Posted in Austria, Genealogy, Jewish History

Dornfest Family of Austria

It has been a while since I have posted but behind the scene’s I have been busy going in many research directions but without much movement or discovery. Documents have been sent for, some received proving to be dead ends or for the wrong same named person. I have refreshed information and clarified facts hoping to find a new direction to move forward or backwards in most case’s within specific family groups. I thought I would share one of those backwards paths I am currently working on with the Steinman Family history.

In Oct. I wrote 2 posts ‘Isaac Goldstein father of so many’ and ‘Fanny Goldstein My Beloved Wife and Dear Mother’.  Isaac had married Fanny Dornfest and together they had 7 children, all born in the N.Y.. Fanny passed away in 1905, 3 years after the birth of their last child, Pincus/Phillip Dornfest. While researching  Fanny I discovered her parents were Solomon Dornfest and Chaela Stickio both from Austria.



The rabbit hole has led me to something interesting regarding this Dornfest family of Austria that I am presently working on. I am hoping to prove that I have found a brother of Fanny Goldstein nee Dornfest by the name of Solomon Dornfest (1870)

This Solomon (the same name of Fanny’s father Solomon) married a woman named Ida, immigrated to NY from Austria sometime between 1888 – 1892 (dates differ). They had 8 children all born in N.Y.. I have located the death record for this Solomon, having died in 1924 and is buried at Mount Hebron in Flushing Queens. I have sent for his death certificate and requested a photo of his head stone.

In addition I found a death record for a Salomon Dornfest 

Name: Salomon Dornfest
Age at Death: 72
Burial Date: 10 Jan 1915
Burial Plot: Section: T1 Group: 52 Row: 33 Grave: 14
Burial Place: Vienna, Austria
Comments: Address: 1030, Seidlgasse 29, Occupation: Privat Tomb: No Urn: No Official Marks or Stamps: Gitter
Other Comments: Tor I
Cemetery: Wiener Zentralfriedhof
Cemetery Address: XI. Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234
Cemetery Burials: 79833
Cemetery Comments: Old Jewish cemetery in Vienna with graves from 1880-1938. Data compiled by Mag. Walter Pagler

Source Information

JewishGen, comp. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.

My  first thought was could there be a connection with this Salomon Dornfest as the father of our Fanny and Solomon (possible brother of Fanny)? Possibly, but as fellow blogger Amy Cohen pointed out Jewish naming customs makes it more like not, something I had hastily not considered. Also both Isaac and Fanny’s birth location of Austria is proving to be a hinderance in my research. Again Amy pointed out the Galicia and Austrian Hungarian connection (which I have pointed out in a previous post) which I hadn’t connected with in my thoughts this morning.

I truly love the genealogy blogging community I have connected with over the last couple of years. Everyone is an intricate and invaluable help in this journey of family history for me. I could not do it with all of them.  Thank you!

Posted in Brown/Tanner, Genealogy, Jewish History

David Scott Brown March 1, 1957 – Nov. 22, 1993

This post is a purely personal and deeply emotional for me to write. For many of you following my blog, you know me, you knew my birth-mother, Marlene Haimowitz or my birth father Vincent Civitano. You know me as a niece or cousin, as extended family, as friend, but you don’t know much about me prior to 2004 when I discovered my biological family. Today I would like you to meet the brother I grew up with; David Scott Brown. November 22, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of his passing. I will light a candle and think about his kind, gentle spirit. David was born March 1, 1957. The name given to him when he was born was David Robert Harris. He was placed for adoption through the Louise Wise Agency in N.Y.C., the same agency I was placed with. I was eight years old when my adopting parents, Howard and Grace Brown adopted him. David was 4 years old and had lived in a foster home up until then.

“Louise Wise Services was founded in 1916 as the Free Synagogue Child Adoption Committee by philanthropist and adoption advocate Louise Waterman Wise. The agency’s original purpose was to find homes for Jewish orphans. Its mission changed over the years, as it increased its services to family counseling, foster care and residential services for teenage mothers and their babies.”                      

My mother, Marlene Haimowitz was in the residential home run by L.W.Agency, Lakeview Unwed Mothers Home on Staten Island.


But this is David’s story and to honor his memory I would like to share some of my favorite photo’s of David if you will allow me.


Adoption Day 

8I do not have an accurate date but it was about 1962/3

David’s story starts as a baby who was born to a drug addicted mother. He was left in his crib while she went off looking for a fix and never returned. A neighbor called the police when the crying from the apartment next to her had stopped after a few days. The story may have changed over the years as stories sometimes do but truly David came from a difficult beginning and it remained with him his whole life. I remember David as a timid, shy and often scared little boy. My earliest memory of David was coming home on the day camp bus only to see him driving off in the social workers car. As the bus pulled up to our house the car with David in it was driving away. I was heart broken and cried for hours. But the big day came and David joined our family and I had an instant brother.



This is our father’s mother, our grandmother, Rose Brown nee Bornstein. How we loved her and her peanut butter cookies. She made the best, melt in your mouth Rugelach too.

Anne & David.jpg

This is David with our grandmother Ann Tanner. A widow, she married my mother’s father, a widower when I was 7, just prior to David’s arrival.


David grew as you can see into quite a young man. He is in high school in this photo. This is probably about 1972/3. He was deeply introspective and questioning his sexuality in a time of much hatred and controversy surrounding the gay community. I can not remember when or how I found out he was a gay man. I don’t think it even was a thought or a question of if he was. David simply was David. A caring, optimistic, and generous man.


With our father, Howard Joseph Brown


David with our mother Grace Judith Brown nee Tanner (Tannenbaum)


Both pictures of David with my daughter Marissa-Rose shortly before his HIV turned to AIDS.




David Scott Brown lost his life and battle with AIDS on November 22, 1993








Posted in Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Jewish History

Fanny Goldstein My Beloved Wife and Dear Mother

From Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, New York, I received this photo (via the net) of the headstone of Fanny (Fannie) Goldstein, wife of Isaac Goldstein, daughter of Solomon Dornfest and Chaela Stickio.


I shared the photo on the Facebook page ‘Tracing the Tribe’ asking for help in interpreting what was written on headstone. Thank you to Robin Meltzer for her beautiful rendering of this stone.

L1: [abbr] Here lies buried, L2: the modest and esteemed woman, L3: of tender years [she [passed away young], L4: Mrs. Frieda, daughter of , L5: [abbreviation, honorific] our teacher and mentor, Shimon Zanwil, L6: died, L7: 21 Tamuz 5665, L8: [abbr] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.”

Robin went on to write “The honorific before the father’s name, “moreinu ha’rav,” translates to “our teacher and master” or “our teacher and mentor/guide.” “Rav” does not always mean rabbi, it depends on the context. Here, it is an honorific, and does not in any way mean he was a rabbi.” The reason for the clarification was because Rabbi had been used in another translation, which I had questioned. “Zanwill” is the father’s second given name. It shows up with “Shlomo” as a secular version of “Zalman.” It is also often paired with Shmuel. Also spelled “Zangwill” and “Zangwell” Robin continued.



Posted in Genealogy, Jewish History, Steinman/Oxman

Rose Steinman nee Ochsman/Oxman

I simply love when documents sent away for begin coming in, especially when they provide beautiful insight and glimpses into our ancestors lives. Today I received the social security application for Rose Ochsman and it did not let me down. Rose was the wife of Joseph Steinman, son of Abraham Steinman and Shirley Gold.


The application is dated August 10th, 1944 and her address was 2869 W. 27th St., Brooklyn. I was surprised to see that she had written her maiden name as Axman and not Oxman as we know it. We learned her fathers name was Shmuel and her mothers maiden name Fruchtman. Even more exciting is the name of her dress shop and the address. We knew she was a master dressmaker and had her own shop, now we know it was called Minnie’s Dress Shop! We also learned from earlier documents that her husband Joseph was from Berdichev, Russia. We have learned that Rose too was born and from Berdichev/Berdicher. I feel like this document really gives me a better launching pad to move further in learning about this Ochsman/Oxman/Axman family. Now I have a better starting point for locating her sister who perished in the Shoah, and perhaps discover who her brothers were.  * After hearing from Allen Steinman regarding this post (see comment below) he has cleared up some information for me. Rose did not own the shop but worked for Sam Fruchtman and his wife (owners; who was his wife, Minnie?) as their seamstress. Fruchtman was a new name for Allen and he did not know how ‘Fruchtman’, a name he did know tied in with Rose. Possibly a brother? uncle? cousin? New questions deserving new answers. 

Joseph and Rose Steinman 

Posted in Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Jewish History

Fannie Goldstein’s Death Certificate

To refresh your memory in a previous post I wrote about Fannie Goldstein nee Dornfest b. Feb, 1862 Austria . She is the only child of Solomon Dornfest, wife Chaela Sticko, that I am aware of at this time. Fannie married Isaac Goldstein in 1884. Shortly  after they immigrated to the US in that same year. I have not been able to identify the correct immigration record for them. There are simply to many Goldstein entries to be sure with any certainty that I have the right Isaac and Fannie Goldstein. All of their 7 children were born in NY between 1886 – 1902. Today I received the death certificate for Fannie, confirming the names of her parents as well as revealing why Fannie died so young, at the age of 42. Fannie had cancer of uterus, liver and intestines. Isaac went on to marry Annie Ammer and added 3 more children to his family.








Posted in Genealogy, Jewish History, Steinman/Oxman

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****

Posted in Steinman/Oxman

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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Posted in Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Jewish History

Isaac 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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Record added: May 04, 2010
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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.


Posted in Genealogy, Goldstein/Kessman, Jewish History

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!