMAN, REBECCA 50-277-REAR-2 11/13/1959

Abraham Rosen is alive and married

In my last post I thanked my cousin Peter Marino for answering the question, what happened to Abraham Rosen, son of Selig and Rose Rosen, my 2x great grandparents. Peter followed up on that question, did some research on his own and came up with the answer for us.

Abram/Abraham Rosen was the youngest son of Selig and Rose. He was born in Sompolno, Russia in 1900 and immigrated with my great grandmother Kate in 1911. Abram was 11 years old and traveling with his deaf sister who was 22. I imagine that had to be quite an intimidating journey for a young boy. They were traveling to their parents in New York.

When I asked the question, what happened to Abraham, my thoughts were that he had passed away from illness. I could find no mention of him. After arriving in 1911, he was not living with his parents in 1915c, in fact none of the children were, nor was he living with them in the 1920c nor was he living with his sisters Kate, Jennie, Rose, or Jacob either.

Peter discovered the marriage record for  (familysearch.org )

Abraham Rosen married Kate Brickman  on 11 Nov 1924, NYC                                                                                                               Parents of groom: Selig Rosen & Rose Bieber                                                                                                                     Parents of bride:  Jehiel Brickman & Rebecca Pallay

Two days of searching and I still have not found anything on Abraham and Kate but something else very exciting did pop up. Take a look at this graph I drew to see what I was seeing. The last name of Pallay jumped out at me. My great grandfather’s mother was a woman named Edith Pallay (Palay). I know nothing more about her. (remember Benjamin and Kate are both deaf) Abraham immigrates with sister Kate, Abraham marries Kate Brickman who’s mother is a Rebecca Pallay.


So the question now is

Is it just me or does anyone else think very possibly Edith and Rebecca are sisters? 

I have sent away for Abraham and Kate Brickman’s marriage license. I have a lot of research to do and thankfully with winter break from school and another full week off, I have lots of time to devote to my 2nd great Uncle Abraham Rosen and his family.



My Great Uncle Jacob Wolf Rosen

Jacob Wolf Rosen was born the 11th of April 1894 in Sompolno, Russia. He was the son of Selig Rosen and Rosa Bibrowska, brother to my great grandmother Kate Rosen Lipschitz.

Jacob immigrated at the age of 17 to the United States arriving on board the SS Amerika on the 17 July 1909. His occupation is listed as tailor. Jacob was greeted by his father Selig who was living at 217 102nd St, NYC. Left in Sompolno was his brother Auszer. In 1910c the family of Selig, wife Rose and Jacob were still at the E. 102nd street apt. Selig was working as a Hebrew teacher and Jacob lists his occupation as an operator in a waist factory.

Some time between arriving in 1909 and 1911 Jacob meets Sadie Schoenwetter – Rosset. Sadie was living at 54 Sheriff St NYC with her mother Tillie nee Schoenwetter, (using her maiden name) widow, and 5 sisters, Rose, Rachel, Esther, Lena and Bella. Also living with them was a cousin, Sam Schoenwetter and 2 boarders. On the 28th of December 1911 Jacob and Sadie married at the City Hall.


By 1915 the Jacob and Sadie are living at 68 E 105th St. Jacob occupation was listed as operator. Their first child, a son, Meyer, had been born 27 December 1912 and daughter Esther joined the family 1914. Also in 1915 Jacob filed his Declaration of Intention and then in 1919 he Petitions for Naturalization.


What really jumped out at me about the Naturalization document was one of the witnesses, David Smith, 71 E 97th St. This is Jacob’s sister Rose (Rae) Rosen‘s husband. The address  confirms this is the correct David.  David and Rose’s address on the 1920c was 71 E. 97th St.

**** This is all very exciting for me. As I stated in my last post my immediate family, descending from sister Kate Rosen, had no idea the three sisters, Kate, Rose, and Jennie had brothers. When I get confirmation like the above on the naturalization paper, it’s a great confirmation and stirs me to dig deeper and continue to connect the dots.

In 1917 Jacob registers for WWl. His home address is the same as where he was living in 1920. This is a great document that tells us a lot about Jacob. It list Kalish Sompolno Russia as the place he was born. Today it is known as Kaliska, Sompolno, Poland. Jacob was working for Eichler & Goodman at 274 E 4th St, and it says Jacob had Rheumatism of his left leg. I also have to note that the birthdate recorded is way off. Both his naturalization and ss records have 11 April 1894.



In 1920c the family was still in NYC and as the WWl registration lists they are living at 58 Columbia St. Jacob, 26, is an operator in mens clothing, and a 3rd child, daughter Hannah had joined the family in 1918; also confirmed on the naturalization record.

The family moves once again and in the 1930c they are living at 400 E. Houston St. Jacob’s was 36, and still working as a tailor. Son Meyer was 17, Esther 16, and Hannah – now Anna is 12.

Something happened after 1930 between Jacob and Sadie. In the 1940c, Sadie was the head of household living with son Meyer, using the name Max, and youngest daughter Hannah, still using Anna. They had left Manhattan and were now in Brooklyn at 80 Bush Ave. The census says they were at this address in 1935. Sadie 46, and was listed as divorced. Max  26, was working as a government worker as a clerk for the city corrections dept and Anna was listed simply as a new worker. I think I located Jacob living in Los Angeles.



The address was 80 Bush Ave Los Angeles, he has been there since 1935, owns the home and has his own tailoring shop. The age is off slightly but we know that is very common.

If this is our Jacob, I can’t help but wonder what had happened that sent Jacob to LA. He becames a home and business owner leaving behind Sadie with Max and Anna? That raises the question, what has become of Esther? Did she marry? Could she have relocated to Los Angeles, bringing dad along? Guess it’s time to do some digging.

In the meantime I want to mention that a big thank-you2

is being sent to my cousin Peter Marino for doing some of his own sleuthing and answering the question what had happened to son Abram Rosen from my last post. Peter hails from my Italian ‘Civitano’ family side. He is frequently my go guy because of his thorough and incredible detective work. In my next post I will report on what he discovered for us about Abram/Abraham Rosen.


Rosen Family continues with son’s Abram and Jacob

In my last post I revisited the Rosen family and focused on Estera Gitla, the sister of my 2x great grandfather Selig Rosen. Estera Gitla, perished at Lodz, Russia in the Holocaust. In this post I want to look forward  and start to research Jacob Wolf Rosen b. 11 April 1894 • Sompolno, Koninski, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland, son of Selig and Rose Rosen

The 3 known children of Selig and Rose are my great grandmother  Kate (Kruse) Rosen b. 10 Jan 1889, Jennie (Chane) Rosen b. 1886, Rose (Rae) Rosen. Kate, Jennie, and Rose made up the nucleus of the Rosen family that my known family members knew of, however, with documenting their immigration records, I discovered 3 brother’s, Auszer, who remained in Sompolno as far as I can tell, Abram b. 1900 who immigrates with Kate and the brother named Jacob Wolf b. abt 1892, who came in 1909.

Abram was traveling with my great grandmother Kate (Kruse) leaving from the port of Hamburg on 9 June 1911 aboard the SS Blucher  arriving at the port of New York on June 20th. Abrams is 11, born in Sompolno, Russia.  The name of nearest relative left behind was brother; Auszer R., Sompolno. They were traveling to their father S. Rosen at 217 E. 102 St. What confirmed that this was my great grandmother was 3 facts, the address of 217 E. 102nd where Selig and Rose were living in the 1910c , the address Kruse lived at when she married and the fact that next to Kate’s name on the immigration papers were the words deaf and dumb. For those just reading this blog, Kate was deaf but definitely not dumb.



I have not been able to find another record on Abram Rosen. He is missing from the 1915c. with his parents. He would have been abt 16/17. What has happened to Abram Rosen will have to be left until new documents are found or someone reading this knows the answer.

This brings me to

Jakob Wolf Rosen b. abt 1892, left Sompolno, Russia in 1909 on board the ship Amerika, departing from the port at Hamburg arriving in New York on 17 July 1909.  I found him listed living with his parents Selig and Rose at the 102 St address in the 1910c

One year later 1911 he married Sadie Rosset. While their are inconsistencies with age, which is not uncommon, I am sure this is our Jacob.


I have documents with 2 differing last names for Rose nee Beberofsky/Bibrowska (a indicating female, i indicates male)

On daughter Jennie’s marriage cert. the last name of Beaber is written for Rose’s maiden name. On the death certificate for Kate her maiden last name is recorded Beberofsky and on Kate (Kruse’s)  marriage license her maiden name is Bibrowsky. All little different but I believe Beber is just the shortened version to use for ‘Beber’ofsky. (misspelled on Jennies doc by recorder)

So begins my journey into the brother of my great grandmother, my great Uncle Jacob Rosen and what became of him and who his family was.